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Wayne Rooney scores his record breaking 50th goal for England.

Podcast 17

Podcast 17

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about Manchester Utd's Wayne Rooney, who this week became England's all-time leading goalscorer. Rooney now has 50 goals for England and broke a record that had lasted since 1970! Jack and Rich talk about vocabulary connected with records and take a look at how you can use comparative and superlative structures. They also offer some advice on how to become a better listener in English and Rich gives a prediction on the Man Utd - Liverpool match that takes place this weekend.

How much did you understand?

Activity 1: Were there any words in the podcast that you didn't understand? Try this activity and learn more vocabulary.
Match the words to their definitions.

Wayne Rooney celebrating breaking the all-time goalscoring record for England.

We usually use the words more and the most to compare things. We use more to compare two things and the most to say something or someone is the best from a larger group of things/people. Take a look at the examples below and think about how you can use these words.

"...Wayne Rooney has scored more goals than Bobby Charlton."

" ....Wayne Rooney has scored the most goals in an England shirt."

We also use these words with comparative and superlative structures followed by an adjective:

"Wayne Rooney is more prolific than Gary Lineker."

"Wayne Rooney is the most prolific goalscorer in the England team's history."

Activity 2: now think about how we use the words 'more', 'most', and comparative and superlative structures. Can you put the right words in the sentences?
Can you choose the right words?

Wayne Rooney now has 50 goals for England. Bobby Charlton (1958-1970) has 49 goals and Gary Lineker (1984-1992) has 48 goals.

 

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Do you need some extra help?

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Rich: Hi everyone. I’m Rich and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: This week, we’re going to talk about Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, some Premier League records, the language of comparatives and superlatives, and Rich is going to make another Premier League prediction.

Rich: But, before we start: we recently had a comment from Cynthia in China. She found the listening activities in the ‘My Match Day’ section on our website quite difficult.

Jack: Listening in English can be quite difficult so we want to give you three tips to think about when you are listening.

Rich: The first is to think about what you going to listening to before you start listening. If you think about the topic and try to predict some words you might hear, this will help a lot.

Jack: An easy example are the football results. If you hear Manchester Utd 0 Arsenal….. you can predict that the next word will be a number.. probably 5 or 6!

Rich: Very funny, but yes, for example if you are going to listen to a teacher talking about food and cooking it’s a good idea for you to think about what you know about the topic.

Jack: Our second tip for listening to a video is: look at the pictures on the screen to help you. The pictures are usually connected to the topic so can really help you when you first start listening.

Rich: Yes, for example if you’re watching the weather forecast on the TV you can use the pictures to help you understand.

Jack: Yes and a football match’s commentary will often be the same as what you see on the screen.

Rich: Our last tip for listening online to language learning exercises like this podcast or the my match day listening is: read the transcript and listen again. This will help you with parts of the listening you didn’t understand. As you listen more and more often you will need to use the transcript less and less.

Jack: If you’re listening now, why don’t you tell us in the comments section if you think listening to these podcasts is easy or difficult. What do you do to improve your listening skills? Do you have any tips for Cynthia?

Rich: Right, let’s move on to this week’s football. What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Jack?

Jack: As you know, there weren’t any Premier League matches this week, but there were quite a lot of international matches.

Rich: Yes, and every Premier League club had some players away on international duty.

Jack: This is a phrase we hear a lot: ‘international duty’. Can you explain it to our listeners?

Rich: Well, if you have a duty to do something it means that you have to do it because it’s your responsibility.

Jack: So when a player is chosen by their country they have a responsibility to represent their country and it is called international duty.

Rich: And this week Manchester Utd’s Wayne Rooney has created history while on international duty.

Jack: Yes, he has become England’s all-time top scorer. He’s now scored 50 international goals for England.

Rich: This record had lasted for 45 years!

Jack: It was Bobby Charlton who held the record before and he helped England win the World Cup in 1966 so it’s taken a long, long time to break this record.

Rich: There are a couple of interesting collocations that you used there: hold a record and break a record.

Jack: Yes, we use ‘hold a record’ to talk about the person who has the record so Bobby Charlton was the record holder.  He held the record for 45 years.

Rich: And then Wayne Rooney ‘broke the record’: which means to do something better than  before. We could also call Rooney a record breaker.

Jack: If we compare Rooney to Charlton we can now say that Wayne Rooney has scored more goals than Bobby Charlton.

Rich: Yes, we use ‘more than’ two compare two or more things. We can also say that Wayne Rooney has scored ‘the most’ goals in an England shirt.

Jack: And we use  ‘the most’ to say that this is the greatest number or quantity of something.

Rich: So is Rooney the best striker in English football history? Is he better than Bobby Charlton, Alan Shearer or Gary Lineker who scored 10 goals in World Cup Finals for England?.

Jack: Here we are using adjectives to compare things and there are special comparative and superlative forms we use to do this. ‘Better’ is the comparative form of good which we can use to compare two things, like in these examples: Rooney is better than Charlton. Utd are better than City etc.

Rich: And ‘the best’ is the superlative form of the adjective ‘good’, which we usually use when saying the thing which is top, for example: Chelsea were the best team in the Premier League last season.

Jack: The adjective ‘good’ is irregular and doesn’t follow the rules of most comparative and superlative forms. If you want to learn more about these structures try the exercises we’ve put below the podcast or check out our Learn English website. We’ve put a link on the side of this page. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/adjectives/comparative-and-superlative-adjectives

Rich: So who do you think is the best ever English striker, Jack?

Jack: I think it’s impossible to say who is the best or this player is better than that player because they played in different times and football has changed so much. But what you can say, is that Rooney is only 29 so he can score many more goals for England. He is the most prolific scorer in English football history and will hold this record for a long, long time and it will be very difficult for anyone to break.

Rich: That’s a very diplomatic answer. I like it.

Jack: Right, let’s move on. Have you got a prediction for us this week?

Rich: Wayne Rooney will be back from international duty and his record breaking week for England to play one of the biggest matches of the season, when Manchester Utd take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. Both teams will be trying to forget their recent results. Liverpool lost 3-0 at home to West Ham in their last match and Man Utd were beaten 2-1 at Swansea. There will be a fantastic atmosphere inside Old Trafford  for this match as there is a huge rivalry between these fans. I think Liverpool will finish the match happier but will have to settle for a draw. Final result: Manchester Utd 1-1 Liverpool.

Jack: A draw. Now it’s your turn to be diplomatic!

Rich: Well, I can’t predict a Liverpool win every time!

Jack: If you’ve got a prediction for this match or any other Premier League match this weekend let us know in the comments section below.

Rich: Well that’s all for now. Thanks for listening.

Jack: If you’re listening to this on itunes or elsewhere, come back to Premier Skills English for some language activities, a quiz and lots more. You can find us at www.britishcouncil.org/      .

Rich: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.

Jack:  Bye for now and enjoy your football.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/05/2020
TR
5074
points

Alan Shearer scored 260 Goals in the EPL and he is the top scorer


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/05/2020 23:08
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

Alan Shearer scored 260 Goals in the EPL and he is the top scorer

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/05/2020
TR
5074
points

I think Rooney is the best striker in English history


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/05/2020 23:07
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

I think Rooney is the best striker in English history

hsn
11/04/2020
TR
1072
points

In my opinion, listening and understanding is the main area of learning a foreign language .It's most important than reading and writing.

To select best player is hard issue. It depends his/her position in formation, harmony among team, being well-disciplined etc.

In my country I think the player of Galatasay team "Metin OKTAY" is the best ever goalscorer. I am also fan of opponent team Beşiktaş-:)


hsn
11/04/2020 18:52
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
1072

In my opinion, listening and understanding is the main area of learning a foreign language .It's most important than reading and writing.

To select best player is hard issue. It depends his/her position in formation, harmony among team, being well-disciplined etc.

In my country I think the player of Galatasay team "Metin OKTAY" is the best ever goalscorer. I am also fan of opponent team Beşiktaş-:)

sabanoleg
29/09/2017
UA
2121
points

The best striker Wayne Rooney in England and Andriy Shevchenko in Ukraine.I hope the next record breaker will be Andriy Yarmolenko.


sabanoleg
29/09/2017 06:57
Ukraine
Arsenal
2121

The best striker Wayne Rooney in England and Andriy Shevchenko in Ukraine.I hope the next record breaker will be Andriy Yarmolenko.

MES's picture
MES
29/01/2017
AM
684
points

not hard


MES's picture
MES
29/01/2017 17:13
Armenia
Manchester United
684

not hard

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
4754
points

The best ever player i will say is abedi pele


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 04:01
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

The best ever player i will say is abedi pele

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
4754
points

Asamoah Gyan has scored the most goals for ghana


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 04:00
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Asamoah Gyan has scored the most goals for ghana

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
4754
points

Allen Shearer has scored the most goals in the premier league


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:59
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Allen Shearer has scored the most goals in the premier league

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
4754
points

For now and till a long time to come he remains the greatest


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 03:58
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

For now and till a long time to come he remains the greatest

englishman
27/06/2016
DZ
1727
points

rooney
tasfaout, no


englishman
27/06/2016 15:46
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

rooney
tasfaout, no

englishman
27/06/2016
DZ
1727
points

that's it


englishman
27/06/2016 15:44
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

that's it

haydi's picture
haydi
31/05/2016
TN
3189
points

At the beginning of season, we thought that Leicester City were under stress, but now we know hat they have been under control.


haydi's picture
haydi
31/05/2016 14:15
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

At the beginning of season, we thought that Leicester City were under stress, but now we know hat they have been under control.

haydi's picture
haydi
31/05/2016
TN
3189
points

I think that listening to this podcast is quite easy; you speak slowly, loudly and pronounce all letters clearly.
Yes, I have some tips for Cynthia, it’s an advice from an English teacher at British Council Tunisia. He thinks that listening to English songs and reading lyrics at same time could improve our skills in hearing. He also gave me the same advice than yours: watching news on TV and looking at highlights on the screen.
A final tip, listening daily to something English (podcast, video, news, songs…) for 20 minutes has a big impact to improve our skills.


haydi's picture
haydi
31/05/2016 14:14
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

I think that listening to this podcast is quite easy; you speak slowly, loudly and pronounce all letters clearly.
Yes, I have some tips for Cynthia, it’s an advice from an English teacher at British Council Tunisia. He thinks that listening to English songs and reading lyrics at same time could improve our skills in hearing. He also gave me the same advice than yours: watching news on TV and looking at highlights on the screen.
A final tip, listening daily to something English (podcast, video, news, songs…) for 20 minutes has a big impact to improve our skills.

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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No,I don't.I think he is Alan Shearer.
Alan Shearer has scored the most goals in the Premier League.
Hakan Sukur has scored the most goals,which is 247,in my country.He is not best ever player,he is one the best football player.


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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016 20:30
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,I don't.I think he is Alan Shearer.
Alan Shearer has scored the most goals in the Premier League.
Hakan Sukur has scored the most goals,which is 247,in my country.He is not best ever player,he is one the best football player.

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assemjuve
04/01/2016
PS
3705
points

No,i think the best eve English striker is Alan Sherar. Alan Sherar has scored the most goals in the premier league.


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assemjuve
04/01/2016 18:39
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No,i think the best eve English striker is Alan Sherar. Alan Sherar has scored the most goals in the premier league.

crazyboy
29/11/2015
AL
128
points

Wayne Rooney still is going to be the best player in England.
Wayne Rooney has scored the most goals in the Premier League
In my country are two player that are retired from the football. Is Alban Bushi and Erion Bogdani both with 15 goal.


crazyboy
29/11/2015 13:37
Albania
Arsenal
128

Wayne Rooney still is going to be the best player in England.
Wayne Rooney has scored the most goals in the Premier League
In my country are two player that are retired from the football. Is Alban Bushi and Erion Bogdani both with 15 goal.

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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Rooney is best striker for England


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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015 15:58
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Rooney is best striker for England

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
01/11/2015
BR
1315
points

Sure. he does.


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almirpereira
01/11/2015 00:15
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Sure. he does.

Natka
28/10/2015
RU
279
points

Rooney the greatest? No, Messi and Ronaldo to my mind are the most prolific. By the way tastes differ.....Listening for me isn't very easy prossess but Cynthia's advises and transcript helped me a lot.I want to be more confident listener. So the more practice the better results like in football))))


Natka
28/10/2015 16:48
Russia
Chelsea
279

Rooney the greatest? No, Messi and Ronaldo to my mind are the most prolific. By the way tastes differ.....Listening for me isn't very easy prossess but Cynthia's advises and transcript helped me a lot.I want to be more confident listener. So the more practice the better results like in football))))

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aragorn1986
21/10/2015
ME
3557
points

I don't think he is the greatest ever, not yet. Alan Shearer. If you ask me, my country's best player ever is Dejan Savicevic.


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aragorn1986
21/10/2015 17:20
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I don't think he is the greatest ever, not yet. Alan Shearer. If you ask me, my country's best player ever is Dejan Savicevic.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
01/10/2015
DZ
3726
points

Rooney is the best striker in the English National team.
Lalmas is our best ever player since the birth of our Nation.


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elghoul
01/10/2015 21:52
Algeria
Manchester City
3726

Rooney is the best striker in the English National team.
Lalmas is our best ever player since the birth of our Nation.

Rema's picture
Rema
23/09/2015
RS
538
points

Wayne Rooney doesn't play very well this season in Premier League and he doesn't score yet.


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Rema
23/09/2015 13:23
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Wayne Rooney doesn't play very well this season in Premier League and he doesn't score yet.

Abdallah
21/09/2015
KW
1814
points

No , I don't see Rooney is the greatest ever English striker , instead of he broke the record but he hasn't won any competition with England .
Alan shearer scored the most goals in epl.


Abdallah
21/09/2015 04:30
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

No , I don't see Rooney is the greatest ever English striker , instead of he broke the record but he hasn't won any competition with England .
Alan shearer scored the most goals in epl.

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alimiloud
21/09/2015
DZ
160
points

Who has scored the most goals in the history of your country? Is he your country's best ever play


alimiloud's picture
alimiloud
21/09/2015 01:14
Algeria
Chelsea
160

Who has scored the most goals in the history of your country? Is he your country's best ever play

hachani mostapha
18/09/2015
DZ
241
points

hello im hachani mostapha from algeria and im a huge fan of your page you are quys help me a lot for my english and its a great adea when you mix it with football and i have a question for you guys when i watch tv i heard sometimes the world __soccer __ what is means does it means football thank you


hachani mostapha
18/09/2015 16:03
Algeria
Tottenham Hotspur
241

hello im hachani mostapha from algeria and im a huge fan of your page you are quys help me a lot for my english and its a great adea when you mix it with football and i have a question for you guys when i watch tv i heard sometimes the world __soccer __ what is means does it means football thank you

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Mamadou
13/09/2015
EG
8
points

i don't see Bobby Charlton so i can't compare between them, but Rooney is an awesome player, and he is my favorite striker right now.
Hosam Hassan has scored the most goals in Egypt. no, he isn't , my favorite player is Mohamed Abotrika


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Mamadou
13/09/2015 14:03
Egypt
Manchester United
8

i don't see Bobby Charlton so i can't compare between them, but Rooney is an awesome player, and he is my favorite striker right now.
Hosam Hassan has scored the most goals in Egypt. no, he isn't , my favorite player is Mohamed Abotrika

gilbers51
12/09/2015
BR
44
points

It was a very pleasant podcast. Easy to hear and understand what is talked.


gilbers51
12/09/2015 15:49
Brazil
Chelsea
44

It was a very pleasant podcast. Easy to hear and understand what is talked.

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VerdMead96
12/09/2015
PL
146
points

Referring to the questions, I'm really proud of the fact that the former England's all-time top scorer and his record breaker are both strongly related to Man Utd. I admit Wayne Rooney is a great striker but I still think Bobby Charlton is better than him. The most important thing that determines my opinion is the fact that Bobby is among these who managed to win the World Cup considered to be the most important and desired trophy in football. Alan Shearer scored impressive 260 goals in the Premier League and this is of course the current record. Poland's all-time top scorer is Włodzimierz Lubański with 48 goals. However, to my mind Poland's best ever player is Zbigniew Boniek. My prediction for the match is a draw as well. I hope for a good game and lots of goals so I predict 2-2.


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VerdMead96
12/09/2015 01:18
Poland
Manchester United
146

Referring to the questions, I'm really proud of the fact that the former England's all-time top scorer and his record breaker are both strongly related to Man Utd. I admit Wayne Rooney is a great striker but I still think Bobby Charlton is better than him. The most important thing that determines my opinion is the fact that Bobby is among these who managed to win the World Cup considered to be the most important and desired trophy in football. Alan Shearer scored impressive 260 goals in the Premier League and this is of course the current record. Poland's all-time top scorer is Włodzimierz Lubański with 48 goals. However, to my mind Poland's best ever player is Zbigniew Boniek. My prediction for the match is a draw as well. I hope for a good game and lots of goals so I predict 2-2.

VerdMead96's picture
VerdMead96
12/09/2015
PL
146
points

For me listening to these podcasts is quite easy, I don't have any problems with understanding you since your pronunciation is very clear. I sometimes have to look some single words up in the dictionary, for example in this podcast I didn't know the meaning of 'prolific'. My way of improving listening skills is watching English/American TV series or movies with English subtiltes and it helped me a lot not only with my listening but also speaking skills as movies/TV series are great sources of various phrases used in everyday English. My advice is to treat listening as an entertainment. Also doing any listening exercises as often as possible would instantly make you feel more confident in this aspect of English.


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VerdMead96
12/09/2015 00:44
Poland
Manchester United
146

For me listening to these podcasts is quite easy, I don't have any problems with understanding you since your pronunciation is very clear. I sometimes have to look some single words up in the dictionary, for example in this podcast I didn't know the meaning of 'prolific'. My way of improving listening skills is watching English/American TV series or movies with English subtiltes and it helped me a lot not only with my listening but also speaking skills as movies/TV series are great sources of various phrases used in everyday English. My advice is to treat listening as an entertainment. Also doing any listening exercises as often as possible would instantly make you feel more confident in this aspect of English.

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3kwesimanifest4754
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8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3349
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4Spain21874
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8Vietnam14790
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3Chelsea76801
4Arsenal70810
5Manchester City43214
6Leicester City11611
7Tottenham Hotspur10730
8Newcastle United8055
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Practise your listening skills.

Learn some new football vocabulary.

Practise using comparative and superlative structures.

Extension

If you want to practise more grammar related to comparative and superlative structures, check out these pages on our Learn English website from the British Council.