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oberto Firmino of Liverpool scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool.

Podcast 35

Podcast 35

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about a crazy and spectacular match between Norwich City and Liverpool. The match finished 5-4 to Liverpool, the match changed hands three times, there were two goals injury time and the Liverpool manager lost his glasses. The language focus is on linking words. We also have our latest riddle in our 'What's my Team?' competition!

'What's my Team?' Competition

This week, our Premier League fan is Adam. Listen to Adam’s riddle and try to work out 'what’s his team?' and you can win a fantastic Samsung Galaxy tablet!

"We’ve come a long way in a short time and now we’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. We moved into an amazing new ground a few years ago and signed some of the biggest names in football like Sergio Aguero from Argentina, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast and David Silva from Spain."  Adam - This week's Premier League fan.

How to enter the competition 

  1. Read about Adam, this week's Premier League fan.

  2. Guess Adam's favourite team.

  3. Write your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

  4. If you are not logged in or a registered member, you can register for free in the top right corner smiley

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In this podcast, Rich and Jack used some vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activities below to see how much you understand:

"The lead changed hands three times and there were two goals in injury time."

"This weekend, many of the Premier League teams are away to lower division teams."

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp, without his spectacles, celebrate their 95th minute winner in the 5-4 win against Norwich City.

Language - Linking Words

In the podcast, Rich and Jack spoke about linking words, which are words that are used to join two parts of a sentence together. In the podcast they used sentences that included; despite, whereas, however, on the one hand and on the other hand, and otherwise. Have a look at the example sentences below, then have a go at the activity.

Despite is used to contrast ideas and is followed by a noun.

"I enjoyed my holiday despite the rain."

Whereas is used to contrast two opposite ideas in one sentence and can be used either at the beginning or at the end of a sentence.

"Leicester are having a great season whereas Chelsea are not." or "Whereas Leicester are having a great season Chelsea are not."

However is also used to contrast two opposite ideas and is a formal way of using 'but'.

"I have never seen Manchester United play at Old Trafford, however I have seen them play away from home."

Otherwise is used to say what will happen if you don't do something.

"Aston Villa need to win more matches, otherwise they will be relegated."

On the one hand and on the other hand are used to introduce one idea and often the opposite to that idea.

"On one hand it’s fun to go to the beach but on the other hand it’s interesting to stay in a city."

 

Activity 2: Using linking words can help make your sentences more complex. In this activity, read the sentences and decide which word goes in which gap, then write one of the words from the example sentences above.
Can you write the linking word in the correct gaps?

The answer to last week's 'What's my Team?' competition was Arsenal. Congratulations to Gerdo from Italy! Your prize is on its way!

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Listen to the podcast and read the text at the same time.

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

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

Rich: This week, we’re going to talk about the craziest match of the Premier League season so far. And the language focus is on linkers, which are words and phrases that we use to link sentences together.   

Jack: Rich will make another Premier League prediction. And, of course, you have another chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet in our ‘What’s my Team?’ competition. This week, we’ve put the competition at the beginning of the podcast and you can also read the text at the top of the page.

Rich: So here you are: This week, our Premier League fan is Adam. Listen to Adam’s riddle and try to work out what’s his team?

Adam: We’ve come a long way in a short time and now we’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. We moved into an amazing new ground a few years ago and signed some of the biggest names in football like Sergio Aguero from Argentina, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast and David Silva from Spain.

Rich: Another easy one?

Jack: Aguero, Toure. and Silva; who’s the best out of those three. I think that’s a future discussion! Good luck to everyone in this week’s competition.

Rich: We’ve added the competition text to the site so you can read it as well as listen to it. So we’ve got  a question for you.

Jack: At the bottom of the page, there’s a vote. We’d like you to let us know what you prefer. When you’re learning new vocabulary and language in English do you prefer to listen to the new language or read it.

Rich: Click on the poll to vote and let us know. Your opinion will help us plan new materials for the website.

Rich: What was the answer to last week’s riddle Jack?

Jack: Last week, Martin spoke about my team - Arsenal. Arsenal’s nickname is, of course, the Gunners and the Professor that Martin spoke about is the Arsenal manager - Arsene Wenger. If Wenger could get a few more wins against Chelsea we might have won a few more trophies in recent seasons.

Rich: It was a bit disappointing for Arsenal fans to lose to Chelsea at the weekend, however, I’d prefer to be in Arsenal’s position than Chelsea’s.

Jack: Yes, you’re right but it was still a disappointing result. Anyway back to last week’s competition.

Rich: We have selected a winner at random from the correct answers and the seventeenth winner of the What’s my team? competition is Gerdo, a Manchester City fan from Italy. Congratulations Gerdo! We’ll be in contact with you this week.

Jack: Well done Gerdo!

Rich: Last week we asked you about the January transfer Window and we had some interesting responses from you. AssemJuve from the United Arab Emirates would like to see Steven Gerrard back at Liverpool and some players from Borussia Dortmund, which is where Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp made his name.

Jack: SalvaGH from Spain would like to see Manchester City buy a defender because he’s worried about Vincent Kompany’s injury.

Rich: Amaral from Albania would like Mathieu Debuchy to return to Newcastle from Arsenal and Edmond Eloyan from Armenia would like Manchester Utd to also buy a defender - maybe Mats Hummels from Dortmund.

Jack: Abdallah from Kuwait would like Chelsea to buy Ronaldo from Real Madrid. I think quite a few fans would like to have Ronaldo in their team! And, finally, I agree with Nikosonris from Ukraine and Aragorn1986 from Montenegro who say that Arsenal just need to get their injured players back in the team and don’t need to buy anyone.

Rich: Thanks for all your comments. We’re really happy to read them and that you are replying to each other. We’ve noticed that a few of you are using the @ symbol to reply to specific people on the website. We agree that this is a good way for website users to see that a comment is directed to them.

Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?

Rich: It’s all changed at the top of the table again. Arsenal started the weekend at the top of the table but are now third after that 1-0 defeat to Chelsea. Manchester City are up to second place after a 2-2 draw against West Ham. Sergio Aguero got two goals for City and Enner Valencia, from Ecuador, got two goals for the Hammers in a great match.

Jack: But, it’s this season’s surprise team - Leicester City who are back on top. The Foxes beat Stoke 3-0 and Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who was named Algeria’s player of the year this weekend, were back in great form.

Rich: But this week we’re going to speak about the craziest game of the season so far. It finished Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool  It was the first 5-4 match in the Premier League in over 10 years, the lead changed hands three times and there were two goals in injury time.

Jack: I saw Liverpool’s manager lost his glasses in the celebrations. It was very funny. He said after the match he had an extra pair of glasses but couldn’t find them. He said ‘You can’t find glasses without glasses.’

Rich: It was a spectacular match. And a lot of newspapers in England chose the headline ‘What a spectacle!’ to describe the match.

Jack: Spectacular is an adjective that means something is very good or impressive and a spectacle is a noun to describe a performance that was spectacular.

Rich: And spectacles is an old word to describe glasses so lots of newspapers chose the headline ‘What a spectacle!’ with a photo of Klopp losing his glasses when celebrating Liverpool’s winning goal.

Jack: This week the language focus is on linking words and we’ve chosen a few sentences to describe the Norwich - Liverpool match. The first sentence is It was a great match despite some bad defending’.

Rich: The linking word here is despite and we use despite to contrast two different things. It was a great match which is a positive thing and bad defending which is a negative thing and we use despite to link the two things together and show that one thing doesn’t change the other thing. Despite is usually followed by a noun.

Jack: Let’s look at another couple of examples, you could say, ‘The player continued despite his injury.’ or ‘Despite his injury the player continued’, or we could say ‘I enjoyed my holiday despite the rain.’

Rich: Let’s look at another sentence: ‘The result leaves Norwich just a point above the relegation zone whereas Liverpool have moved up to 7th place in the table.’ The linking word here is ‘whereas’ which we use two compare or contrast two different, sometimes opposite facts.

Jack: Another example might be ‘Leicester are having a great season whereas Chelsea are not’ or ‘I really like the Harry Potter books whereas the films were really boring.’ So, is it right that you can use whereas instead of the word but?

Rich: That’s right Jack, and another word you can use to replace but is however.  Norwich City thought they had got a point with a 92nd minute equaliser, however Liverpool scored the winner in the 95th minute. We also use however to contrast two ideas.  It is a bit more formal than ‘but’.

Jack: Another example might be I’ve never seen Manchester United play at Old Trafford, however I have seen them play away.

Rich: Another phrase we can use is on one hand and on the other hand to contrast two ideas when we want to give a balanced argument. For example we could say: On one hand I think Norwich will continue to score lots more goals this season but on the other hand they will concede lots of goals if they defend like they did against Liverpool.

Jack: On one hand is used to introduce one idea and then on the other hand is used to introduce another idea that is often the opposite of the first idea. Another example might be thinking about my next holiday: “On one hand it’s fun to go to the beach but on the other hand it’s interesting to stay in a city.”’

Rich: This next sentence is a little bit different;  I think both Norwich and Liverpool need to concede fewer goals, otherwise Norwich will be relegated and Liverpool won’t get into the top 4. The linking word is otherwise and it’s used to show what will happen if the action is not taken. You could say ‘Norwich need to concede fewer goals because if they don’t they will be relegated.

Jack: Otherwise is quite formal. In most cases, if you want to be less formal, you can use the word ‘or’. When speaking you would probably say; ‘Close the window, or it will get cold’ but you might hear a teacher say ‘You need to revise new vocabulary at home, otherwise you will forget the new words.’

Rich: If you want to know more about these types of linking words, have a go at the activities that I have put on this page or take a look at the activities and explanations on our Learn English website. I’ve put a link on the side of this page.

Jack: Which brings us to our questions for you this week. Question 1. Can you tell us about a match that had an unexpected or surprising final score?

Rich: Question 2. Have you ever enjoyed a match or a trip to watch your team play despite your team losing or playing really badly?

Jack: Question 3. What things do you need to do in your everyday life, and what will happen if you don’t do them? When you answer the questions, try to use some of the linking words that we’ve been speaking about in the podcast.

Jack: Right, for the next minute we’d like you to listen very carefully. We are going to use lots of linking words and we’d like you to listen and try to hear all of them that we use. I was a bit disappointed with your prediction last week. If you had gone for a Chelsea win, Arsenal might have got a better result.

Rich: Haha, yes maybe, but I doubt it.

Jack: Not many of our website users predicted a Chelsea win either. However, AssemJuve from UAE, Messaouda from Algeria, Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Rasha Nahas from Saudi Arabia, Ruslanjon from Uzbekistan, Nyinyi from Myanmar, and. AleksanderR from Montenegro did predict a Chelsea win, although none of them predicted the correct score.

Rich: Despite Chelsea’s recent form they still managed to beat Arsenal. Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea in their last 9 Premier League matches.

Jack: Right, what about your prediction this weekend, Rich? There aren’t any Premier League matches!

Rich: There are no Premier League matches this weekend, however many Premier League teams are in action in the FA Cup. On one hand it’s disappointing we have to wait for the next round of Premier League matches, but on the other hand it’s a chance to see if a  smaller club can shock one of the Premier League teams. Despite the FA Cup usually providing lots of surprising results, in the last round, only Swansea City lost to a team from a lower division. However, this weekend many of the Premier League teams are away to lower division teams so the chances of shocks increase. Manchester Utd, Tottenham, Bournemouth, Watford, Everton and Chelsea are all away to lower division teams. I think the Premier League teams need to play their best teams otherwise they could lose. I predict that Bournemouth and Watford will lose to Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest in the weekend’s shock results. What do you think, Jack?

Jack: I’m not sure but I think Manchester Utd have a difficult cup-tie. Right, anyway that’s it for today - we’ve run out of time! Thanks for listening. And don’t forget to write your answers to the competition, our questions, your predictions and anything you want to say about the website or football English in the comments below.

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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What do you think?

Can you tell us about a match that had an unexpected or surprising final score?

Have you ever enjoyed a match or a trip to watch your team play despite your team losing or playing really badly?

What things do you need to do in your everyday life, and what will happen if you don’t do them?

When you answer the questions, try to use some of the linking words that we’ve been speaking about in the podcast.

 
Rich predicts that Watford and Bournemouth will be the Premier League teams to lose in the FA Cup this weekend. Do you agree?
 
Remember to write your competition answers, predictions and answers to the questions above in the comments section below. Good luck!.

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Rema's picture
Rema
27/01/2016
RS
538
points

My answer is Manchester City.


Rema's picture
Rema
27/01/2016 12:23
Serbia
West Ham United
538

My answer is Manchester City.

shunka
27/01/2016
AM
142
points

Adam's favorite team is of course Manchester City.


shunka
27/01/2016 12:22
Armenia
Arsenal
142

Adam's favorite team is of course Manchester City.

Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
27/01/2016
AM
284
points

As for me it is easier to learn new vocabulary while listening rather than reading. My preference is based on the lack of time. The thing is that when you don't have that much time you cannot sit and learn some new words. but at least you can hear the news or whatever the learning material is and catch the new words and learn them. On the other hand my visual memory is better because when I see the word written I remember it better then when i hear it several times. Whereas I prefer learn by listening just due to lack of time.


Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
27/01/2016 12:18
Armenia
Manchester United
284

As for me it is easier to learn new vocabulary while listening rather than reading. My preference is based on the lack of time. The thing is that when you don't have that much time you cannot sit and learn some new words. but at least you can hear the news or whatever the learning material is and catch the new words and learn them. On the other hand my visual memory is better because when I see the word written I remember it better then when i hear it several times. Whereas I prefer learn by listening just due to lack of time.

Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
27/01/2016
AM
284
points

I think there are some other teams as well which are probable to lose in the FA Cup, how I agree with Rich that these two teams will definitely lose.
I think there are a lot of things people want to do in their everyday life but due to some circumstances they dont manage to do. As for me I just need a little extra time in my everyday routine to manage extra things. Just because I have a small son who is so much naughty running all the time. He is so active and always wants my attention. whereas I have other occupations to do.
If I just had a little time I would have done an online course for a degree. Like I could do an MA.
I could develop my English teaching skills with some webinars.
Had I the time I would have taken part in various trainings for ESL teachers worldwide.
However, I do hope that in a year I would be able to do all these mentioned aboves.


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Sonchina
27/01/2016 12:12
Armenia
Manchester United
284

I think there are some other teams as well which are probable to lose in the FA Cup, how I agree with Rich that these two teams will definitely lose.
I think there are a lot of things people want to do in their everyday life but due to some circumstances they dont manage to do. As for me I just need a little extra time in my everyday routine to manage extra things. Just because I have a small son who is so much naughty running all the time. He is so active and always wants my attention. whereas I have other occupations to do.
If I just had a little time I would have done an online course for a degree. Like I could do an MA.
I could develop my English teaching skills with some webinars.
Had I the time I would have taken part in various trainings for ESL teachers worldwide.
However, I do hope that in a year I would be able to do all these mentioned aboves.

dzoleodstip
27/01/2016
MK
42
points

'What's my Team?' competition
Adam's team is: Manchester City F.C.


dzoleodstip
27/01/2016 10:53
Macedonia
Watford
42

'What's my Team?' competition
Adam's team is: Manchester City F.C.

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MUGEMANYI
27/01/2016
RW
2320
points

Adam's team is Manchester city


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MUGEMANYI
27/01/2016 10:25
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Adam's team is Manchester city

Muhammad Umair
27/01/2016
PK
71
points

this week answer is (Manchester City)


Muhammad Umair
27/01/2016 09:59
Pakistan
Norwich City
71

this week answer is (Manchester City)

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maenkhalaf
27/01/2016
JO
6
points

Manchester City F.C.


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maenkhalaf
27/01/2016 08:18
Jordan
Manchester United
6

Manchester City F.C.

maenkhalaf's picture
maenkhalaf
27/01/2016
JO
6
points

Congrats to Gordeo from Italy.


maenkhalaf's picture
maenkhalaf
27/01/2016 08:17
Jordan
Manchester United
6

Congrats to Gordeo from Italy.

Aleksandr
27/01/2016
UZ
774
points

For me the most match that made me crasy was Istanbul CL final at 2005. It was very surprising final score after the 1 half. But I will remember this game forever


Aleksandr
27/01/2016 08:05
Uzbekistan
Liverpool
774

For me the most match that made me crasy was Istanbul CL final at 2005. It was very surprising final score after the 1 half. But I will remember this game forever

Aleksandr
27/01/2016
UZ
774
points

My team competition is Manchester City


Aleksandr
27/01/2016 07:56
Uzbekistan
Liverpool
774

My team competition is Manchester City

Aleksandr
27/01/2016
UZ
774
points

COngratulation to Gerdo!!


Aleksandr
27/01/2016 07:56
Uzbekistan
Liverpool
774

COngratulation to Gerdo!!

Gerdo
27/01/2016
IT
79
points

Thank you everyone for the congratulations and thank you Rich and Jack! It is the first time that I win something, so I am very happy.


Gerdo
27/01/2016 06:48
Italy
Manchester City
79

Thank you everyone for the congratulations and thank you Rich and Jack! It is the first time that I win something, so I am very happy.

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Rema
27/01/2016
RS
538
points

Congrats Gerdo ;)


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Rema
27/01/2016 15:44
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Congrats Gerdo ;)

SAFWAN20000
27/01/2016
SA
214
points

The team is manchester city


SAFWAN20000
27/01/2016 05:54
Saudi Arabia
Chelsea
214

The team is manchester city

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/01/2016
UA
2926
points

Bournemouth might lose to Portsmouth, whereas Watford is not going to lose to Nottingham Forest.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/01/2016 05:49
Ukraine
Liverpool
2926

Bournemouth might lose to Portsmouth, whereas Watford is not going to lose to Nottingham Forest.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/01/2016
UA
2926
points

It was in the remote 1988. With my two friends we were in Moscow on the 28-th of May. We watched the Cup Final (USSR) between our Metallist from Kharkov (now Ukraine) and Torpedo from Moscow. Our team Metallist had always been a home team. They seldom lost in Kharkov. However, they always were a cup-tie team ! So. chances were 40 : 60 approximately. The match was difficult for both teams. Despite being guests our boys fought till the end and won 2 : 0 ! The Cup of the USSR was ours ! It was at the same time surprising and fabulous. What's more. Metallist did that on my birthday. Great guys !..........Btw, it is the greatest achievement of the team. In Ukraine they were third six times and the runners-up once.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/01/2016 05:46
Ukraine
Liverpool
2926

It was in the remote 1988. With my two friends we were in Moscow on the 28-th of May. We watched the Cup Final (USSR) between our Metallist from Kharkov (now Ukraine) and Torpedo from Moscow. Our team Metallist had always been a home team. They seldom lost in Kharkov. However, they always were a cup-tie team ! So. chances were 40 : 60 approximately. The match was difficult for both teams. Despite being guests our boys fought till the end and won 2 : 0 ! The Cup of the USSR was ours ! It was at the same time surprising and fabulous. What's more. Metallist did that on my birthday. Great guys !..........Btw, it is the greatest achievement of the team. In Ukraine they were third six times and the runners-up once.

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salwaelzeny
27/01/2016
EG
71
points

Adam's favourite team is Manchester City Football Club .


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salwaelzeny
27/01/2016 01:52
Egypt
Manchester United
71

Adam's favourite team is Manchester City Football Club .

esraaelzeny's picture
esraaelzeny
27/01/2016
EG
48
points

Adam favorite team is Manchester City
Full name :Manchester City Football Club
Nickname(s) :City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues
Short name :MCFC


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esraaelzeny
27/01/2016 01:46
Egypt
Chelsea
48

Adam favorite team is Manchester City
Full name :Manchester City Football Club
Nickname(s) :City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues
Short name :MCFC

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kwesimanifest
26/01/2016
GH
4725
points

Manchester City


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kwesimanifest
26/01/2016 22:54
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

Manchester City

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halola1999
26/01/2016
EG
19
points

Manchester City F.C.


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halola1999
26/01/2016 21:01
Egypt
Arsenal
19

Manchester City F.C.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
26/01/2016
UA
2926
points

Congrats to Gerdo ! I like Italian football. It's sincere.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
26/01/2016 19:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
2926

Congrats to Gerdo ! I like Italian football. It's sincere.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
26/01/2016
UA
2926
points

Adam's favourite team is Manchester City F.C., or The Citizens, or The Sky Blues.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
26/01/2016 19:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
2926

Adam's favourite team is Manchester City F.C., or The Citizens, or The Sky Blues.

le.khadeejah
26/01/2016
DZ
87
points

Manchester City F.C


le.khadeejah
26/01/2016 19:19
Algeria
Liverpool
87

Manchester City F.C

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messaouda
26/01/2016
DZ
887
points

Manchester City F.C


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messaouda
26/01/2016 19:18
Algeria
Chelsea
887

Manchester City F.C

Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
26/01/2016
AM
284
points

the match that had an unexpected ending was between Manchester and QPR ending in 3-2. Manchester was losing the game in 1-2 but after the 90th minute They scored the incredulous 2 goals winning the match and becoming the Premier League Champion in 2011-2012.
As to your second question I did enjoy this game. was really crying all my tears. Despite the fact that it was not my favorite team Manchester United. but the game was incredible. have no words to describe the emotions I had at the time. Even now while rewatching those moments I can't help crying.


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Sonchina
26/01/2016 17:54
Armenia
Manchester United
284

the match that had an unexpected ending was between Manchester and QPR ending in 3-2. Manchester was losing the game in 1-2 but after the 90th minute They scored the incredulous 2 goals winning the match and becoming the Premier League Champion in 2011-2012.
As to your second question I did enjoy this game. was really crying all my tears. Despite the fact that it was not my favorite team Manchester United. but the game was incredible. have no words to describe the emotions I had at the time. Even now while rewatching those moments I can't help crying.

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I also wanted to pick that match :) I still can't forget the live commentary of Man Utd vs Sunderland and Man City vs QPR, as well as the reaction of both Manchester-based squads when the last 5 minutes turned everything upside down. A season to remember for Man City!


nikosonris
01/02/2016 13:18
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I also wanted to pick that match :) I still can't forget the live commentary of Man Utd vs Sunderland and Man City vs QPR, as well as the reaction of both Manchester-based squads when the last 5 minutes turned everything upside down. A season to remember for Man City!

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Sonchina
26/01/2016
AM
284
points

Congratulations to you Gerdo. Looking forward to mine :((((


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Sonchina
26/01/2016 17:29
Armenia
Manchester United
284

Congratulations to you Gerdo. Looking forward to mine :((((

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Good luck sonchina


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:29
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Good luck sonchina

Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
26/01/2016
AM
284
points

Adams favorite is Manchester City


Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
26/01/2016 17:28
Armenia
Manchester United
284

Adams favorite is Manchester City

nikosonris
26/01/2016
UA
2453
points

Congratulations to Gerdo from Italy! Well Done!)


nikosonris
26/01/2016 16:59
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Congratulations to Gerdo from Italy! Well Done!)

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Indeed nikosonris,how're you doing?


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:27
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Indeed nikosonris,how're you doing?

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Rafayel
26/01/2016
AM
516
points

And Adam's favorite team is Manchester City.


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Rafayel
26/01/2016 16:58
Armenia
Arsenal
516

And Adam's favorite team is Manchester City.

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Rafayel
26/01/2016
AM
516
points

Ok Rich what concerns your prediction I am not that sure. on one hand I agree, on the other I don't. it's like 50-50. they may lose and may not. but I think that Aston Villa is also probable to lose.


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Rafayel
26/01/2016 16:57
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Ok Rich what concerns your prediction I am not that sure. on one hand I agree, on the other I don't. it's like 50-50. they may lose and may not. but I think that Aston Villa is also probable to lose.

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Rafayel
26/01/2016
AM
516
points

Well, the match that I do remember and which really had an unexpected end was in 2012 30th October between Reading and ARsenal (Capital One Cup) ending in 5-7 . That was really an awesome game. After losing the game in 4-0, Arsenal equals the score to 4-4. and then in the overtime game at last manages to win by an incredible score of 5-7.
the 2nd question is a bit difficult for me to answer because i cannot recall it right now. but I can say that I did enjoy yesterday's match even thought my favorite team Arsenal lost the game. But they did really play a good game though there were only 10 players.
Now I am a university student and still have two years to graduate. And in my everyday life I lack doing a lot of practise of my English skills. I want to take IELTS exam for my study abroad but I don't practise all the time. On one hand I do understand that without much practise I won't be able to get a high score and get a scholarship to study , on the other hand maybe I am a bit lazy and don't put much effort in it. But I hope that this website will also help me practising and improving my Language.


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Rafayel
26/01/2016 16:47
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Well, the match that I do remember and which really had an unexpected end was in 2012 30th October between Reading and ARsenal (Capital One Cup) ending in 5-7 . That was really an awesome game. After losing the game in 4-0, Arsenal equals the score to 4-4. and then in the overtime game at last manages to win by an incredible score of 5-7.
the 2nd question is a bit difficult for me to answer because i cannot recall it right now. but I can say that I did enjoy yesterday's match even thought my favorite team Arsenal lost the game. But they did really play a good game though there were only 10 players.
Now I am a university student and still have two years to graduate. And in my everyday life I lack doing a lot of practise of my English skills. I want to take IELTS exam for my study abroad but I don't practise all the time. On one hand I do understand that without much practise I won't be able to get a high score and get a scholarship to study , on the other hand maybe I am a bit lazy and don't put much effort in it. But I hope that this website will also help me practising and improving my Language.

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Thanks Rafael to share your experience, I'm not good at English but I try to spend 2 hours everyday on learning English.


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:25
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Thanks Rafael to share your experience, I'm not good at English but I try to spend 2 hours everyday on learning English.

SalvaGH
26/01/2016
ES
841
points

Talking about this past weekend, amongst the results that surprised me, some of them were: Betis 1-1 Real Madrid, Norwich 4-5 Liverpool (I didn't see the match but the score is really impressive) and Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (I didn't see the match but predicted an Arsenal win).
I would also say that despite of the fact I was expecting a comfortable win for Real Madrid they were stopped by a great Betis that defended quite well. However, I think Real Madrid deserved to win.


SalvaGH
26/01/2016 16:31
Spain
Manchester City
841

Talking about this past weekend, amongst the results that surprised me, some of them were: Betis 1-1 Real Madrid, Norwich 4-5 Liverpool (I didn't see the match but the score is really impressive) and Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (I didn't see the match but predicted an Arsenal win).
I would also say that despite of the fact I was expecting a comfortable win for Real Madrid they were stopped by a great Betis that defended quite well. However, I think Real Madrid deserved to win.

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Rafayel
27/01/2016
AM
516
points

Dear Salva Gh I would like to correct one of your mistakes. The thing is that when we use despite , there is no preposition after it. I mean - Despite the fact .... but instead when we use in spite , we do use the preposition of - In spite of the fact .....
Hope you don't mind it.
just wrote coz it was among the linking words. so just thought to be of some help.


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Rafayel
27/01/2016 20:09
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Dear Salva Gh I would like to correct one of your mistakes. The thing is that when we use despite , there is no preposition after it. I mean - Despite the fact .... but instead when we use in spite , we do use the preposition of - In spite of the fact .....
Hope you don't mind it.
just wrote coz it was among the linking words. so just thought to be of some help.

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Rema
28/01/2016
RS
538
points

@Rafayel It's my pleasure to see how good people want to help the others as you done in your previous comment :)


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Rema
28/01/2016 23:54
Serbia
West Ham United
538

@Rafayel It's my pleasure to see how good people want to help the others as you done in your previous comment :)

SalvaGH
26/01/2016
ES
841
points

The competition answer is Manchester City FC.


SalvaGH
26/01/2016 16:22
Spain
Manchester City
841

The competition answer is Manchester City FC.

SalvaGH
26/01/2016
ES
841
points

In respect with the method of learning english, I prefer listening because I can do it while I go shopping or while I go to University whereas reading hasn't be done these ways. Moreover, I think that listening people talking English is better than only reading because you listen to the pronunciation and that'll help you understand English better. However, listening could be a little harder than reading because you may not catch some words, in particular those words regarding to specific languages.
All in all, I have no doubt that listening is a better form of learning English, I used lots of listenings and it's been the best way to improve.


SalvaGH
26/01/2016 16:21
Spain
Manchester City
841

In respect with the method of learning english, I prefer listening because I can do it while I go shopping or while I go to University whereas reading hasn't be done these ways. Moreover, I think that listening people talking English is better than only reading because you listen to the pronunciation and that'll help you understand English better. However, listening could be a little harder than reading because you may not catch some words, in particular those words regarding to specific languages.
All in all, I have no doubt that listening is a better form of learning English, I used lots of listenings and it's been the best way to improve.

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Both reading and listening together help to improve English skills of the learner. I use both


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:21
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Both reading and listening together help to improve English skills of the learner. I use both

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Rafayel
26/01/2016
AM
516
points

Dear Rich and Jack I see that you haven't noticed but I did predict the right score for the last week's game Arsenal-Chelsea to end in 0-1. you can go and recheck the comments. Thanks in advance.


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Rafayel
26/01/2016 16:18
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Dear Rich and Jack I see that you haven't noticed but I did predict the right score for the last week's game Arsenal-Chelsea to end in 0-1. you can go and recheck the comments. Thanks in advance.

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Well done Rafayel


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:14
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Well done Rafayel

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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Well done Rafayel


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MUGEMANYI
04/02/2016 14:12
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Well done Rafayel

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Rema
27/01/2016
RS
538
points

@Rafayel You hit the spot(You were exactly right about exact score). Congratulations ;)
My suggestion: Try to avoid prediction of matches when your team is involved?


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Rema
27/01/2016 13:20
Serbia
West Ham United
538

@Rafayel You hit the spot(You were exactly right about exact score). Congratulations ;)
My suggestion: Try to avoid prediction of matches when your team is involved?

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Rafayel
27/01/2016
AM
516
points

Thanks Rema. I will take into consideration your suggestion. I wish i could be lucky in other aspects as well and not just predicting the match.


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Rafayel
27/01/2016 19:58
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Thanks Rema. I will take into consideration your suggestion. I wish i could be lucky in other aspects as well and not just predicting the match.

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admin
27/01/2016
GB
334
points

Hi Rafayel - thanks for pointing out our mistake. As Rich says, we'll apologise properly in the podcast next week.

Well done for getting the score right... As an Arsenal fan, how did you come up with your prediction?

Thanks


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admin
27/01/2016 12:28
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Hi Rafayel - thanks for pointing out our mistake. As Rich says, we'll apologise properly in the podcast next week.

Well done for getting the score right... As an Arsenal fan, how did you come up with your prediction?

Thanks

nika_chelsea25
01/02/2016
GE
1667
points

there is not any prize to 2 and 3 places?


nika_chelsea25
01/02/2016 15:29
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

there is not any prize to 2 and 3 places?

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Rich
01/02/2016
ES
374
points

You've got lots of points NIka, well done! No, there are no prizes for second and third places, but we have had a prize every week in the podcast competition. Did you write your answer?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
01/02/2016 16:25
Spain
Liverpool
374

You've got lots of points NIka, well done! No, there are no prizes for second and third places, but we have had a prize every week in the podcast competition. Did you write your answer?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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