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Podcast 43 - Favourite Words

Podcast 43 - Favourite Words

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about all the latest news from the Premier League and some of their favourite football words and phrases. The language focus is on circumlocution strategies, which are skills that you use to describe a word that you don't know in English.

Transcript: If the listening is difficult, use the transcript to help you understand.
Read and listen at the same time.
Welcome
 
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 some of our favourite football words and phrases, the latest news from the Premier League and the language focus is on circumlocution skills,
 
Jack: What?
 
Rich: more simply, the skills and strategies you can use to explain a word that you don’t know.
 
Jack: And later, we have another vote for you to take part in and Rich will make another Premier League prediction. 
 
Rich: No I won’t...
 
Jack: No you won’t! There are no Premier League matches this weekend. Instead, maybe you can predict the teams that will finish in the top four? What do you think?
 
Rich: I think I can have a go at that.
 
Social
 
Jack: Last week we asked you to vote for the player that you thought would win this season’s Golden Boot, which is the award or prize that goes to the player who scores the most Premier League goals.
 
Rich: We gave you 5 players to choose from but there are only 2 players that you think are in the race; Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
 
Jack: 46% of you went for Kane and 38% of you chose Vardy as your winner. Harry Kane added 2? more goals against Bournemouth this weekend and is now in front but Riyad Mahrez scored again and is chasing the Tottenham striker maybe there will be a surprise at the end of the season?
 
Rich: Last week we also spoke about the best goalscorers in the Premier League. Kwesimanifest from Ghana thinks that the player who scores the most is the best goalscorer but SalvaGH from Spain, HassanRaja447 from Pakistan and  Elghoul from Algeria say that this doesn’t mean that he is the best striker. SalvaGH thinks the best striker is Sergio Aguero. Is there a difference between the best goalscorer and the best striker?
 
Jack: I think so. Maybe a striker scores a lot of penalties, as Alex from Ukraine mentions, which makes a difference to the goals he scores. Also to be a good striker includes other skills like holding the ball up for teammates and getting assists for goals, too.
 
Rich: We didn’t only speak about strikers, we asked for your  best players in positions all over the pitch. There was a lot of love for Arsenal’s  Petr Cech in goal and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
 
Jack: HakanUslu1881 talked about Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen in defence. I think he’s had a great season.
 
Rich: Dmitri Payet at West Ham, too. He’s been playing out of his skin!
 
Jack: ‘Out of his skin’ - what a great phrase! It’s an idiom or expression to mean to play as well as you possibly can. The whole Leicester team have been playing out of their skins this season.
 
Rich: I have to agree with that.
 
Latest news
 
Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?
 
Rich: There was a lot of action at the top and bottom of the Premier League last weekend. Leicester won away at Crystal Palace. Jamie Vardy crossing for Riyad Mahrez to score the only goal of the game.
 
Jack: Those two are unbelievable.
 
Rich: And the defence is magnificent, too. That’s four 1-0 wins in their last five matches.
 
Jack: And who are chasing the Foxes?
 
Rich: Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at Everton, Spurs ………. And Man derby match?????
 
Jack: And it’s getting exciting at the bottom, too. 
 
Rich: Aston Villa are nearly gone after a 1-0 defeat to Swansea but Norwich are still fighting after a 1-0 win away to West Brom and Newcastle and Sunderland ….????? In the Tyne Wear Derby.
 
Jack: Derby matches are great. The matches are always played at 100 miles an hour and the form book often goes out the window in these matches. 
 
Rich: A couple of great phrases to describe derby matches there, Jack. The match is played at 100 miles an hour, this means that the match is played very quickly, there is not much time on the ball and there are lots of tackles. I don’t know why players still play like this in Derby matches. I think it might be the atmosphere in the stadium - they know how important matches these matches are.
 
Jack: The phrase ‘the formbook goes out of the window’ is often used about derby matches and means that it doesn’t matter where the teams are in the table or what results the teams have had recently, either team can win. Before this weekend, Sunderland had won 6 consecutive Tyne Wear Derby matches against Newcastle and they were nearly always below them in the table.
 
Rich: These phrases are great and in this week’s language focus we’re going to talk about some of our favourite football words and phrases.
 
Language focus
 
Jack: Right, we’re going to play a little game and I hope it will be fun and also help you a little when you need to say something in English but you don’t know the word.
 
Rich: We’re going to describe one of our favourite football words or phrases and you have to guess what the word is.
 
Jack: To describe each word we use relative clauses and some other phrases. Look at the explanations and activities on the page under this podcast if you’re not sure about how to use relative clauses and pronouns. 
 
Rich: Remember there are always explanations and activities to help you understand the podcast on the website.
 
Jack: Right! It’s your job to guess the word and write your answers in the comments section below.
 
Rich: But, we’ll probably cover up your answers in the comments 
 
Rich: so it gives everyone time to guess. Shall we do that, Rich?
 
Rich: Yes, I think that’s probably the best way.
 
Jack: What’s your first word or phrase, Rich?
 
Rich: It’s a word rather than a phrase and one of my favourite football actions. The word is 
 
 
 
Rich: Ohh, I’ve just thought of another one. It’s a bit difficult but let’s have a go. ‘Hairdryer treatment’.
 
Jack: Right, if you know any of the answers to our favourite football words and phrases, put them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
 
Rich: We’d also like you to play the same game. Tell us about one of your favourite football words or phrases and describe it in the comments section.
 
Jack: Everybody else can guess what the word or phrase is, so don’t write it in your comment! You can tell us later in the wee if anybody gets it right!
 
Rich: And, if you want to learn more about circumlocution strategies, you can check out The English Game which is our video series on Premier Skills English that follows English learners from around the world as they do different challenges. I’ve put a link to the episode in the supermarket that focuses on these strategies.
Prediction
Jack: So there are no Premier League matches this week because of the international break. So, with there only being 7 or 8 matches left for most teams, how do you think the Premier League will finish, Rich? What are your predictions for the top 4?
 
Rich: Leicester, Spurs, Arsenal, Man City and Aston Villa, Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle.
 
Jack: You heard it here first. You probably don’t need to watch the rest of the games this season!
 
Rich: 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 our football vocabulary game, make your predictions and comment on anything you want to say about the website or football English in the message section below.
 
Jack: 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.
 
Rich:  Bye for now and enjoy your football!

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

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

"Dmitri Payet is playing out of his skin at West Ham."

"In derby matches, the form book goes out the window."

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?

Harry Kane scored twice against Bournemouth and is now the Premier League's top scorer.

Language - Circumlocution Strategies

In the podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about some of their favourite football words and phrases and played a game where you had to guess what they were speaking about. In this game, they used phrases to describe the words. These phrases often used relative clauses that usually begin with relative pronouns such as; which, that, who and where etc. Using relative clauses is very important, especially if you need to describe a word that you don't know in English. Have a look at these examples from the podcast:

"A ***** is an object which is used by a baby to suck on."

"To **** *** *** is a phrase that means to defend a lot with all the team."

We use different relative pronouns or adverbs for different reasons. When we are talking about people we can use 'that' or 'who'. Have a look the table below for some more relative pronouns and when we use them.

Relative Pronoun/Adverb
When do we use it?
Example
that
To talk about things and people.
The captain is the player that talks to the referee.
which
To talk about things.
A dummy is a type of football action which is done without touching the ball.
who
To talk about people.
The referee is the man who makes all the decisions.
where
To talk about places. 
The centre circle is where the match kicks off.
when
To talk about time.
Injury time is when a lot of goals are scored.

 

There are other phrases we can also use to describe things if we don't know the word. Take a look at these sentences from the podcast:

"It's a type of football action which I love to see on the pitch."

"It's made of plastic and babies put it in their mouths."

If you want to practise this more, have a go at the activity below or check out our Learn English Grammar Pages.

Activity 2: One way to describe something you're not sure about is by using relative clauses and pronouns. Do you know how to use relative pronouns correctly? In this activity, write the correct relative pronoun; which, that, who, whose, when or where.
Which relative pronoun is correct?

Riyad Mahrez scored the winner for Leicester against Watford to keep them at the top of the Premier League.

Transcript: If the listening is difficult, use the transcript to help you understand.
Read and listen at the same time.
Welcome
 
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 some of our favourite football words and phrases, the latest news from the Premier League and the language focus is on circumlocution skills,
 
Jack: What?
 
Rich: more simply, the skills and strategies you can use to explain a word that you don’t know.
 
Jack: And later, we have another vote for you to take part in and Rich will make another Premier League prediction. 
 
Rich: No I won’t...
 
Jack: No you won’t! There are no Premier League matches this weekend. Instead, maybe you can predict the teams that will finish in the top four? What do you think?
 
Rich: I think I can have a go at that.
 
Social
 
Jack: Last week we asked you to vote for the player that you thought would win this season’s Golden Boot, which is the award or prize that goes to the player who scores the most Premier League goals.
 
Rich: We gave you 5 players to choose from but there are only 2 players that you think are in the race; Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
 
Jack: 46% of you went for Kane and 38% of you chose Vardy as your winner. Harry Kane added 2? more goals against Bournemouth this weekend and is now in front but Riyad Mahrez scored again and is chasing the Tottenham striker maybe there will be a surprise at the end of the season?
 
Rich: Last week we also spoke about the best goalscorers in the Premier League. Kwesimanifest from Ghana thinks that the player who scores the most is the best goalscorer but SalvaGH from Spain, HassanRaja447 from Pakistan and  Elghoul from Algeria say that this doesn’t mean that he is the best striker. SalvaGH thinks the best striker is Sergio Aguero. Is there a difference between the best goalscorer and the best striker?
 
Jack: I think so. Maybe a striker scores a lot of penalties, as Alex from Ukraine mentions, which makes a difference to the goals he scores. Also to be a good striker includes other skills like holding the ball up for teammates and getting assists for goals, too.
 
Rich: We didn’t only speak about strikers, we asked for your  best players in positions all over the pitch. There was a lot of love for Arsenal’s  Petr Cech in goal and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
 
Jack: HakanUslu1881 talked about Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen in defence. I think he’s had a great season.
 
Rich: Dmitri Payet at West Ham, too. He’s been playing out of his skin!
 
Jack: ‘Out of his skin’ - what a great phrase! It’s an idiom or expression to mean to play as well as you possibly can. The whole Leicester team have been playing out of their skins this season.
 
Rich: I have to agree with that.
 
Latest news
 
Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?
 
Rich: There was a lot of action at the top and bottom of the Premier League last weekend. Leicester won away at Crystal Palace. Jamie Vardy crossing for Riyad Mahrez to score the only goal of the game.
 
Jack: Those two are unbelievable.
 
Rich: And the defence is magnificent, too. That’s four 1-0 wins in their last five matches.
 
Jack: And who are chasing the Foxes?
 
Rich: Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at Everton, Spurs ………. And Man derby match?????
 
Jack: And it’s getting exciting at the bottom, too. 
 
Rich: Aston Villa are nearly gone after a 1-0 defeat to Swansea but Norwich are still fighting after a 1-0 win away to West Brom and Newcastle and Sunderland ….????? In the Tyne Wear Derby.
 
Jack: Derby matches are great. The matches are always played at 100 miles an hour and the form book often goes out the window in these matches. 
 
Rich: A couple of great phrases to describe derby matches there, Jack. The match is played at 100 miles an hour, this means that the match is played very quickly, there is not much time on the ball and there are lots of tackles. I don’t know why players still play like this in Derby matches. I think it might be the atmosphere in the stadium - they know how important matches these matches are.
 
Jack: The phrase ‘the formbook goes out of the window’ is often used about derby matches and means that it doesn’t matter where the teams are in the table or what results the teams have had recently, either team can win. Before this weekend, Sunderland had won 6 consecutive Tyne Wear Derby matches against Newcastle and they were nearly always below them in the table.
 
Rich: These phrases are great and in this week’s language focus we’re going to talk about some of our favourite football words and phrases.
 
Language focus
 
Jack: Right, we’re going to play a little game and I hope it will be fun and also help you a little when you need to say something in English but you don’t know the word.
 
Rich: We’re going to describe one of our favourite football words or phrases and you have to guess what the word is.
 
Jack: To describe each word we use relative clauses and some other phrases. Look at the explanations and activities on the page under this podcast if you’re not sure about how to use relative clauses and pronouns. 
 
Rich: Remember there are always explanations and activities to help you understand the podcast on the website.
 
Jack: Right! It’s your job to guess the word and write your answers in the comments section below.
 
Rich: But, we’ll probably cover up your answers in the comments 
 
Rich: so it gives everyone time to guess. Shall we do that, Rich?
 
Rich: Yes, I think that’s probably the best way.
 
Jack: What’s your first word or phrase, Rich?
 
Rich: It’s a word rather than a phrase and one of my favourite football actions. The word is 
 
 
 
Rich: Ohh, I’ve just thought of another one. It’s a bit difficult but let’s have a go. ‘Hairdryer treatment’.
 
Jack: Right, if you know any of the answers to our favourite football words and phrases, put them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
 
Rich: We’d also like you to play the same game. Tell us about one of your favourite football words or phrases and describe it in the comments section.
 
Jack: Everybody else can guess what the word or phrase is, so don’t write it in your comment! You can tell us later in the wee if anybody gets it right!
 
Rich: And, if you want to learn more about circumlocution strategies, you can check out The English Game which is our video series on Premier Skills English that follows English learners from around the world as they do different challenges. I’ve put a link to the episode in the supermarket that focuses on these strategies.
Prediction
Jack: So there are no Premier League matches this week because of the international break. So, with there only being 7 or 8 matches left for most teams, how do you think the Premier League will finish, Rich? What are your predictions for the top 4?
 
Rich: Leicester, Spurs, Arsenal, Man City and Aston Villa, Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle.
 
Jack: You heard it here first. You probably don’t need to watch the rest of the games this season!
 
Rich: 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 our football vocabulary game, make your predictions and comment on anything you want to say about the website or football English in the message section below.
 
Jack: 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.
 
Rich:  Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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In this week’s podcast we spoke about our favourite football words and phrases.

  1. Do you know what were the words and phrases Jack and Rich spoke about?

  2. Can you describe your favourite football words and phrases?

Remember, don't tell us the word that you are describing. Let everybody else guess!

​Rich predicts that Leicester City will win the Premier League and Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sunderland will be relegated. Do you agree?

Remember to write your predictions and answers to the questions above in the comments section below. Good luck!

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thaitn's picture
thaitn
21/11/2018
VN
1122
points

This is an exciting podcast, but there are some words that I can't hear. I don't find the transcript in the podcast, maybe it's an error. Please help me!


thaitn's picture
thaitn
21/11/2018 20:38
Vietnam
Manchester City
1122

This is an exciting podcast, but there are some words that I can't hear. I don't find the transcript in the podcast, maybe it's an error. Please help me!

Rich's picture
Rich
22/11/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Thaitn,

I've found it and added it to the page,

Hope it helps.

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
22/11/2018 14:23
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Thaitn,

I've found it and added it to the page,

Hope it helps.

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

haydi's picture
haydi
31/03/2016
TN
3189
points

Please correct me, especially the first phrase
1. It’s really funny to turn off the sound! You make me laughing; it remembers live TV programs when they delete the ‘bad words’ from the speeches.
2. The first Rich’s word is ‘dummy’, it has loads of meanings. The Jack’s phrase, I think it’s ‘to hold the ball up’, but I’m not sure. I can’t guess the others.
3. Please Rich, jack, Could you give us some examples using the expression ‘form book’.
4. What about the typescript? This podcast gives me my biggest listening challenge; I answer all the 6 questions without checking up on the transcript and get all right on the fist attempt.


haydi's picture
haydi
31/03/2016 14:22
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Please correct me, especially the first phrase
1. It’s really funny to turn off the sound! You make me laughing; it remembers live TV programs when they delete the ‘bad words’ from the speeches.
2. The first Rich’s word is ‘dummy’, it has loads of meanings. The Jack’s phrase, I think it’s ‘to hold the ball up’, but I’m not sure. I can’t guess the others.
3. Please Rich, jack, Could you give us some examples using the expression ‘form book’.
4. What about the typescript? This podcast gives me my biggest listening challenge; I answer all the 6 questions without checking up on the transcript and get all right on the fist attempt.

Rich's picture
Rich
31/03/2016
ES
370
points

Hi Haydi

  1. It’s really funny to turn off the sound! It makes me laugh; it reminds me of live TV programs when they delete the ‘bad words’ from the speeches.

  2. Yes, the first word is 'dummy'. To hold up the ball means to protect it from your opponent until help arrives. It's a phrasal verb and can be used in other contexts with similar and different meanings. You might use poles to hold up (support) a tent. An accident might hold up (delay) traffic on the motorway. The criminals held up (steal using a gun) the bank.

  3. 'Form book' is only really used in connection with sport. If team A is very good and team B is very bad and they play against each other and team A wins, you might say: 'the result went according to (the) form (book)', if team B won, you might say: 'the result went against (the) form (book).

  4. Well done! The podcast really tests your listening skills if you don't read the transcript. You can always look at it later to learn more vocabulary smiley.


Rich's picture
Rich
31/03/2016 15:03
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Haydi

  1. It’s really funny to turn off the sound! It makes me laugh; it reminds me of live TV programs when they delete the ‘bad words’ from the speeches.

  2. Yes, the first word is 'dummy'. To hold up the ball means to protect it from your opponent until help arrives. It's a phrasal verb and can be used in other contexts with similar and different meanings. You might use poles to hold up (support) a tent. An accident might hold up (delay) traffic on the motorway. The criminals held up (steal using a gun) the bank.

  3. 'Form book' is only really used in connection with sport. If team A is very good and team B is very bad and they play against each other and team A wins, you might say: 'the result went according to (the) form (book)', if team B won, you might say: 'the result went against (the) form (book).

  4. Well done! The podcast really tests your listening skills if you don't read the transcript. You can always look at it later to learn more vocabulary smiley.

haydi's picture
haydi
31/03/2016
TN
3189
points

Thank you Rich for the correction and all this explanation, I get a new phrasal verb.


haydi's picture
haydi
31/03/2016 23:27
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Thank you Rich for the correction and all this explanation, I get a new phrasal verb.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I think the second one that Jack said is park the bus.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:18
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think the second one that Jack said is park the bus.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

Yes, this one is right! You'll have to think again about the others!


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 15:58
Spain
Liverpool
370

Yes, this one is right! You'll have to think again about the others!

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I think the second word that Rich said is back to the game.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:15
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think the second word that Rich said is back to the game.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I agree with Rich that Leicester is going to win the premiere league,Aston Villa will be relegated but,Newcastle United and Sunderland will not be relegated.


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assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:10
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I agree with Rich that Leicester is going to win the premiere league,Aston Villa will be relegated but,Newcastle United and Sunderland will not be relegated.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

Who do you think will be relegated with Aston Villa?


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 15:59
Spain
Liverpool
370

Who do you think will be relegated with Aston Villa?

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I think Norwich and Crystale Palace.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016 16:06
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think Norwich and Crystale Palace.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

Yes, maybe. Palace haven't been playing very well lately.


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 16:09
Spain
Liverpool
370

Yes, maybe. Palace haven't been playing very well lately.

Hassan_raja447
26/03/2016
PK
837
points

1- I know only one of them, " to park the bus". Haha I know Mourinho would not like this.
2- I like phrases and words when a commentator describe a goal from outside the box or from long range.
I think Leicester will win this time.


Hassan_raja447
26/03/2016 10:56
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

1- I know only one of them, " to park the bus". Haha I know Mourinho would not like this.
2- I like phrases and words when a commentator describe a goal from outside the box or from long range.
I think Leicester will win this time.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

Hi Hassan_raja447

Well done! The one I've censored with asterixes (*****) is correct! Yes, I remember Mourinho using this phrase when West Ham played Chelsea last season. We'll reveal all the answers on Monday smiley.

I also like phrases that commentators use for long-range shots. A couple of my favourites are 'piledriver' and 'pick that one out!'

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 15:56
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Hassan_raja447

Well done! The one I've censored with asterixes (*****) is correct! Yes, I remember Mourinho using this phrase when West Ham played Chelsea last season. We'll reveal all the answers on Monday smiley.

I also like phrases that commentators use for long-range shots. A couple of my favourites are 'piledriver' and 'pick that one out!'

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Liubomyr
24/03/2016
UA
3335
points

First word is feint or trick, I think both are suitable. Second one may be 'kick-off', the third is 'hat-trick', it's for sure, and the last one is 'play all back'.


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Liubomyr
24/03/2016 14:31
Ukraine
Watford
3335

First word is feint or trick, I think both are suitable. Second one may be 'kick-off', the third is 'hat-trick', it's for sure, and the last one is 'play all back'.

admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016
GB
334
points

Hi Liubomyr

OK, both of your first suggestions work, but they are not the word that Rich described. Remember, he spoke about another meaning of the word - something that a baby might suck (in American English, it's called a pacifier). The third one is correct - well done (that's why I censored it smiley).

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016 15:33
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Hi Liubomyr

OK, both of your first suggestions work, but they are not the word that Rich described. Remember, he spoke about another meaning of the word - something that a baby might suck (in American English, it's called a pacifier). The third one is correct - well done (that's why I censored it smiley).

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

I know one football phrase: _ _ _ _ the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . It was used by a number of football commentators and pundits when they were talking about Chelsea some time ago. It's a situation when a head coach or a manager no longer controls their team, or there is a strong (sometimes visible on or off the pitch) opposition by players against their coach.


nikosonris
24/03/2016 14:23
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I know one football phrase: _ _ _ _ the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . It was used by a number of football commentators and pundits when they were talking about Chelsea some time ago. It's a situation when a head coach or a manager no longer controls their team, or there is a strong (sometimes visible on or off the pitch) opposition by players against their coach.

Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016
ES
370
points

@Nikosonris I'm pretty sure I know this one. Is it 'lose the dressing room'? It's a great football idiom!


Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016 20:21
Spain
Liverpool
370

@Nikosonris I'm pretty sure I know this one. Is it 'lose the dressing room'? It's a great football idiom!

nikosonris
29/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Fantastic! Rich, you are now officially awarded the Football Pundit title))


nikosonris
29/03/2016 11:48
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Fantastic! Rich, you are now officially awarded the Football Pundit title))

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

I think I know this one. Let's see if anybody else can get the correct answer before Monday!


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 16:00
Spain
Liverpool
370

I think I know this one. Let's see if anybody else can get the correct answer before Monday!

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

One of my favourite football words is _ _ _ _ _ _ It actually has two meanings: 1. Food-related: it is a kind of spices used in various dishes, mainly soups and meat dishes; 2. Football-related: it is a trick you play on an opposite player passing the bass through his legs. It can be used both as a noun and a verb.


nikosonris
24/03/2016 14:14
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

One of my favourite football words is _ _ _ _ _ _ It actually has two meanings: 1. Food-related: it is a kind of spices used in various dishes, mainly soups and meat dishes; 2. Football-related: it is a trick you play on an opposite player passing the bass through his legs. It can be used both as a noun and a verb.

Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016
ES
370
points

@Nikosonris Jack got this too, but the word is 'nutmeg', right?


Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016 20:19
Spain
Liverpool
370

@Nikosonris Jack got this too, but the word is 'nutmeg', right?

nikosonris
29/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Another excellent guess, Rich! Well done!)


nikosonris
29/03/2016 11:46
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Another excellent guess, Rich! Well done!)

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I think your word is Copry.


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assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:21
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think your word is Copry.

nikosonris
26/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Good guess:)) but not the one I meant. Give it a go one more time!


nikosonris
26/03/2016 17:33
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Good guess:)) but not the one I meant. Give it a go one more time!

admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016
GB
334
points

I love and hate this word. It's just humiliating when it happens to you. 


admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016 15:37
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

I love and hate this word. It's just humiliating when it happens to you. 

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/03/2016
GH
4711
points

i agree with rich on the teams to be relegated


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/03/2016 12:37
Ghana
Manchester United
4711

i agree with rich on the teams to be relegated

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/03/2016
GH
4711
points

1. beginning


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kwesimanifest
24/03/2016 12:36
Ghana
Manchester United
4711

1. beginning

nikosonris
23/03/2016
UA
2453
points

And the last football phrase (in fact, José Mourinho helped to popularise), which is a tactic used by football teams to play defensively, is known as 'park the bus'. And that was one of the reasons why I didn't like much of Chelsea during Jose era.


nikosonris
23/03/2016 15:21
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

And the last football phrase (in fact, José Mourinho helped to popularise), which is a tactic used by football teams to play defensively, is known as 'park the bus'. And that was one of the reasons why I didn't like much of Chelsea during Jose era.

nikosonris
23/03/2016
UA
2453
points

The third one was a tough one and took me some time to guess. But once I have analysed your tips and hints ('magician', 'illusion', 'perfect') I think I got it in one - and it's a hat-trick.


nikosonris
23/03/2016 14:59
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The third one was a tough one and took me some time to guess. But once I have analysed your tips and hints ('magician', 'illusion', 'perfect') I think I got it in one - and it's a hat-trick.

admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016
GB
334
points

Well done Nikosonris - you've worked them all out!


admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016 16:58
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Well done Nikosonris - you've worked them all out!

nikosonris
23/03/2016
UA
2453
points

I do agree with Rich on teams that will play in the lower division next year. But I still don't see Leicester _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the _ _ _ _ _ _ this year. Can you guess what I mean?))


nikosonris
23/03/2016 14:53
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I do agree with Rich on teams that will play in the lower division next year. But I still don't see Leicester _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the _ _ _ _ _ _ this year. Can you guess what I mean?))

Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016
ES
370
points

@Nikosonris I'm not sure but I'll have a guess at 'winning the trophy'. Is that the answer?


Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016 20:16
Spain
Liverpool
370

@Nikosonris I'm not sure but I'll have a guess at 'winning the trophy'. Is that the answer?

nikosonris
29/03/2016
UA
2453
points

You are right, Rich! It could also be 'lifting the trophy'))'


nikosonris
29/03/2016 11:45
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

You are right, Rich! It could also be 'lifting the trophy'))'

admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016
GB
334
points

I think I can guess it, but I'll wait to see if anyone else has a go first.


admin's picture
admin
24/03/2016 15:35
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

I think I can guess it, but I'll wait to see if anyone else has a go first.

nikosonris
23/03/2016
UA
2453
points

It may sound obvious but I think the second phrase is 'Football is a game of two halves'.


nikosonris
23/03/2016 14:35
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

It may sound obvious but I think the second phrase is 'Football is a game of two halves'.

admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016
GB
334
points

Well done again. Yes - it's as obvious as it sounds. 


admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016 14:45
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Well done again. Yes - it's as obvious as it sounds. 

SalvaGH
23/03/2016
ES
841
points

I also agree with Rich in his prediction about the relegated teams. I think Rafa Benitez will be able to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.


SalvaGH
23/03/2016 11:13
Spain
Manchester City
841

I also agree with Rich in his prediction about the relegated teams. I think Rafa Benitez will be able to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.

SalvaGH
23/03/2016
ES
841
points

I found a bit difficult to make out the words you were talking about. I hope you reveal the answers later on.


SalvaGH
23/03/2016 11:11
Spain
Manchester City
841

I found a bit difficult to make out the words you were talking about. I hope you reveal the answers later on.

Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016
ES
370
points

We'll let you know on Monday! 


Rich's picture
Rich
26/03/2016 16:02
Spain
Liverpool
370

We'll let you know on Monday! 

SalvaGH
23/03/2016
ES
841
points

At this time of the season, I also have other predictions about the final top 4 in the Premier League in respect with the ones I did at the beginning of the season (most people will have different predictions as well, because it's been a strange and funny Premier League season, with quite a lot surprises).
And, I also predict the same top four as Rich does. So, Leicester will win the Premier League, which was unthinkable before the season started. We can see that everything can happen, although it's not done yet.


SalvaGH
23/03/2016 11:09
Spain
Manchester City
841

At this time of the season, I also have other predictions about the final top 4 in the Premier League in respect with the ones I did at the beginning of the season (most people will have different predictions as well, because it's been a strange and funny Premier League season, with quite a lot surprises).
And, I also predict the same top four as Rich does. So, Leicester will win the Premier League, which was unthinkable before the season started. We can see that everything can happen, although it's not done yet.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I agree with his champion prediction but I am not sure if Sunderland may will be relegated or not.It might be Newcastle United.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:26
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I agree with his champion prediction but I am not sure if Sunderland may will be relegated or not.It might be Newcastle United.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Kick-off is used to talk about the start of an event.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:24
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Kick-off is used to talk about the start of an event.

nikosonris
23/03/2016
UA
2453
points

@HakanUslu1881, this is a nice one! I have learned it by doing the exercises on this site and it's a...kick-off))


nikosonris
23/03/2016 15:06
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

@HakanUslu1881, this is a nice one! I have learned it by doing the exercises on this site and it's a...kick-off))

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1761
points

@nikosonris me too :)


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 22:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

@nikosonris me too :)

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I don't know none of them.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:16
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I don't know none of them.

nikosonris
22/03/2016
UA
2453
points

I am 100% sure the first word is a 'dummy'.


nikosonris
22/03/2016 21:55
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I am 100% sure the first word is a 'dummy'.

admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016
GB
334
points

You're right on that one - I've censored your answer to give other people time to guess. 


admin's picture
admin
23/03/2016 10:58
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

You're right on that one - I've censored your answer to give other people time to guess. 

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
22/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Personally I believe that commentators should not support any of the teams from the same country while broadcasting the sport events. If they are commenting objectively then we can say they didn't want to .... a .... during the match. What phrase has most often been used in this context?:-)


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aragorn1986
22/03/2016 21:47
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Personally I believe that commentators should not support any of the teams from the same country while broadcasting the sport events. If they are commenting objectively then we can say they didn't want to .... a .... during the match. What phrase has most often been used in this context?:-)

Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016
ES
370
points

@Aragorn1986 I'm really not sure about this one. When you say a commentator is objective you can say he or she is impartial or unbiased. They don't take sides. If I had to guess a phrase I would say 'they didn't want to favour a team during the match'? Am I right? Probably not........ sad


Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2016 20:12
Spain
Liverpool
370

@Aragorn1986 I'm really not sure about this one. When you say a commentator is objective you can say he or she is impartial or unbiased. They don't take sides. If I had to guess a phrase I would say 'they didn't want to favour a team during the match'? Am I right? Probably not........ sad

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