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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!