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Premier Skills English Podcast 13

Premier Skills English Podcast 13

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In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich talk about a player who has fulfilled many childhood dreams. At just 16 years old, Reece Oxford, has made his Premier League debut. Jack and Rich talk about the young West Ham midfielder, what's happening in the Premier League and look at more football related vocabulary. 

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Jack Wilshire also made his Premier League debut when he was 16.

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Wayne Rooney also made his debut as a 16 year-old.

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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 start of the Premier League season, hopes and dreams and I’m going to make another Premier League prediction.

Jack: But, before we start. Last week we had a comment from Rema from Serbia. Rema asked what the expression ‘left it late’ means.

Rich: It’s quite a common expression that means to do something at the last moment when you don’t have much time. In football it’s used when a team scores a goal late in the match to win a game or get a draw.

Jack: Manchester Utd used to be famous for leaving it late when Alex Ferguson was the manager.

Rich: And Liverpool left it late to score the winner against Stoke last weekend. I think it was the 86th minute.

Jack: I think they were a bit lucky! Anyway, the Premier League season started with a bang last weekend!

Rich: Yes, that’s a fun phrase. If something happens with a bang it means something is very successful and exciting and there were some really exciting matches, but what were the highlights for you Jack?

Jack: Before we talk about the football can you explain what ‘highlights’ are?

Rich: Highlights are the best parts of something. So the highlight of my summer holiday to Paris was going up the Eiffel Tower or in a football match the highlights are the parts of the match that are shown on TV later like the goals and other interesting action.

Jack: Well, the highlights for me last weekend were Manchester City’s 3-0 away win against West Brom. They looked great and David Silva was fantastic. And another highlight was West Ham’s performance at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. That was a big surprise and a difficult match for Arsenal fans!

Rich: Yes, it was. West Ham played really well. And did you see Reece Oxford make his debut in midfield for West Ham?

Jack: Yes, he was brilliant and he’s only 16!

Rich: Yeah, I know. He’s the second youngest player ever to start a Premier League match.

Jack: Do you know that he gets his school exam results this week?

Rich: That’s right, all 16 year olds in the UK get their exam results this week. Well he certainly passed his exam at the Emirates with flying colours.

Jack: Another great expression! Can you explain what with flying colours means, Rich?

Rich: Yes, of course. To pass an exam or a test with flying colours means to pass something successfully and easily.

Jack: Did you pass all your exams with flying colours Rich?

Rich; Of course, Jack. But I remember feeling really nervous about getting my results. Exam results are really important because they can help you achieve your dreams or destroy them.

Jack: But not everyone’s dreams depend on getting good exam results.

Rich: Yes... I used to dream about becoming a footballer.

Jack: I think that’s a dream that many children have; to be a Premier League footballer!

Rich: I always wanted to be like Ian Rush and then like Robbie Fowler. But I never really got past the reserves at my school team!

Jack: It must be a dream come true for Reece Oxford.

Rich: Yes, after the match he said that ‘it was a dream debut’ and he was going home to celebrate with his mum and dad.

Jack: He also said that he got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shirt after the match. Oxlade-Chamberlain was also only 16 when he made his debut for Southampton.

Rich: When I was 16, if I’d been asked to play in a Premier League match, I’d have been scared stiff.

Jack: Yes, me too. To be scared stiff means to be so frightened that you can’t move.

Rich: I suppose that’s why they are professional footballers, eh?

Jack: Let’s move on to this week’s Premier League Prediction. You did quite well last week Rich. You said Liverpool would beat Stoke and The Reds won 1-0. You must have been quite happy.

Rich: Yes, I was. I was happy with the result and the prediction. A great goal from Coutinho and you can read all about the Brazilian on our homepage because he’s our Player of the Week.

Jack: Well, you got the result right but you didn’t get the score right because you predicted 2-1. Let’s see how well you do this week.

Rich: This weekend’s highlight in the Premier League has to be the match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester between City and Chelsea. Chelsea are looking for their first win of the season but City started the season with a bang. Last season, Jose Mourinho got his tactics right and collected a 1-0 win and I’m sure Chelsea will defend and try to score on the counter-attack. But, Yaya Toure and David Silva have started the season in good form for City,  so I think it will be close and City might leave it late but they will get the victory this time. My prediction is Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea.

Jack: If you disagree with Rich’s prediction, and many people do, then write your prediction 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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What do you think?

Rich said he wanted to be a footballer when he was younger. What hopes and dreams did you have when you were younger?
What hopes and dreams do you have now?
Rich's prediction this week is Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea. What's your prediction? Can you beat him?
Let us know your answers in the comments section below.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/05/2020
TR
5074
points

My prediction was a draw 1-1
Hazard and Aguero are the scorers :)


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mobeckham
03/05/2020 23:25
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

My prediction was a draw 1-1
Hazard and Aguero are the scorers :)

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/05/2020
TR
5074
points

I was dreaming of being a footballer at Man United when I was young but I ended up being a teacher :)


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mobeckham
03/05/2020 23:24
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

I was dreaming of being a footballer at Man United when I was young but I ended up being a teacher :)

hsn
30/03/2020
TR
1072
points

Hi!
When I was younger I wanted to be a famous movie director. Unfortunately it doesn't come true. Now I have a dream to learn Arabic and English languages and ıt was "kicked off-:) one year ago.
Bye.


hsn
30/03/2020 17:46
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
1072

Hi!
When I was younger I wanted to be a famous movie director. Unfortunately it doesn't come true. Now I have a dream to learn Arabic and English languages and ıt was "kicked off-:) one year ago.
Bye.

heinerrene
08/03/2019
CO
112
points

I used to dream with becoming a great researcher in Physics. I always wanted to be Einstein's successor.
Now, I want to learn play piano and see Arsenal win the PL again.
I agree with Rich's prediction. City 1 - Chelsea 0.


heinerrene
08/03/2019 18:49
Colombia
Arsenal
112

I used to dream with becoming a great researcher in Physics. I always wanted to be Einstein's successor.
Now, I want to learn play piano and see Arsenal win the PL again.
I agree with Rich's prediction. City 1 - Chelsea 0.

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

wow


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MES
29/01/2017 12:51
Armenia
Manchester United
684

wow

englishman
26/06/2016
DZ
1727
points

An inventor.
I still have my hopes.
I think 1-1.


englishman
26/06/2016 11:10
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

An inventor.
I still have my hopes.
I think 1-1.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/06/2016
GH
4754
points

I hope to be the director of health services in ghana


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/06/2016 08:54
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

I hope to be the director of health services in ghana

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/06/2016
GH
4754
points

I wanted to be pilot


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/06/2016 08:53
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

I wanted to be pilot

haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016
TN
3189
points

I leave it late! I'm talking about podcasts' review


haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016 20:20
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

I leave it late! I'm talking about podcasts' review

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/04/2016
PS
3705
points

I would like to be a goalkeeper in the future and i would like to play for Juventus or Liverpool or Celtic.


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assemjuve
05/04/2016 15:25
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I would like to be a goalkeeper in the future and i would like to play for Juventus or Liverpool or Celtic.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
08/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I would always think to be a football player when I was younger.
To be a successful interpreter.


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HakanUslu1881
08/03/2016 04:35
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I would always think to be a football player when I was younger.
To be a successful interpreter.

cisilce
05/02/2016
US
358
points

My dream is to be diamond expert.


cisilce
05/02/2016 14:04
United States
Arsenal
358

My dream is to be diamond expert.

haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016
TN
3189
points

It's an expensive dream Cisil ;)


haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016 20:34
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

It's an expensive dream Cisil ;)

haydi's picture
haydi
02/02/2016
TN
3189
points

I have a lot of things to write for this podcast. Firstly, it’s “16 year olds in the UK…”or “16 years old in the UK…”
By the way, Reece Oxford with his tall of 1.90 might be a talented footballer and great future.
Secondly, the expression “‘left it late’” is same as saying ‘in the 90mn’ or ‘in lost time’ or ‘in extra time’ = an extension of time by some minutes that arbitrator gives to players when they lost time in match?
I remember that I left it late to prepare the exams; it was always one or two days before exam day, sometimes the night of exam for easy curses.
Thirdly, I wanted to be a doctor when I was younger, but my baccalaureate score wasn’t enough to get the school of medicine. It’s ok for my graduation, I’m engineer in Biology and I’m so satisfied and grateful. For now, I hope that I get the job of my dream, be a lab researcher! But, unfortunately, we have a small number of labs here.
Finally, for the prediction, you are so close Rich, it’s 3-0 not 1-0; Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea (SUN, 16 AUG 2015). I told you, you are the expert!


haydi's picture
haydi
02/02/2016 16:06
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

I have a lot of things to write for this podcast. Firstly, it’s “16 year olds in the UK…”or “16 years old in the UK…”
By the way, Reece Oxford with his tall of 1.90 might be a talented footballer and great future.
Secondly, the expression “‘left it late’” is same as saying ‘in the 90mn’ or ‘in lost time’ or ‘in extra time’ = an extension of time by some minutes that arbitrator gives to players when they lost time in match?
I remember that I left it late to prepare the exams; it was always one or two days before exam day, sometimes the night of exam for easy curses.
Thirdly, I wanted to be a doctor when I was younger, but my baccalaureate score wasn’t enough to get the school of medicine. It’s ok for my graduation, I’m engineer in Biology and I’m so satisfied and grateful. For now, I hope that I get the job of my dream, be a lab researcher! But, unfortunately, we have a small number of labs here.
Finally, for the prediction, you are so close Rich, it’s 3-0 not 1-0; Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea (SUN, 16 AUG 2015). I told you, you are the expert!

haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016
TN
3189
points

It’s '16-year-old', here in compound adjectives, we need to put hyphens.


haydi's picture
haydi
10/05/2016 20:34
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

It’s '16-year-old', here in compound adjectives, we need to put hyphens.

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015
RW
2320
points

When I was young, my dream was to be a journalist


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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015 14:38
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

When I was young, my dream was to be a journalist

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
23/10/2015
ME
3557
points

When I was younger I dreamt often about becoming an astronaut. Now I dream of going to London to see the Gunners game. That's all.:-)


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aragorn1986
23/10/2015 15:55
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

When I was younger I dreamt often about becoming an astronaut. Now I dream of going to London to see the Gunners game. That's all.:-)

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ferhat.dxer
04/10/2015
DZ
26
points

i say that the result will be Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea.


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ferhat.dxer
04/10/2015 10:59
Algeria
Arsenal
26

i say that the result will be Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea.

Abdallah
21/09/2015
KW
1814
points

I had a dream to be a Chelsea owner .
Now I still have the hope to buy some shares in Chelsea


Abdallah
21/09/2015 04:48
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

I had a dream to be a Chelsea owner .
Now I still have the hope to buy some shares in Chelsea

hachani mostapha
18/09/2015
DZ
241
points

chelsea 2 man city 1


hachani mostapha
18/09/2015 15:19
Algeria
Tottenham Hotspur
241

chelsea 2 man city 1

gilbers51
13/09/2015
BR
44
points

Now it is easy to "predict" the score!


gilbers51
13/09/2015 14:27
Brazil
Chelsea
44

Now it is easy to "predict" the score!

deiver2005
20/08/2015
CO
0
points

I'm one of the children who dreamed being a Football player, even when I was younger - around fourteen/fifteen, I played for my departamental team, so I was near to reach my dream, but I had to decide between my school and the soccer, so I finally decided by my school.

Right now I'm an amateur football player and usually play once a week.


deiver2005
20/08/2015 21:34
Colombia
Chelsea
0

I'm one of the children who dreamed being a Football player, even when I was younger - around fourteen/fifteen, I played for my departamental team, so I was near to reach my dream, but I had to decide between my school and the soccer, so I finally decided by my school.

Right now I'm an amateur football player and usually play once a week.

Rema's picture
Rema
21/08/2015
RS
538
points

What's you mean when you say departamental team?


Rema's picture
Rema
21/08/2015 10:46
Serbia
West Ham United
538

What's you mean when you say departamental team?

VerdMead96's picture
VerdMead96
17/08/2015
PL
146
points

When I was younger I strongly wanted to be a police officer and work on big criminal cases. Then I discovered the beauty of football and became a United fan, so every day I dreamt of visiting Manchester and Old Trafford. That dream came true this year and I was so impressed by the city and especially the kindness of British people that I wouldn't mind living there. So now I hope that some time in the future I will have the opportunity to leave for Manchester and watch every United home match from the stands of Old Trafford :) I am a bit late to make a prediction but I expected City to win as for now I can't see any weak points in this team.


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VerdMead96
17/08/2015 13:57
Poland
Manchester United
146

When I was younger I strongly wanted to be a police officer and work on big criminal cases. Then I discovered the beauty of football and became a United fan, so every day I dreamt of visiting Manchester and Old Trafford. That dream came true this year and I was so impressed by the city and especially the kindness of British people that I wouldn't mind living there. So now I hope that some time in the future I will have the opportunity to leave for Manchester and watch every United home match from the stands of Old Trafford :) I am a bit late to make a prediction but I expected City to win as for now I can't see any weak points in this team.

Rema's picture
Rema
18/08/2015
RS
538
points

Your dreams come true, that's great, you fill your expectation. Another bad prediction from me. City are dominated at the beginning of the season and Silva and his fellows are fabulous.


Rema's picture
Rema
18/08/2015 10:20
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Your dreams come true, that's great, you fill your expectation. Another bad prediction from me. City are dominated at the beginning of the season and Silva and his fellows are fabulous.

Rema's picture
Rema
15/08/2015
RS
538
points

It's pleasure to me to hear my name in this interesting topic and to get good explanation for my question.
My predictions is 0:1 for this game (Chelsea win).


Rema's picture
Rema
15/08/2015 17:58
Serbia
West Ham United
538

It's pleasure to me to hear my name in this interesting topic and to get good explanation for my question.
My predictions is 0:1 for this game (Chelsea win).

hbk91
14/08/2015
IT
178
points

I guess Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea. Even though Chelsea has drew it's opening match I think it will be hard to beat. I saw Chelsea play well also when it remains in 10.


hbk91
14/08/2015 11:53
Italy
Sunderland
178

I guess Manchester City 1 - 1 Chelsea. Even though Chelsea has drew it's opening match I think it will be hard to beat. I saw Chelsea play well also when it remains in 10.

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham5074
2Alex_from_Ukraine5007
3kwesimanifest4754
4wsanta4435
5Liubomyr4000
6elghoul3726
7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3349
10haydi3189
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1Colombia70704
2Ukraine31638
3Serbia27042
4Spain21874
5Albania20475
6Macedonia19059
7Bosnia and Herzegovina16248
8Vietnam14790
9Brazil14569
10Armenia13667
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United132422
2Liverpool92366
3Chelsea76801
4Arsenal70810
5Manchester City43214
6Leicester City11611
7Tottenham Hotspur10730
8Newcastle United8055
9West Ham United4921
10Watford4781

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Goals

Practise your listening skills.

Learn some new football vocabulary.

Glossary

Leave it late - an expression that means to do something at the last moment

Highlight - the most interesting or exciting part of something

Scared stiff - an expression to mean very, very frightened

Pass with flying colours -  an expression that means to be successful in some kind of test or exam