Premier Skills English Podcast 14
In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about last weekend's 3-0 win for Manchester City against Chelsea, and look ahead to this weekend's big matches including Arsenal (Jack's team) v Liverpool (Rich's team). They also take a look at some common football cliches that managers and commentators use. How can a player 'give 110%'?
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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 Manchester City’s win against Chelsea, some football clichés and I’m going to make another Premier League prediction.
Jack: But, before we start. Last week we had a comment from Chriswar from Poland. He wants to know why we say ‘Are there any football words you need help with?’ and not ‘Are there any football words you need help?
Rich: Well, if you’re listening Chris and for everybody else - the rules in English about prepositions like with, about, in etc are really complicated. It’s often better to try to remember the patterns of which preposition goes with which verb or noun.
Jack: If we look at the verb help, the most common pattern is help+object+to+infinitive: she helped him to find his dog for example. At the weekend, Memphis scored two goals and assisted or helped Fellaini to score another goal.
Rich: Another very common pattern is help + object + with + noun. So, my teacher helped me with my homework, for example. If we go back to Chriswar’s question, the pattern is similar, but in a question form. Are there any football words you need help with? This is a very common question. Is there anything I can help you with?
Jack: If you want more help with different verb patterns using prepositions, we’ve put a link to our Learn English website on the side of the page. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/quick-grammar/verbs-prepositions
Rich: Let’s move on to the football. Did you see the City-Chelsea match last weekend?
Jack: Yes, I did. It was a great game. City looked fantastic. And what a great goal from Aguero.
Rich: It was brilliant. The front three of Aguero, Sterling and Silva are going to give defenders nightmares this season.
Jack: But City’s top scorer is Vincent Kompany. He’s scored two goals in two games now.
Rich: Yes, I know but I can’t see that continuing. After the match Kompany said, ‘If I am top scorer for too long, we are in massive trouble.’
Jack: Yeah, he said he wants Aguero to be the the top scorer in the Premier League again this season.
Rich: He also said that he wants City’s stadium to ‘be a fortress’ this season.
Jack: I’ve heard this phrase many times before. A fortress is a place or building that is protected to stop it being attacked. A bit like a castle.
Rich: And Kompany means that he wants the Etihad Stadium to be a place where they are never defeated or lose a match.
Jack: I think you could describe this phrase as a cliché, and I don’t mean Gael Clichy the Manchester City defender!
Rich: No! A cliché is a phrase that is used a lot, that has been used many, many times!
Jack: And there are loads of clichés in football - and I love them! One of my favourites is when a manager says ‘he gave 110% today’.
Rich: I know. The manager means that the player worked really, really hard and ran around a lot. I was quite good at maths at school but I’m not sure I ever got 110% in any of my exams!
Jack: Do you have any favourite clichés, Rich?
Rich: I’ve got a few, yes. What about ‘he’s hit it too well’
Jack: Yes, I know. Commentators often use this phrase when a player shoots at goal but it goes wide of the post or straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.
Rich: Maybe it would be better if the player hit the ball badly?
Jack: I also like ‘they’re too good to go down’. We hear this cliché all the time near the end of the season. It means that a team have too many good players to be relegated to a lower division.
Rich: But if you only win 4 matches all season you’re not really that good, are you?
Rich: What’s your favourite Jack?
Jack: One that always makes me laugh is, ‘for a big lad, he’s good with his feet’. Commentators use this cliché when a tall player plays a nice pass or shows a bit of skill. I always find it strange because I’m sure all professional players are good with the ball at their feet, it is called football after all!
Rich: If you hear any of these clichés or you know any others please let us know in the comments section below. We would love to see them.
Jack: Right, big match this weekend, Rich. Arsenal v Liverpool. Let’s hear your prediction.
Rich: Arsenal v Liverpool is definitely this week’s Premier League highlight. Arsenal won their first match last week, away to Palace and will be looking for their first home win of the season. Liverpool have a 100% record after two 1-0 wins and will be looking to continue this good start. Arsenal lost their last home match to West Ham and their fans won’t be happy if they lose again. Alexis Sanchez will be starting his first home match of the season and as a Liverpool fan I’m worried that Arsenal might have too much attacking talent for Liverpool’s defence to deal with. I hope I’m wrong but my prediction is Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool.
Jack: Wow! You’ve predicted an Arsenal win!
Rich: Can I ask for your prediction on this one, Jack?
Jack: I’m going to go for an Arsenal win too, 3-0!
Rich: I hoped you would say that. You’re not very good at predictions. It should bring Liverpool some luck!
Jack: If you’ve got a prediction for this match or any other Premier League match this weekend let us know in the comments section below.
Rich: Well that’s all for now. Thanks for listening.
Jack: If you’re listening to this on itunes or elsewhere, come back to Premier Skills English for some language activities, a quiz and lots more. You can find us at www.britishcouncil.org/ .
Rich: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.