Premier Skills English Podcast 5
Arsenal won the 2015 FA Cup after beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final, so this week Jack and Rich are going to take a look back at the match. They also speak about different types of adjectives and how to use them.
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Jack: Hello and welcome to our new Premier Skills English podcast.
Rich: Hi everyone! In this week’s podcast we’re going to look back at the FA Cup final and talk about how to use different types of adjectives.
Jack: Did you see the cup final on Saturday, Rich? Arsenal were fantastic!
Rich: Yes, they were very good, Jack.
Jack: Very good? They were more than very good. They were absolutely sensational.
Rich: Absolutely sensational... come on, you’re going to have to explain that. What does that mean?
Jack: Sensational is like fantastic, we use it to describe something that is very, very good or exciting.
Rich: But we can’t say very fantastic or very sensational, can we Jack?
Jack: No, we can’t Rich. Fantastic or sensational are what we call extreme adjectives.
Rich: What are they?
Jack: Well, they are special strong adjectives so the adjective fantastic for example means very, very, very, very good. Can you think of another example to help explain this?
Rich: What about tired? A player is tired at half-time, he’s very tired after full-time but if a match goes to extra-time he’s absolutely exhausted.
Jack: So you can be tired or very tired but exhausted is an extreme adjective so you can’t be very exhausted..
Rich: And tired is a gradable adjective so we use words like very or a little bit to change how strong the adjective tired is. But with extreme adjectives we only use words like absolutely or really.
Jack: That’s right, Rich. So we can say Theo Walcott’s goal was very, very good or Alexis Sanchez’s goal was absolutely stunning.
Rich: They were both good goals, but Sanchez’s was one of the best ever Cup final goals!
Jack: Yes, so I used an extreme adjective to describe that one.
Rich: So instead of saying, Arsenal were very, very, very, very good I can say Arsenal were absolutely sensational.
Jack: Yes, but you can’t say it like that, you need to think about how you say it - you need to think about your pronunciation. You say it like absolutely sensational.
Rich: Maybe I should try a different sentence. I would love it if Liverpool won the Premier League next season it would be absolutely fantastic.
Jack: See, that’s much better.
Rich: Right, this week’s challenge for listeners is to find some extreme adjectives.
Jack: Can you tell us the extreme adjectives for something that is very, funny, very hot and very big.
Rich: Write your answers in the comments section below and see if you can be the first with the right answers.
Jack: Well that’s all for now. Thanks for listening.
Rich: 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/premierskillsenglish
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Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
What do you think?
Did you watch the Cup final? What adjectives can you use to describe the match, the teams or the players?
Do you know the extreme adjectives that you can use instead of:
very, very big
very, very funny
very, very hot
Let us know your answers in the comments section below.