This Week: Back in Action
Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Laura, Rich and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.
Laura: Hello my name’s Laura and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Rich: Hi there. I’m Rich. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Jack: And I’m Jack and we hope you are all staying well whether you are staying home or still going to work.
Laura: The Premier League is back and we’re back with more football English for you to learn.
Rich: We take a look at three headlines about the Premier League action from the past seven days
Jack: Our main reason for choosing these headlines is so we can focus on some useful bits of vocabulary.
Laura: And we want you to use and practise these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.
Rich: And a little later we’ll also have a Premier League prediction for you. We want you to make your predictions, too.
Jack: If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.
Laura: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page.
Rich: Don’t forget that we also have our weekly Premier Skills English podcast that is released every Friday. Every week we help you with some different vocabulary or an aspect of grammar.
Jack: Our latest podcast is called Learning Vocabulary: Similarities and Differences.
Rich: There are three roleplays. Jack takes us to the seaside, Rowan goes back to her old school and I talk about the Premier League kickoff.
Laura: We look at lots of different words and phrases you can use to talk about similarities and differences. You can find the lesson on the homepage on the Premier Skills English website.
Jack: You’re now going to hear our three headlines. After each headline, we’ll have a little discussion and look at some vocabulary.
Rich: The words and phrases we are looking at this week are: stalemate, to edge closer, the stroke of half-time, a long-term injury, a reverse and hard to stomach.
Laura: After the headlines, we want you to make a Premier League prediction and we have a language challenge for you to have a go at.
Rich: Reds edge closer to Premier League title.
Jack: Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in the 234th Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. Everton’s Tom Davies came closest to ending the stalemate when his second-half strike came back off the post. The point earned edges Liverpool closer to the title; they need five more to be crowned Champions.
Laura: Goalless draws aren’t the most exciting of games but Liverpool are one point closer to the title.
Rich: Yes, it could be all over this week if Manchester City don’t win against Chelsea and Liverpool beat Palace.
Jack: Liverpool are one point closer; they are edging closer to the Premier League title. That’s what we said in the headline.
Laura: To edge means to move slowly and carefully in one direction. You might edge closer to the TV screen when you are watching something exciting
Rich: Liverpool are edging towards the Premier League title.
Jack: We said that the Merseyside Derby finished in stalemate.
Laura: The word stalemate comes from the game of chess. Stalemate is when a match finishes in a draw because neither player can win.
Rich: It is used more generally to describe a situation in a competition or negotiations where no side can win or neither side can make any progress. Let’s move on to our next headline.
Jack: Chelsea have Champions League places in sight.
Laura: Chelsea got off to winning restart with a 2-1 away at Aston Villa. The Blues fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Kortney Hause scored for the home team. However, goals from Christian Pulisic, back from a long-term injury, and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea all three points. Chelsea are now five points clear of Manchester United in fifth.
Rich: Good win that for Chelsea. It’s always good to come from behind to win. Villa are still in trouble near the bottom of the table.
Jack: It didn’t look bad for ViIla when they scored on the stroke of half-time.
Laura: That’s a phrase we hear quite often when a goal is scored just before the half-time whistle maybe in the 44th or 45th minutes.
Rich: On the stroke of something means at an exact time. On New Year’s Eve, cities often set off fireworks on the stroke of midnight.
Jack: In football, we’re not so exact and we use the phrase to describe something happening just before half-time or full-time.
Laura: Christian Pulisic scored an excellent goal - good to see him back on the pitch.
Rich: Yes, he’s back from a long-term injury. It was a muscle tear of some kind I think.
Jack: Long-term means something that happens for a long period of time. Muscle injuries can often be long-term injuries which mean a player is out of action for a long time. Let’s move on to our next headline.
Laura: Arsenal defeated twice on Premier League return.
Rich: Arsenal have lost their first two matches after the restart, first going down 3-0 to Manchester City and then suffering a 2-1 reverse at Brighton. The Brighton defeat will be hard to stomach as they took the lead through a superb goal by Nicolas Pepe but Brighton came back first through Lewis Dunk and then an injury-time winner by Neil Maupay.
Jack: Not a good start for Arsenal. I half expected the reverse at Manchester City but not the reverse at Brighton. Very disappointing.
Laura: Yes, not a good restart for Arsenal. We spoke about the reverse at City and the reverse at Brighton. A reverse is another way of saying defeat or loss.
Rich: Jack expected the reverse at Manchester City but said the reverse at Brighton was hard to stomach.
Jack: To stomach something means to be able to accept or watch something that is unpleasant or not very nice or something you don’t agree with.
Laura: We often hear the phrase hard to stomach from fans or football managers when something has happened on the pitch we disagree or more often when an opponent scores near the end of the game.
Rich: You think you are going to get a point - you’ve played quite well and then the other team score with the last kick of the game. It’s hard to stomach.
Jack: OK. We’ve looked at three stories and six bits of vocabulary in our headlines. The words and phrases we’ve looked at are: stalemate, to edge closer, the stroke of half-time, a long-term injury, a reverse and hard to stomach.
Laura: Have a listen to the headlines again and see if you understand the vocabulary we’ve looked at.
Rich: It’s time for our Premier League prediction.
Laura: You didn’t do so well last week.
Jack: Do you think you were too optimistic going for a Liverpool win?
Rich: Not really, we have only dropped seven points all season but I can wait a few days more.
Jack: We said we’re going to share the predictions so do you want to have a go Laura?
Laura: Sure. I’m going to predict the result of the Chelsea - Manchester City match on Thursday. Both teams have won their first games after the restart so not an easy one to predict. City looked very good when they beat Arsenal but this will be their first away match. City look certain to finish in the top four and Chelsea probably need the points more. There have not been many high-scoring games so far but I’m going to go for a 3-2 win for Chelsea.
Rich: That match is on Thursday and there are Premier League games most days and this weekend there are also the FA Cup quarter-finals so feel free to write your predictions for any of these matches in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.
Jack: To finish up the show we’ve got a quick language challenge connected to this week’s vocabulary.
Rich: We looked at the phrase hard to stomach. We said that the defeat against Brighton must have been hard to stomach for Arsenal fans.
Laura: We’ve got three more phrases or idioms that use the word stomach. Can you complete the sentences with the right word?
Jack: He’s never going to eat all that. His _______ are bigger than his stomach.
Rich: I’m sure players get ________ in their stomach before a penalty shootout.
Laura: You need a ______ stomach to work as a nurse.
Jack: We want you to write the correct answers on the Premier Skills English website where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week’s show for you.
Rich: Or write your answer on Apple Podcasts if that’s where you listen to us. Just write the answers in the review section and say hi.
Laura: Before we finish we just wanted to say that we hope you found this lesson useful and we hope that all of you stay fit and healthy and enjoy the Premier League restart.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Reds edge closer to Premier League title
Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in the 234th Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. Everton’s Tom Davies came closest to ending the stalemate when his second-half strike came back off the post. The point earned edges Liverpool closer to the title; they need five more to be crowned Champions.
Chelsea have Champions League places in sight
Chelsea got off to winning restart with a 2-1 away at Aston Villa. The Blues fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Kortney Hause scored for the home team. However, goals from Christian Pulisic, back from a long-term injury, and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea all three points. Chelsea are now five points clear of Manchester United in fifth.
Arsenal disappoint on return to action
Arsenal have lost their first two matches after the restart, first going down 3-0 to Manchester City and then suffering a 2-1 reverse at Brighton. The Brighton defeat will be hard to stomach as they took the lead through a superb goal by Nicolas Pepe but Brighton came back first through Lewis Dunk and then an injury-time winner by Neil Maupay.
Language in the headlines
We looked at six words and phrases in our headlines that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?
Everton’s Tom Davies came closest to ending the stalemate.
The point earned edges Liverpool closer to the title.
The Blues fell behind on the stroke of half-time.
Goals from Christian Pulisic, back from a long-term injury, and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea all three points.
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 reverse at Brighton.
The Brighton defeat will be hard to stomach as they took the lead through a superb goal by Nicolas Pepe.
Premier League Prediction
Laura has our Premier League Prediction this week. She spoke about Chelsea v Manchester City on Thursday.
Laura thinks Chelsea will win. Who do you think will win?
Jack, Rich and Laura set you a language challenge. Arsenal fans might have found the reverse at Brighton difficult to stomach. Can you complete the phrases using stomach with the correct word?
He’s never going to eat all that. His _______ are bigger than his stomach.
I’m sure players get ________ in their stomach before a penalty shootout.
You need a ______ stomach to work as a nurse.
Write the correct answer in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Talk about the headlines
Jack, Laura and Rich looked at three stories in the news and some vocabulary that might be new to you. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.
- When is a reverse particularly hard to stomach?
- Is it difficult to come back from a long-term injury?
- Did you watch any football last week? Which matches did you watch?
- Laura has predicted a final score of Chelsea 3-2 Manchester City. What's your prediction?
- Can you do our language challenge?
Write your comments and answers in the section below.