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Bruno needs to keep fit to do his best for Morro Verde FC.

Fit to Play

Fit to Play

In this issue, Bruno learns that he needs take part in training as well as matches if he wants to improve as a player. 

It’s Sunday morning in Morro Verde and Coach Luiza has asked the team to come in for extra training.  Bruno is finding the training tough this morning.  The team continue to train but Bruno is nowhere to be seen.  Filipe: That was hard work!  Julia: That was really tough this morning.  Clara: Anybody seen Bruno?  Lucas: No idea. He was here earlier.

 

Hey Bruno! We missed you at training this morning.  Oh yeah. I think I pulled a muscle so I went home early. You OK now?  Yeah. You know, I’d rather be playing than all this training.  But, you have to be fit if you want to get through a full match.  I am fit, Filipe! Look at me - 100% muscle. Ha ha!  I’ll see you at the match tomorrow.  See you tomorrow, Filipe.

 

Understanding

At the beginning of the story, Bruno has little interest in training, he just wants to play. Why is it important to train? In this first activity, think about why it's important to train and what might happen if you don't do any training or regular exercise. 

Activity 1: What can exercise do for you? Bruno has no interest in training, but exercise has lots of benefits. In this activity, look at the questions and decide if they are true or false?
How can exercise help you?

The following Saturday, Five United are playing a difficult match against their local rivals.  Come on Bruno! Get back and defend.  The other team keep taking the ball from Bruno.  He can’t keep up with the play.  After 60 minutes, Bruno is so tired he lets his opponent run straight past him…..  And they score the winning goal!

 

What happened, Bruno? I’m sorry coach. I just couldn’t run.  It’s because you never come to training or leave early like the other day. If you were fitter, you could run faster and last 90 minutes.  But training is so boring.  Why didn’t coach take Bruno off at half-time?  Yeah, I would have.

 

Come on Bruno! It’s not that bad.  But Luiza was really mad! I have to train to stay in the team, but it’s so boring!  I train three times a week and I’m a better player because I train.  Yeah, I suppose.  It can be fun, too. Train with me and I’ll show you how training can be fun as well as getting you fit!  I suppose I should give it a go.   Right, I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning!

 

Grammar - Multi-Word Verbs

There are lots of multi-word verbs or phrasal verbs in English and somtimes it can be difficult to learn them all. Sometimes it is easy to guess the meaning of a multi-word verb:

"Bruno was so tired he let his opponent run straight past him."

But, sometimes, it can be more difficult, and you might need to look them up in a dictionary:

"Sorry, I didn't understand. Can you run that past me again?"

And some mult-word verbs have three rather than two words to remember:

"He can’t keep up with the play."

There were a few multi-word verbs in this issue of the comic, have a go at the activity and see if you can match the multi-word verb to the right definition to check your understanding. If you want to know more about multi-word verbs, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.

Activity 2: We've been looking at multi-part verbs in this issue of the comic. Have a go at this activity and see if you can match some of the phrasal verbs from the comic with their definitions.
Do you know your phrasal verbs?

For the next few weeks, Filipe and Bruno meet very early in the morning for training. Good to see you’ve made it, Bruno!  I wouldn’t have missed this for the world, Filipe!!  Ha ha!  Bruno runs and runs.   Bruno works on his fitness.  And works on his ball skills.  How do you feel?  I’ve never felt better! Really, it’s true. I feel great.

 

A few weeks later….  That’s it Bruno! Push forward!  Bruno is feeling fresh and fit.  He beats his opponent easily.  Into the last 10 minutes and Bruno is running forward, on the attack.  Wow! Bruno is so much better. He’s one of the fittest players on the pitch!

 

You were great today, Bruno. You got up and down the pitch really well. How are you feeling?  Thanks, Coach, I feel great! And it’s all thanks to you and Filipe for helping me get in shape.  You played for 90 minutes today, Bruno.  I wanted extra-time. It’s a pity we won! Ha ha!  If anybody wants to go for a run in the morning, I’ll meet you at 5!!

 

Vocabulary

There were quite a few difficult words and phrases in this issue of the comic. For example:

"I think I pulled a muscle so I went home early."

"You got up and down the pitch really well."

Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the words or expressions are new for you.

Activity 3: There were some difficult words in this issue of the comic. In this activity, you have to match the words and phrases to their meanings.
Match the words from the comic to their definitions.

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What do you think?

Why didn't Bruno want to train?
What regular exercise do you do? Is today's lifestyle causing health problems in your country? Why/Why not?
Which Premier League player do you think others have the most problems keeping up with?
How do you learn phrasal verbs in English?
 
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CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
16/04/2017
IT
319
points

Bruno wanted to last for the whole 90 minutes of the match, quiz question number 4 we chose that Bruno wanted to run  longer, so he could play, yet the quiz answer said that he wanted to run faster, I think both are right. Also there are a lot of spelling mistakes in the summaries of each comic section, perhaps the proof reader should go over the text one more time...


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CaroleAnnMarie1
16/04/2017 09:40
Italy
Everton
319

Bruno wanted to last for the whole 90 minutes of the match, quiz question number 4 we chose that Bruno wanted to run  longer, so he could play, yet the quiz answer said that he wanted to run faster, I think both are right. Also there are a lot of spelling mistakes in the summaries of each comic section, perhaps the proof reader should go over the text one more time...

admin's picture
admin
17/04/2017
GB
334
points

Hi CaroleAnnMarie1

Thanks for pointing that out. I agree; the question isn't very good. I'll change it.

I'll take a look through the summaries and see if I can find the spelling mistakes. 

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


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admin
17/04/2017 10:04
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Hi CaroleAnnMarie1

Thanks for pointing that out. I agree; the question isn't very good. I'll change it.

I'll take a look through the summaries and see if I can find the spelling mistakes. 

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

Bruno didn't want to train probably because he couldn't realise how important it is to stay fit and work on his physical fitness.


joto
15/06/2016 08:36
Austria
Stoke City
271

Bruno didn't want to train probably because he couldn't realise how important it is to stay fit and work on his physical fitness.

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

Usually I do push ups and pull ups at home. I also run two times a week and during a summer I swim a lot.


joto
15/06/2016 08:36
Austria
Stoke City
271

Usually I do push ups and pull ups at home. I also run two times a week and during a summer I swim a lot.

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HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Since he thinks it's boring.
I go to gym and play football.
Yes of course.Because the people aren't moving in their daily life.
Manchester City.


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HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016 20:58
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Since he thinks it's boring.
I go to gym and play football.
Yes of course.Because the people aren't moving in their daily life.
Manchester City.

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assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I think it is Theo Wallcot he is fast and good in skills, and i think Sturidge.


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assemjuve
21/02/2016 15:51
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think it is Theo Wallcot he is fast and good in skills, and i think Sturidge.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I do not have a specific way to learn phrsal verbs.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016 15:49
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I do not have a specific way to learn phrsal verbs.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I do not do any exercises,the lifestyle is different from a person to another and being healthy is always good.


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assemjuve
21/02/2016 15:46
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I do not do any exercises,the lifestyle is different from a person to another and being healthy is always good.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Because he thinks it is boring.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016 15:44
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Because he thinks it is boring.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3557
points

I am trying to learn the phrasal verb as part of a sentence or phrase. Another good way to learn it is to look out for phrasal verbs in your favourite songs or films.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016 18:37
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I am trying to learn the phrasal verb as part of a sentence or phrase. Another good way to learn it is to look out for phrasal verbs in your favourite songs or films.

nikosonris
23/02/2016
UA
2453
points

@aragorn1986, thanks for your advice!)


nikosonris
23/02/2016 16:58
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

@aragorn1986, thanks for your advice!)

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3557
points

I think it is Mahrez who other players can't keep up with. And maybe H.Kane.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016 18:34
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I think it is Mahrez who other players can't keep up with. And maybe H.Kane.

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I find it quite difficult to learn phrasal verbs in English. It would be great if someone could share their tips/hints on how to learn them in a more effective way.


nikosonris
18/02/2016 15:25
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I find it quite difficult to learn phrasal verbs in English. It would be great if someone could share their tips/hints on how to learn them in a more effective way.

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I think it's Jamie Vardy who other Premier League players have the most problems keeping up with. He is so fast!


nikosonris
18/02/2016 15:22
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I think it's Jamie Vardy who other Premier League players have the most problems keeping up with. He is so fast!

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Like in many other countries, today's lifestyle is causing a lot of health problems even in my country. People usually don't have time to exercise because of the lack of time, they usually don't eat healthy food for the same reason and for the financials and they are constantly under the stress. I believe that the state should give benefits to the people who are willing to start their own business or move to the countryside.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016 15:12
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Like in many other countries, today's lifestyle is causing a lot of health problems even in my country. People usually don't have time to exercise because of the lack of time, they usually don't eat healthy food for the same reason and for the financials and they are constantly under the stress. I believe that the state should give benefits to the people who are willing to start their own business or move to the countryside.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Usually I do push ups and pull ups at home. I also run two times a week and during a summer I swim a lot.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016 15:06
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Usually I do push ups and pull ups at home. I also run two times a week and during a summer I swim a lot.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Bruno didn't want to train probably because he couldn't realise how important it is to stay fit and work on his physical fitness.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016 15:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Bruno didn't want to train probably because he couldn't realise how important it is to stay fit and work on his physical fitness.

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Goals

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Learn more about multi-word verbs (phrasal verbs).

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