Easy: Warm up
Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.
Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase warm up.
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Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.
Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time.
Rich: Don’t forget you can always find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
Jack: This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.
Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: warm up.
Jack: Warm up is a phrasal verb and has a few meanings. It can be used to describe food that has gone cold and we need to make it warm again - we need to warm it up - make it warmer.
Rich: We can use it to talk about crowds or parties. The atmosphere at the football stadium warmed up when the team got their first goal. This means the fans got more enthusiastic and excited.
Jack: A machine might need a bit of time to warm up - to reach the correct temperature - before it starts working properly.
Rich: The meaning we are going to concentrate in this episode though is the meaning that is connected to preparing our bodies for physical exercise.
Jack: Before we do sport and exercise we should always warm up. To warm up we often do short exercises to stretch our muscles and prepare our body for activity.
Rich: I remember once I pulled a muscle when I went for a run and I’m sure it’s because I forgot to warm up before I started running.
Jack: Yes, it’s important to warm up before exercise and then cool down when you’ve finished.
Rich: Yes, it’s good to have a warm-up routine or do a warm-up before exercise.
Jack: In this example, we are using warm-up as a noun and using it as an adjective. A warm-up or a warm-up routine.
Rich: Warm-up routine and warm-up exercises are two useful common collocations.
Jack: We sometimes use the noun when talking about the stage of a match. We might hear that a coach had to change their team at the last moment because a player was injured in the warm-up.
Rich: One other way we use warm up when we are talking about football is when teams play warm-up matches
Jack: International teams often play warm-up matches before a big tournament.
Rich: These matches are friendly matches that are played just before a tournament such as the World Cup.
Jack: Warm-up matches help teams get ready in terms of fitness and tactics for a tournament.
Rich: There is the final whistle!
Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Why is it important to warm up before doing sport?
Do you habe a specific warm-up routine?