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Whistle

Easy: Whistle

Easy: Whistle

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.

Summary

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 word whistle. Can you whistle? When does the referee blow the whistle? Why is it important to play to the whistle?

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

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: 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.

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Rich: The word we are looking at in this episode is whistle. Can you whistle Jack?

Jack: Yes, but not very well.

Rich: It’s good that the referee doesn’t have to do that. Nobody would ever hear it!

Jack: That’s why the referee doesn’t need to whistle. The referee carries a whistle and blows the whistle at different times of a match.

Rich: Ah yes, the metal object the referee uses is also called a whistle.

Jack: The referee blows the whistle to start a match and to stop the game for example when there is a foul.

Rich: And the referee blows the final whistle at the end of the match.

Jack: So to whistle, the verb, means to make a sound by blowing air through your lips.

Rich: A whistle, the noun, is the little instrument the referee uses to stop and start a match. 

Jack: You blow a whistle to make a sound.

Rich: And the final whistle is when the referee blows his or her whistle to end the game.

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Jack: Whistle - it’s a very difficult word to spell. Let’s challenge our listeners to spell it. 

Rich: Good idea. I’m going to blow a whistle and you all have five seconds to spell it. Ready?

Jack: Did you spell it? The correct spelling is W - H - I - S - T - L - E

Rich: You have to remember those silent letters. It can be difficult to remember that H and the T.

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Jack: The referee blows a whistle. The referee blows the final whistle at the end of the match. Can we think of another phrase that our learners need to know?

Rich: What about play to the whistle.

Jack: Good. Footballers should always play to the whistle. We are taught this at school and when we’re first learning the game.

Rich: To play to the whistle means to not stop until the referee blows his whistle. 

Jack: That’s right. It doesn’t matter if you think the ball has gone out of play or there was a foul. The only thing that matters is the referee’s whistle.

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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.

Discuss

  • Can you whistle?
  • Why should you always play to the whistle?

Write your answers in the comments section below.

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V.Antonov1
01/08/2022
RU
1
points

Yes, I can blow a whistle.

Because every episode on the pitch should always be played to the end. Until the referee blows his whistle we can score a goal.


V.Antonov1
01/08/2022 07:33
Russia
Liverpool
1

Yes, I can blow a whistle.

Because every episode on the pitch should always be played to the end. Until the referee blows his whistle we can score a goal.

Michaelsun
16/02/2022
CN
738
points

I can blow a whistle.
We should play to the whistle because it’s up to the referees.


Michaelsun
16/02/2022 03:51
China
Manchester United
738

I can blow a whistle.
We should play to the whistle because it’s up to the referees.

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Roberto Avelar
07/09/2021
BR
110
points

Yes, I can.

The whistle is the object that helps the referee give the signal to stop the game when necessary.


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Roberto Avelar
07/09/2021 16:44
Brazil
Manchester City
110

Yes, I can.

The whistle is the object that helps the referee give the signal to stop the game when necessary.

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Gabriel Amaral
23/04/2021
BR
1512
points

Yes, but not as good as I wanted, unfortunately. It's not that loud...
We should never give up if we are back in score, or even if we are leading we should play until the end to ensure our victory. Never give up!


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Gabriel Amaral
23/04/2021 18:45
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Yes, but not as good as I wanted, unfortunately. It's not that loud...
We should never give up if we are back in score, or even if we are leading we should play until the end to ensure our victory. Never give up!

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Mo'men Mohammed
05/04/2021
EG
438
points

Yes, of course i can.

because we need to not stop and west our chance until the referee blows his whistle.


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Mo'men Mohammed
05/04/2021 13:16
Egypt
Arsenal
438

Yes, of course i can.

because we need to not stop and west our chance until the referee blows his whistle.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/11/2020
UA
6220
points

We should always play to the whistle not to get into trouble in case your opponent does play and strike a goal.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/11/2020 05:07
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

We should always play to the whistle not to get into trouble in case your opponent does play and strike a goal.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/11/2020
UA
6220
points

I can whistle just to show I can whistle, not more. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/11/2020 05:05
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

I can whistle just to show I can whistle, not more. :-)

mat_cfc_pl
20/11/2020
PL
351
points

Yes, I can.
Because the referee is a boss in the pitch and players have to listening him ;)


mat_cfc_pl
20/11/2020 22:39
Poland
Chelsea
351

Yes, I can.
Because the referee is a boss in the pitch and players have to listening him ;)

Crisp87
11/09/2020
AR
264
points

Yes! I can whistle!!

Because it s the best instrument to manage game times and diferentes situation that happen onthe pitch.


Crisp87
11/09/2020 05:06
Argentina
Liverpool
264

Yes! I can whistle!!

Because it s the best instrument to manage game times and diferentes situation that happen onthe pitch.

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mobeckham
03/06/2020
TR
6473
points

Of course I can whistle

Because the referee is the judge in the football pitch so you shouldn't stop till he whistles


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mobeckham
03/06/2020 21:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

Of course I can whistle

Because the referee is the judge in the football pitch so you shouldn't stop till he whistles

hsn's picture
hsn
03/06/2020
TR
5350
points

I remember a funny case in the one of the football match, fouled player fell and stand up and got the ball.He was sure that the referee will blow whistle. But it didn't happen and he got yellow card.


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hsn
03/06/2020 17:05
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5350

I remember a funny case in the one of the football match, fouled player fell and stand up and got the ball.He was sure that the referee will blow whistle. But it didn't happen and he got yellow card.

Gergő Nagy
28/03/2020
HU
3396
points

Yes I can.
Because the game is active until the the referee blows to the whistle but there are some expections.


Gergő Nagy
28/03/2020 13:03
Hungary
Chelsea
3396

Yes I can.
Because the game is active until the the referee blows to the whistle but there are some expections.

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