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Hard: Get your act together

Hard: Get your act together

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 hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms.

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 phrase to go down like a sack of potatoes

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 hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: to get your act together.

Jack: Get your act together is an idiom that we can use in lots of situations. It means to start being organised and doing things more effectively so you can achieve something.

Rich: A parent might say to their teenage child: you need to get your act together if you want to pass your exams.

Jack: In this situation, the parent thinks that the teenager hasn’t been working hard enough and needs to work harder to be successful.

Rich: This idiom is often linked to success and used in conditional sentences.

Jack: She needs to get her act together, if she wants to go to university. He needs to get his act together, if he wants to get back together with his girlfriend. The company needs to get its act together if it doesn’t want to go bankrupt.

Rich: The idiom is used in the same way to talk about football.

Jack: We might use it to talk about a defence: the defence needs to get its act together - we need to stop conceding goals.

Rich: Or the attack: The strikers need to get their act together - they haven’t scored for ages.

Jack: Or the whole team: The team needs to get its act together or we’re going to get relegated.

Rich: In all of these cases, we’re talking about something that needs to be better or more organised in order to be more effective.


Jack: There is the final whistle!

Rich: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

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Which teams need to get their act together this season?

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Michaelsun
20/02/2022
CN
738
points

Machester Units needs to get their act together this season if they want finish in Top four at end of this season.


Michaelsun
20/02/2022 09:09
China
Manchester United
738

Machester Units needs to get their act together this season if they want finish in Top four at end of this season.

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Gabriel Amaral
10/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Liverpool definitively need to get their acts together in other to achieve Champions League spot this season.


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Gabriel Amaral
10/05/2021 18:43
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Liverpool definitively need to get their acts together in other to achieve Champions League spot this season.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020
UA
6297
points

Fulham definitely are to get their act together this season.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020 18:39
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

Fulham definitely are to get their act together this season.

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mobeckham
03/07/2020
TR
6511
points

I think Norwich , Aston Villa and Bournemouth need to get their act together to avoid relegation.
Arsenal and Spurs need to get their act together to qualify for the Europa League next season.


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mobeckham
03/07/2020 12:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

I think Norwich , Aston Villa and Bournemouth need to get their act together to avoid relegation.
Arsenal and Spurs need to get their act together to qualify for the Europa League next season.

Hanif Hosseini
29/06/2020
IR
2
points

Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea.


Hanif Hosseini
29/06/2020 15:53
Iran
Arsenal
2

Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea.

Vic
26/06/2020
MX
817
points

The teams needs to get their act together is Arsenal, because lost point in this season.


Vic
26/06/2020 22:25
Mexico
Liverpool
817

The teams needs to get their act together is Arsenal, because lost point in this season.

Gergő Nagy
25/06/2020
HU
3396
points

Arsenal have to get teir act together if they want to belong to the "Big six". They have lots of talented players for example: Özil, Luiz and Aubameyang.


Gergő Nagy
25/06/2020 17:08
Hungary
Chelsea
3396

Arsenal have to get teir act together if they want to belong to the "Big six". They have lots of talented players for example: Özil, Luiz and Aubameyang.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2020
UA
6297
points

Manchester City must get their act together if they are not willing Liverpool to be made Premier League champions on  2 July 2020 on Etihad.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2020 05:18
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

Manchester City must get their act together if they are not willing Liverpool to be made Premier League champions on  2 July 2020 on Etihad.

Izabela
25/06/2020
BR
1505
points

Good!


Izabela
25/06/2020 00:33
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Good!

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