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Medium: Bounce back

Medium: Bounce back

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 medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There are lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.

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 bounce back

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: Don’t forget you can always find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website. Premier Vocabulary has three different levels: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There will be lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is bounce back.

Jack: Bounce back is a phrasal verb and can be used to speak about things that happen on and off the football pitch.

Rich: It means to recover or recover from something. Let’s have a look at some football examples and then some more general examples.

Jack: We often use the phrase when we want to be supportive after a match. Sometimes I feel a bit down when Arsenal lose an important match.

Rich: Yes, when I speak to Jack on a Monday I often have to cheer him up. I might say things like don’t worry Jack they’ll bounce back ... after Arsenal have suffered another heavy defeat.

Jack: And they usually do bounce back. They recover from a defeat and might win their next game and the one after that. They bounce back.

Rich: They bounce back from a defeat. It’s a phrasal verb I often use when I make the Premier League prediction in our football podcasts on Mondays.

Jack: Here Rich usually uses bounce back from something. Usually a defeat or a disappointing result. I think this week he said something like Manchester City will want to bounce back from their shock defeat against Leicester City.

Rich: So we can just bounce back or bounce back from something. We don’t only use it to talk about teams though. We can also use it to talk about players.

Jack: When a player is injured they often say they hope to bounce back quickly or bounce back from injury quickly. Here are a few examples we found online.

Rich: Wilshere can bounce back from injury blow. Neymar vows to bounce back from injury. Fred backs Paul Pogba to bounce back from injury woes.


Jack: We also use bounce back to talk about things away from football and it’s used in a similar way.

Rich: It’s usually used to speak about illness, injury or some kind of success or failure.

Jack: My friend is a bit of a business entrepreneur and is always starting up new businesses. Not many of them have worked out but he always seems to bounce back with his next money-making idea.

Rich: My sister lost her job recently and is feeling a bit down but I’m sure she’ll bounce back and find something new soon.

Jack: The stock market seems to have bounced back from record losses earlier in the year.

Rich: So there are a few other examples of how we use bounce back. Are there any more?

Jack: Emails. You can send an email and it gets bounced back, doesn’t it?

Rich: Ah, yes maybe because you wrote the wrong address. The email gets sent back to you - it gets bounced back.


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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Can you think of a player who bounced back from a serious injury?

Is it easy to bounce back from a big defeat?

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Michaelsun
12/03/2022
CN
738
points

Virgil van Dijk backed back from a serious injury.


Michaelsun
12/03/2022 08:00
China
Manchester United
738

Virgil van Dijk backed back from a serious injury.

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Gabriel Amaral
24/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Ronaldo did. A lot of times. And he did it on a great way, by winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup for Brazil.
It's always a mental effort and everyone needs to look inside yourself to bounce back a mentality to work on what comes badly and brings new atmosphere to the environment.


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Gabriel Amaral
24/05/2021 18:38
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Ronaldo did. A lot of times. And he did it on a great way, by winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup for Brazil.
It's always a mental effort and everyone needs to look inside yourself to bounce back a mentality to work on what comes badly and brings new atmosphere to the environment.

Mekahlla
04/10/2020
MR
35
points

Hacen Moussa Mauritania international said that he will bounce back soon from his recent injury.


Mekahlla
04/10/2020 19:14
Mauritania
Liverpool
35

Hacen Moussa Mauritania international said that he will bounce back soon from his recent injury.

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ldzingirai
03/10/2020
ZW
1745
points

Chelsea bounced back from a 3-0 first half defeat and levelled three-all.


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ldzingirai
03/10/2020 06:44
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1745

Chelsea bounced back from a 3-0 first half defeat and levelled three-all.

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mobeckham
01/10/2020
TR
6510
points

I think it's easy if you have champions character and if the manager knows how to motivate his players and push them to the limit.
I reckon Pep Guardiola is one of the best in motivating his players and they always bounce back from big defeats and win with high score.


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mobeckham
01/10/2020 07:26
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I think it's easy if you have champions character and if the manager knows how to motivate his players and push them to the limit.
I reckon Pep Guardiola is one of the best in motivating his players and they always bounce back from big defeats and win with high score.

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mobeckham
01/10/2020
TR
6510
points

I remember when David Beckham bounced back from his broken metatersal bone during the World Cup 2002 and all the hopes was on him to life the trophy in Japan but he seemed that he wasn't totally recovered from his horrible injury.


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mobeckham
01/10/2020 07:23
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I remember when David Beckham bounced back from his broken metatersal bone during the World Cup 2002 and all the hopes was on him to life the trophy in Japan but he seemed that he wasn't totally recovered from his horrible injury.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020
UA
6289
points

Bouncing back after a big defeat is a sign of class, as Liverpool bounced back at Anfield after the Barcelona defeat last year.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020 01:26
Ukraine
Liverpool
6289

Bouncing back after a big defeat is a sign of class, as Liverpool bounced back at Anfield after the Barcelona defeat last year.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020
UA
6289
points

The former Dynamo Kiev player Oleg Gusev was once heavily injured by the opposing goalie. He lay on the field without motion for some time. One of the players even helped him with the renewal of breathing. Then after some rehabilitation Oleg bounced back and played a few games - he was retiring soon. He is my favourite Dynamo player for the last 20 years: agile, speedy, with a good shot, clever in each situation.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020 01:21
Ukraine
Liverpool
6289

The former Dynamo Kiev player Oleg Gusev was once heavily injured by the opposing goalie. He lay on the field without motion for some time. One of the players even helped him with the renewal of breathing. Then after some rehabilitation Oleg bounced back and played a few games - he was retiring soon. He is my favourite Dynamo player for the last 20 years: agile, speedy, with a good shot, clever in each situation.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020
UA
6289
points

Yesterday I took the lead over Mobeckham but I'm sure he'll soon bounce back.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/10/2020 01:14
Ukraine
Liverpool
6289

Yesterday I took the lead over Mobeckham but I'm sure he'll soon bounce back.

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mobeckham
01/10/2020
TR
6510
points

I like our challenge bro and either any of us is on top is ok for me :)

Cheers from Turkey


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mobeckham
01/10/2020 10:28
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I like our challenge bro and either any of us is on top is ok for me :)

Cheers from Turkey

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
02/10/2020
UA
6289
points

Cheers from Khar'kov, Muhammad. Do you speak Turkish?


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Alex_from_Ukraine
02/10/2020 03:19
Ukraine
Liverpool
6289

Cheers from Khar'kov, Muhammad. Do you speak Turkish?

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