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.
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 loan.
You can find more lessons on the side of this page.
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 word we are looking at in this episode is loan.
Jack: This is a word we see a lot to talk about players moving from one club to another.
Rich: It’s also a word we use a lot outside of football. Let’s start with how we use the word loan in general English and then we’ll look at how we use it in football.
Jack: Loan can be a verb or a noun. To loan something means to lend something to someone for a specific period of time.
Rich: The most common thing to talk about here is money and banks. Banks loan people money and they have to pay it back over a specific period of time.
Jack: Loan is quite a formal word. A friend or a relative usually lends you some money, the car or a book.
Rich: Jack, can you lend me a tenner?
Jack: No chance. You haven’t paid me back the tenner you borrowed last week.
Rich: Loan is also a noun. People get loans from banks to pay for a car or even a house - home loans are usually called mortgages in the UK.
Jack: So we can take out a loan from the bank and we have to repay or payback a loan - usually a little bit every month.
Rich: We can talk about home loans, personal loans, car loans and student loans but what about loans in football?
Jack: When we talk about loans in football we are usually talking about a player that has moved from one club to another temporarily - for a specific period of time.
Rich: The club who own the player has lent him or her to another club who have borrowed that player.
Jack: Last season the Manchester United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson was on loan at Sheffield United.
Rich: That’s a strong collocation to be on loan. A player is on loan when they are playing for another club on a temporary basis.
Jack: We might also talk about players being out on loan. Chelsea have lots of players out on loan at the moment. Lewis Baker is out on loan at Trabzonspor in Turkey, Kenedy is on loan at Granada in Spain and Michy Batshuayi is on loan at Crystal Palace.
Rich: If your team has a loan player you might say he’s on loan from followed by the name of the club.
Jack: Leeds’ Jack Harrison is on loan from Manchester City.
Rich: At the moment the transfer window is open and lots of players are moving clubs. Some of these will be loan moves. Players often move on season-long loans to get experience and play first-team football.
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.
Has your team got anyone on loan or out on loan this season?
Is it good for young players to go on loan somewhere?