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Medium: Take up

Medium: Take 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 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 take up

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 take up.

Jack: Last week, if you remember, we looked at the phrasal verb take on which can be used to mean to employ someone or to take responsibility for something.

Rich: Or in football to compete against or battle against something. We often use it to talk about upcoming fixtures. Liverpool take on Tottenham tonight.

Jack: We looked at take on because Marco from Mexico, one of our listeners, emailed us to ask when and how we can use the phrasal verbs take on and take up.

Rich: So, we looked at take on last week and in this episode, we’re going to look at the phrasal verb take up.

Jack: Like take on there are a number of different meanings of take up and we’ll look at some of the more common meanings in this episode.

Rich: I suppose the meaning that is used most frequently when talking about sport is to learn or start doing something new.

Jack: We are often talking about hobbies here so we might talk about sport.

Rich: I’ve taken up running in my local park recently.

Jack: I thought you took this up ages ago, Rich?

Rich: No, before I was just walking quickly - now I’m actually running.

Jack: Good for you! So, we use it to talk about starting a new hobby - I always think of taking up a language like Chinese or Russian but I never get around to it.

Rich: Well, New Year is nearly here - lots of people decide to take up new hobbies on the first of January.

Jack: So we can speak about taking something up - a new hobby for example. We can also take up something. I’ve taken up tennis. My son’s taken up the guitar. You need to take up football at an early age if you want to be a professional. 

Rich: Another meaning of take up is connected to occupying space or time. Here are some examples:

Jack: Doing the cleaning in my house takes up too much of my time. Work takes up too much of my time. 

Rich: The giant cuddly panda in my son’s bedroom takes up too much room. Funny cat videos on my phone take up too much space.

Jack: We often use take up in a negative way to say that something occupies too much space or too much of our time.

Rich: The phrase taking up space can be used on the football pitch. We often hear commentators saying that a player is taking up space between the lines.

Jack: This usually describes an attacking player finding and occupying space between opponents defence and midfield.

Rich: I hope you have a better idea of how to use take on and take up now, Marco and everyone else who is listening.


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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What new hobby would you like to take up?

What takes up too much of your time?

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Michaelsun
20/03/2022
CN
738
points

I would like to take up climbing mountains.
Learning English takes up too much of my time.


Michaelsun
20/03/2022 10:51
China
Manchester United
738

I would like to take up climbing mountains.
Learning English takes up too much of my time.

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Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021
BR
1512
points

To practice more english. Talking to people more often.
Working, of course. But that's a pleasure, not a problem actually.


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Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021 18:04
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

To practice more english. Talking to people more often.
Working, of course. But that's a pleasure, not a problem actually.

Dandus
03/03/2021
PL
72
points

I would like take up bike, mobile phone take up too much time in my life


Dandus
03/03/2021 11:00
Poland
Leicester City
72

I would like take up bike, mobile phone take up too much time in my life

Vic
23/12/2020
MX
817
points

What new hobby would you like to take up?
I´ll take up chess, because I saw The Queen´s Gabit and feel encourage to learn play chess, gosh!!

What takes up too much of your time?

My two jobs, takes up all my time... so its holidays and I am free!!!


Vic
23/12/2020 18:57
Mexico
Liverpool
817

What new hobby would you like to take up?
I´ll take up chess, because I saw The Queen´s Gabit and feel encourage to learn play chess, gosh!!

What takes up too much of your time?

My two jobs, takes up all my time... so its holidays and I am free!!!

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mobeckham
18/12/2020
TR
6472
points

Definitely work and preparing for it takes up too much of my time but also watching Premier League matches and listening to Premier Skills podcasts takes up much time but in a positive way :)


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mobeckham
18/12/2020 09:40
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

Definitely work and preparing for it takes up too much of my time but also watching Premier League matches and listening to Premier Skills podcasts takes up much time but in a positive way :)

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mobeckham
18/12/2020
TR
6472
points

I'd like to take up basketball as a new hobby because I have a basketball court in front of my building and I sometimes watch boys and girls play together so I liked the game.


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mobeckham
18/12/2020 09:38
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I'd like to take up basketball as a new hobby because I have a basketball court in front of my building and I sometimes watch boys and girls play together so I liked the game.

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Yoshichika
17/12/2020
JP
76
points

What new hobby would you like to take up?
--> I have taken up learning English from April. And I would like to take up cycling.

What takes up too much of your time?
--> Working takes up too much of my time. But I work from home to avoid Corona virus infection.


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Yoshichika
17/12/2020 03:02
Japan
Liverpool
76

What new hobby would you like to take up?
--> I have taken up learning English from April. And I would like to take up cycling.

What takes up too much of your time?
--> Working takes up too much of my time. But I work from home to avoid Corona virus infection.

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hsn
16/12/2020
TR
5067
points

What new hobby would you like to take up?
I would like to take up Chinese language near future. I would like to take up cooking lessons as a new hobby but I never get around it.

What takes up too much of your time?
Working in the office takes up much of my time. The whole day I sit on my desk in front of computer for financial transactions.

Other phrase:
If a player, with care of "off-side" position, take up space behind opponent's defending line , she/he would find more goal chance .


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hsn
16/12/2020 17:16
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5067

What new hobby would you like to take up?
I would like to take up Chinese language near future. I would like to take up cooking lessons as a new hobby but I never get around it.

What takes up too much of your time?
Working in the office takes up much of my time. The whole day I sit on my desk in front of computer for financial transactions.

Other phrase:
If a player, with care of "off-side" position, take up space behind opponent's defending line , she/he would find more goal chance .

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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/12/2020
UA
6204
points

Most of my time is taken up by doing something in front of the computer.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/12/2020 17:04
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

Most of my time is taken up by doing something in front of the computer.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/12/2020
UA
6204
points

I'd like to take up learning Turkish on a permanent basis.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/12/2020 17:03
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

I'd like to take up learning Turkish on a permanent basis.

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Yigitcan
16/12/2020
AZ
48
points

I would like to take up dancing,playing guitar and learning Spanish.
Looking into telephone and Watching match take up too much of my time.
I sometimes thinking watching football match is wasting of a time, and why not I am doing improving myself.I am addicted football unfortunately, and I am trying to give up interesting all matches.


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Yigitcan
16/12/2020 16:53
Azerbaijan
Leicester City
48

I would like to take up dancing,playing guitar and learning Spanish.
Looking into telephone and Watching match take up too much of my time.
I sometimes thinking watching football match is wasting of a time, and why not I am doing improving myself.I am addicted football unfortunately, and I am trying to give up interesting all matches.

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6472
2Alex_from_Ukraine6204
3wsanta5085
4hsn5067
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
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1Colombia69116
2Ukraine34344
3Serbia27100
4Spain26491
5Brazil21595
6Albania20578
7Macedonia19074
8Vietnam18749
9Turkey18306
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
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1Manchester United135932
2Liverpool103364
3Chelsea85157
4Arsenal79032
5Manchester City51973
6Tottenham Hotspur17166
7Leicester City13371
8Newcastle United10108
9Leeds United7875
10West Ham United6980

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