Medium: Work out
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 phrase work out.
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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 work out.
Jack: To work out is a phrasal verb and it has a number of different meanings. It can mean to calculate or solve a problem. We might need to work something out like a puzzle or find an answer to a difficult equation.
Rich: Work this out: A bat and a ball cost one pound and ten pence. The bat costs one pound more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
Jack: That’s easy to work out. The answer is ten pence.
Rich: Are you sure it’s that easy to work out … think about it. Let’s see if any of our listeners can work it out and write the answer in the comments section.
Jack: I’ve got it now …
Rich: Too late! So, work out can mean solve or calculate. We might need to work out a maths problem or some measurements.
Jack: Or a coach might need to work out some new tactics when playing certain teams.
Rich: Another common meaning of work out is connected to fitness. To work out can mean to do physical exercise.
Jack: To keep fit and healthy you need to work out regularly - you need to do exercise often.
Rich: People often talk about working out at the gym as part of a regular training routine but you can work out in different ways.
Jack: You can work out at home - lots of people have their own workout routines they do in the morning.
Rich: I like to do a thousand press-ups before breakfast.
Jack: I’m sure you do, Rich. We can also use workout as an adjective and a noun but when we do it is one word, not two words like the phrasal verb.
Rich: Jack just mentioned workout routines. Here workout is acting as an adjective.
Jack: We can also say things like ‘that was a tough workout or maybe we do a 30-minute workout every day. Here we are using workout as a noun.
Rich: Let us know when you work out and what kind of workout you enjoy in the comments section.
Jack: And see if you can work out that puzzle we gave you earlier.
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.
Do you work out?
What's your regular workout routine?
Have you worked out the answer to the puzzle we gave you?