How to talk “footy” to football fans.

How to talk “footy” to football fans.

 Football will be in the news for a month during the EURO 2020….. which is taking place in 2021 due to successive Covid lockdowns in Europe.

Are you able to talk “footy”? Do you know the football jargon that we hear around us in the bars? Take the opportunity this month to go to bars and start up a conversation with other people about the football matches, it’s a great way to improve your English!

In this podcast Sue puts Chris on the spot when she asks him to explain frequent football words and expressions. You’ll hear that they’re not big fans of football but they’ll make the effort for language learning 🙂 

Give yourself a pat on the back when you understand what these words mean;

To kick off  / The coin toss  / 

A goalie / to save a goal / to mark a player

To score a hattrick

A foul / a tackle / to get booked / to be sent off/ to get a red card

A peno / a penalty shootout

To park the bus

Extra time vs Injury time

…. and the language of TV football commentators

It’s a game of 2 halves

To put the game to bed

What a beauty !

They’re on the back foot

He’s bottled it

It’s an open goal / It’s an own goal

That’s a blatant handball !

“Football’s coming home” 🙂


Then test your memory with this Flash Quiz.

For those of you who want more, try this World Cup Football Quiz full of great vocabulary and amazing facts to entertain even the most football skeptic.


Listen to the podcast here.


Anyone for tennis ?

Anyone for tennis ?

The tennis season is upon us, starting with Roland Garros, then Wimbledon, US Open and finally the Australian Open.

What do you know about the origins of tennis ? Do you know how the sport evolved ? Who has served the most aces ? What is the record for the longest match ever?

This quiz is full of fun facts to stimulate your curiosity and improve your English !

Anyone for tennis?

Numbers in Sport

Numbers in Sport

Numbers in Sport.

Numbers can be a difficult part of learning a new language.

New learners often confuse “hundreds” and “thousands”, “fifteen” and “fifty”, “half past six” with “six and a half hours” etc etc etc.

The only way to improve your number skills is with practice.

Start by learning important numbers for you: your age, your address, your phone number.

Then practice well known expressions such as “fifty-fifty”, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”.

Also try this podcast in which Sue asks Chris 10 questions about numbers in sport.

You will need to listen several times; the first time you listen your main objective should be to focus on the numbers that Chris gives. Are you clear about 100s and 1000s ?  Can you recognize times ? Can you identity money quantities? What about dates ?

For the second time of listening,  focus on the questions and for the third time, just enjoy the conversation !

TRY THIS QUIZ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PODCAST: you will hear the same questions in the podcast as in the quiz. How many numbers can you recognize ? Practice saying all the numbers in the quiz and then listen again to the podcast. Your progress will be AMAZING !

Numbers in sport

After listening to the podcast try this quiz to consolidate your number skills. You can check your own answers with Chris' attempts.

Rugby: European Champions Cup 2021 and Top 14

Rugby: European Champions Cup 2021 and Top 14

We are nearing the end of the season and it’s hotting up between two great teams: Toulouse (our favourite) and La Rochelle.

Listen as you’ll hear how both teams made it to the final and how they are also in excellent positions in the French Top 14 league.

Listen out for typical English expressions we use when talking about sport. Give yourself a pat on the back when you hear them !!

How do you account for the zero?  How do you explain the zero ?

To weigh up the opponents. Toulouse often starts slowly because they weigh up the opponents, they try to suss them out, they try to figure them out.

To be over the hill.     Is Max Médard too old?

Cheslin Kolbe is a game changer, he has a huge impact on the game.

However, he did look a bit winded at times, he looked out of breath following a hard tackle.

Who would you put money on ? Who do you think will win?

On paper Toulouse look stronger, in theory they look the better team.

Toulouse have their eye firmly on the European Cup, it is their main objective.

In the final no team will run away with it, it will be a very close match.

Learning tip: practice your number skills by making a note of all the scores Chris mentions, it’s pretty fast, just like the game !

So who do you think will win ? Toulouse or La Rochelle. In the comments below let us know and why, we would love to know your opinion.




European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

No Top14 Rugby this weekend and the 6 Nations has finished, but the Champions Cup rugby continues for the next two weeks – this week the last 16 clubs fight for their places in the 1/4 finals, which will be played on the following weekend.

The matches this weekend feature the following;

Leinster v Toulon

Gloucester v La Rochelle

Wasps v Clermont

Munster v Stade Toulousain

Exeter Chiefs v Lyon

Racing 92 v Edinburgh

Union Bordeaux Bèbles v Bristol Bears

Llanelli Scarlets v Sale Sharks

Some great matches to be played – try and predict the scoresor the winners & losers before listening to the podcast to see how good your general knowledge of rugby is.


Rugby: European Champions Cup 2021 and Top 14

6 Nations Round 5 washup

6 Nations Round 5 Wash-Up

This is the final week of the regular 6 nations tournament, apart from the very last match which pitches France against Scotland on Friday evening.

In this episode we talk about the games that were played on this Super Saturday – Italy v Scotland (not too many surprises there), Ireland v England (completeing a pretty poor show for England) and France against Wales (nail-biting util the very end.

We also look at the final table results of the women’s 6 nations and The U20 Six Nations tournaments.

Our next podcast will be about the France v Scotland game as well as back into the TOP14 podcast to take a look back at the matches played in France next weekend.

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