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.
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.
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.
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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