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 World Cup 2022.

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.

https://english-podcasts.com/the-curious-off-side-football-world-cup-quiz/

 

Listen to the podcast here.

 

Paris Olympic Games; Then and Now

Paris Olympic Games; Then and Now

The 2024 Paris Olympic Games are fast approaching.

Paris has hosted the Games on several occasions so now’s the time to find out more about it.

This quiz of 25 amazing questions will help you learn vocabulary, check grammar and above all amaze you with fun facts.

So, get on your marks….. ready, steady, GO !!

Paris Olympic Games; Then and Now

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz – Learn English with the Football World Cup 2022

Are you a fan of football ? If you are, you are in for a real football festival, if not, you are in for 4 very tedious weeks !

Whatever your view, it is a world event with billions of viewers for every match.

Some basic facts:

  • 32 national teams which are put into 8 groups of 4 teams.
  • The 2 top teams of each group will go through to the knockout rounds (quarter finals, semi finals and the final).
  •  The final will take place with an estimated TV audience of over 3 billion.
  • Each team is allowed a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). However, players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team’s first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.
  • One of the favorites to win is  Brazil, and indeed Brazil and Italy have won 9 World Cup titles between them and Brazil. has won 47% of the 19 tournaments held.

But of course here at english-podcasts.com we love the off-the-wall facts and this quiz includes the crazy, unusual aspects of such a world event. So you definitely don’t need to be a football expert to get tops marks in this quiz, just use your imagination and common sense !

So are you ready for kick off ? Get your boots on and let’s get started……

You’ll certainly expand your vocabulary and learn some strange facts along the way. 

You’ll find that these questions are great for a pub quiz evening too !

The Curious Offside Football World Cup Quiz

Try this quiz with a friend, there will be plenty to discuss !

 

In keeping with the sporting theme, you can test your knowledge of sporting expressions with this quiz.

 

 

 

Rugby World cup 2023: which player are you? Personality quiz.

Rugby World cup 2023: which player are you? Personality quiz.

Here at English-podcasts.com we like sport and especially rugby….. but what exactly are we talking about ??? Are you confused ? Do you need help ? Would like to know more ?  Don’t worry, this quiz will help to put you in the picture.

Learning about sport is an important way to expand vocabulary and improve your English.

In this wholly unscientific “tongue in cheek” quiz you will see a lot of new vocabulary, learn a little about rugby, think a lot about yourself and have some fun at the same time.

To mark the Rugby World Cup in France 2023 we have chosen 6 positions in a rugby team which need different physical and mental qualities. For each question you can pick a response and at the end you will see which position would best suit your personality……

Before you start take a look these key words:

This is a SCRUM. The term Scrum Master is also used in Agile Management.

This player is scoring a TRY, in other words he is placing the ball over his team’s scoring line. For a successful try the team is awarded 5 points. The team then has the opportunity to add 2 points by “converting” the try which means kicking the ball over bar and the between the posts, like this;

 

There are 15 positions in a rugby team, each player has a specific role and their names describe what these roles entail.  The names may look confusing but try to figure out what they mean. For this quiz we have chosen: the wing, the fly half, the scrum half, the flanker, the loosehead, and the hooker.

Which position in rugby best suits your personality ?

Are you Fast or Furious ?  Do you possess strength, endurance or speed ? Take the quiz to match your personality to the best rugby position for you !

For real rugby fans, try* (*no pun intended)  these other tough rugby knowledge quizzes……

England v Australia rugby quiz

The postponement of the England and France game could be a blow to the former's chances as they head into the quarter-finals potentially undercooked. England have not really been challenged so far in this World cup, with the greatest respect to the teams that they have already played.

That said, the Australians looked poor for most of the pool stage and with six losses in a row against England, they face an uphill task to progress. 

England will certainly fancy their chances in this one but must get off to a strong start which will knock the confidence of the Aussies and allow them to prevail.

All will be seen in the quarter final match on Saturday 19 October.

For now, let's see how much you know about this N°1 of sporting rivalry matches.

Rugby World cup England v Tonga quiz

England start their 2019 RWC campaign against Tonga on Sunday 22 September 2019, but how good are you at rugby trivia?

See how many you can get right in this quiz.

Rugby World cup England v USA quiz

Try your hand at this short quiz before the England v USA rugby match on Thurday 26 September.

How much do you know about the teams and the game?

Winter Sports quiz

Winter Sports quiz

Winter Sports quiz

How much do you know about winter sports?

This quiz is a perfect way to build vocabulary about snow, ice, and all things cold !

You’ll be surprised by some of the answers…. enjoy, and wrap up warm 🙂

Winter Sports Quiz

 

Iconic Bikes

Iconic Bikes

In this podcast you can hear our enthusiasm for bikes !

We look briefly at some milestones in the evolution of bicycles  from the first wooden bike in 1790 and then we focus on the new trend of electric bikes.

Listen out for these expressions and words:

Sue says she is “blown away” by the new technology

Chris and Sue talk about the Penny Farthing, The Bone Shaker bike and the Rover Safety Bike.

Chris talks about the “incline”.

Are electric bikes considered as cheating ? Do they bring back the pleasure of cycling ? Listen to what Chris says about his experience.

This conversation was sparked by this clip on YouTube about iconic bikes, take a look!

If you want to know more about bike technical improvement, take a look at this clip.

 

 

 

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