Learn English Through Football Podcast: March 2020 Update
DF: Hello everybody, this is Damian from the languagecaster team and you are listening to the Learn English Through Football Podcast. We hope you are all well and keeping safe wherever you are around the world during this difficult time. I am in London where the weather is clear and sunny but still a little chilly. Now obviously there is no football going on at the moment as nearly all leagues around the world have been postponed – they have stopped – due to the outbreak of Coronavirus but the team here at languagecaster – that’s Damon in Tokyo and myself in London – thought we’d continue producing our football language podcasts over the next few weeks in which we discuss some of the words, phrases, cliches, expressions and sayings from the beautiful game of football. We will also continue to add content to our football language website – languagecaster.com – so this means football language quizzes, posts that explain some football phrases, asking and answering questions on our football language forum and of course updating our huge football language glossary in which we currently have hundreds of entries. Please come along to our site here at languagecaster.com where we have huge amounts of football language content that will (hopefully) be useful for learners and teachers of English who love the beautiful game of football.
Stinger: My name is Theodora, I’m from Greece my favourite team is Olympiakos and you are listening to languagecaster.com
DF: Now, during this time of self isolation, in which many people have to stay at home, we thought we’d try to do a little spring cleaning on our website so you will notice that we are starting to tidy, update, edit and even delete some of the content on our site. With this in mind, here’s a few of the areas and resources for learners and teachers that we are going to be working on for the next few weeks.
As we mentioned earlier, we are going to keep on recording and posting new football language podcasts but in addition to this new content we will also be updating and re-posting some of our older podcasts from the archives – we have hundreds of podcasts stretching right back to November 2006. We have also started to re-post a series of shorter listening reports called ‘the language of…’ in which we focus on the words and phrases from one area of the game, so for example, the language of transfers, the language of offside, the language of referees and the language of diving. All these reports have an audio file, a transcript and some vocabulary support with many of them also having worksheets with answers – great for testing out your knowledge of football words and phrases.
Football Language Posts
We will also continue to upload regular explanations of football cliches, expressions and phrases, as well as explanations and discussions of newspaper headlines – this is a new feature that we are doing in which we explain a very specific type of writing which sometimes might be difficut for learners of English to understand.
Now if you have visited our site recently you might have noticed that we are in the process of updating some of our older quizzes by adding more questions and vocabulary support to them. We will also be adding more quizzes each week – this week, for example, we have added a quiz on the language of transfers, while we have recently updated our Irish football quiz. All of these quizzes can be completed online and of course they come with answers so a really useful resource for learners and teachers of English.
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in Italian)
Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was in Italian. Regular listeners to the show will know that we have many different football fans from around the world who have recorded a message for the site and we thought we’d ask a little quiz about some of these. Here are three more messages for you that fans have recorded for us and we want to know what languages are being used in all three of them.
- Here’s number 1:
- And number 2:
- And finally number 3:
Well, the languages were as follows:
Number 1 was in Irish, number 2 was in Thai and number 3 was in Portuguese from Brazil and well done if you got those right! Now, if you’d like to record a message for us just send it on to us by email at email@example.com or through our contact page – remember, we are looking for the message, ‘You are listening to Languagecaster.com’ in any language at all.
Well, other ways for football fans around the world interested in knowing more about the language of football to participate on our site is to ask (or answer) any questions about football language on our forums. We are interested in hearing about how football fans say or describe things in different languages – previously, for example, we have discussed the word burek on our Instagram page which is used in Croatia (and many other places in the region) to describe when a player sends another player the wrong way after some skill – like a dummy or a feint. Come along and let us know any other words and phrases in different languages that you might know.
We also run different types of polls on our site where we survey football fans about different issues and topics. Our latest one asked fans which team would win the 2019-20 Champions League title and currently Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus are the top three choices – I think we may have to wait a while for this one to be decided! We will be adding more polls and surveys to our site in the upcoming weeks.
Another way to participate with us is via our various social media platforms: that’s Facebook’s Learning English Through Football, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Spread the word, ask a question, make a suggestion and drop us a line via those platforms or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, that’s it for this short update – we’ll be back soon with some more discussion and explanations of football language. Don’t forget to say hello, let us know what football, if any, you are watching or talking about and of course please keep safe. Bye bye.