Learn English Through Football Podcast: Looking ahead to 2019!

Looking ahead to 2019: On this week’s English through football podcast we review some of the big stories from the 2019 FA Cup third round, look back at the 2018 highs and lows of our favourite teams and look forward to some of the big events taking place in 2019. We also explain a new football-language expression, goalmouth scramble, ask a football-language quiz question connected to the FA Cup and attempt some predictions from the Carabao Cup. If you’d like the transcript to the show – great for learners and teachers of English – please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon) and if you have questions or comments, email us at: admin@languagecaster.com (Damian=DF, Damon=DB).

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DF: You are listening to languagecaster.com’s football-language podcast. Hello everyone and welcome to the show for all those who love the beautiful game of football and who want to improve their English language skills – learning English through football. My name is Damian and I’m here in a cold and dark London the day after the FA Cup third round weekend – we’ll be looking at some of the language from those games later on in the show. Now, I wonder if Damon is on the line from Tokyo, Damon?

DB: DB: I’m very well Damian. It’s a bit chilly here in Tokyo, too, but lovely blue skies cheer things up a bit. You mentioned it has just been FA Cup 3rd round weekend –  did you watch any games?

DF: I watched a little bit of the Blackpool vs Arsenal game, while I also watched the game between non-league side Woking and Premier League team Watford and the match between Newport County and Leicester City – did you get to watch any of the FA Cup games?

DB: DB: Unfortunately not. I thought I wouldn’t be able to over here in japan, but I’ve just found out my TV football subscription has got some of the games! I missed out on all the action, but I will be able to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool at least!


DF: Right, what do we have on today’s show?

DB: Well, first of all we take a look back at some of the big football stories from this season’s FA Cup third round with sections on shocks, thrashings and controversies. Then we ask a football-language quiz question which is connected to the FA Cup. After that we give a brief review of our teams’ performances in 2018 and then we look ahead to some of the big football events of 2019. Then there is an explanation of a football-language expression – goalmouth scramble – before we finish off the show with some Carabao Cup predictions.

DF: Wow! That’s a packed show indeed!

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DF: Now, before we move on to our review of the FA Cup third round we’d like to talk about Patreon. If you’d like some more football-language content and you also want to support what we are doing here at languagecaster.com then you can click on the Patreon button on our site to learn how to access extra posts and resources, including worksheets, quizzes and of course the transcript for this report.

DB: Yes, recently we have posted our end-of-year football review quiz on Patreon and we will have some worksheets on the 2019 Asian Cup posted there soon. (Become a Patreon to read the full transcript)

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I was born and brought up near Chester in the north west of England. I have always loved playing and talking about sport, especially football!
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