In this football language podcast we look back at some of the big moments from the opening weekend of the 2023-24 Premier League season, while we also feature the 2023 Women’s World Cup which is down to the semi-final stage. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at email@example.com.
Learn English Through Football Podcast: Premier League Opening Weekend and 2023 Women’s World Cup
DF: Hello again everyone and welcome to Languagecaster.com – the football-language podcast for learners and teachers of English. I’m Damian and I’m based here in London where the weather is a little grey but of course that’s perfect weather for playing football! I wonder what the weather is like in Tokyo where the other member of the Learning English Through Football team, Damon, is based? Now apologies for the delay in this podcast – there were a few technical diffculties – but it does mean that there will be a host of podcasts – lots of podcasts – for you to listen to over the next few days!
So, on this week’s football-language podcast, I will be looking back at a phrase from the Women’s World Cup, by the way, who would have thought that a Women’s World Cup quarter- final sage would not include Germany or the USA? I’ll also be explaining a phrase or two from the opening matches from the 2023-24 Premier League season: ‘smash and grab‘ and ‘fresh legs‘.
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (from a Japanese fan)
Yes, that message was from a Japanese fan and and yes, you are listening to Languagecaster.com. Now, don’t forget to come along to our site at Languagecaster.com where you can hear more podcasts on the 2023 Women’s World Cup and also you can access all our other football-language podcasts – we have hundreds of them that date back over the last 15 years.
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (from Vietnamese fans)
Right, it was the opening day of the 2023-24 Premier League season and the quarter-finals of the 2023 Women’s World Cup over the weekend and here are a couple of phrases from those matches. First of all I explain the phrase, ‘fresh legs‘ from the Liverpool versus Chelsea game and then I look at the expression ‘smash and grab‘ after Fulham defeated Everton before finally explaining why the Swedish coach used the term ‘bumblebee‘ to describe their players.
Chelsea v Liverpool: Fresh Legs
Everton v Fulham: Smash and Grab
2023 Women’s World Cup Quarter-final – Sweden 2-1 Japan: Bumblebee
The Swedish team defeated Japan in the World Cup quarter-final with a performance that may have surprised many. The Swedish side were expected to defend in numbers and then try to win on counter attacks or create a chance from a set piece but instead they put lots of pressure on the ball and made it very difficult for the Japanese team to keep the ball and to maintain any rhythm. The Swedish coach said ‘that his players were like bumblebees because they were all over the field pressing the opposition’ (BBC). What a fantastic way to describe the hard-working team!
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in Korean)
Don’t forget that you can find out more about these and hundreds more football-language phrases by coming along to our football-language glossary here at Languagecaster.com.
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (a Zambian fan).
DF: OK, if you have any questions or comments then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also look out for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and on the new platform Threads, while we will be posting some material on our new YouTube page very soon too – so come along and say hello! We also have a football-language forum where you can ask and answer any questions you have on the language of football and we have also been posting a daily post from the 2023 Women’s World Cup that look at some of the key phrases including, ‘curled home‘ and ‘red mist‘. So, take a look at these posts on the forum, do some of the quizzes that are there, add a comment or a question or simply say hi!
Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in French).
DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was from a French football fan – they were disappointed to go out of the tournament on penalties – the longest ever penalty shoot-out in Women’s World Cup history. Don’t forget there’s a transcript for this short podcast with lots of vocabulary support – we explain lots of the meanings of these words in the transcript, which you can access by coming along to our site.
OK, that’s it for this podcast in which we looked back at the 2023 Women’s World Cup quarter-final stage and the opening day of the 2023-24 Premier League season. We looked at the phrases, ‘smash and grab‘; ‘fresh legs‘ and ‘bumblebees‘ – remember that’s how the Swedish coach described their players after their World Cup quarter final win over Japan. Let us know if you hear any of the phrases that we’ve used on today’s show – in any language of course. And enjoy all the football and we’ll see you again soon when we will be looking at more football language. Bye bye!
- Women’s World Cup Language Review Quiz
- 2019 Women’s World Cup posts
- 2023 Women’s World Cup in Numbers
- Smash and grab
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