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Vocabulary Lesson: English in the Premier League

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Living and working abroad is an amazing and challenging experience. You have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life.

Would you love to live in another country, work in an international environment and be well paid? For football fans, the dream is England!

England's Premier League is a melting pot of nations, with players from nearly 70 countries currently being represented in the league's 20 clubs. Since its formation in 1992, 100 nationalities have been represented there. Today only around 36% of its players are English.

Brazilian Gabriel made his debut for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on the weekend after a £15m January move from Spain despite being unable to speak English.

His manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, recently revealed that not being able to speak the lingo was a problem. Wenger worried that not being able to understand instructions.

"When you don't speak English and you don't understand 'Come out, come back, right, left', it is a problem for a defender. You need to know the key words. Offside. Referee. Foul", Wenger said.

“He’s the first defender I’ve brought in with no English. In terms of other players, José Reyes was not fantastic with his English, even when he left. But Thierry Henry arrived here and three months later, he was fluent in English. Some learn quickly. For some people, it takes longer. Gabriel is very focused. We’ll see.”

What are some key words Gabriel needs to pick up? What advice would you give him to help him learn English qucikly?

Now answer the questions based on the orange words:

  • 1) Adapt means:




  • 2) Paid is the past tense of:





  • 3) Debut means:





  • 4) 'Lingo' is a informal word for:





  • 5) Which of these is NOT a synonym of instruction:





  • 6) The main role of a defender is to ___ the opposing team from scoring goals.





  • 7) When you are fleunt you can speak with:





  • 8) In this context pick up means: