Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Sport

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Sport

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Focus, keep your eye on the ball and get ready to perform because after a long time out of action over summer, our monthly topic-based chitchats are back!  

What is a chit-chat?

Well, to refresh your memory, a chitchat is an informal discussion and we believe that listening to engaging discussions is a great way of maintaining interest in learning a language while perfecting your understanding, pronunciation, vocabulary and so much more. 

What did we talk about?

So in today’s chitchat, Mickey and Lewis discuss the monthly topic that we based some of our classes on in September. 

We thought that after putting on some weight after a few too many beers on the beach we would analyse a number of different sport topics, among those the Olympic games, sports betting and the financial situation of modern football. 

Make sure you concentrate on the spoken language being used and if possible, repeat what we say out loud so your neighbours hear you speaking like a native.

Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

Where can I learn the phrasal verbs?

To begin with, we give a couple of examples of some common sport-related phrasal verbs. 

Pass out and bulk up were the first two.   

If you’d like to see even more examples, why don’t you check out our previous blog listing ten sport phrasal verbs?

After that we have a short discussion about the ‘night race’ that we ran and how we’re training with the view to potentially running a marathon in Malaga before the end of the year. 

Here we actually gave two more examples of racing phrasal verbs, fall behind and then catch up.  I know, we’re on fire!

Can you remember what Mickey has given up?

During our chat about running long distances and competing in races, Mickey told us that he ran the Malaga half marathon years ago because he did it for a £10 bet. 

This provided a good platform for us to move on to talk about sports betting and our opinions on this now controversial industry with so many adverts on TV.

With the current theme of phrasal verbs related to sport, we added an extra one given that we were speaking about addictions and being addicted to gambling or sports betting. 

In this case we’re not going to write it down, we’d like you to pay attention and see if you can guess it.  Mickey, have you _____ __ anything recently?  I have _____ ___ smoking.

What phrasal verb could it be then?

Here’s a clue, a synonym of this verb is ‘to quit.’

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Oh, and pay attention to Mickey when he says what football team he supports. 

Bearing in mind that we recorded the video on the 1st of October, he reminded us that his team were going to play against Bayern Munich. 

If any of you are football fans I’m sure you can imagine how Mickey is feeling at the moment. 

That’ll be enough for today folks, we hope you’ve enjoyed watching our chitchat and reading the corresponding blog. 

Just remember, that every day is a school day and every day you learn something new! 

Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports-Related​ Phrasal Verbs

Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports Related Phrasal Verbs

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As Sports is our Topic of the month for September, we thought that we would share some of our favourite Sports related phrasal verbs.

Many of these phrasal verbs are particularly useful as they can be used in other contexts other than talking about sports.

So the next time you are chatting with your English friends about the football match last night you can impress them with some of these phrasal verbs!

What we learned in our English class?

Work Out: To do exercise.

Eg, yesterday I went to work out at the gym

Work Off: to burn calories or food consumed.

Eg, I need to work off all that Christmas food!

Fall Behind: Begin to lose in a race

Eg, he was winning until he fell behind at the 3rd mile 

Slim Down: To lose weight

Eg, Sheila needs to slim down so that she can fit into her wedding dress.

Take Up: To start doing a new sport or activity

Eg, This summer I want to take up cross fit.

Wait! Here are 5 more..

Try Out For: To Audition for a team

Eg, You’re so good at football, you should try out for the team!

Knock Out: to punch somebody unconscious (usually used in Boxing)

Eg, The boxer knocked out his opponent in the 5th round.

Alternatively Knock Out can also be used to mean that a loser in a tournament is eliminated.

Eg, England were knocked out of the world cup in the semi finals against Croatia.

Catch Up: Reach an opponent in a race.

Eg, After spending most of the race in last place, Tom finally caught up to the rest of the runners in the last 100m.  

Pass Out: To become unconscious.

Eg, I was so exhausted after the marathon that I passed out.

Bulk Up: to gain muscle.

Eg, I’ve been lifting weights at the gym recently so I can bulk up and impress the ladies.

Unwind After a Long Day at work with Teachify

Unwind After a Long Day at work with Teachify

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At Teachify we are big believers that students get the most out of our classes outside the classroom.

This may sound strange to some, however putting all the things that we have learnt into practice in real life situations is by far the most effective way for our students to retain the information.

What did we do?

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This is why from time to time we like to arrange meet ups for our students to get the opportunity to put their English into practice in a relaxed, pressure free atmosphere.

Last week we met up with our students down at Viriato bar, because what better way to loosen up your English conversational abilities with a little bit of ‘dutch courage?’

Virato Guevara & Lynch

Si bebes lo mismo que bebe todo el mundo, pensarás lo mismo que todo el mundo

Discount on drinks for Teachifyers!

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With discounted rates on drinks and a good turn out, the event was a roaring success with around 30 of our students conversing in English well into the wee hours of the morning.

So for those Teachifyers (and non Teachifyers) who would like to get involved, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for information on our events.

Finally, we would like to thank the management and staff at Viriato bar for helping us put on such a fantastic event.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

Techify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

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Here we are again, we’re back with our monthly Teachify Teacher chitchat, I’m sure you’ve been dying to watch another video after the last one, so we have delivered. 

You may notice that Mickey has had a makeover since our last chat and all of a sudden, he looks much better and sounds far better with an Australian accent. 

So what did we talk about today?

In Shannon’s first chitchat we discussed our main topic in June, that is Education. 

As part of the syllabus this month we’ve turned back time and tried to recall our memories from the good old days at primary and secondary school before focussing on university, on the job training, apprenticeships, language learning and more. 

Meet the Teachify Team!

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Keeping it short but sweet!


Consequently, Shannon and I tried to summarise some of the questions that arise when talking about education. 

Of course, you should be aware that we barely even scratched the surface of the topic during our chitchat as we want to keep it short but sweet.  

That way it’s not too much of a pain to watch the chitchat more than once in order to promote memorisation and acquisition of the language. 

What memories from school stand out for you?

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As always, when we have a chitchat we endeavour to clear up any doubts with the language we use and sometimes we don’t realise when we use some unusual terms and phrases. 

That’s why it’s important to review the explanations you’ll find below which will, hopefully, ensure everything is as clear as day. 

That being said, sit back, get your earphones in and concentrate on what we say…fingers crossed you’ll enjoy it, we certainly enjoyed recording the video as we always do 😊

It's okay! We know it can be difficult to understand.

Tricky Vocabulary

Crew – team, company or group

Apprenticeships – paid training programs to learn a trade

On the job training – learning new things at work

Stand out – be very noticeable

Break time – short period of time at school in which you can play

Wrestling – sport or activity in which you fight an opponent

Misunderstand – not understand properly

Detention – punishment at school where you stay after hours

Laid back – relaxed

Set you free – release someone or something

Well-funded – a lot of money provided for a purpose

Leave something behind – forget or stop doing something

Gap year – a year to travel and take time off education or work

Go backpacking – travel at length carrying only a backpack

Graduate – to finish a degree

Get something out of one’s system – free oneself of a desire

Trend – tendency

Bother – make an effort to do something

What’s the point? – what is the reason, motive or need?


Jack’s Music Box

Jack's Music Box

Courtney Barnett – Depreston

It’s been a while but we are finally back with another Jack’s Music Box, the best Music/English teaching blog series available this side of the Guadalquivir. This week we are looking at Depreston by Australian singer songwriter Courtney Barnett.

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Nuevos Cursos

Originally a guitarist in Australian bands like Rapid Transit and Immigrant Union before becoming a solo star, Barnett first garnered international attention with the release of her 2012 EP I’ve Got  A Friend Called Emily Ferris along with her 2013 double EP A Sea of Split Peas.

Barnett went onto achieve widespread critical attention with her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015.

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I chose Depreston for this week’s song as it is a good introduction to Courtney Barnett’s unique style as she often sings in her typical Australian accent in a very conversational way.

The song is about buying a bungalow in Preston, a dreary suburb of Melbourne.


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Interesting Vocabulary

Percolator: A pot used for brewing coffee

Bungalow: A one storey house.

Cul De Sac: A dead end residential street.

It’s Going Pretty Cheap: It’s selling for pretty cheap.

Deceased Estate: A dead person’s house.

The Lyrics

You said we should look out further, I guess it wouldn’t hurt us

We don’t have to be around all these coffee shops
Now we’ve got that percolator, never made a latte greater
I’m saving twenty three dollars a week

We drive to a house in Preston, we see police arresting
A man with his hand in a bag
How’s that for first impressions? This place seems depressing
It’s a Californian bungalow in a cul-de-sac

It’s got a lovely garden, a garage for two cars to park in
Or a lot of room for storage if you’ve just got one
And it’s going pretty cheap you say, well it’s a deceased estate
Aren’t the pressed metal ceilings great?

Then I see the handrail in the shower, a collection of those canisters for coffee tea and flour
And a photo of a young man in a van in Vietnam
And I can’t think of floorboards anymore, whether the front room faces south or north
And I wonder what she bought it for

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you’ve got a spare half a million
You could knock it down and start rebuilding

If you enjoyed the song check out our Teachify Courtney Barnett playlist below!

See you again for another installment of Jack’s Music Box.

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