Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.
Think about the following questions:
- How important is English to you? Why?
- How do you think these players use English?
- How important do you think it is for them?
Watch the video and find out!
Why is it important to learn English?
Serge Gnabry: English is the first language of the world so I think it’s very important. Everywhere you go you can communicate with people so you should learn English.
José Fonte: It’s very important because everywhere in the world someone will speak English to you so you need to know a little bit of English so you can communicate with everyone and it must be one of the most talked languages in the world.
Alex Kacaniklic: First of all, it's the most spoken language there is, and for me it's important to know it.
Vincent Kompany: Not English in particular, but it’s a way of ... It is the most spoken language in the world. It does give you a chance to communicate with so many people from other cultures and I’m not speaking just about the English but worldwide and my advice to the English kids would be to learn other languages, too.
Do you speak English with your teammates?
Vincent Kompany: I speak any language.
Alex Kacaniklic: Yeah, yeah, every day and growing up in Sweden you start learning it at seven, eight years old.
José Fonte: Yes, I do.
Vincent Kompany: I literally speak any language.
Serge Gnabry: Yeah we have a lot of foreign players so you have to communicate in English.
What's your favourite word in English?
José Fonte: Er, that's difficult ...
Alex Kacaniklic: Favourite English saying ... I don't know ... actually.
Serge Gnabry: I don’t have any.
Alex Kacaniklic: There's a couple but like you said ... suitable for ...
José Fonte: 'Decent', probably. Yes.
Vincent Kompany: I like the … It’s probably northern but when they say right 'we’re off' it’s just I don’t know I like that … Say we’re off. Means nothing when you think of it, innit: we’re off ...
What would you teach on Premier Skills English?
Serge Gnabry: 'Nutmeg' or 'one-twos'.
José Fonte: That’s a good one, yeah, 'nutmeg'. That's quite good.
Alex Kacaniklic: I like 'never give up', what it means. So to teach that ...
Vincent Kompany: I would just say look around ... just look around ... always be aware of where you are. A lot of kids just get their head down and start running with the ball. And they just don’t have a clue any more whether they’re still on the pitch or outside of the pitch and just don’t make the right decision so just look around and take your time.