Understanding real English
Is this English?
- Published: 18/08/2012 at 07:38 AM
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Sir Alex Ferguson talks about Van Persie joining United. If you are an English language learner, you may wonder if Sir Alex Ferguson is speaking English or some other language. It’s English, but it’s English with a Scottish accent.
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Sir Alex Ferguson talks to the media about Manchester United’s newest striker, Robin Van Persie. AFP
Sir Alex talks about Van Persie joining United.
If you are an English language learner, you may wonder at first if Sir Alex Ferguson is speaking English or some other language. It’s English, but it’s English with a Scottish accent and that can even given an American like me some trouble.
Try listening one or two times to see if you can understand at least some of what he is talking about. Obviously, the main topic is Manchester United’s newest member, Robin Van Persie but try to listen for the details.
Then read the full text below. You’ll probably want to listen and read several times.
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
striker – a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals – a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals ศูนย์หน้าตัวเป้า
wonder – to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it สงสัย
accent – a way of saying words that shows what country, region, or social class someone comes from สำเนียง
obviously – clearly เห็นได้ชัด, อย่างชัดแจ้ง
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Robin Van Persie. AFP
The fees have been agreed. We're delighted with that of course. He's on his way up from London. He will have to have a medical later this afternoon. Also hope that goes according to plan and his agent is also in discussions with David (Gill, United chief executive) right about now, and hopefully all these things will be tied up by the end of the day. Sometimes medicals take a little bit longer and carry on until tomorrow morning, but I'm sure he will be available for Monday's game.
Also I think that what gives us even more strength are the combinations I have up front. If you go back to the 1999 season when I had Dwight and Andy, of course, but Teddy and Ole Gunnar -- the four best strikers in Europe.
So I think I’m going towards that now. I’ve got Chicharito, I've got Wayne, I've got Robin, I've got Danny Welbeck and I've got Kagawa. You know it’s a fantastic collection of players here — hopefully I pick the right combinations. But it’s great to have a player of Van Persie’s qualities come into the squad. At the moment, very pleased.
fees – money that you pay to be allowed to do something, in this case, to be allowed to use the services of a football player ค่าธรรมเนียม
delighted – very happy or satisfied about something ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
medical – a medical examination to determine a person’s health
tie up – to finish all the things that need to be done ทำให้สำเร็จ
available – not too busy to do something ใช้ประโยชน์ได้
combination – the mixture you get when two or more things are combined, in this case, particular football players playing together การรวมกัน
quality – a thing that is part of something’s character, especially something good คุณลักษณะ
squad – a team in sports from which the players for a match are chosen ทีม
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