Off the cuff, Episode 10: a Carp load of football

Learn English Podcast : Off the Cuff : A crap load of football

In Episode 10 of off the cuff Clare and Annie talk about #Ronaldo #UEFA #football #CocaCola and the topic of influencers. How much influence should they really have on us and on things like #LGBTQ rights? Find vocabulary and transcripts below.

Vocabulary from Episode 10

  • What’s on the menu today – this is a fun way of asking what the topic of the show is today. You can use it in any situation where there is a planned schedule, although it may not always be appropriate for work settings. In the example below, we want to know what the activities for the day are.
    • I know you’ve been planning this trip for months, so what’s on the menu today?
  • Obscure – not known by many people. In this case, Annie is being sarcastic, since football is well-known all over the world, particularly in Spain, where they currently reside.
    • I forgot the name of the island they are visiting. It’s some obscure place off the coast.
  • To be glued to your television – If someone is glued to their television, it means that they are very attentive to what is happening on TV.
    • I don’t watch much TV, but when the Olympics are on, I am just glued to the TV.
  • Crap load – this is a way to express a large quantity of something but in a way that shows your disapproval of the amount.
    • Those kids have a crap load of toys and yet they’re always bored.
  • 31 million – 31,000,000
    • I do not make 31 million euros a year.
  • to get/take a hit from something – this is used to say that you will be negatively impacted by what happened.
    • The economy took a huge hit from COVID.
  • to be down something, usually money – having less than you expected or usually have.
    • I lost a bet and now I’m down 100 euros.
  • to get wind of a something – to find out about something, especially a secret.
    • I don’t want my boss to get wind of my new job.
  • LGBTQ – Acronym used for referring to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people.
    • Pride month is celebrated in order to acknowledge and support the LGBTQ community.
  • Paedophiles – people who are sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children.
    • There is a controversial online website where you can see if there is a registered paedophile living near your home.
  • God forbid – This expression is usually used to show sarcasm as Clare is doing here in the podcast. We usually use this expression to show that we think the other person is overreacting or wrong.
    • God forbid I come into work 2 minutes late because I was stuck in traffic!
  • UEFA – acronym for Union of European Football Association.
    • UEFA decided not to punish the German player who showed his support for the LGBTQ community.
  • get down on two knees – here Clare is referencing the players who supported Black Lives Matter by kneeling down on one knee. Since players may not be able to wear any kind of arm bands for Gay Pride, getting down on two knees could be an alternative. She is showing irony that one thing is ok, but not the other.

To find out more about the topics discussed today, you can find them at the following links:
NYT: Munich Wanted to Light Its Stadium in a Pride Rainbow. European Soccer Said No.
The Guardian: Hungary passes law banning LGBT content in schools or kids’ TV
Business Standard: Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo knocks off $4 billion from Coca-Cola’s value

Transcript of episode 10

Clare: Hi, Annie.
Annie: Hi, Clare. How are you?
Clare: Good, good.
Annie: Happy Pride Month.
Clare: Happy Pride Month. Yes. So what’s on the menu today? What are we going to talk about?
Annie: Anything but Coca Cola?
Clare: Why do you think it might influence people? Okay, Let’s talk about football. That doesn’t have any influence on people.
Annie: No, no. Football. Football’s, like this obscure thing that happens.
Clare: You mean you haven’t been glued to your television? You haven’t had two PCRs a day just to make sure that you can go to watch all these football matches and be there.
Annie: I mean, you know, I don’t even know if my television has football, and I’m okay with that.
Clare: Okay, so let’s take it back to football again. Okay?
Annie: Let’s talk about football. Okay.
Clare: Let’s talk about. Let’s talk about football and Coca Cola. Why would we talk about football and Coca Cola and influence? Because we’re talking about influence.
Annie: Yeah, Okay, so I don’t watch football as, as I just mentioned, but I do know what’s happening around the game of football.
Clare: Okay.
Annie: All right. So let me explain. There is this football player who makes what we would say a crap load of money, right?
Clare: And, does he play for Alaves?
Annie: No, no, he doesn’t. His name is Ronaldo. I think you might have heard of him, because even though I don’t know anything about football, I do know that there’s this man named Ronaldo who makes, like, 31 million a year and he was sitting down for a press conference with a can of Coca Cola in front of him or a bottle of Coca Cola, and he decided to move it and tell his audience to drink more water.
Clare: Okay, so that was his influence over his followers or whatever. What exactly did that influence do?
Annie: Well, there’s more to this story, right? So, not only does this man who makes crap loads of money tell everyone not to drink Coca Cola, but to drink more water, but then it has a 5 billion impact on Coca Cola.
Clare: Are you serious?
Annie: I am totally serious, Clare.
Clare: But surely those… Coca Cola  are his boss? No? because the sponsors are the people who pay this 31 million to all these players.
Annie: Surely. I mean, part of the money.
Clare: Were his friends annoyed? Were his fellow players annoyed? Were Coca Cola annoyed or just everybody’s just a… Who’s the bigger influencer here? Coca Cola? Ronaldo? It’s a bit…
Annie: Well, I’m sure his team. I don’t know enough about football or this story other than that, but I’m sure his team gets a hit from that. Or maybe if the Coca Cola decides not to sponsor them, I’m sure that would affect their whole team.
Clare: He might be down a few billion himself.
Annie: Yeah, exactly. Exactly. Well, I would kind of hope, I have to admit, because I think that the fact that he makes 31 million a year is a bit too much. But anyway, it’s interesting, the influence this man has and football.
Clare: Let’s go back to football again.
Annie: Okay. Okay, fine.
Clare: Because, you know, it’s important, influential. it’s happening this month like, Yeah. So as I said, I wasn’t watching matches either like. But again, the world around football, I do get wind of a few things. June, as you know, is LGBTQ month. And there was a match in between Germany and Hungary. And at the same time, the Prime Minister, a law has been or a decree has been passed where they’re not allowed to depict or promote homosexuality or anything homosexual onto under 18s. And as part of a law against paedophiles, you know you can connected.
Annie: What ?
Clare: Now, you cannot connect the two? Right?
Annie: I cannot connect the two. Wait, what?
Clare: In Hungry, it’s believed. And this is kind of the law, like, because of this, is that if two people meet, especially for the same sex, it’s not healthy.
Annie: Okay.
Clare: So they meet, you know, God forbid they fall in love.
Annie: Okay.
Clare: Set up a house and they might even adopt children.
Annie: Right. Right.
Clare: Okay. No. Because what they really are are Paedophiles.
Annie: Oh Clare.
Clare: That’s why I know. It’s just sad. Real. Anyway, back into football, it’s come.
Annie: No, I can’t even joke about that topic because it’s not funny.
Clare: It’s not funny.
Annie: It’s not.
Clare: So Let’s go back to football.
Annie: Okay. So go back to football because I prefer to talk about football than that conversation.
Clare: I know, but football influences things you see. So there was a match between Germany and Hungry around the same time with this crazy decree or whatever was passed. And the match was in Munich.
Annie: Right.
Clare: And they wanted to, like, they’ve done in another Stadium. I think they wanted to paint it pink or light it up pink.
Annie: Okay.
Clare: And UEFA said no, because it was kind of a political statement. Again, don’t hold me to that statement. But something along those lines…
Annie: yeah.
Clare: Because it was too political. Then there was a German goalkeeper, I think, who had a band on his arm again with the LBGTQ support or whatever. And they’re going to decide now whether that is too politically, yeah. So what do you do? Do you get down on two knees?
Annie: Well that’s interesting.
Clare: A knee for this, a knee for that
Annie: Yeah Exactly. We’re going to have to start doing, like, hand gestures.
Clare: It, it’s sad. It’s sad. It’s not funny. But it’s a sad reality no? And again. What are we talking about? We’re talking about football.

Video - Preposiciones

Cómo usar At, ON y IN en 5 minutos

¿Te dan miedo las preposiciones en inglés? ¿Y si te digo que las Preposiciones de Tiempo (at, on y in) nunca cambian? Siempre revisamos en nuestras clases las preposiciones desde el nivel A1 hasta el C2. Muchas veces el alumnado utiliza Espanglish (traducción del castellano al ingles). El problema que tenemos traduciendo literalmente de un idioma a otro es que en inglés no se usan las mismas palabras para expresar lo mismo que en castellano. Por ejemplo, por la mañana en castellano se traduce como in the morning aunque ‘por’ no se traduzca como ‘in’.

Lo que recomendamos es aprender CUANDO usar las preposiciones en inglés, y para ayudarte hemos detallado abajo en qué situaciones utilizar And, In y On, a las que llamamos Prepositions of Time. También hemos creado este vídeo para poder visualizar cómo utilizar las preposiciones y tomar un mini test al final. Creemos que es una forma divertida de aprender y retener la información.

Hay 3 Prepositions of Time en inglés: At, ON y IN

At – We use the prepositions AT for the time of day

At se utiliza para hablar de un parte del día. Por ejemplo, para la hora (at 3 o’clock) , el mediodía (noon), la medianoche (midnight), la noche (night) o hasta el atardecer (sunset).

También cuando hablamos de la hora de comer (lunchtime) o de cenar (dinnertime) y el fin de semana (the weekend).

Cuando hablamos de Christmas con la preposición ‘AT’, hablamos de la época de Navidad. Por ejemplo ‘at Christmas time’, refiriendonos aquí a las semanas en las que ponemos decoraciones o luces y nos juntamos con familia y amigos.

  • at + clock time
    • The train leaves at 6 o’clock.
  • at + noon / midnight / night / sunset
    • In the US, they eat lunch at noon.
    • I went to bed at midnight last night.
    • We watch TV at night.
    • We went to the beach at sunset.
  • at + dinnertime / lunchtime
    • She gets home from work at dinnertime.
    • I usually have an English class at lunchtime.
  • at + the weekend / Christmas
    • We usually go to the village at the weekend.
    • I prefer to visit my family at Christmas.

ON – We use the preposition ON for specific days and dates

ON tiene muchos significados en inglés. Aquí estamos revisando solo los que hacen referencia al tiempo, como días de la semana y fechas exactas. Por ejemplo, el lunes será on Monday y la fecha se escribe on June 3rd (EEUU) o on 3, June (Británico)

También verás que ON se puede utilizar con los fines de semana. Los británicos suelen usar at weekends y los estadounidenses usan on weekends. Ambos son correctos.

Cuando usamos ON con Christmas Day, estamos hablando del día de Navidad, el 25 de diciembre aunque con At Christmas estamos hablando de la época de Navidad. Se utiliza igualmente con cualquier día festivo. At Easter (durante la semana de Pascua) y On Easter Day (el Domingo de Ramos).

  • on + days / dates
    • Let’s meet on Tuesday at 3 o’clock.
    • Your test is on May 8th at 12 o’clock.
  • on + my birthday / Christmas Day
    • I like to eat at a restaurant on my birthday.
    • We open up our gifts on Christmas Day, the 25th.
  • on + the weekend
    • I’m busy on Tuesday. How about on/at the weekend?

IN – We use the preposition IN for longer periods of time

IN también se puede utilizar en muchos contextos, pero si nos centramos en el tiempo, lo usamos para períodos un poco más largos, así que utilizamos AT para la hora del día, con IN hablamos de toda la mañana (in the morning).  Con AT nos referiremos al mediodía, pero con IN, a la tarde (in the afternoon). Por eso decimos at night, pero in the evening.

Previamente vimos que cuando es una fecha exacta, usamos ON – On January 3rd. Pero cuando hablamos del mes, utilizamos IN, in January, in March.

También se utiliza IN con los años, in 1998, in 2021 y con las estaciones, in spring, in summer, in autumn y in winter. (fíjate que las estaciones se escriben siempre con minúsculas)

Cuando hablamos de un período de tiempo, como la Edad Media, o el siglo XVIII, se utiliza IN, in the Middle Age, in the 18th century.

  • in + time of the day
    • I love going to the beach early in the morning in summer
  • in + months / years / seasons
    • In the US, kids go back to school in August. In Spain, kids go back in September.
    • My daughter was born in 2012.
    • I love wearing big heavy sweaters in winter.
  • in + the Middle Ages / the future / the 13th Century
    • The book is set in the Middle Ages.
    • In the future, technology will become more and more important in our daily lives.
    • The Saint Maria Cathedral was built in the 13th Century.

Ya que has visto la teoría de las Prepositions of Time, intenta completar las oraciones abajo con la preposición correcta.

  1. I ‘m going to a wedding ___ 14 June.
  2. I don’t like driving ___ night.
  3. I start work every day ___ 9 o’clock ___ the morning.
  4. Are you usually at home ___ dinnertime?
  5. Do you ever have to work ___ the evening?
  6. Let’s get together ___ Saturday ____ the afternoon.
  7. We are going on vacation ___ August.
  8. He is coming home ___ noon to have some lunch.
  9. I was born ___ April 26.
  10. She was born ___ 2001.
  11. I love to go to the beach ___ sunset.
  12. What do you usually do ___ weekends?
  13. Do your kids come home ___ lunchtime?
  14. This church was built ___ the 18th century.
  15. I will give you a call ___ 4 o’clock.
  16. I need to pick my daughter up __ 3 o’clock ___ the afternoon ___ Mondays.
  17. ___ Christmas we usually visit my husband’s family.
  18. They are planning to visit Mexico ___ 2023 ___ July.
  19. We enjoy going to the south of Spain ___ Easter.  
  20. ___ the near future I plan on spending several months abroad. 

Answers: 1. on; 2. at; 3. at, in; 4. at; 5. in; 6. on, in; 7. in; 8. at; 9. on; 10. in; 11. at; 12. on/at; 13. at; 14. in; 15. at; 16. at, in, on; 17. At; 18. in, in; 19. at; 20. In

Cursos Intensivos 2021

Cursos Intensivos de Inglés 2021

¿Que vas a hacer en julio? En la Cámara de Comercio de Álava tenemos todo tipo de cursos de inglés.

CAE – C1

En Julio tenemos un curso intensivo para aquellas personas que van a hacer el examen CAE al final de mes y quieran un último empujón o para las que quieran conocer el formato del examen y saber dónde tienen que mejorar. En dos horas y media, tenemos tiempo todos los días para revisar la gramática más problemática que encontrarás en el examen (inversions, passive, reported speech, etc), hacer listenings, recibir consejos de cómo realizar los writings y mejorar el speaking. Es un curso muy completo y altamente recomendable.

  • 40 horas presenciales
  • 10 horas por semana / Lunes a Jueves
  • Horario flexible (9:30-12:00 o por la tarde)
  • Prácticas de examen todas las semanas
  • Tareas extras donde poner en práctica lo aprendido
  • Grupos reducidos
  • Profesoras nativas con experiencia
  • Precio:  340€ (Materiales incluidos)

El B2

Para la gente  busca certificar un nivel B2, tenemos dos opciones: Opción 1. Un curso de 4 semanas de preparación del FCE (First) y Opción 2. un curso de dos semanas para el OTE (Oxford Test of English)

FCE (First)

El FCE, es un examen de Cambridge. Para su preparación tenemos un curso muy completo de 40 horas repartido en cuatro semanas de lunes a jueves.. Todos las clases están preparadas para practicar las diferentes partes del examen. Revisamos la gramática como los gerunds , infinitives, prepositions, conditionals y mucho más. Todos los días se trabajan tanto los listenings como el speaking  y también hay oportunidad de mejorar los writings. Si piensas hacer el FCE, no dudes en apuntarte a este curso. Irás al examen mucho mejor preparado, con más confianza y seguridad.

  • 40 horas presenciales
  • 10 horas por semana / Lunes a Jueves
  • Horario flexible (9:30-12:00 o por la tarde)
  • Prácticas de examen todas las semanas
  • Tareas extras donde poner en práctica lo aprendido
  • Grupos reducidos
  • Profesoras nativas con experiencia
  • €340 (Materiales incluidas)

Oxford Test of English (OTE)

El OTE, Oxford Test of English, es un examen online de Oxford que está ganando mucha aceptación entre nuestro alumnado. ¿Por qué? Porque se puede hacer en el momento que quieras, siempre que lo reserves con dos semanas de antelación, tienes los resultados a lo largo de la siguiente semana, es más barato que muchos otros y  reconocido externamente por Instituciones Educativas y certificado por la Universidad de Oxford. La Cámara de Comercio es un centro certificado por lo que podrás realizar el examen en nuestras instalaciones.

Hemos diseñado un curso intensivo online con el fin de preparar a conciencia a nuestro alumnado para este examen online. Contarás con 4 sesiones individuales donde preparar la parte del speaking. Si el B2 es tu objetivo este es el curso y el examen para ti.

  • 18 horas online en dos semanas
  • 16 horas en grupo (dos horas al día)
  • 4 sesiones online individuales de 30 minutos de speaking
  • Horario de mañana y/o tarde
  • 4 exámenes de prueba
  • Tareas para practicar las diferentes partes del examen
  • Grupos reducidos
  • €280 por el curso intensivo + tasas de examen Oxford

Inglés general

Si tu objetivo es ganar fluidez en el speaking y mejorar tu listening, este es el intensivo para ti. Nuestra metodología se apoya en un inglés práctico y atractivo que mejorando tu vocabulario y gramática busca reforzar tu confianza al usar el inglés. Con este intensivo darás un empujón a tu nivel de inglés y podrás notarlo si viajas, o lo utilizas profesionalmente, viendo series en versión original o leyendo información en inglés que encuentras en internet.

  • 40 horas presenciales repartidas en 4 semanas
  • 10 horas por semana (de lunes a jueves)
  • Horario flexible (mañanas o tarde)
  • Clases amenas y prácticas
  • Grupos reducidos €340 (Materiales incluidos)


Si tienes cualquier duda, ponte en contacto con nosotros. Tenemos más de 30 años de experiencia y estaremos encantados de reunirnos contigo sin compromiso para acordar el camino de aprendizaje más apropiado para ti.

Expressions sessions Place

7 expressions para el C1

Use of English

  • Have no place in – used to say that someone or something does not belong in a particular area, town, country, body, etc.
    • Racism has no place in politics.
  • A place of my own – to have an apartment or house that is yours.
    • If our son doesn’t want to live with us anymore, he will have to buy a place of his own.
  • No place for – used to say that someone or something does not belong in a particular place or situation.
    • This party is no place for small children.
  • A place in history – to be relevant in a historical sense.
    • Martin Luther King has made a place in history as one of the most famous human rights activist.
  • Have your heart in the right place – used to say that someone has good intentions.
    • She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but her heart is in the right place.
  • go in my place – to have someone physically be in your situation.
    • I have to work tonight so I was wondering if you would like to go in my place to the concert.
  • in the first place – in the beginning
    • I should never have agreed to go to the party in the first place.

Vocab Rehab – Movie/TV night

  • Set – in a story, series, film, set refers to the time or place the action happens
    • The film News of the World with Tom Hanks, is set in Texas after the Civil War.
  • Film set – the scenery and props as arranged for shooting a film
    • I love when films release bloopers and outtakes of the characters laughing on the film set when they are making the film.
  • Cast – the actors in a film, play or show
    • Django, the Quentin Tarantino film, has an amazing cast including Jaime Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Plot – the story of a book, film, play, etc.
    • In the movie Captain Fantastic, the plot centers around a family who returns to ‘normal life’ after having been living in isolation in the wilderness for years. I read someone call it the Noam Chomsky version of Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Series – a set of television or radio broadcasts on the same subject or using the same characters but in different situations.
    • I loved the first two seasons of the series ‘Money Heist’, but the third season got a bit repetitive.
  • Episodes – one part of a television or radio program that is given as a series.
    • What I most like about the series This is Us is how they show us different parts of the characters’ lives in just one episode.
  • Acclaimed – attracting public approval and recognition.
    • The TV series is based on the critically acclaimed book called the Handmaid’s Tale which was written by Margaret Atwood.
  • Characters – The person represented in a film, book, story, etc.
    • My favorite Marvel character is Black Widow and there is a movie coming out this summer that is based on her.
  • Masterpiece – some form of art that is completed with great skill.
    • I thought the film Parasite was a masterpiece because of the way it displayed greed from both perspectives and how it highlighted the social discrimination.
  • Binge-Watch – to watch several episodes of a series one after the other.
    • I got hooked on the series Ozark and binge watched two seasons in a weekend.