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Five-A-Side Football – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 3, 2014 , No comments

What do you think is the best way to get fit and do some fun exercise? Do you ever play football, and have you ever tried five-a-side football? Learn some useful phrases to talk about sport and exercises in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English.

Woman: How did you get that bruise1 on your leg?

Man: What? Oh, that one. I think it’s from playing football last weekend.

Woman: I didn’t know you played football. Do you play often?

Man: Yeah, we play five-a-side2 every weekend, just for fun, nothing too serious.

Woman: You know, I used to play3 when I was at school.

Man: Really? Well maybe you should get involved4. It’s a mixed5 league, and there are plenty of women playing.

Woman: Yeah, I think I need to do some sport. I was doing yoga, but I got bored, and now I feel very out of shape6.

Man: Well, come along next Saturday. You can check it out7, maybe sign up for a team as well.

Woman: It’s been so long since I’ve played. I don’t know if I’ll still be any good.

Man: Don’t worry about it! There are all kinds of players there – a few good ones, but most people are just there to get some exercise and have a laugh8.

Woman: Okay, I’ll come and have a look.

Man: Cool, I can give you a lift9, if you’d like.

Woman: Oh, okay, thanks.

  1. A bruise is a blue-purple mark on your skin, which appears when you hit yourself or bump into something.
  2. Five-a-side means each team has five players, instead of eleven.
  3. I used to… means I did something in the past, but I don’t do it any more.
  4. If you get involved in something, you take part in it.
  5. Mixed here means for both men and women.
  6. If you do no exercise, you will be out of shape. You can also say unfit.
  7. Check it out means to have a look, or see what something is like.
  8. Have a laugh means have fun.
  9. If you give someone a lift you take them somewhere in your car.

Match the phrases with the same meaning

1. I’m really out of shape a) Look at this
2. She can give you a lift b) You can register on the Internet
3. Check this out c) I haven’t been doing enough exercise
4. I used to be really lazy d) She’ll drive you
5. You can sign up online e) I’m very hard-working now

Which is wrong?


  1. get some exercise
  2. do some exercise
  3. take some exercise


  1. have laughs
  2. have a laugh
  3. have fun


  1. I used to work in a bank
  2. I didn’t use to be a teacher
  3. I didn’t used to be a teacher


  1. I’m going to give you a lift, if you want
  2. I’ll give you a lift, if you want
  3. I can give you a lift, if you want


  1. You should get involved in office social events sometimes
  2. You should take part in office social events sometimes
  3. You should get involved on office social events sometimes
  1. c
  2. d
  3. a
  4. e
  5. b
  6. 3
  7. 1
  8. 3
  9. 1
  10. 3
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