7 of Jack Grealish’s funniest moments from learning Chinese to encyclopaedias

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Jack Grealish during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, May 2023.

Everybody loves Manchester City and England forward Jack Grealish – and that’s not surprising considering these seven laugh-out-loud moments. 

Grealish made his name at Aston Villa, before joining Pep Guardiola’s City in the summer of 2021 for a fee of £100million.

And, despite a difficult first season in Manchester, the 27-year-old is now one of City’s automatic starters as the Premier League champions look to add the FA Cup and Champions League trophies to their 2022-23 tally.

But Grealish is one of few players to transcend football in Britain. Whether that’s down to his massive calves, his legion of female fans or his endearing personality, the Birmingham native is known by millions.

We’ve identified seven moments that have elevated a young man from Solihull to the status of a national treasure.

Learning Chinese

In fairness, we’d also be a soggy mess if we attempted to learn Chinese from scratch like Grealish here. But we don’t possess the infectious doggedness of the England star.

‘What I did on my holidays’

This is such a flashback to GCSE French that we’re resisting the urge to run to the nearest boulangerie to order a pain au chocolat.


Confirmation here that Grealish shared a house with Wayne Hennessey during his youth.

Map fail

Oh, Jack…

‘Sliced veg’

A spoonerism is an occurrence in speech in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase.

But this was no slip-up from Grealish. Come on!

Spelling test

There’s nothing more terrifying as an adult human as your basic intelligence being questioned; on-the-spot mathematics, general knowledge tests from your young child or being asked to spell the simplest words.

But Grealish made a whole roast dinner of his attempt to spell ‘rhythm’ during last year’s World Cup.

Stefan Savic

For bringing ‘Broad Street on a Saturday night’ vibes to the Spanish capital, Grealish needs to be appointed Knight of the Realm. Immediately.

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