Talking about the World Cup in English

With this blog post, you can do some reading and listening to help you build your range of vocabulary and expressions for talking about the World Cup in English. Hopefully your team hasn’t already been knocked out of the World Cup. If your country was already knocked out, commiserations! Every team bar the champion has to lose eventually, and even the reigning champions Germany have already been eliminated from the competition. Ireland didn’t even qualify for the World Cup – they lost against Denmark in the playoffs. So close but so far!! I’m a big Ireland fan and I would have loved to have visited Russia if they had qualified.

A couple of my friends who support England are in Russia now to enjoy the World Cup. Even though England went through to the 2nd round of the tournament after winning two easy matches, they lost their third match against Belgium yesterday. When I looked at some English TV and websites, most people there seemed to be really optimistic that England can win the World Cup. Here in Ireland, most people really like English Premier League football and English television, but ironically they always want the England team to lose. Personally I think Croatia and Belgium look like the two best teams in the tournament so far, but England also have a strong team.

In the reading link, you can read some interesting quotes from various players and coaches about the World Cup and the different teams that are participating. The video narrator is also talking about the World Cup in English. It has an interesting discussion of which team is most likely to win the World Cup based on things like the population, number of grassroots players and other factors.

It is possible that you could talk or write about the World Cup in the IELTS exam. For example, the following Speaking Part 2 question opens up the possibility of talking about it:

Describe a sporting event you attended.
You should say:

what kind of sports event it was
give details of this event
how often it takes place
and explain why you consider this event to be interesting.

Furthermore, here is an example of a Writing Part 2 question in which you might discuss the World Cup:

Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic:

Popular events like the football world cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and with relevant evidence.

Reading

World Cup Quotes

Listening

 

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