Following the World Cup in English

Following the World Cup in English

Language learners: Follow the World Cup each day and improve your English at the same. We'll give you plenty of help. Look here for reports on every day of the tournament.

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Bosnia-Hercegovina's midfielder Izet Hajrovic shoots a free kick during a Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA

Following the World Cup in English

The fastest way to prepare yourself for following the English-language coverage of the World Cup. Details here:

If English is not your first or main language, you will naturally follow the World Cup coverage in your own language. But try to take some time and look at the English language coverage as well. Since you will already know what has happened, it should not be too difficult. You will be surprised at how much your can learn in a short time.

The fastest way to prepare is with my book "World Cup English". There you will learn the basic language of football and also the language sports writers typically use to describe the competition. The book is in both English and Thai so you can work you way through it quite quickly. You can also listen to the English texts and this will help you to remember what you have learned.

Actually, World Cup coverage began quite some time ago. First, the stories centred on international friendlies, preparations for the World Cup, features on key players and, of course, assessments of the chances of each competing country's team. Now, of course, teams have arrived in Brazil and the competition has begun.  We'll be there watching every day.

Here is what we have covered so far:

World Cup English: An introduction

World Cup English: Describing the performance

World Cup English: The pre-match story

Germany: World Cup champions!

No joy for Brazil as Holland wins easily

Romero sends Argentina into finals

7 - 1: Germany routs shocked Brazil

Krul saves Netherlands as Costa Rica downed, Argentina sinks Belgium

Neymar out as Brazil and Germany advance to semis

Nervous Brazil awaits Colombia clash

Argentina, Belgium extra-time winners

Germany, France struggle but win over African opponents

Robben in penalty storm as last-gasp Dutch sink Mexico

Brazil survive scare, Colombia beat Suarez-less Uruguay

Nervous teams brace for knockout stage

Germany, Algeria, US and Belgium complete knockout lineup

Out-of-this world Messi stars again; Argentina, Nigeria, France, Switzerland advance

Ouch! Suarez appears to bite again (Updated)

Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece go through

Brazil, Holland win to avoid a knockout clash

Giants struggle: Germany draws; Argentina gets last-gasp winner

Costa Rica shocks Italy, France romps

Suarez 2, Rooney 1 as England face early exit

Goodbye Spain as Chile, Netherlands go through

Brazil 0, Mexico 0 as goalkeepers star

Germany 4, Portugal 0

France, Switzerland, Argentina win

Italy 2, England 1

English vs Italy: What to expect (pre-match)

Holland humitates Spain (a rout)

Brazil wins opener amid controversy

Getting started with World Cup vocabulary

Fred's goal for Brazil: 4 descriptions

Baby pandas pick World Cup winners

Match reports: World Cup friendlies

World Cup: Best viewed at home

Winners and losers

Injury scares: Suarez optimistic he can play in World Cup

Learn from listening

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  • assessment: a judgment or opinion - การประเมิน
  • complex: an area that has several parts - พื้นที่ประกอบด้วยส่วนต่าง ๆ
  • coverage: the reporting of news and sport in newspapers and on the radio, television or social media - การรายงานข่าว
  • host: to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event - ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
  • naturally: in a way that you would expect - แน่นอน, อย่างที่คาดไว้
  • preparation: things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • typically: usually; normally - อย่างเป็นแบบฉบับ

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