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World Cup 2018: Football from Russia with Love

Sol (sun), jamón (ham), toros (Bulls) and…fútbol (football). All of our students at www.spanishviaskype.com know these Spanish clichés. This summer, football won’t be only a stereotype. You will see giant screens at squares of our cities, crowded and noisy bars full of fans, who will be more interested in watching the games than drinking beer (well, that is not really true).

It’s obvious that football has a huge influence on our language, la pelota, bola, el cuero, el esférico (the ball) is everywhere. If you are going to visit Spain this summer and you won’t get lost, surrounded by Spanish fans, here you have a guide of football vocabulary.

Today, we are not going to discuss about football slangs or idioms, though. We’ll help basic students to know which national teams are fighting for the cup.

Countries, Nationalities and Capitals

It’s difficult sometimes to guess the adaptation that the Spanish language does for the names of countries, nationalities (gentilics) or cities. Remember that the names of nationalities are not spelled in capital letters in Spanish. This is the official pool for 2018 Russia World Cup.

Group A

  • Rusia – ruso/a – Moscú
  • Arabia Saudí or Saudita – saudí – Riad
  • Egipto – egipcio/a – El Cairo
  • Uruguay – uruguayo/a – Montevideo

Group B

  • Portugal – portugués/a – Lisboa
  • España – español/a – Madrid
  • Marruecos – marroquí – Rabat
  • Irán – iraní – Teherán

Group C

  • Francia – francés/a – París
  • Australia – australiano/a – Camberra
  • Perú – peruano/a – Lima
  • Dinamarca – danés/a – Copenhague

Group D

  • Argentina – argentino/a – Buenos Aires
  • Islandia – islandés/a – Reikiavik
  • Croacia – croata – Zagreb
  • Nigeria – nigeriano/a – Abuya

Group E

  • Brasil – brasileño/a or brasilero/a – Brasilia
  • Suiza – Suizo/a – Berna
  • Costa Rica – costarricense – San José
  • Serbia – serbio/a – Belgrado

Group F

  • Alemania – alemán/a – Berlín
  • México or Méjico – mexicano/a or mejicano/a – Ciudad de México or Méjico
  • Suecia – sueco/a – Estocolmo
  • República de Corea or Corea del Sur – coreano/a or surcoreano/a – Seúl

Group G

  • Bélgica – belga – Bruselas
  • Panamá – panameño/a – Panamá
  • Túnez or República Tunecina – tunecino/a – Túnez
  • Inglaterra – inglés/a – Londres

Group H

  • Polonia – pocalo/a – Varsovia
  • Senegal – senegalés/a – Dakar
  • Colombia – colombiano/a – Bogotá
  • Japón – japonés/a – Tokio

In conclusión, now you don’t have any excuse not to watch the games. However, if you need to feel more comfortable among Spanish fans, don’t hesitate and reserve a free trial lesson via Skype here and be ready to shout gol (goal) with the proper pronuntiation.

By | 2018-06-12T13:43:37+00:00 junio 13th, 2018|A1, Actualidad|Sin comentarios

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I was born in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I currently live in Bilbao (Basque Country). I studied a Bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and an International House degree as a qualified teacher of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I think languages are the key that opens the doors to new cultures and I love teaching mine.

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