As if you need reminding, but this Saturday Real Madrid will play Juventus in the final of the Champions League. Real Madrid will be hoping to take the trophy home from Welsh capital Cardiff’s stadium and further enforcing their record holding status as the team with the most Champs League wins ever.
There’s certainly no denying that our students at GNP are just a little passionate (read: crazily obsessed) about the beautiful game with one of our students, Carlos, becoming so carried away during last month’s El Clásico that he managed to injure himself by punching his fist at a door in frustration! (Careful, Carlos!)
And while nearly all lessons seem to begin with you guys coming into class speaking a thousand Spanish words a minute about last night’s game, and also some choice words as scores are discreetly checked on phones during the last class of the afternoon (that’s you, Advanced students), lots of students find it difficult to discuss the sport in English.
So let’s take a look at how we can talk about football in English…
During and after a game, the most important question is always: ‘what’s the score?’ When giving the score we always start with the highest number, unlike in Spanish when it’s normally the home side’s result first. For example, we would say 2-1 to Man Utd, even if they were playing away from home at Chelsea.