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  • Rob: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute

  • English, I'm Rob

  • Neil: And hello, I'm Neil. And Rob, I have to say,

  • I am very very excited!

  • Rob: Why's that, Neil? Are you going on

  • holiday?

  • Neil: Come on, Rob, You know why.

  • The 2018 World Cup is about to start in

  • Russia. Four weeks of world-class

  • football to watch. By world-class

  • I mean 'some of the best in the world'.

  • Rob: Yes, yes, I know that. But to be

  • honest, I'll just be taking a passing

  • interest – I've got better things to do!

  • Neil: Better things to do? Well, I'm going

  • to be glued to my TV to watch the 32

  • countries compete for the title of World

  • Cup Champions.

  • And if you love football

  • Rob: …or not

  • Neil: … we've got some useful vocabulary

  • to learn.

  • Rob: But let's start with a question for you to

  • answer, Neil, to see how much you really

  • know. Now, the mascot for Russia 2018 is

  • a wolf called Zabivaka. What does his

  • name mean in English? Is it

  • a) The winner b) The one who scores

  • or c) Fair play

  • Neil: Well, my Russian is a little rustyso

  • I'll go for a) the winner.

  • Rob: OK. I'll reveal the answer later.

  • Neil: OK, but now I have a question for

  • you, Rob.

  • Who won the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014?

  • Rob: Come on! It was Germany, Neil. And

  • they beat Lionel Messi's Argentina in the

  • final. Both teams are among the

  • favourites again this

  • time, but there'll be lots of countries who

  • fancy their chances of lifting the World Cup

  • trophy. That means they think they are

  • likely to succeed, even though they might not.

  • Neil: So you do know your football, Rob!

  • Anyway, the final will take place in the

  • revampedor much improved - Luzhniki

  • Stadium in Moscow on July 15th 2018.

  • Did I say I was very excited? Well, I'm not

  • the only one. We asked some people what

  • they think about the World Cup. And here

  • are Keith and Jane describing their

  • feelings

  • Keith: It's a four-week festival of football, isn't

  • it? And everyone kind of gets behind their

  • country. You also get to know about

  • football teams in parts of the world you

  • don't really think about very often, so it's

  • that double-sided thing of the actual

  • football itself - which is exciting - but also

  • the stories that happen off the pitch as well.

  • Jane: I'm really excited. I can't wait for it

  • to start. One thingthere's going to be

  • great telly every night. It's great to see the

  • underdogs that are going to come

  • through and have a really sensational

  • tournament. I think it's the enthusiasm of

  • the crowds and the love of football that

  • people have.

  • Neil: So two football fans there. Keith

  • used some good alliterationthat's

  • words beginning with the same letter

  • four-week festival of fun. He talked about

  • people getting behind their countrynot

  • literally going behind their team, but

  • supporting them. Who are you supporting, Rob?

  • Rob: Well, my home team is England

  • but I'm not confident they'll do well. That

  • doesn't matter to Jane thoughshe said

  • it's fun to see the underdogs do well. The

  • underdog here means the team

  • considered to be the weakest and the

  • least likely to win. You could say Iceland

  • are the underdogs in this tournament.

  • Neil: Maybe, Rob. So you can see why

  • everyone is excited by the World Cup!

  • Rob: Not everyone, Neil. For many people,

  • they're not bothered by the tournament.

  • We could say 'it's not their thing' and there

  • are different reasons for it. Let's hear

  • from some other people - Jeff and Inga

  • Jeff: There's not a lot of sportsmanship in

  • it now. I find that it's very corporate and there's

  • a lot of what I would call cheating going

  • onpeople taking dives, people falling

  • over because somebody looked at them

  • the wrong way on the pitch.

  • Inga: Not really that excited. It's just too

  • much hype about nothing really. The

  • World Cup is a great event if you are into

  • football, but I'm not so I can't be really

  • bothered.

  • Rob: There you go, Neil. Some sensible

  • people there! Jeff thinks football has

  • changed and now lacks real

  • sportsmanshipthat's fair and honest

  • behaviourhe even claims some players

  • cheat.

  • Neil: I'm not sure about that, Rob. But

  • maybe he's right about the tournament

  • becoming very corporate, which means

  • it's sponsored by big companies

  • who like to decide how the tournament is

  • run.

  • Rob: And Inga thinks there is too much

  • hype. This means there is a lot of talk and

  • publicity to make people interested in

  • something. Well, there is certainly a lot of

  • talk about the World Cup, but we have to

  • remember it's not everybody's cup of tea!

  • Neil: Well, it is my cup of tea, Rob.

  • Now, can we have the answer to that

  • question, please?

  • Rob: Yes. Earlier I said the mascot for

  • Russia 2018 is a wolf called Zabivaka.

  • What does his name mean in English?

  • Was it… a) The winner, b) The one who

  • scores, or c) Fair play.

  • Neil: And I said a) The winnerbecause

  • football is all about winning, isn't it?

  • Rob: It's the taking part that is important

  • Neil, and you took part in my quiz and got

  • it wrong. The answer is b) The one who

  • scores. Now let's have a brief reminder of

  • the vocabulary we've discussed today,

  • starting with world-class.

  • Neil: That means 'some of the best in the

  • world'. We should see some world-class

  • football in Russia.

  • Rob: If we're watching it, Neil. Next we

  • had fancy their chances. If someone

  • 'fancies their chances' they think they are

  • likely to succeed, but they might not.

  • Neil: Let's move on to

  • get behind. If we get behind someone

  • like our national football teamwe

  • support them.

  • Rob: Are you getting behind our national

  • team, Neil?

  • Neil: Nope, I'm supporting the underdog

  • Iceland, Rob. That's a word to describe

  • the team or person least likely to win.

  • Next we discussed sportsmanshipthat

  • describes fair and honest behaviour.

  • Rob: And finally we talked about hype

  • which means 'lots of talking and publicity

  • to make people interested in something'.

  • Well, we've had enough hype about the

  • World Cup today and we're out of time.

  • Neil: Yes, but don't forget to join us on

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and

  • YouTube for more Learning English

  • fun. Thanks for joining us and goodbye.

  • Rob: Bye bye!

Rob: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute

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    Evangeline   posted on 2018/06/14
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