Follow the World Cup in Spanish! | ¡Sigue el mundial en español!

If you’re watching the World Cup and learning Spanish, SBS has got your back. Instead of watching Jimeóin faff around on the Full Brazilian, check out their Spanish-language radio and podcasts now! They do full recaps of all games involving Australia and Spanish-speaking countries, including interviews with experts and fans, and lots of GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSS.

Elation for Colombia as James Rodriguez puts one in the back of the net.

Favourite episodes of mine so far include the reviews of Chile’s domination of Spain and Uruguay’s flattening of England (some great fan action in that one). If you want to start with something a bit shorter, check out their team profiles, for example, Argentina. They also have some episodes covering important issues like the protests in Brazil.

The podcasts are quite challenging for intermediate-level learners but, when you’re so interested in what they have to say, it’s actually a very rewarding experience listening over a few times and understanding a little better each time. Unfortunately there are no transcripts (as far as I know) so it’s very important that you know the scores and familiarise yourself with the names of at least the goalscorers and big-name players.

If you find that you can’t really grasp the telephone interviews all too hot don’t sweat it, skip ahead and try again on the next one. Another idea is to write about what you listened to on a website like Italki to get it looked at by native speakers. Even then, I’d just take it as an exercise and wouldn’t worry too much about the corrections.

Remember, for full enjoyment, get a dedicated podcasting app (don’t use iTunes) or the SBS Radio app, which allows you to stream or save episodes for offline listening.

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Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica nets against Italy to go 1-0 up.


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