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In 2012 we were in España during the Europe Cup of soccer. It’s big deal in the soccer-loving world. Like the World Cup, the Europe Cup is every four years, alternating by two years with the World Cup.  Unlike the World Cup, as the name implies, the Europe Cup features only national teams from Europe.

In this podcast we were watching the Semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on television.  If Spain wins they go to the World Cup final.  They were the previous Champions of the last European Cup in 2008 and the Champions of the last World Cup (also every alternating 4 years) in 2010.

Even if you are not a fan of soccer, you can still practice your Spanish as you follow along with us through the tension of this semi-final match! And if you travel to Spain, you just might find yourself a converted fan, as I eventually was …



Transcript and Translation

H: Esta noche es la Copa de Europa …
H: Tonight is the Europe Cup…

M: Efectivamente Hayley, esta noche es la Copa de Europa y es bastante importante para los españoles porque los españoles son muy aficionados al fútbol …
M: Effectively Hayley, tonight is the Europe Cup and it is very important for the Spanish because the Spanish are big fans of soccer …

H: Si, es verdad …
H: Yes, it is true …

M: Así que es un partido importante, jugamos contra Portugal, estamos en mitad del primer tiempo y vamos cero-cero, pero no se si vamos a ganar o vamos a perder en realidad…
M: Thus it is an important game, we are playing against Portugal, we are in half of the first time (halftime) and we are zero-zero, but I don’t know if we are going to win or we are going to loose, really …

H: ¿Quién piensas que va a ganar?
H: Who do you think is going to win?

M: Pues yo evidentemente espero, espero que gane España … aunque Portugal debemos decir que está jugando muy bien, pero espero que el resultado final sea positivo para España y que podamos jugar esta final con los campeones de mañana que se enfrentan Alemania e Italia …Vamos a ver quién gana de ellos y espero que España pueda enfrentarse al ganador del partido de mañana en el partido final, en el partido de final de copa …
M: Well me, obviously I hope, I hope that Spain wins … although Portugal we must say is playing very well, but I hope that the final result is positive for Spain and that we can play this final with the winners of tomorrow that face Germany and Italy … We are going to see who wins from them and I hope that Spain can face the winner of the game tomorrow in the final game, in the final game of the Cup …

H: ¿Tú eres aficionada al fútbol?
H: You are a fan of soccer?

M: Bueno, la verdad es que yo no soy una gran hincha de ninguno de los equipos, pero si, las finales me gusta verlas … Te llega una emoción nueva ¿no? Es como … ahh ¿qué pasa con España? ¡Vamos a ganar! Esto es …
M: Well, the truth is that I am not a big fan of not any one of the teams, but yes, the finals I like to watch them … the final of the Europeans I like … You pass on a new emotion, no? It is like … Que’s up with Spain?  We are going to win!! This is it …

H: Si …
H: Yes…

M: Porque… España te ha ayudado a la afición por el futbol  o no … Antes de venir a España ¿Veías los partidos de fútbol o no mucho?
M: Because… Spain has helped you to (become) a fan of soccer or no … Before you came to Spain, did you watch the soccer games or not much?

H: No, casi nunca, sólo pienso … “World Cup”
H: No, almost never, only I think … “World Cup”

H: Una vez tenemos un equipo como …
H: One time we had a team like …

M: Ah, ¿si?
M: Ah, yeah?

M: ¡En la Copa del Mundo!
M: In the world cup!

H: Si
H: Yes

M: Claro porque en Estados Unidos el deporte nacional no es el fútbol ¿no?
M: Of course because in the United States the national sport isn’t football, no?

H: No, en Estados Unidos es más fútbol americano …
H: No, in the United States it’s more American football …

M. Esto es, claro es que para nosotros el fútbol es el deporte nacional …
M. That it, of course it is for us football is the national sport.

(Ruido de partido en televisión)
(Noise from the game on television)

H: El partido …
H: The game …

M: ¡Es demasiado tenso!
M: ¡It is too tense!

H: … está continuando …
H: … it is continuing …

M: El partido está continuando pero hemos tenido ya la prórroga de quince minutos y quince minutos y nos vamos a penaltis, nos vamos a penaltis con Iker Casillas que es el portero fantástico del equipo de España … y vamos a ver … Los españoles están con una cara de disgusto y de estrés …
M: The game is continuing but we have had already the extension (overtime) of fifteen minutes and fifteen minutes and we are going to penalties, we are going to penalties with Iker Casillas who is the fantastic goalie of the Spanish team … and we are going to see … the Spanish are with a disgusted face and of stress

H: Odio los penaltis ¿no? Es como demasiada presión …
H: I hate the penalties, no? Is like too much pressure …

M: ¡Es demasiada presión!
M: It is too much pressure!

(Ruido de partido en televisión)
(Noise from the game on television)

H: Maider, ¿qué ha pasado?
H: Maider, what happened?

M: hemos ganado, hemos ganado … Estoy … descargando la tensión porque hemos ganado a penaltis y bueno, nos ha faltado muy poco para quedarnos fuera de la final, de la final de la Eurocopa, pero el domingo vamos a estar allí … Bien, allí estaremos Hayley ¿qué te ha parecido a ti? ¿Emocionante?
M: we won, we won … I am … unloading the tesnion because we won with penalties and well, we have missed by very little for staying out of the final, of the final of the Europe cup, but Sunday we are going to be there … Well, there we will be Hayley.  How does that seem to you? Exciting?

H: si,si,si
H: si,si,si

(Ruido de partido en televisión)
Si no en la final de la Eurocopa!
Vamos! Vamos, por tu madre, es por tu padre, por todos!
(Noise from the game on television)
If not in the final of the Eurocup!
Let’s go! Let’s go, for your mother, it’s for your father, for everyone!


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  • Kusy

    How can I download yours podcast because
    I would like to listen it everywhere.

    • admin

      Thanks for the suggestion. We are working on it now to see if we can add that option 🙂

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