Loving Soccer

An American woman with Colombian roots talks about the most popular sport in her family's country, soccer.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


My favorite sport is soccer because, first of all I'm Colombian (Colombian-American), and this is the time where I get to root for my country, and just gather around with my friends and family, and we cook this huge barbecue, and we gather around in the house, and we watch all of the games. And it's fun to spend that quality time with my family, watching our favorite sport.

Also, I love it because it happens every four years (The World Cup), so we have to wait and we anticipate for the sport to come.

It's very exciting and I just love when all of the countries just kind of battle each other out. So, I just love the sport.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • What's her favorite sport?
  • Why?
  • What event is she talking about?
  • How often does it happen?
  • Why does she like it?


Her favorite sport is soccer?

She likes it because she has a Colombian heritage and many Colombians like soccer. She also likes it because she can watch the games and spend quality time with her family. Eating and cheering together.

She's talking about the World Cup.

It happens every four years.

It's great to see the different countries battling each other on the football pitch.



root for sb - mainly a US expression - to support someone or something in a competitive sport.
I'm rooting for the Yankees in the World Series. I'm supporting the Yankees in the baseball World Series.
Who do you root for? Which team do you support?
I root for the LA Lakers. I support the LA Lakers.