Lisa's week: Can football really come home?
Of course, one of my Lisa’s Weeks at this time needed to feature the FIFA World Cup 2018 and I thought this week was as good as any because the England team are still in and who knows how long that will last.
Yes, it’s been a strange competition so far. With an odd mix of qualifying teams, plenty of unexpected wins, exceptionally unexpected losses and a quarterfinal line up which few could have predicted.
Ah, football. Love it or hate it, it’s here in all its glory. Every team had a million or more trainers on the sofa rather than the bench next to the pitch, and even complete novices – like me – have an opinion about which player deserves our praise and which should be banished forever! It’s a funny old world.
When I first arrived in Germany, many, many years ago, I can honestly say that I’d never seen a single football match and knew nothing. Even though I come from a city with two famous clubs – Birmingham City, known as the “Blues” and founded in 1875, and Aston Villa, simply known as “The Villa” and founded in 1874 – it had just passed me by.
So it was a bit of a shock when I realised that my students, majority men, wanted to talk about the “beautiful game”. I tried to learn enough to make small talk and it took off from there. I watched my first ever game on TV during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and started to understand what the game was all about.
Now I don’t profess to have become an expert and I seem to begin almost every sentence I start about football with the qualifier, “Obviously, I don’t know anything but …”, but I can now converse about the broader details of the game, the form of the top teams and what’s going on in the various competitions that seem to pepper our calendar – Premiere League, Bundesliga, Euro League, Champions League, European Cup, World Cup etc.
I can recognise a good goal, a difficult save, a corner, a penalty or a yellow card foul. And yes, I can even explain the offside rule – correctly!
I have to admit to being more in touch with German players and teams than the English guys, and the make up of the England team is pretty much new for me. But as much as I was as sad as the rest of you to see Germany crash out of the tournament last week, I have to say that I’m feeling a little excited at the English success so far. Not to mention the fact that they survived the penalty shoot out against the expectations of most of the football-loving world.
Yes, it makes me a little bit proud to see our guys playing as a team and even if they don’t make it all the way, I think the England fans have a lot to be happy and satisfied with. I might even try to find my England car flags to show my support.
Who gets your bet to win? Me? I’m just keeping my fingers crossed. After all, it would be a fairy tale ending if football really did come home! In the absence of your home team, perhaps you could find it in your heart to give my boys a cheer along the way.
However, regardless of any patriotic feelings I have, I just hope that all the players in all the teams give it their best, play fair, entertain us all and provide the world with a worthy World Cup 2018 winner!
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question
Episode 45: The whole world's going green!
Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 47: The joke's on you!
Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!
Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings
Episode 50: We use German words too
Episode 51: Celebrating St George
Episode 52: The perfect start to the day
Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)
Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)
Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)
Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!
Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1
Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2
Episode 59: Summer Solstice
Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20
Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live
Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Episode 63: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!
Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge
Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ
Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)
Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)
Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland
Episode 70: The first day of school
Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!
Episode 72: Celebrating language
Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!
Episode 74: My favourite time of the year
Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading
Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat
Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime
Episode 78: Talking Tenners
Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?
Episode 80: Just another few minutes!
Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.
Episode 82: What sign are you?
Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth
Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!
Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions
Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring
Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose
Episode 88: Once in a blue moon
Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1
Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2
Episode 91: This is the travel news!
Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!
Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week
Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back
Episode 95: Holy Week
Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time
Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!
Episode 98: Part of the family
Episode 99: It's a boy!
Episode 100: Happy Anniversary to me!
Episode 101: To all the mothers out there
Episode 102: Up, up and away
Episode 103: A very British affair!
Episode 104: Getting boarded!
Episode 105: How do you say that?
Episode 106: Ready for departure?
Episode 107: Happy Father's Day
Episode 108: I'm leaving... on a jet plane... (Part 4)