Session 2

Love it or hate it, football's biggest competition, the World Cup, is going to get even bigger. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

The World Cup expands

Football is the world's most popular sport - and its biggest competiton is going to get even bigger. The World Cup will have 48 teams playing in the finals from 2026.

Language challenge

What does Catherine buy a lot of?

a) dog food
b) cat food
c) gerbil food

Vidiyoo daawwadhuuti shaakala kana xumuri

The story

Football's world governing body FIFA is expected to approve plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. 

If confirmed, the new format would be introduced from 2026.

The bulk of the additional slots are likely to go to African and Asian countries.

Key words and phrases

the bulk of
most of; the majority of

facelift
a change that improves something

set to
organised so that something happens in the future

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now try to answer these questions about the language from today's News Review.

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Downloads

You can download the audio and PDF document for this episode here. 

Language challenge - answer

Catherine bulk buys b) cat food.

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Lingohack - our video which teaches you words from the news using the latest BBC World News bulletins.

Session Vocabulary

  • the bulk of
    most of; the majority of

    facelift
    a change that improves something

    set to
    organised so that something happens in the future