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World Cup Vocabulary (Part 2)

World Cup Vocabulary (Part 2)


Welcome back to part 2 of World Cup Vocab with ELSA. This week we will discover how to pronounce World Cup participating countries. Don’t forget to open ELSA to check your pronunciation. You can also find more vocabularies and speak English like an expert with our ELSA app which is free for download on both Google Play and App Store.

1/ Panama /ˈpænəˌmɑ/
Where: Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America.
Example: Panama beating England would be the biggest shock.

2/ Senegal /ˌsɛnəˈgɔl/ (2018). Retrieved from:

Where: Senegal is a country in West Africa bordering Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest.
Example: It was his shot that goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima spilled into Sadio Mane’s path for Senegal’s opener.

3/ Tunisia /ˌtuˈniʒə/
Where: Tunisia is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert.
Example: Tunisia is back at the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.

4/ Serbia /ˈsɜrbiə/

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Where: Serbia is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe.
Example: Serbia exit the competition as they did in 2010 – at the group stage.

5/ Uruguay /ˈjɜrəˌgweɪ/
Where: Uruguay is a sovereign state in the southeastern region of South America.
Example: Uruguay is solid at the back and spectacular up front.

6/ Morocco /məˈrɑkoʊ/

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Where: Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Example: This was the first time in twenty years that Morocco – a country where soccer is hugely popular – has competed on the game’s biggest stage.

7/ Belgium /ˈbɛlʤəm/
Where: Belgium is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg.
Example: England and Belgium know that they must finish runners-up in Group G if they are to avoid a possible quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

8/ Saudi Arabia /ˈsɔdi əˈreɪbiə/
Where: Saudi Arabia is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with the Red Sea and Persian Gulf coastlines.
Example: Saudi Arabia picked up three points with a win over Egypt, but will go home after group play

9/ Croatia /kroʊˈeɪʃə/

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Where: Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea.
Example: Croatia had already clinched advancement but nailed down the victory in the group and a date with Denmark on Sunday in the round of 16.

10/ Costa Rica /ˈkɔstə ˈrikə/
Where: Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific.
Example: Costa Rica’s chances of repeating their heroics of four years ago had already disappeared before the match with Switzerland.

These are the 10 countries that participate in World Cup 2018! Don’t forget to download ELSA to check your pronunciation (IOS version and Android version)


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