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Watch World Cup Matches with Native Language Commentary!

June 11, 2014 by Steel Wagstaff

Watch World Cup Matches with Native Language Commentary!

Tomorrow, the FIFA World Cup (the world's largest, most viewed sporting event) begins in Brazil! We're excited, and imagine that many of you are as well. Would you like to watch these matches with audio commentary in the native languages of the participants? For the first time, you can!

LSS is pleased to announce that we're organizing a series of native-language broadcasts of weekday World Cup matches in rooms 104 and 114 Van Hise Hall (1220 Linden St.). Starting with the opening match between Brazil and Croatia at 3pm on Thursday, June 12th, games will be broadcast on large projection screens in adjacent rooms with live audio commentary from radio broadcasters in the participating nations. In the opening match, for example, this means that you can watch the live video feed with Portuguese language commentary from Brazilian commentators in one room, while next door viewers will be able watch the match with Croatian audio commentary. LSS will handle the room technology set-up and the syncing of video and audio feeds.

We hope these matches will provide exciting opportunities for language learners, returned study-abroad participants, expatriates, cultural aficionados, or curious soccer fans to gather and watch matches in a fun, family-friendly, social environment that is unique to the rest of Madison. Obviously, anyone can watch these matches in English, but to watch them with commentary from the participating nations is an especially fun and exciting opportunity.

While L&S Learning Support Services is delighted to organize these events, they won't be nearly as fun without you, your friends and family, your students, and your colleagues with connections to the various nations contesting this World Cup. Please help us to publicize these events, and attend as often as you'd like! These matches are open to the larger community, and all are invited and welcome to attend. We will not be selling food or drink, and would prefer that you not bring messy products with you into the rooms and that you leave the rooms as clean as when you found them. Absolutely no alcohol is permitted in these rooms.

I've attached two schedules for the group stage matches which fall on weekdays. One is organized strictly by date, and the other by language. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11am (morning games) and 2/3pm (afternoon games) and should last roughly 2 hours in total. Once the group stages have been decided and the knockout matches set, we will post an updated schedule.

LOCATION: Van Hise Hall is located at 1220 Linden St., just West of Charter St. and between Linden Ave and Observatory Dr. Both of these rooms are located on the 1st floor of Van Hise Hall, feature auditorium style seating, and can seat around 100 people. The rooms look like this: (104) and this: (114)

PARKING: If you're planning on driving in to the events, you can see a list of nearby paid parking lots here: The two closest lots are at Nancy Nicholas Hall (lot 27) and the University Ave (lot 20) lots. Both charge $4/first 2 hours and $1 per additional hour.

If you have any questions or special requests, please contact Steel Wagstaff at or (608) 262.0515. 

UPDATE: Instead of showing the Belgium vs. South Korea match on Thursday, June 26th, we will instead by streaming the Algeria vs. Russia match in Russian and Arabic.

We've also received some really lovely media coverage from around town: in Isthmus' Daily Page, on the front page of, and in L&S News.

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