Are you balancing on the edge of your seat yet? Six Nations Rugby is back and well underway, guaranteeing the usual adrenalin-pumping action. But it’s also time to talk about a game-changer beyond the try line – language skills!

After all, dedicated fans travel far and wide to participate in the spectacle and atmosphere at iconic stadiums in France, Italy, Wales, Scotland, England, and Ireland. English might be the universal language of sport. But, how about igniting your match day experiences in French, Italian, Welsh, or Gaelic?

Be the MVP of the Fan Zone

A little linguistic flair goes a long way. And a basic grasp of the local language is a golden ticket to Six Nations triumph. Why? –

  • Shared Fandom Speaking the local language opens doors to genuine connections with other rugby fans and friendly locals. Whether it’s pre-match banter or celebrating post-victory, it’s a nice touch to be able to share a few words in their language.
  • Linguistic Sat NavLost? Not for long when you can confidently ask for directions. It’s a breeze when you’ve got the basics down to find your way through the vibrant streets of host nations.
  • Cultural ImmersionImmerse yourself beyond the game in the rich tapestry of each host nation’s culture. The ability to communicate and understand other languages unlocks a deeper appreciation of the places you visit.
  • New Friendships A warm “Santé!” in France or a “Slàinte!” in Scotland is a great icebreaker. Language is a powerful catalyst for sharing a toast with fellow fans and making new friends.

So, why not book yourself a crash course before you pack your jerseys and team flags?


At la Academia, we help hundreds of adult students every year to break down language barriers in preparation for their hotly anticipated trips abroad. Are you next? Get in touch  to score your own language learning touchdown.