Sports for Specific Languages
Some sports spread around the globe well. Others, not so much. Not many people outside North America will join you in an American football conversation. Football with the round ball will get people talking from Armenia to Zimbabwe.
Soccer – a great conversation topic worldwide.
Baseball – very popular in Asia and Latin America.
Basketball – growing in popularity across Europe, South America and Asia.
Cricket – commonly played in ex-British colonies including India, the Caribbean and parts of Africa.
Track and Field – popular worldwide, particularly during the Summer Olympics.
Skiing – good for conversation with most European nations.
Martial Arts – specific martial arts tie closely with national identity and language. Tae Kwon Do, in particular, always includes Korean language vocabulary.