With 489 days until the start of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, ParaSport News is launching a new editorial feature. Now and every day until the start of the Games, we will have a language learning post which will include some words in a foreign language from a sport on the Paralympic program or that Paralympians like to play in their free time.
By the time this feature finishes, you should have learned words from 73 different languages including Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Chuvash, Icelandic, Hungarian, Tibetan, Esperanto and Ido. Some of these language learning lessons also include general sport phrases, weather words, and disability related words.
The goal is to give anyone headed to Rio an ability to be able to recognize important sport words. This can be helpful when you’re sitting next to a supporter from another country and you’re trying to figure out what is going on. Knowing a few words in a foreign language is also a great way to make friends. As a reporter who is a native English speaker living in Spain, knowing just a bit of the language can go a long way in this regards.
So please sit back, learn a few words and enjoy the ride as you begin to think about the global presence of disability sport, and how language can help you connect with that community.
Most of these lists were built using Wikidata, so any translations errors are a result of that.