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New editorial feature: Learning the lingo for Rio

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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