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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Aragonese speaking friends about wheelchair basketball

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This article is a series of language learning posts by ParaSport News.  The goal is to provide sport fans some very basic sport and Paralympic vocabulary so you can talk with the world about disability sport at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.



Your chances of running across Argonese speakers is slim.  There are only 54,000 native speakers world wide, with another 20,000 who can speak it as a second language.  It is a romance language, so a learning a few words can assist in understanding some words from other romance languages. If you need another motivation, maybe you will find some one who does speak Argonese among the Spanish Paralympic fans.  Knowing a few words may get you an invite to Spain, where you can eat some of the best food you have ever tasted.

General disability words:

  • ciego – blind
  • discapacidat – disability
  • visión – vision

Sport specific words:

  • Campionato d’o Mundo – World Championship
  • Chuegos Paralimpicos – Paralympic Games
  • esportiva – sportswoman
  • Campionatos Europeus – European Championships
  • d’oro – gold
  • d’archent – silver
  • bronze – bronze
  • medalla – medal

Country specific words:

  • Sudafrica – South Africa
  • Espanya – Spain


Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Capitán – Captain
  • Partido – Game
  • Arbitros – referees
  • Pista – Court
  • Faltas – Fouls
  • Falta personal – Personal Foul
  • Falta antiesportiva – Flagrant Foul
  • Falta tecnica – Technical Foul


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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