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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Armenian 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.

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Armenian is a  Indo-European language spoken by 6 million people, most of whom are found in Armenia.  The language is a recognized minority language in a few countries, including Cyprus, Hungary, Iraq, Poland, Romania and the Ukraine.  Populations of speakers can also be found in the United States, Lebanon and Turkey.  If you can recognize the script, that is a major first step to making new friends as you can get a general idea of where they are from. Armenia sent two competitors to London, with one competing in swimming and another in powerlifting.  In the country’s 5 Summer Paralympic Games appearances, they did not win a medal.  As a result, chances are you will not get the chance to see them on the medal podium so you’ll need to keep an eye out for their uniforms

General disability words:

  • Կուրություն – Blindness
  • Մանկական ուղեղային կաթված – Cerebral palsy

Sport specific words:

  • Պարալիմպիկ խաղեր – Paralympic Games

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Գնդակ – Ball
  • Ավելացրած ժամանակ  – Overtime
  • Բասկետբոլ – Basketball
  • Խաղարկող – Point guard
  • Հարձակվող պաշտպան – Shooting guard
  • Կենտրոնական – Center
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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