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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Asturian speaking friends about Judo

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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.



Worldwide, there are only about 110,000 Asturian speakers and almost all of them are in Spain as the language is a West Iberian one.  There are a couple of great Spanish Paralympians from the region where the language is spoken.  So while your opportunities to find people to speak it may be limited, it may come in handy if you hit that one event with Spaniards attending it from this region.  After you show off your few words in the language, get an invite home because Spain has great food.


General disability words:

  • Ceguera – Blindness


Judo specific words:

  • Dojo – Dojo
  • Yudu – Judo
  • Proyeición – Throw
  • Patada – Kick
  • Kyu – Kyū


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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