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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Belarusian speaking friends about shooting

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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.


Belarusian is spoken by 3.2 million speakers.  The  East Slavic language, sometimes refered to as “White Russian”, is similar enough to both Russian and Ukrainian that they are mutually intelligible.  People speak the language in a number of countries including Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. With 31 athletes competing in 7 different sports, Belarus came away big winners in London. The country amassed 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.  Athletes participated in cycling, athletics, judo, powerlifting, rowing, swimming and wheelchair fencing.

General disability words:

  • Слепата – Blindness

Sport specific words:

  • Паралімпійскія гульні – Paralympic Games

Shooting specific words:

  • Стралковы спорт – Shooting sports
  • Пісталет – Pistol
  • Куля – Bullet
  • Агнястрэльная зброя – Firearm
  • Вінтоўка – Rifle
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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