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
Triathlon specific words:
This sport makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. With words from swimming, athletics and cycling, knowing a few terms here can take you a long way with other sports.
- Трыятлон – Triathlon
- Бег – Running
- Веласпорт – Cycling
- Буй – Buoy