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


Bengali, sometimes called Bangla, is spoken in India and Bangladesh by 210 million people.  Bangladesh did not send a team to the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and in 2015, the NPCs from India and Bangladesh were both suspended by the International Paralympic Committee.  Your chances of running across speakers of this language are thus low despite the large number of speakers.

General disability words:

  • অন্ধত্ব – Blindness
  • হুইল চেয়ার – wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • প্যারালিম্পিক গেমস -Paralympic Games

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • বাস্কেটবল – Basketball
  • রেফারী – Referee
  • অতিরিক্ত সময় – Overtime
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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