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



There are only about 2.5 to 3.5 million native Bosnian speakers.  Most of them are based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia, Kosovo.  The language is interesting in that it can use both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet, though the Latin usage is more common in everyday usage.  It is from the Serbo-Croatian language family, so if you learn a few words, you should be able to be understood by Serbian and Croatian speakers.  You should see the occasional flag for Bosnia and Herzegovina because when their fans come out, they come out in force.

General disability words:

  • slijep – blind
  • invalidska kolica – wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • sport – Sport
  • sportska – sport
  • centimetara – centimeters
  • milimetara – milimeters

Country specific words:

  • Bosni i Hercegovini – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kuba – Cuba
  • Finska – Finland
  • Velika Britanija – Great Britain


Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Košarka – Basketball
  • Oprema – Ball
  • Plejmejker – Point guard
  • Bek šuter – Shooting guard
  • Krilni centar – Power forward
  • Centar – Center
  • Krilni bek – Small forward
  • Dribling – Dribbling
  • Ukradena lopta – steal


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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