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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Breton speaking friends about football

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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.


Brittonic language is a Celtic language native to the Brittany region of France, brought to the region my immigrants from Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. There are about 210,000 native speakers of the language, and the language is classified as “severely endangered” by the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Thus, your chances of running across native speakers is low, though not impossible as France sent 164 athletes competing in 16 sports in London.  They picked up 45 total medals.  One or two of them probably speak Breton.

General disability words:

  • Dallentez – Blindness
  • Kador rodek – wheelchair

Football specific words:

  • Polotenn – ball
  • football – football
  • Mell-droad – Football
  • Diwaller-pal – Goalkeeper
  • Kreizer – Midfielder
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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