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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Bulgarian speaking friends about goalball

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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.



Bulgarian is spoken by 7.8 million people, with most of them found in Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia.  It is a member of the Indo-European language, and is from the Slavic family of languages.  For Paralympic fans looking for Bulgarian speakers from Bulgaria, the country made their Summer Paralympics Games debut at the 1988 Games in Seoul and have participated in every edition since.  You’re most likely to find Bulgarian speakers at track and field events, where the country has had the most success.

General disability words:

  • незрящи – Blind
  • зрителни увреждания – Visual Impairments

Sport specific words:

  • Жени – Female
  • грама – Grams
  • Мъже – Male
  • Правила – Rules
  • колективен спорт – Team sport

Country specific words:

  • Австрия – Austria
  • Япония – Japan
  • САЩ – United States


Goalball specific words:

  • Голбалът – Goalball
  • звъняща топка – goalball ball
  • Топката – Ball
  • звънчетата – bells
  • игрището  – Court



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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