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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Burmese speaking friends about shooting

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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.

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Burmese, the native language of Burma or Mynmar depending on what you want to call it, is spoken by around 33 million people  The Sino-Tibetan language is also spoken in Thailand, Malaysia,and Singapore. Myanmar sent an athletics competitor and a swimming competitor to London, but neither came away with medals. Naing Win finished 14th in the javelin, while Sit Aung Naing never advanced out of his heats in swimming.

Shooting specific words:

  • ရိုင်ဖယ် – Rifle
  • မောင်းပြန်ရိုင်ဖယ် – Automatic Rifle
  • ချေမှုန်းရေးရိုင်ဖယ် – Assault Rifle
  • ဆီမီးမောင်းပြန်ရိုင်ဖယ် – Semi-automatic Rifle
  • လေသေနတ် – Air Gun
  • သာမန်ရိုယ်ဖယ် (သို့) မောင်းတင် တချက်ခြင်းပစ်ရသည့် ရိုင်ဖယ် – Bolt-action Rifle
  • ကာဘိုင် – Carbine
  • စနိုက်ပါ ရိုင်ဖယ် – Sniper Rifle
  • လက်နက် – Weapons
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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