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


Chuvash is part of the Oghur branch in Turkic language family.  It is not mutually intelligible with most other Turkic languages, and it uses the  Cyrillic script along with four of its own letters.  It is spoken by around 1 million people and is native to Chuvashia region of Russia.  As Russia has become a major player on the Paralympic seen in the past 20 years, you will probably find at least one or two people who know the language in Rio among members of the Russian delegation.


Football specific words:

  • Пӳске – ball
  • Хапха – Goal
  • Футбол уйĕ – Football pitch
  • Футбол пӳски – soccer ball
  • Хапхаçă – Goalkeeper
  • Футбол – Football
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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