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


Croatian is the official language in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.  It is minority language in Montenegro, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Romania.  You can probably find a few people who speak the language as Croatians are very distinctive with their red and white checked flag and often matching wardrobe.

General disability words:

  • Ataksija – Ataxia
  • Atetoza – Athetosis
  • Sljepoća – blindness
  • Cerebralna paraliza – Cerebral palsy
  • Multipla skleroza – Multiple sclerosis
  •  podiznu platformu –  powered wheelchair ramp
  • Oftalmopedie  – Visual impairment
  • kolicima – wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • Hrvatskog Paraolimpijskog Odbora  – Croatian Paralympic Committee
  • Paraolimpijskih igara – Paralympic Games
  • Paraolimpijske igre – Paralympic Games
  • Paraolimpijski školski dan  – Paralympic School Day
  • paraolimpijskim vrijednostima – Paralympic values

Football specific words:

  • Lopta – Ball
  • Izbornik je … – The coach is …
  • Voliš li nogomet? – Do you like football?
  • Gol – Goal
  • Branič – Defender
  • Vratar – Goalkeeper
  • Vezni igrač – Midfielder
  • Navijam za … – I support …
  • Produžetci – Overtime
  • Sudac – Referee
  • Zamjena – Substitute player
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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