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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Czech speaking friends about wheelchair basketball

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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.


Czech  is spoken in the Czech Republic and is a minority language in Slovakia.  While the number of language speakers may be small at 10 million native speakers, knowing a few words might really impress your new Czech Paralympic acquaintances.

General disability words:

  • Ataxie – Ataxia
  • nevidomými – blind
  • Slepota – Blindness
  • Dětská mozková obrna – Cerebral palsy
  • Roztroušená skleróza – Multiple sclerosis
  •  zrakově postižených – Visually impaired
  • Invalidní vozík – Wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • Rolnička – bell
  • Zvon – Bell
  • třída – classification
  • Český Paralympijský Výbor – Czech Paralympic Committee
  • Evropský šampionát  – European championships
  • fanouškům – fans
  • mužů  – Men
  • metrů – meters
  • oficiální trénink – Official training
  • Paralympijský – Paralympic
  • Paralympijské hry – Paralympic Games
  • žebříčku – ranking
  • pohlaví – sex
  • zranění ramene – shoulder injury
  • sportovci – sportsperson
  • tým – team
  • kolektivní míčový sport  – team sport
  • Časovač – Timer
  • tréninku – Training
  • mistrovství světa – World championships

Useful words to know when discussing sport:

  • gratulace – Congratulations
  • blahopřání – Congratulations
  • jarní – Spring
  • tréninku – training
  • počasí – Weather

Specific country words:

  • Kuba – Cuba
  • Česká republika – Czech Republic
  • Německo – Germany
  • Slovenskem – Slovakia
  • USA – United States

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • míče – ball
  • Míč – ball
  • Prodloužení – Overtime
  • Rozhodčí – Referee
  • Basketbal – Basketball
  • Rozehrávač – Point guard
  • Křídlo – Shooting guard
  • Pivot – Center
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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