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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Danish speaking friends about athletics

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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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Danish is spoken by 5.6 million speakers, with the language native to Denmark, Greenland, and Faroe Islands.  It is also a recognised minority language in Germany.  Denmark is 27th all time in total Paralympic medals, so finding Paralympians to talk up should be easy enough.

General disability words:

  • blinde – blind

Sport specific words:

  • Dansk Handicap Idræts-Forbund – Danish Disability Sports Federation
  • Internationale Paralympiske Komité – International Paralympic Committee
  • De paralympiske sommerlege – Summer Paralympics
  • boldspil – ball sport
  • demonstrations-sportsgren – demonstration sport
  • Europamesterskaberne – European Championships
  • guld – gold
  • meter – meter
  • handicap-OL-programmet – Paralympic program

Country specific words:

  • Armenien- Armenia
  • Australien – Australia
  • Hviderusland – Belarus
  • Brasilien – Brazil
  • Caymanøerne – Cayman Islands
  • Kina – China
  • Cuba – Cuba
  • Israel – Israel
  • Italien – Italy
  • Jamaica – Jamaica
  • Kasakhstan – Kazakhstan
  • Holland – Netherlands
  • Rusland – Russia
  • Spanien – Spain
  • Ukraine – Ukraine
  • USA – United States

Athletics specific words:

  • Tikamp – decathlon
  • Diskoskast – discus
  • Højdespring – high jump
  • Langdistanceløb – long distance
  • Længdespring – long jump
  • Mellemdistanceløb – middle distance
  • sprint – sprint
  • Trespring – triple jump

 

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 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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