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.
Finnish only has 5.4 million speakers, most of whom live in Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden, and Norway. The language is from the Uralic family, and uses the Latin script. Finland does pretty well at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, so it may be useful to have a few words to mumble to yourself as you watch a Finnish competitor make a run for the podium.
General disability words:
- Ataksia – Ataxia
- Sokeus – Blindness
- CP-vamma – Cerebral palsy
- Silmälappu – Eyepatch
- Lihastaudit – Muscular dystrophy
- MS-tauti – Multiple sclerosis
- Näkövamma – visual impairment
- pyörätuoli – wheelchair
Sport specific words:
- Vammaisurheilu – Disability sport
- Paralympialaiset – Paralympic Games
Badminton specific words:
Like Taekwondo, this sport is not on the 2016 Paralympic program but is scheduled to make its debut at the 2020 Games. It is never too early to get the low down on this upcoming sport.
- Sulkapallo – Badminton
- Kolikon heittäminen – Coin toss
- Maila – Racket
- Mailapeli – Racket sports