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
Triathlon specific words:
This sport makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. With words from swimming, athletics and cycling, knowing a few terms here can take you a long way with other sports.
- Triathlon – Triathlon
- Juoksu – Running
- Pyöräily – Cycling
- Uinti – Swimming
- Maraton – Marathon
- Poiju – Buoy
- Lenkkitossu – Athletic shoe