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


Greek is one of those languages with a non-Latin alphabet so you may be best off reading this one instead of speaking it. Greek is the official language in Greece and Cyprus. It is a recognized minority language in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. Native speakers are found in Greece but also Albania, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. So reading the language may be useful.

General disability words:

  • Τύφλωση – Blindness
  •  εγκεφαλική παράλυση – Cerebral palsy
  • αναπηρία – Disabilities
  • πόδι – Foot
  • χέρι – Hand
  • Πολλαπλή σκλήρυνση – Multiple sclerosis
  • κινητική αναπηρία – Physical disabilities
  • αναπηρικό αμαξίδιο – Wheelchairs

Sport specific words:

  •  Παραολυμπιακό – Paralympic
  • Παραολυμπιακοί Αγώνες – Paralympic Games
  • διαιτητής – Referee
  • ομάδα – Team

Football specific words:

  • Μπάλα – ball
  • Καμπάνα – Bell
  • Γκολ – Goal
  • Χρυσό γκολ – Golden goal
  • Αμυντικός – Defender
  • Κεντρικός επιθετικός – Forward
  • Πλάγιος μέσος – Midfielder
  • Ποδόσφαιρο – Football
  • Γήπεδο ποδοσφαίρου – Football pitch
  • Φάουλ – Foul
  • Φαινόμενο Μάγκνους – Magnus effect
  • Αναπληρωματικός – Substitute player
  • Παράταση – Overtime
  • Κορώνα ή γράμματα – Coin toss
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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