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
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.
- Τρίαθλο – Triathlon
- Τρέξιμο – Running
- Ποδηλασία – Cycling
- Κολύμβηση – Swimming
- Μαραθώνιος – Marathon
- Σημαντήρας – Buoy