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.
Hebrew has long been associated with Israel, but it is the liturgical language of Judaism and speakers of it can be found around the globe. With 5.3 million speakers and Israel having a rich Paralympic tradition, a few words might help make you new friends.
General disability words:
- אטקסיה – Ataxia
- עיוורון – blindness
- שיתוק מוחין – Cerebral palsy
- רטייה – eye patch
- טרשת נפוצה – Multiple sclerosis
- לקות ראייה – Visual impairment
Sport specific words:
- ספורט נכים – disability sport
- המשחקים הפאראלימפיים – Paralympic Games
- ישראל – Israel
- דנמרק- Denmark
- ארצות הברית- United States
- איטליה- Italy
- פינלנד- Finland
Taekwondo specific words:
While Taekwondo is not on the Paralympic program until 2020, preparation is always useful because you might run across Breton speakers who have Taekwondo as a second sport or are potential hopefuls for Tokyo.
- דוג’ו – Dojo
- בעיטה – Kick