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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Hebrew speaking friends about wheelchair basketball

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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.


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

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • כדור משחק – ball
  • מקדם תקומה – Coefficient of restitution
  • עבירה  – Foul
  • רשת  – Net
  • שעון זריקות – shot clock
  • הארכה – Overtime
  • שופט – referee
  • כדורסל נכים – Wheelchair basketball
  • כדורסל – Basketball
  • רכז – Point guard
  • סנטר – Center
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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