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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Hindi speaking friends about wheelchair tennis

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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.


Hindi is the Hindustani language using Sanskritised register. It is spoken by 258 million people in India, South Africa, Fiji and Nepal. There has been some debate about making Hindi the national language of India in recent times. With India having their NPC suspended for the third time in 2015, the chances of seeing many Indians in Rio is low.

General disability words:

  • अन्धता – Blindness
  • प्रमस्तिष्क घात – Cerebral palsy
  • बहुसृत काठिन्य – Multiple sclerosis

Sport related words:

  • लघु दौड़ – Spring


  • फ़िलीपीन्स – Philippines
  • अर्जेण्टीना – Argentina
  • चेकोस्लोवाकिया – Czechoslovakia
  • यूनान – Greece
  • इटली – Italy
  • लातविया – Latvia
  • पुर्तगाल -Portugal
  • रोमानिया – Romania
  • स्विट्ज़रलैण्ड – Switzerland
  • चिली – Chile
  • संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका – United States of America
  • कनाडा – Canada

Wheelchair tennis specific words:

  • मैगनस प्रभाव – Magnus effect
  • टेनिस – Tennis
  • क्ले कोर्ट – Clay court
  • ग्रैंड स्लैम – Grand Slam
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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