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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Hungarian speaking friends about triathlon

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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.


Hungarian is spoken in a number of countries including Hungary, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.  The total population of speakers of this Uralic language is somewhere arround 13 million.  In London, the Hungary finished 38th in the total medal count, so while you may not see the Hungarian flag raised that often, you should see it raised occassionally.   The country is strongest at wheelchair fencing, though its swimmers have also performed well.

General disability words:

  • Ataxia – Ataxia
  • Vakság – blindness
  • Sclerosis multiplex – Multiple sclerosis
  • Gyengénlátás – Visual impairment

Sport specific words:

  • Paralimpiai játékok – Paralympic Games


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.

  • Triatlon – Triathlon
  • Kerékpározás – Cycling
  • Úszás – Swimming
  • Ironman – Ironman
  • Maraton – Marathon
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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