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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Ido 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.


Ido is one of those constructed, artificial languages like Esperanto.  It was created in 1907 to correct what some people perceived as flaws in the language.  Unlike Esperanto, the language has never had a huge uptake and there are only about 200 people world-wide who are fluent in the language.  Despite this, there is an extensive Ido language Wikipedia.  Given these issues, you are probably unlikely to run into a speaker of the language in Rio.

General disability words:

  • Ataxio – Ataxia

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Bulo – Ball
  • Basketbalo – Basketball
  • Ludo – Game
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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