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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Indonesian speaking friends about shooting

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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.


Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia and is the native language of 43 million people, and spoken by another 155 million people world wide.  The language is spoken by people in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Australia.  The language has a lot of loan words from other languages including Sanskrit, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch.  You might be able to figure out a few words because of that. As a Paralympic power, Indonesia is near the middle of the pack.  They have won 17 medals in their history, all at the Summer Paralympic Games.

General disability words:

  • Ataksia – Ataxia
  • Atetosis – Athetosis
  • Kebutaan – Blindness
  • Lumpuh otak – Cerebral palsy
  • Penutup mata – Eyepatch
  • Sklerosis multipel – Multiple sclerosis
  • Distrofi otot – Muscular dystrophy

Sport specific words:

  • Paralimpiade – Paralympic Games


Shooting specific words:

  • Olahraga menembak – Shooting sports
  • Pistol – Pistol
  • Peluru – Bullet
  • Senjata api – Firearm
  • Senapan – Rifle
  • Senapan angin – Air gun
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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