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


With Japan set to host the 2020 Summer Paralympics, it might not be soon enough to start practicing your Japanese.  They do not use the Latin script, so you may need some real additional assistance figuring out how to speak any words you can recognize on site.   Still, with 125 million speakers and Japan hosting in 2020, there are some real benefits for going beyond just site recognition of a few words.

General disability words:

  • 失明 – Blindness
  • 脳性麻痺 – Cerebral palsy
  • 目 – Eye
  • 眼帯 – Eyepatch
  • ロービジョン – low vision

Sport specific words:

  • アジア記録 – Asian record
  • 障害者スポーツ – Disability sport
  • フェスピック – FESPIC Games
  • プレイフィールド – field of play
  • 競技エリア – field of play
  • 国際視覚障害者スポーツ連盟 – International Blind Sports Federation
  • 日本障がい者スポーツ協会 – Japanese Disability Sport Association
  • 日本知的障害者スポーツ連盟 – Japanese ID Sport Federation
  • 日本記録 – Japanese record
  • パラリンピック – Paralympic Games
  • 世界記録 – world record


Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • ボール – Ball
  • バスケットボール – Basketball ball
  • フリースロー – Free throw
  • 国際車椅子バスケットボール連盟 – International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
  • 日本車椅子バスケットボール連盟 – Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Association
  • ジャージー – Jersey
  • 審判員 – Referee
  • ショットクロック – Shot clock
  • スティール – Steal


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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