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


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 fight.   Still, with 125 million speakers and Japan hosting in 2020, there are some real benefits for going beyond just sight recognition of a few words.

General disability words:

  • 失調 – Ataxia
  • アテトーゼ – Athetosis
  • 失明 – Blindness
  • 脳性麻痺 – Cerebral palsy
  • 目 – Eye
  • 眼帯 – Eyepatch
  • ロービジョン – low vision
  • 多発性硬化症 – Multiple sclerosis
  • 筋ジストロフィー – Muscular dystrophy

Sport specific words:

  • アジア記録 – Asian record
  • アジアパラ競技大会 – Asian Para Games
  • 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
  • 上腕三頭筋 – Triceps brachii muscle
  • 世界記録 – world record

Wheelchair tennis specific words:

  • ボール – Ball
  • 国際テニス連盟 – International Tennis Federation
  • 日本車いすテニス協会 – Japanese Wheelchair Tennis Association
  • ラケット – Racket
  • テニスのボール – tennis ball
  • 反発係数 – Coefficient of restitution
  • マグヌス効果 – Magnus effect
  • 車いすテニス – Wheelchair tennis
  • テニス – Tennis
  • テニスコート – Tennis court
  • グランドスラム – Grand Slam
  • NEC車いすテニスツアー – ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour
  • NEC車いすテニスマスターズ – Wheelchair Tennis Masters
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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