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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Korean speaking friends about goalball

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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.


South Korea is not to be trifled with on the Paralympic level. They ranked twentieth all time in terms of total medals, and they are hosting the next Winter Paralympic Games.  The Korean language is the official one in South Korea and North Korea, and is a recognized language in parts of China.  With 77 million speakers, being able to recognized a few characters may come in handy.

General disability words:

  • 실명 – Blindness
  • 뇌성마비 – Cerebral palsy
  • 안대 – Eyepatch
  • 시각 장애 – Visual impairment

Sport specific words:

  • 장애인 스포츠 – Disability sport
  • 아시아태평양장애인경기대회 – FESPIC Games
  • 패럴림픽 – Paralympic Games
  • 하계 패럴림픽 – Summer Paralympic Games

Country specific words:

  • 호주 – Australia
  • 일본 – Japan
  • 미국 – United States
  • 영국 – England

Goalball specific words:

  • 공 – Ball
  • 슬레이벨 – Bell
  • 종 – Bell
  • 눈가리개 – Blindfold
  • 골 – Goal
  • 골든골 – Golden goal
  • 저지 – Jersey
  • 심판 – Referee
  • 타이머 – Timer
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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