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

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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
  • 다발성 경화증 – Multiple sclerosis
  • 시각 장애 – Visual impairment

Sport specific words:

  • 장애인 아시안 게임 – Asian Para Games
  • 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


Triathlon specific words:

This sport makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.  With words from swimming, athletics and cycling, knowing a few terms here can take you a long way with other sports.

  • 트라이애슬론 – Triathlon
  • 국제 트라이애슬론 연맹 – International Triathlon Union
  • 달리기 – Running
  • 사이클 – Cycling
  • 수영 – Swimming
  • 마라톤 – Marathon
  • 부표 – Buoy
  • 스니커즈 – Athletic shoe
  • 자전거 손잡이 – Bicycle handlebar


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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