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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Latin speaking friends about football

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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.


Latin is the official language of only two places:  Sovereign Military Order of Malta and  Vatican City.  It is considered a classical language, and is spoken now mostly in academic settings.  Accents very depending on where a person learned the language.  Having some knowledge of the language is useful for understanding a variety of other Romance languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian. Latin and French.  Having a few words in your language speaking arsenal thus cannot hurt.

General disability words:

  • Caecitas – blindness

Football specific words:

  • Pila – Ball
  • Campana – Bell
  • Pediludium – Football
  • Pediludii follis – soccer ball
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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