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


Macedonian  is spoken by around 2 million people who live in Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria,  Greece, Romania and Serbia. The South Slavic language is native to the Republic of Macedonia, but the name of the language and country it is native to is  politically controversial because of the situation with regions of the same name in Greece and Bulgaria. Republic of Macedonia started competing independently at the Paralympics in 1996, and won their first medal, a silver, at the 2004 Games.  In London, Olivera Nakovska-Bikova won the country’s second ever medal, a gold, in the Women’s 10 metre air pistol SH1.  She was one of two members of the country’s delegation.  The other was fellow shooter, Vanco Karanfilov.


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.

  • Триатлон – Triathlon
  • Велосипедизам – Cycling
  • Човечко пливање – Swimming
  • Маратон – Marathon
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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