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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Malay speaking friends about wheelchair basketball

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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 220 million people able to speak some Malay words, knowing the language might be a bit helpful.  Most of the speakers are based in Malaysia, Brunei, Cocos Islands, Thailand, Indonesia, East Timor, Singapore.  The language is part of the Austronesian family.  The language is used in a region that is active in continental Paralympic competitions, so if you do not find speakers in Rio, you should find them in future travels to Asia.

General disability words:

  • Distrofi otot – Muscular dystrophy

Sport specific words:

  • Sukan Paralimpik – Paralympic Games



  • Kanada – Canada
  • China – China
  • Denmark – Denmark
  • England – England
  • Indonesia- Indonesia
  • Ireland – Ireland
  • Malaysia – Malaysia
  • New Zealand – New Zealand
  • Scotland – Scotland
  • Korea Selatan – South Korea
  • Wales – Wales

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Bola – Ball
  •  keranjang – Basketball
  • Lebih masa  – Overtime
  • Pengadil – Referee
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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