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


Norwegian is a language from the North Germanic language tree, and has 5 million native speakers.  Most of them are found in Norway.  Learning a few words can help you community with Danish, Faroese and Icelandic speakers as there are a number of mutually intelligible words.  Norway ranks third all time in Winter Paralympics medals, so knowing a few words can give you some insights into how the best winter sport Paralympians do their thing.

General disability words:

  • Blindhet – blindness
  • Cerebral parese – Cerebral palsy
  • Øyelapp – Eyepatch
  • Multippel sklerose – Multiple sclerosis
  • Synstap – Visual impairment

Sport specific words:

  • Para-asialekene – Asian Para Games
  • Idrett for funksjonshemmede – Disability sport
  • Paralympiske leker – Paralympic Games

Country specific words:

  • Tyskland – Germany
  • Norge – Norway

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Ball – Ball
  • basketball – Basketball
  • Straffekast – Free throw
  • Overtid – Overtime
  • Dommer – Referee
  • Stjeling – Steal
  • Innbytter – Substitute player
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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