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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Norwegian speaking friends about winter sports

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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 intelligble 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.


Country specific words:

  • Tyskland – Germany
  • Norge – Norway



Winter sport specific words:

Norwegians love their winter sports.  Being able to talk to your Norwegian friends about winter sports may impress them, and it can give you a head start on your preparations for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

  • spillebok – Playbook
  • Målvakter – Goalkeeper
  • Backer – Defenseman
  • Løpere – Forward
  • treningskamper  – Friendly match
  • kjelkehockeylandslaget  – Sledge hockey
  • Special Teams – Special Teams
  • Samling – Sport training camp
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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