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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Portuguese speaking friends about snowboarding

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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.

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If you’re going to the 2016 Summer Paralympics, you might want to have an idea of the sporting lingo in other languages to better understand what people are saying.  In the case of Portuguese, it is spoken by the host country, and by athletes from countries that include Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.  While snowboarding isn’t on the program in Rio, Brazil has some snowboarders looking to qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics including Andre Cintra.

 

General disability words:

  • Cegos – Blind
  • Cadeira de Rodas – Wheelchair

 

Sport specific words:

  • disputa – Event/race/competition
  • Federação – Federation
  • medalhista – Medalist
  • Masculinos   – Men
  • Quartos de final – Quarter finals
  • Meias finais – Semi finals
  • Desporto – Sport
  • Femininos – Women

Country specific words:

  • Espanha – Spain
  • Brasil‬ – Brazil

 

Snowboarding specific words:

  • banked slalom – Banked slalom
  • mid-flight – mid-flight
  • praticando – (he/she) is practicing
  • Snowboard – Snowboard
  • boardercross – Snowboard cross
  • Verde – Green
  • Azul – Blue
  • Vermelho – Red
  • Preta – Black
  • Laranja – Orange
  • Superpipe – Superpipe
  • Slopestyle – Slopestyle
  • Mega Rampa – Big Air

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

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