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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Romanian speaking friends about shooting

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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.


Romanian is the language spoken in Romania. The language is spoken by about 24 million people in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia, and Romanian communities in Italy, Spain, Germany and other parts of Western Europe.  It is a Romance language, and an official language of the European Union.  Romania, where the language is native to, won 2 medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The gold and silver medals were both won by cyclist Carol-Eduard Novak.  Other sports Romanians competed in in London were athletics, swimming and table tennis.

General disability words:

  • Ataxie – Ataxia
  • Orbire – Blindness
  • Paralizie cerebrală – Cerebral palsy
  •  Sindrom Down – Downs Sydrome
  • Scleroză multiplă – Multiple sclerosis

Sport specific words:

  • Jocuri Paralimpice – Paralympic Games

Country specific words:

  • Islanda – Iceland
  • România – Romania


Shooting specific words:

  • Tir sportiv – Shooting sports
  • Pistol – Pistol
  • Glonț – Bullet
  • Armă de foc – Firearm
  • Pușcă – Rifle
  • Armă cu aer comprimat – Air gun
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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