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.
Russian is spoken by 150 million native speakers, and an additional 260 million speakers with some level of fluency. Most of the speakers live in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Romania, Finland, Ukraine, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the United States. Russian is an East Slavic language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading it is a challenge for most English speakers. On the Paralympic level, Russia just finished hosting the Winter Paralympic Games and ranks fifteenth all time in terms of total medals. As the language is spoken in a number of former members of the Soviet Union, some knowledge may go a long way to making friends from a region that has been in the news a lot recently.
General disability words:
- Слепота – blindness
- Детский церебральный паралич – Cerebral palsy
- Нарушения зрения – Visual impairment
- Потеря зрения – Vision loss
- Инвалидная коляска – Wheelchair
Sport specific words:
- Национального паралимпийского комитета Азербайджана – National Paralympic Committee of Azerbaijan
- Национальная сборная – National team
- паралимпийцы – Paralympic
- Паралимпийские игры – Paralympic Games
- мировом турнире – World Championship
Badminton specific words:
Like Taekwondo, this sport is not on the 2016 Paralympic program but is scheduled to make its debut at the 2020 Games. It is never too early to get the low down on this upcoming sport.
- Открытый чемпионат Англии по бадминтону – All England Open Badminton Championships
- Бадминтон – Badminton
- Всемирная федерация бадминтона – Badminton World Federation
- Орлянка – Coin toss
- Ракетка – Racket
- Волан – shuttlecock