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


Serbian is a  standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language that is spoken by about 9 million people in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and neighboring regions.  The language is native to Serbia.  The country of Serbia won 5 medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, including 2 golds and 3 silvers.  The medals came in athletics and table tennis.  The country also had competitors in cycling and shooting.

General disability words:

  • Атаксија – Ataxia
  • Слепило – Blindness
  • Церебрална парализа – Cerebral palsy

Sport specific words:

  • Параолимпијске игре – Paralympic Games

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Лопта – Ball
  • Кошарка – Basketball
  • Кошаркашка табла – Backboard
  • Плејмејкер – Point guard
  • Бек – Shooting guard
  • Центар – Center
  • Кошаркашка лопта – basketball ball
  • Мрежа – Net
  • Продужеци – Overtime
  • Замена – 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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