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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Sicilian speaking friends about football

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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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Sicilian is a Romance language indigenous to Italy.  It is sometimes called Siculu or Calabro-Sicilian and is spoken by around 4.7 million people. If you run across Italians, you might find a few who speak the language.  Chances are good that you will see many Italians as Italy had a 98 athlete strong delegation in London.  They amassed 28 total medals: 9 gold, 8 silvers and 11 bronze medals in swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, archery and wheelchair fencing.

General disability words:

  • Orvu – Blindness

Football specific words:

  • Badda – Ball
  • Campana – Bell
  • Pizzu – Forward
  • Palluni – Football
  • Ntentu – Goal
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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