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


Slovene is a South Slavic language.  Only about 2.5 million people in the world speak the language, with most found in Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary.  It is the national language of Slovenia. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, Slovenia had a 22 athlete strong delegation who competed in athletics, cycling, shooting, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.  They won 1 medal, a silver earned by Gorazd Tirsek in shooting’s Mixed 10 m air rifle standing SH2 event.

General disability words:

  • Ataksija – Ataxia
  • Slepota – blindness
  • Cerebralna paraliza – Cerebral palsy
  • Multipla skleroza – Multiple sclerosis

Sport specific words:

  • selektor – coach
  •  evropsko prvenstvo – European Championships



  •  slovenski – Slovenia

Football specific words:

  • Žoga – Ball
  • Zvon – Bell
  • selektor – coach
  • Nogomet – Football
  • Gol – Goal
  • Džersi – Jersey
  • Sportdomare – Referee
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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