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
Table tennis specific words:
- Žoga – Ball
- Bekhend – Backhand
- Restitucijski koeficient trka – Coefficient of restitution
- Namizni tenis – Table tennis