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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Southern Quechua 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.


Quechuan languages are native to the central Andes region of South America.  These languages are spoken by around 9 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina.  The language is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas.  The language has official status, along with Spanish, in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.  Anyone from these regions at the Paralympics probably speaks Spanish, but you never know who you will meet in Rio.  Bolivia missed out on London, and Ecuador and Peru sent small delegations to London but were unable to win any medals.  Your best bet for finding athletes from these countries is probably in powerlifting, swimming or athletics.

General disability words:

  • Ñawsa kay – Blindness


Football specific words:

  • Piluta – Ball
  • Chanrara – Bell
  • Chanlanlanyaq – Bell
  • Piluta hayt’ay – Football
  • Chakiyasiy piluta – Soccer ball
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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