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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Swedish speaking friends about table tennis

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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.


Sweden ranks tenth all time in total Paralympic medals. While you may not expect Swedish to come in handy, you may see the flag often enough that having a few words might come in handy. The language has 9.2 million speaks, most of them in Sweden and Finland.  The few words you pick up will come in handy with Norwegian and Danish speakers as the languages are mutually intelligible.

General disability words:

  • Ataxi – Ataxia
  • Blindhet – Blindness
  • Cerebral pares – Cerebral palsy
  • Ögonlapp – Eyepatch
  • Multipel skleros – Multiple sclerosis
  • Muskeldystrofi – Muscular dystrophy
  • Rullstol – Wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • Klassifikationssystemet – Classification system
  • Handikappidrott – Disability sport
  • Paralympiska spelen – Paralympic Games
  • Triceps brachii – Triceps brachii muscle

Country specific words:

  • Tyskland – Germany

Table tennis specific words:

  • Boll – Ball
  • Racketsport – Racket sports
  • International Table Tennis Federation – International Table Tennis Federation
  • Bordtennis – Table tennis
  • Världsmästerskapen i bordtennis – World Table Tennis Championships
  • Äkta tvättsvamp – Sponge
  • Magnuseffekten – Magnus effect
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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