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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Tagalog speaking friends about powerlifting

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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.


Tagalog is an Austronesian language native to the Philippines, with 28 million native speakers. About 95% of the population of the Philippines can understand the language, so if you run across people from the country, a few words can prove helpful.  The team is not a huge Paralympic power.  At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the Philippines sent 9 athletes in 4 sports.  None of them won any medals. Table tennis player Josephine Medina came the closest, finishing fourth in the individual women’s Class 8 event.

General disability words:

  • Pagkabulag – Blindness

Sport specific words:

  • Palarong Paralimpiko – Paralympic Games

Sport related adjectives:

  • Pula – red


  • Austria – Austria
  • Liechtenstein – Liechtenstein


Powerlifting specific words:

  • Katangang pangpagbubuhat ng mga pabigat – Bench
  • Pagdiin sa bangko – Bench press
  • Sawsaw – Dip
  • Dambel – Dumbbell
  • Pagbubuhat ng mga pabigat – Weight training


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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