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