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.
Tamil is spoken by 70 million people in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Réunion, Mauritius, Burma, Malaysia, England, Mauritius, Canada, South Africa, Fiji, Germany, Philippines, United States, Netherlands, Indonesia, Réunion and France. It is a Dravidian language native to India. India has had some issues in the Paralympic movement, including their NPC being suspended in 2015, and two other times in its history. The chances of running into Indians in Rio thus is pretty low. The country sent 10 competitors to London, all men, with Girisha Nagarajegowda picking up the country’s only medal, a silver in the Men’s High Jump F42.
General disability words:
- குருட்டுத் தன்மை – blindness
- பெருமூளை வாதம் – Cerebral palsy
- தண்டுவட மரப்பு நோய் – Multiple sclerosis
- தசைவளக்கேடு – Muscular dystrophy
- சக்கர நாற்காலி – Wheelchair
Sport specific words:
- மாற்றுத் திறனாளர் ஒலிம்பிக் விளையாட்டுக்கள் – Paralympic Games
Triathlon specific words:
This sport makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. With words from swimming, athletics and cycling, knowing a few terms here can take you a long way with other sports.
- நெடுமுப்போட்டி – Triathlon
- நீச்சல் – Swimming
- மாரத்தான் – Marathon