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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Thai 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.


The Thai language, sometimes referred to as Siamese or Central Thai, is the national language of Thailand.  It is part of the Tai–Kadai language family, and is mutually intelligible with spoken Lao.  The language has 20 million native speakers, and an additional 40 million people who have some level of fluency in the language.   While the country may not be known for its sporting prowess, Thailand sent 50 athletes to London who competed in 10 sports and won 8 medals.  Thai competitors participated in archery, athletics, boccia, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis.

General disability words:

  • ตาบอด – blindness
  • โรคปลอกประสาทเสื่อมแข็ง – Multiple sclerosis

Sport specific words:

  • เอเชียนพาราเกมส์ – Asian Para Games
  • กีฬาเฟสปิก – FESPIC Games
  • กีฬาพาราลิมปิก – Paralympic Games

Sport related adjectives:

  • กระดี๊กระด๊า – Delighted
  • กระฟัดกระเฟียด – Angry, Excited
  • กระหยิ่มยิ้มย่อง – Elated
  • กระวนกระวาย – Nervous
  • กลัว – Scared
  • กะปลกกะเปลี้ย – Exhausted
  • เก่งกาจ – Brave
  • เก่า ๆ – Very old
  • โกรธ – pissed off
  • คว้าน้ำเหลว – Unsuccessful
  • เคือง – Sore

Football specific words:

  • ลูกบอล – ball
  • ระฆัง – Bell
  • กองหลัง – Defender
  • ผู้รักษาประตู – Goalkeeper
  • กองกลาง – Midfielder
  • กองหน้า – Forward
  • ฟุตบอล – Football
  • โกลเดนโกล – Golden goal
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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