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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Ukrainian speaking friends about sailing

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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.


There are 47 million Ukrainian speakers worldwide.  While most live in the Ukraine, others live in Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The country has traditionally been very competitive at the Paralympic Games, and should be considered favorites in 7-a-side football.

General disability words:

  • Атаксія – Ataxia
  • Атетоз – Athetosis
  • Сліпота – Blindness
  • Дитячий церебральний параліч – Cerebral palsy
  • Розсіяний склероз – Multiple sclerosis
  • Інвалідний візок – Wheelchair

Sport specific words:

  • Паралімпійські ігри – Paralympic Games

Sailing specific words:

  • Грот – Mainsail
  • Спінакер – Spinnaker
  • Вітрильний спорт – Sailing
  • Бімс – Beam
  • Осадка судна – Draft
  • Водотоннажне судно – Hull
  • Щогла – Mast
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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