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


Uzbek is a Turkic language spoken by around 27 million people in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, and China.  The language in Uzbekistan officially uses the Latin script, but versions of the language use Cyrillic and occasionally Arabic.  In 2012, the country sent a 10 athlete strong delegation that competed in athletics, judo, powerlifting and swimming. Sharif Khalilov won the country’s only medal, a silver in judo’s Men’s -73kg event.

General disability words:

  • Koʻrlik – blindness

Sport specific words:

  • sport – sport

Football specific words:

  • Toʻp – ball
  • Futbol toʻpi – soccer ball
  • Futbol – Football
  • Himoyachi – Defender
  • Darvozabon – Goalkeeper
  • Yarimhimoyachi – Midfielder
  • Hujumchi – Forward
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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