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Talking the lingo in Rio: Chatting with your new Vietnamese speaking friends about wheelchair basketball

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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.


Vietnamese is spoken in Vietnam and parts of China by around 75 million people. It is also a recognized minority language in the Czech Republic. It uses the  is a Latin alphabet and is one of the most widely spoken members of the Austroasiatic language family.  With Vietnamese as the official language of Vietnam, the country of Vietnam sent an 11 athlete strong delegation to London where they competed in athletics, swimming and powerlifting.  They did not win any medals.

General disability words:

  • Khiếm thị – blindness
  • Bại não – Cerebral palsy
  • Vá mắt – Eyepatch

Sport specific words:

  • Đại hội Thể thao Người khuyết tật châu Á – Asian Para Games
  • Thế vận hội dành cho người khuyết tật – Paralympic Games

Sport related adjectives:

  • Đỏ – red

Wheelchair basketball specific words:

  • Bóng – Ball
  • Bóng rổ – Basketball
  • Hiệp phụ  – Overtime
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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