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Winter Olympic Games 20iy00 Winter Olympic Games Language on the slopes Over 85 countries will compete What do you call that event? The Winter Olympic Games draw athletes from all over the word, with Many countries with warmer climates have imported winter sports vocabulary from colder nations. Notice any similarities? them they bring not only a passion for friendly competition but the languages and cultures of their home countries. * Esqui (SP) * Ski (EN) S Sci (IT) At Sochi 2014 breaking language barriers will be as much a part of the action as setting records. Multi-lingual Olympians Have a look at some fun language facts brought to you by, the best tool for understanding what the Olympians are really saying! Winter Around the World Eskimos have hundreds of words for snow. Did you know that this is actually a myth? Updated counts put the real number at around ten. collect new words. Language learning your way. O English winter, cold, O Italian inverno, freddo, Olympians who speak more than 2 languages snow, ice neve, ghiaccio e Spanish invierno, frio, While the Winter Olympian who holds the record for the most gold medals speaks Norwegian, the list of athletes who took home the most golds also includes Russian, Italian, German and Swedish speakers. O French hiver, froid, niege, glace nieve, hielo Official Languages Fun Fact French In addition to English and the language of the host country, French is also an official Did you know the word ski comes from Norway? In old Norse 'skio' means split piece of Russian Brought to you by language of the games thanks wood or firewood. to De Coubertin, the father of English the modern day Olympics.

Winter Olympic Games

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People learn better when language is interesting to them and Olympic broadcasts are not only engaging but are offered in multiple languages. As the games are covered by most learners' first language ...


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