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Sports vocabulary in Greek Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Vocabulary

Last week two athletes from Greece were distinguished. Panos Triantafyllou (Πάνος Τριανταφύλλου) won the gold medal at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation’s (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Amsterdam. Panos Triantafyllou had a car accident in 2004 and started practicing sports three months later. The other athlete is Stefanos Tsitsipas (Στέφανος Τσιτσιπάς) who won the ATP finals in London after beating the Austrian player Dominic Thiem.


By Gerd Funcke via Pixabay

In this post, we will see words about sports.

Ρήματα Verbs

κάνω ένα άθλημα: to do a sport (literally)

αθλούμαι: to play sports

παίζω (ποδόσφαιρο κλπ): to play (soccer, etc)

εξασκούμαι: to practice

προπονούμαι: to train

μαθαίνω: to learn

σηκώνω (βάρη): to lift (weights)

πηδάω: to jump

νικάω: to beat

κερδίζω:to win

χάνω: to lose

παίρνω (μετάλλιο): to take (a medal)

αποκλείομαι: to be excluded

τραυματίζομαι: to injure oneself


Πού αθλούμαστε; Where do we play sports?

Στο γήπεδο: at the pitch

στο κολυμβητήριο: at the swimming pool

στην πισίνα: at the swimming pool

στο γυμναστήριο: at the gym

στο παγοδρόμιο: at the ice-rink

στον ιππικό όμιλο: at the riding school

στο ιπποδρόμιο: at the horse track

στο ρινγκ: at the ring

στο στίβο: at the track

στο δρόμο: on the road

στο χωματόδρομο / στον ανώμαλο δρόμο: on the dirt road

Φωτογραφία από Antonios Ntoumas από το Pixabay


Ουσιαστικά Nouns

οι κερκίδες: bleachers

το βάθρο: dais

το μετάλλιο: medal

το κύπελο: cup

η τεχνητή λίμνη: artificial lake

τα εμπόδια: hurdles

το δίχτυ: net

η άμμος: the sand

o εξοπλισμός: equipment

ο έλεγχος ντόπινγκ: doping control

You can find more vocabulary about sports here.

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Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.