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Every four years, the eyes of the world are on the Summer Olympics (โอลิมปิกฤดูร้อน oh-lim-bpìk réu-doo rón). This year, the games are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (บราซิล braa-sin). The slogan for the 2016 Olympics is “A new world” (โลกใบใหม่ lôhk bai mài). Over 11,000 athletes representing 206 different nations are competing in the games this year. Everyone is talking about them all over the world, but you might have a little trouble doing so if you don’t know the lingo. Never fear, because we’re here to help!
If you want to talk about the Olympics in Thai, you’ll need to know the Thai names for all of the events. Here they are, with transliterations where possible. (There’s no standardized form for the Romanization of Thai characters, but I personally use the Thai2English dictionary. It’s quite accurate and most words can be found on there.)
Of course, all athletes dream of taking home a medal to their home country. Here’s the Thai names for the three medals that are up for grabs in each event:
Since their debut in the 1952 installment of the games, Thailand has sent a team to compete every time aside from 1980 in Moscow. Because of its partial support of the US-led-boycott, the team wasn’t invited that year. For the 2016 edition, Thailand sent 54 athletes competing in 13 different sports. The team has already won two golds, a silver, and a bronze, all in weightlifting. Check out a short news clip spotlighting the country’s first gold medal:
Enjoy the Olympic games, and best of luck to the Thai athletes as they go for the gold!