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Sports Terms in Armenian

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Language is not only a means of everyday communication but also a way to immerse oneself into the depths of culture, and sports culture is no exception. Armenian, like all languages, has its unique set of terms for the world of sports. Understanding these can be both fun and beneficial, enhancing the experience of sports enthusiasts interested in Armenian culture. Below are some essential sports terms in Armenian with definitions and examples to help you integrate these into your vocabulary.

Ֆուտբոլ (Futbol) – Football (Soccer)
This term is used to refer to the globally popular team sport which is known as “soccer” in the United States and “football” in most other parts of the world.
Երեկ ես դիտեցի հիանալի ֆուտբոլ խաղ։ (Yesterday, I watched an amazing football match.)

Բասկետբոլ (Basketbol) – Basketball
Basketball is another international sport that involves two teams trying to score points by throwing a ball into the opposing team’s basket.
Միայն մեկ րոպե մնաց բասկետբոլի խաղի ավարտին։ (There’s only one minute left until the end of the basketball game.)

Կանոնիկ (Kanonik) – Referee/Umpire
A referee in sports is responsible for enforcing the rules of the game and making judgment calls.
Կանոնիկը խախտում է կանչեց և տուր պատիժառուքը։ (The referee called a foul and issued a penalty.)

Խաղադաշտ (Khaghadashd) – Stadium/Field
This word refers to the sports arena or field where athletic events take place.
Խաղադաշտը լի էր երջանկությամբ լսումող հանդիսատեսներով։ (The stadium was filled with cheerful spectators.)

Գոլ (Gol) – Goal
In various sports, a “goal” is a point scored by getting a ball or similar object into the opposing team’s net or designated scoring area.
Խաղացողը գոլ խփեց ու աշխարհն արթնացրեց։ (The player scored a goal and the crowd went wild.)

Կարատե (Karatye) – Karate
Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan, characterized by punching, kicking, knee strikes, and open-handed techniques.
Հենց վերցրեցի իմ առաջին կարատեի կարգը։ (I just received my first karate belt.)

Լարման աղբյուր (Larman aghbyur) – Starting block
In track and field, starting blocks are devices used by runners for a better start during races.
Ավազակը դրեց ոտքերը լարման աղբյուռում ու պատրաստվեց սկսելու։ (The runner set his feet on the starting blocks and prepared to start.)

Պայքարեղեն (Payqareghen) – Wrestler
A wrestler is an athlete who competes in the sport of wrestling, using various grappling techniques to defeat their opponent.
Պայքարեղենը արդեն պատրաստ էր մարզվելու։ (The wrestler was already prepared to compete.)

Սաչմե (Sachme) – Match
The term “match” refers to a contest or a game between two individuals or teams.
Սաչմեն սկսեց շուրջ մեկ ժամով ուշ։ (The match started about an hour late.)

Հաղթանակ (Haghtanak) – Victory
Victory is the success in a contest or battle against opponents or obstacles.
Ըմբիշը հաղթանակ հասավ ձգտում միշտ այնքան ուժով։ (The swimmer achieved victory by always striving with all her might.)

Մարզիչ (Marzich) – Coach
A coach is an individual who trains or instructs the sports team or athlete.
Մարզիչը հավատացերոսկույրս մեզ մեղքերը։ (The coach believed in us even when we had doubts.)

Understanding these terms in Armenian will not only allow you to communicate effectively during sporting events but can also open doors to deeper connections with Armenians who share a passion for athletics. Whether you are watching a game, engaging in a conversation, or even participating in a sport, these are essential terms that will raise your language game to the next level.

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