I’m not going to lie, I’m terrible at learning languages. That’s okay though, this interested me enough to put together. The following is how to say sports in different languages.

I’d like to get all the translations for the top 100 most spoken languages (source) in the world. If you see ****, that means I haven’t figured out the right solution yet. HELP ME! Leave a comment or send me an email, please.

boys with football

The languages are in order of how many people speak them, how you say ‘sports’ and where it is spoken:

1MandarinTǐyùChina, Taiwan, Singapore
2SpanishDeportesHispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Pacific islands
3EnglishSportsAustralia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines
4HindikhelIndia, Fiji, Nepal
5ArabicriadatNorth Africa, Western Asia (Middle East), East Africa
6PortugueseEsportesAngola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste
7BengaliKrīṛāBangladesh, West Bengal (India), Tripura (India), Assam (India)
8Russianvidy sportaRussia, former Republics of the Soviet Union, Mongolia
9JapaneseSupōtsuJapan
10PunjabiKhēḍāṁPunjab region (India, Pakistan)
11GermansportAustria, Belgium (Eupen-Malmedy), Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Tirol (in Italy)
12JavaneseolahragaJava (Indonesia)
13Wu (Shanghainese)****Zhejiang, Shanghai, southern Jiangsu (eastern China)
14Malay/Indonesianmalay sukan indo olahragaIndonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore
15KoreanseupocheuNorth Korea, South Korea
16TeluguKrīḍaluAndhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry (India)
17Vietnamesecác môn thể thaoVietnam
18Frenchdes sportsBelgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
19MarathiKriḍāMaharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat (India)
20TamilViḷaiyāṭṭuTamil Nadu, Karnataka (India), Puducherry (India), Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius
21UrdukhailIndia, Pakistan
22Persian/Farsi****Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
23TurkishSpor DallarıTurkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria

I did notice many of the basketball and football teams in Turkey ended with ‘spor’. Antalyaspor, Trabzonspor etc. Makes sense. Kinda.

honorary turkish member

Turkish for the night

24CantonesepāiGuangdong (Canton), southern Guangxi (southern China), Hong Kong, Macau
25Italiangli sportItaly, Switzerland, San Marino
26ThaiKīḷāThailand
27GujaratiRamatōGujarat (India)
28BasquekirolNorthern Spain
29Minnan huaūn-tōngFujian, eastern part of Guandong (southeastern China), Hainan (southern China), Taiwan, Malaysia
30PolishSportPoland, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, western Ukraine, Lithuania
31Pashto****Afghanistan, Pakistan
32KannadaKrīḍeKarnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)
33MalayalamspēārṭsKerala, Lakshadweep, Mahé (India)
34SundaneseolahragaJava (Indonesia)
35Chamorro****Austronesian language spoken mainly on the island of Guam, and also in the Marianas Islands.
36HausawasanniNigeria
37BurmeseaarrkahcarrBurma
38OriyakridaOdisha (India)
39ArmeniansportadzeverArmenia Georgi and Russia
40UkrainiansportUkraine
41Bhojpuri****Bihar (India)
42TagaloglaroManila and Northern Philippines
43YorubaidarayaNigeria, Benin and Togo
44Maithili****Bihar (India)
45Sindhi****Sindh (Pakistan and neighboring areas in India)
46SwahilimichezoKenya, Tanzania, Uganda
47Uzbeksport turlariUzbekistan
48AmharicsiporitochiEthiopia
49Fula****West and Central Africa, from Senegal to Sudan
50IgboegwuregwuNigeria
51Oromo****Ethiopia and Kenya
52RomaniansportRomania, Moldova
53AzerbaijaniidmanAzerbaijan and Northern Iran
54Manipuri/Meitei****North East India, Bangladesh, Burma
55Chichewa****Bantu language spoken in parts of Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique
56CebuanosportsCentral and Southern Philippines
57Dutchsport-Belgium (Flanders, Brussels), Netherlands and Suriname
58Kurdishsporê“Kurdistan”, northern Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria
59Serbo-Croatian****Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro
60Malagasyfanatanjahan-tenaMadagascar
61NepaliMa KhēlakudaNepal and neighbouring areas, Sikkim, (India)

Some extreme sports action in Nepal.

62Saraiki****Sindh (Pakistan)
63Santali****India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan
64KhmerkeilaCambodia
65SinhalesekrīḍāSri Lanka
66Bambara****Mali Mande language with about 3 million speakers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ghana
67Assamese****Assam (India)
68Madurese****/td>

Madura, and Java (Indonesia)
69SomaliciyaarahaSomalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Yemen
70Magahi****Bihar (India)
71Dogri****Kashmir Jamu (india)
72Marwari****Rajastan (India and Pakistan)
73Hungariansport-Hungary and areas in neighbouring countries
74Chewa****Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
75Kinyarwanda****Kinyarwanda, a Bantu language spoken in mainly in Rwanda.
76GreekAthlitismósGreece, Cyprus
77Akan/Twi****Ghana, Ivory Coast
78Khasi****Meghalaya state in India by the Khasi people.
79KazakhsportKazakhstan
80Tswana****Botswana
81Hebrew****Israel
82ZuluezemidlaloSouth Africa
83CzechsportovníCzech Republic
84Kinyarwanda****Rwanda
85Kokani****Goa (india)
86Haitian CreoleespòHaiti
87AfrikaanssportSouth Africa
88Ilokano****Northern Luzon in the Philippines
89Quechua****Peru and Bolivia
90Kirundi****Burundi and Uganda
91SwedishsporterSweden and Finland
92Hmongkev ua siLaos and neighbouring areas
93ShonamitamboZimbabwe
94Hiligaynon****Western Visayas in the Philippines
95Uyghur****Xinjiang (Western China)
96Balochi****Balochistan (province in Pakistan and Iran)
97BelarusianspartyŭnyBelarus
98Mossi****Burkina Faso
99XhosamidlaloSouth Africa
100Konkani****Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra (India)

Well, there you go. There are a lot of languages on this list I’d never heard of. Now go play some espò.