Swimming in other Languages

The sport we know as swimming is not necessarily called by the same name around the world. Here are the names for swimming in many of the languages of the world. The names are taken from the Wikipedia page for swimming in each of these languages. You will notice that many of the names appear to be phonetic spelling of swimming in the other languages.

Name by Language

Language Name for the sport of swimming
Arabic سباحة
Armenian Լող
Azerbaijani Üzgüçülük
Bashkir Йөҙөү
Basque Igeriketa
Belarusian Плаваньне
Bengali সাঁতার
Catalan Natació
Chinese 競技游泳
Classical Chinese 競泳
Czech Plavání
Dutch Zwemsport
English Swimming
Esperanto Sporta naĝado
Estonian Ujumine
French Natation sportive
Georgian ცურვა
German Schwimmsport
Hebrew שחייה תחרותית
Indonesian Renang
Japanese 競泳
Kannada ಈಜು
Karakalpak Suwda Ju'ziw
Korean 수영
Latvian Peldēšana
Low Saxon Swemmsport
Luxembourgish Schwammsport
Macedonian Пливање
Malayalam നീന്തൽ മത്സരം
Minangkabau Ranang
Mingrelian ნჩურუა
Nepali पौडी
Pashto لامبو
Persian ورزش شنا
Polish Pływanie
Portuguese Natação pura
Romanian Înot sportiv
Russian Плавание
Sanskrit सन्तरणक्रीडा
Scots Soummin
Serbian Пливање
Sorani Kurdish مەلەوانی
Spanish Natación
Swedish Tävlingssimning
Tamil நீச்சற் போட்டி
Tatar Йөзү
Thai กีฬาว่ายน้ำ
Turkish Yüzme
Turkmen Suwda ýüzmek
Ukrainian Плавання
Uzbek Suvda suzish
Vietnamese Bơi
Zazaki Asnawkerdış

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