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Motorsport terms glossaries for translators and language learners

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It's been a while since I published an article with useful resources for translators and language learners/teachers. This summer I did quite a lot of translations for the tourist industry and discovered a whole new phenomenon called "sports tourism". Not that I haven't heard about it before, but I definitely haven't translated anything like that until I started working with a couple very cool clients. And I've done a great deal of translations about one specific type of sports events, which is motorsport, especially Formula 1.

So I decided to share some cool resources with you. They are in English and in Russian. Hope they help you if you get to do a similar kind of work. And language learners will surely enjoy immersing into new vocabulary! So here's the list:

1. Wikipedia "Словарь автогоночных терминов". It has quite an extensive list of vocabulary, mostly in Russian, but there are some English equivalents, too. Plus, the majority of Russian terms are calques from English anyway :)
2. Wikipedia "Glossary of motorsport terms". This one is in English and it's almost a full equivalent of the Russian version.
3. Авто-спортивный словарь. I loved it the moment I saw it. It has English equivalents pretty much for every term. I used it quite a bit this summer. Besides, there were a couple terms that I couldn't find anywhere else, but in this vocabulary. I even shared it on Twitter. So I'd really recomment you to save it somewhere for future reference.
4. Formula 1 official website. There's an English glossary of motorsport terminology there.
5. Here's another good dictionary of F1 terms, all in Russian. Check out the website, it is very interesting. Lots to learn there.
6. Автоспорт в СССР. This website is all about motorsport in the USSR. It was very interesting for me, given the fact that I was very young when the Soviet Union collapsed.

One of the things I figured is that the topic of motorsport is really endless. So the list of useful resources will definitely grow as soon as I find something new :)

P.S. If you are interested in other articles with useful resources, here they are:
Customs and international trade terminology;
Psychology and philosophy glossaries;
Glossary of football terms (meaning soccer, for my US readers);
Education terms: USA, UK and Russia;
Music terms;
Tourism terminology.


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