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There is a lot going on in the world right now with this Pandemic. If you are living in Sweden it’s a good idea to get up to speed on the vocabulary the news stations and talk shows are using. Below is a list of the most commonly used phrases regarding a pandemic & sickness in general.

TVÄTTA HÄNdERNA

wash your hands

Have you noticed in Swedish you wash the hands and not, your hands? ⁣⁠
⁣⁠While it’s not wrong to say Tvätta dina händer you will more often hear the following:⁣⁠
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Tvätta händerna
Wash your (the) hands

Borsta tänderna ⁣⁠
Brush your (the) teeth

Hon borstade håret⁣⁠
She brushed her (the) hair

Jag har ont i ryggen ⁣⁠
I have a pain in my (the) back

SJUK

SICK

This is quite a difficult one so make sure you use the video to help you with pronunciation. If you can say the Sju (seven) you can say Sjuk! When you have mastered that follow on to the word below. 

Sjukdom

Disease, Sickness

This is an umbrella word meaning disease, sickness or affliction. 

SYMPTOM

Symptoms

You shouldn’t have any trouble remembering this one. Just make sure to get the pronunciation right. 

FEBER

Fever

Another word that is very close to the English equivalent. 

HOSTA

Cough

cough nounhosta (en)
to cough verb – att hosta

 

Diarré

Diarrhea

Not so different from the English, both are derived from the greek word diarrhoia meaning; flowing through.

Ett Virus

A Virus

Note this is an ett word so ‘the virus’ would be: Viruset

Pandemi

Pandemic

PandemicPandemi (en)
EpidemicEpidemi (en) 

Smittsam

Contagious

An adjective meaning; Contagious, Infectious, Infective

Infekterad

Infected, Septic

 

Att isolera sig själv

to self isolate

This is a reflexive phrasal verb to make sure to use the correct reflexsive pronoun.

SwedishEnglish
Jag isolerar mig självI self-isolate
Du isolerar dig självYou self-isolate
Han isolerar sig självHe self-isolates
Hon isolerar sig självShe self-isolates
Vi isolerar oss självaWe self-isolate
Ni isolerar er självaYou self-isolate
De isolerar sig självaThey self-isolate

MUNSKYDD

Face Mask

Mun – Mouth (en)
Skydd – Protection

att skydda verb – to protect

Karantän

Quarantine

Fun fact: The word quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning “forty days“, used in the 14th-15th-century Venetian and designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black death plague epidemic.

Spridning

Spread

Spread nounspridning (en)
to spread verb – att sprida

Handsprit

Hand Sanitizer

This literally translates to hand liquor!

Vaccin

Vaccine

Another word you shouldn’t have any trouble remembering!

Well that’s it for this lesson. Hope you learned some useful words to follow along with the Swedish news during this Pandemic.

Any questions ask in the comments.

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