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.
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:
|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|
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.
This is an umbrella word meaning disease, sickness or affliction.
You shouldn’t have any trouble remembering this one. Just make sure to get the pronunciation right.
Another word that is very close to the English equivalent.
cough noun – hosta (en)
to cough verb – att hosta
Not so different from the English, both are derived from the greek word diarrhoia meaning; flowing through.
Note this is an ett word so ‘the virus’ would be: Viruset
Pandemic – Pandemi (en)
Epidemic – Epidemi (en)
An adjective meaning; Contagious, Infectious, Infective
att isolera sig själv
to self isolate
This is a reflexive phrasal verb to make sure to use the correct reflexive pronoun.
|Jag isolerar mig själv||I self-isolate|
|Du isolerar dig själv||You self-isolate|
|Han isolerar sig själv||He self-isolates|
|Hon isolerar sig själv||She self-isolates|
|Vi isolerar oss själva||We self-isolate|
|Ni isolerar er själva||You self-isolate|
|De isolerar sig själva||They self-isolate|
Mun – Mouth (en)
Skydd – Protection
att skydda verb – to protect
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.
Spread noun – spridning (en)
to spread verb – att sprida
This literally translates to hand liquor!
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.