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Coronavirus: Parlons-en ! / Let’s talk about it!

For all those who are interested in current events, including as part of their language learning, we have collected words, expressions, and sentences that you might encounter in the media.

French English
Asymptomatique Asymptomatic
Avoir de la fièvre To have a fever
Bénin/Bénigne Mild
Cas confirmé (m) Confirmed case
Cas probable (m) Possible case
Confinement (m) Lockdown
Contaminer To contaminate
Courses de première nécessité (f) Essential shopping
Crise sanitaire (f) Health crisis
De personne à personne Person to Person
Détresse respiratoire (f) Respiratory distress
Distanciation sociale (f) Social distancing
En bonne santé In good health
Épidémie (f) Epidemic
Établissement Pour Personnes gées Dépendantes (EHPAD) (m) Nursing home
Gants (m) Gloves
Gouttelettes (f) Droplets
Infecté(e)(s) Infected
Infection respiratoire aigüe (f) Acute respiratory infection
Infirmier/Infirmière Nurse
Isolement social (m) Social isolation
Malade (m/f) Sick
Masque (m) Mask
Médecin (m/f) Doctor
Mondial(e), mondiales/mondiaux Global
Nombre de cas (m) Number of cases
Pandémie (f) Pandemic
Papier toilette (m) Toilet paper
Pénurie (f) Shortage(s)
Période d'incubation (f) Incubation period
Personnes vulnérables (f) Vulnerable people
Pneumonie (f) Pneumonia
Porteur sain/Porteuse saine Healthy carrier
Poumons (m) Lungs
Prévention (f) Prevention
Quarantaine (f) Quarantine
Réanimation (f) Resusitation
Respirateur (m) Respirator
Rétabli(e)(s), guéri(e)(s) Recovered
Risque (m) Risk
Sévère, Grave Severe
Solution hydroalcoolique (f) Hand sanitizer
Surblouse (f) Medical Gown
Taux d'infection (m) Infection rate
Taux de mortalité (m) Mortality rate
Télétravail (m) Telework, Telecommute, Remote work
Toux (f) Cough
Urgences (f) Emergency Room ER (US)/Accident and Emergency A&E (UK)
Vaccin (m) Vaccine
Ventilateur (m) Ventilator
Virus (m) Virus

French English
Appelez le 15 Call 911(US)/999 (UK)
Appelez le médecin traitant Call the attending physician
Appelez le SAMU Call the EMTs
Appelez les urgences Call the emergency department
Appliquez les gestes barrière Practice protective hygienic measures
Éviter de se toucher les yeux, le nez et la bouche Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Éviter les contacts proches (m) Avoid close contact
Lavez-vous les mains régulièrement Wash your hands regularly
Pour vous protéger et protéger les autres, restez chez vous To protect yourself as well as others, stay at home
Prévenir la propagation de l'infection (f) Prevent the spread of infection
Que faire face aux premiers signes ? What do you do at the first signs?
Saluez sans serrer la main et cessez les embrassades Do not shake hands or embrace one another
Toussez ou éternuez dans votre coude ou dans un mouchoir Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue
Utilisez des mouchoirs à usage unique Use disposable kleenex or tissues

French English
Le coronavirus appartient à une classe de virus qui possède de petites excroissances sur son enveloppe, lui donnant un aspect de couronne. Coronavirus belongs to a class of virus that has small protrusions on its envelope, giving it a crown-like appearance.
Le SARS-CoV-2 est un type de coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 is a type of coronavirus.
Le COVID-19 est le nom de la maladie apparue en Chine en décembre 2019 et provoquée par le SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 is the name of the illness that appeared in China in December of 2019 and is caused by SARS-CoV-2.

To follow the news in French, here are a few websites we can suggest:

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

The voluntary Moderators and Contributors: Sitesurf and CommeuneTexane (Tex)

April 2, 2020

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnKidd4

I know a lot of French but I did get some help from the googlemeister CORONAVIRUS c'est triste mais vrai, rester à la maison rester en sécurité, nous sommes tous là dedans it's sad but true, stay home stay safe, we are all in this together


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Waffle9416

Thank you!! Its good to have vocab that you wouldnt typically learn on duolingo! ~have a good day, and stay healthy!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShellMarg

Merci beaucoup Sitesurf and Commeune Texane! As always you are very helpful to the learning community. Much appreciated.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupefaite

'une quarantaine (de)' means also 'about 40'

I watch French news almost every evening, and I get quite familiar with this vocabulary. Anyway, thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

"Une quarantaine" comes from "quarante jours" and was later imported to English as "quarantine".

1635: « isolement de quarante jours imposé aux voyageurs arrivant d'un endroit où règne une maladie contagieuse»

You, therefore, know how important the context is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vie108

Actually I have heard it comes from Italian, from the quarantine that was necessitated in Venice in the 16/17th century....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NorthernDagger

"From Italian quarantina (“forty days”), the period Venetians customarily kept ships from plague-ridden countries waiting off port, from Latin quadrāgintā (“forty”)"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chartreux

I use News in Slow French and this is extremely helpful. Thank you, Sitesurf !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga

Thank you for this ! And also all the other extensive, valuable and detailed work you and your team do.

I have also linked to this from Emergency Information.


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    Thanks! I had been thinking that we needed this. It's a great vocab list that you've put together.

    I can't wait to learn all of these. I created a private tinycards from your list and credited you all.

    I just used the copy and paste method to add them all to tinycards at once as per the video below.

    For bulk upload of cards from spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, see this video.

    Here are some useful websites:

    • Coronavirus Global Case Map - This is the official Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). This is the resource the White House uses to tracks cases.

    • Florida Corona Virus Map


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    Shouldn't French learners read news and information in French? ;-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Summerstor5

    If you do you will get news about France. If you want news about English-speaking places, then you have to read in English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CommeuneTexane

    Most French news sites extensively cover current events around the globe. It can be quite illuminating to read about news happening in your country but from a foreign perspective. ;-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MScottNataleonFB

    Je suis d'accord, moi. Apprendre et utilisier ne sont pas pareils. Quoi qu'il en soit, merci beaucoup de nous avoir fourni toutes ces informations -- malheureusement -- pertinentes. Cela nous aidera pas mal à cette heure-ci -- surtout ceux d'entre nous qui se trouvent actuellement en France, loin de chez nous. Puisque je suis bel et bien là, et dès que le monde a pété la plombe à cause du virus / confinement, j'ai dû fouiller tous les onglets de mon dictionnaire numérique afin de trouver des mots médicaux pour bien gérer mon, par example, < Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire >, etc., etc. Et tous ces mots spécifiques sont plus techniques et hors du commun. C'est à dire, un fardeau de plus quand j'avais seulement voulu de m'en sortir de la maison pour faire des courses. :) Cette liste me va bien, quoi ! Merci...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shapers

    Wonderful idea !! Thank you so much ! Have a good day and stay healthy! Ciao from Switzerland


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benmaja

    Thank you Sitesurf, very thoughtful to give us this extra help.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FacuValenzuela

    Merci pour l'information!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Philippe168568

    Merci Thanks a lot


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tommy230212

    Merci beaucoup!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blue_Belle_18

    Merci beaucoup de partager cette information importante avec nous.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan-Elfe

    Another useful phrase:

    Le test de dépistage = screening test


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupefaite

    I hear it often but I always forget to check it :) Merci !


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Violet_Skies

    Thank you! This is really helpful at this grave time, and I am always open for vocabulary that may not be on the tree.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raebeing

    Wow I didn't know this. Hats down to you!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lulularosa

    Thank you Sitesurf and Tex for the expressions and especially the links.

    Here's a wish that this community, which you two have so assiduously helped to create, takes care and stays healthy.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupefaite

    I wonder if le personnel soigant includes only infirmier(e)s (as my dictionary suggests). I get the impression that it may be a wider notion.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    "Le personnel soignant" includes "les médecins, les infirmiers(-ières), les aide-soignant(e)s".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    Problème résolu, merci !


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louradour5

    Merci beaucoup


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach_Perso1

    This is neat! Ill have to remember some of these! :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martino464996

    How can I wish a good healing to my friends ill


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Summerstor5

    Jesus était placé en quarantaine et envoyé au desert de passer quarantaine jours et quarantaine nuits.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anne737429

    This is great - thank you!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I.am.Hanna.1234

    J'aime bien cette liste de vocabulaire, même si je deja connais beaucoup de mots hahaha (J'apprend le Francais pour un peu plus de 10 ans mdr). Merci beaucoup :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    "J'apprends le français depuis un peu plus de 10 ans"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sergey_Musatov

    Hello Sitesurf and CommeuneTexane (Tex)! That is a very useful and practical post to spend time on during carantine, can I borrow it (text) to share in our Russian-French community? Thanks!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    Of course, you can share it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quentin109300

    Very useful thanks !


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theodenpla

    Le truc c'est que ca n'affecte pas le site internet Duolingo ( À moins que les employés pour Duolingo arrête de travailler ça serait une catastrophe!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lifeincaffeine

    Merci pour cette vocabulaire!

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