How To Talk About The Coronavirus In English: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Example Sentences

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The Coronavirus is all over the news but it’s not here to stay. You know what IS here to stay? That’s right – English.
In this episode, I explain how to pronounce some of the most common words people use when viruses like the Coronavirus make our lives miserable.

Coronavirus: kuh-row-nuh vai-r’s (IPA: kəˈroʊnə ˈvaɪrəs)
Outbreak: awt-breik (IPA: ˈaʊtbreɪk)
Contagious: k’n-tei-j’s (IPA: kənˈteɪdʒəs)
Contract: k’n-chrakt (IPA: kənˈtʃrækt)
Restrictions: ruh-schrik-sh’nz (IPA: rəˈstrɪkʃənz)
Precautions: pruh-kaa-sh’nz (IPA: prəˈkɑːʃənz)
Quarantine: kwor-uhn-teen (IPA: ˈkwɔːrəntiːn)
Symptoms: sim(p)-t’mz (IPA: ˈsɪmtəmz)
Contained: k’n-teind (IPA: kənˈteɪnd)
Vaccine: vak-seen (IPA: vækˈsiːn)

Now I encourage you to watch the video and listen to the way they’re pronounced, but most importantly to practice them. And if there are other words that you find difficult to pronounce, let me know in the comments below.

Stay safe and if you have the virus – I hope it’ll be behind you ASAP.

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5 Comments on “How To Talk About The Coronavirus In English: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Example Sentences”

  1. Hi Hadar, Again a superb video of high actuality. At a discussion we ought to no the basic vocabulary. To prevent some confusions it’s perhaps useful to point out that the epithet “corona” signs a family of viruses not just the single one has originated in Wuhan. But the name is really proper to call the now spreading one.

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