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Coronavirus Vaccine (1) لقاح فيروس كورونا Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Arabic Language, Vocabulary

A few days ago, the UK’s prime minister وزير خارجية المملكة المتحدة announced أعلن that the UK has authorised أن المملكة المتحدة قد وافقت على  the use of the COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer استخدام لقاح فايزر المُضاد لفيروس كورونا. With this news, UK has become أصبحت the first western country أول دولة غربية to approve تُقِرّ the use of the vaccine to protect against Covid-19 للحماية من فيروس كورونا.

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In this blog post (will be in 2 parts), we will be learning some key words and phrases related to the theme of vaccination. To do this, I chose an article from BBC Arabic that addresses this news about the vaccine.

To access the article, you can click here.

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Words around “Vaccine”

Let’s start first with the main word under discussion here, that is “Vaccine” > لُقَاحْ

  • To vaccinate someone (Verb) is to > يُلَقّحْ

The past simple is: لَقَّحَ

  • The process of vaccination is > تَلْقِيحْ
  • Another word that is interchangeably used with تلقيح is تَطْعِيمْ
  • The plural form of the word vaccine is: لُقَاحَاتْ

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*To help you start reading and understanding the article, you will find below a list of the key words (in Arabic and English) that appear in the article.


Key words (List A)*:

*There will be another list (more detailed) in the second part of this post.


يُوَفِّرُ حِمَايَة  offers protection

آمِنْ  safe

مَنْحُ اللُّقَاحْ  Giving the vaccine

المُسِنِّينْ  Elderly people

دُوَرُ الرِّعَايَة  care homes

جُرْعَة  dose

يَتِمُّ تَطْوِيرُهْ  is developed

وَزِيرُ الصِّحَّة  Health secretary

طَرْحُ اللُّقَاحْ  Vaccine rollout

أَوْلَوِيَّة  priority

 العَامِلُونْ  workers/ staff

قِطَاعُ الخَدَمَاتِ الاجْتِمَاعِيَّة  Social care sector

القِطَاعُ الصِّحِّي  Health sector

المُعَرَّضُونْ  The vulnerable

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*Now, let’s look at the two first paragraphs of the article, i.e. from word أصبحت  until القادم – in addition to the first chart that details the groups of people  معلومات عن الفئات who are going to take the vaccine first التي ستحصل على اللقاح أولًا.

After skimming through these two paragraphs, you can start working on this exercise:


*Exercise 1:

Complete the following sentences using the correct word(s)s from the article:


تمرين 1*

أكمل الجمل التالية بكلمة (أو كلمات) مناسبة



اللقاح الجديد ………  للاستخدام

The new vaccine is safe for use.


سيحصل كل شخص على ………… من اللقاح

Each person will get two doses of the vaccine.


………… سيبدأ إعطاء اللقاح خلال

The vaccination will start taking place within days.


ستبدأ عملية التلقيح مع بداية ……….. القادم

The process will start by the beginning of next week.


…………  ………….  …..  عدد الجرعات التي طلبتها بريطانيا ……..  لتلقيح

The number of doses that the UK ordered is enough to vaccinate 20 million people.



………   …………   تم إنتاج هذا اللقاح في مدة

The vaccine has been created in a period of ten months.

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*Correct answers (Exercise 1):

1 الإجابات الصحيحة – تمرين

١. آمِنْ

٢. جُرْعَتَيْنْ

٣. أَيَّامْ

٤. الأُسْبُوعْ

٥. كَافِيَة  – عِشْرِينَ مَلْيُونَ شَخْصًا

٦. عَشْرَةْ أَشْهُرْ

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Stay tuned to learn more about the news of the vaccine  😉

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About the Author: Hanan Ben Nafa

Hi, this is Hanan :) I'm an Arabic linguist. I completed my PhD in Linguistics - 2018. My PhD thesis was entitled Code-switching as an evaluative strategy: identity construction among Arabic-English bilinguals. I'm also a qualified public service translator & interpreter.