Coronavirus and Local Languages: How do you say, "wash your hands"?


COVID-19 doesn't care what language you speak.

All of us are at risk. But millions of people who speak lesser-known languages don't have a single resource on COVID-19 yet. The information gap is enormous – and lives are at stake.

"Wash your hands" isn't enough to combat this pandemic, but it's already more than some communities are hearing. Below you can learn how to say it in 635 different languages and counting. You can also download our hand-washing posters to share in print or on social media.

Spread the word, not the virus.

Are you multilingual?

Help us translate key guidelines into as many languages as possible! See current translations of COVID-19 materials.

Know something we don't? Submit an addition or correction.

File worksheet_for_translating_coronavirus_book.docx

Know something we don't? Submit an addition or correction »

About Ethnologue Ethnologue is the research center for language intelligence. We help our clients identify languages, find where they’re spoken, get population estimates, and more.
See Features »