At the chemist

At the chemist

Listen to a conversation at a chemist's to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Chemist: Hello, can I help?

Customer: Yes, my wife sent me here. I, erm, need something for a sore throat … and I can't stop coughing. It really hurts.

Chemist: Do you have a headache too?

Customer: Not really, no.

Chemist: Well, we have this syrup. And these lozenges.

Customer: Which is better? 

Chemist: They're both good. The syrup is more expensive.

Customer: Oh, well … I'll take the lozenges, then. How many do I take?

Chemist: Just one.

Customer: Sorry, I'm sorry. Er, how often should I take it?

Chemist: Just one every four to six hours. Take it before mealtimes. Are you allergic to any medicine?

Customer: No.

Chemist: Then you'll be fine with this.

Customer: Can I get some antibiotics too?

Chemist: I'm afraid you need a prescription for that.

Customer: Ah.

Chemist: You know, you should really see a doctor if that cough continues.

Customer: Thanks. I know.

Chemist: Anything else?

Customer: No, thanks.

Chemist: That'll be £7.49 then, please.


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Submitted by naser.z on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 06:48

The first task at some of the course like this cours is incomplete. Please fix it

Hello naser.z

Do you mean the preparation task? To do this kind of task, you must always use the little white hands to move words into boxes. For example, if you put 'lozenges' in the second box, you must press on the small hand in the 'lozenges' box and then press in the second box. Then, if you want to move 'tablets' under 'lozenges', you must press on the small hand in the 'tablets' box and then press on top of the small hand in the 'lozenges' box. Then both words should stay there. Repeat this process with the other words.

Please let us know if that doesn't work for you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Soundtrip on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 03:17

Unfortunately, I have a cold once or twice a year. But recently I’ve been taken a pills as fast as I can when I start to feel a cold. That helps me prevent a cold on the first steps of an illness.

Submitted by Claudette Ndenzako on Sun, 07/07/2019 - 00:32

I don't get a cough very often. Once a year in winter I might catch a cold from children I teach or my own kids. I would get a chesty or dry cough for about a week and treat it with a cough mixture and lot of rest. And try to keep as warm as possible.

Submitted by Kinza123 on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 16:28

I must say that as we all know prevention is better than cure so we should take immediate action after learning signs for sore throat. We must know that there is nothing good in prolonging delay in taking any immediate remedy. The best and quick remedy which I suggest in this condition is a teaspoon of salt in fairly warm water and following the process of taking it iniside the throat and throwing outside the mouth and repeating this often 3 times a day and afterwards taking a tea and medicine if required

Submitted by maria.khazaee on Sun, 02/06/2019 - 15:31

in my opinion,when people get caught,the first action is to stay at home and rest &drink a lot of vitamin C and orange juice.if the sore throat continues,he/she should see a doctor to take a proper prescription.

Submitted by liaben on Fri, 17/05/2019 - 12:11

I hardly ever get a cold. If this happens, I drink a tea with medicine to alleviate the process.

Submitted by Leo123 on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 08:32

I usually have a cough or a cold in winter. I recommend a lot of vitamin C and a few days in a warm bed. I wish all good health.