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 mehrazin on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 17:25

How often do you get a cough or a cold? What do you recommend? fortunately i have seldom got a cold or a cough, but iv got a cold 3 month ago. I recommend the consumption of the natural vitamin c , strongly. I myself drink the mix of orange and kiwi juice . 4 glasses a day when I feel getting a cold. one of the other useful prescription for you is eating the steamed pomegranate and the steamed turnip, never forget to consume lemon and garlic as the so helpful in order to treat in time , it makes you revive and you see how you are energetic again ,then the symptoms of disease disappeared .as possible as you can you should avoid to consume chemical medication and antibiotic . they just make your immune system weak.

Submitted by JuanVillegas on Sat, 25/01/2020 - 14:19

In very rarely I have a cough or cold, usually I eat very well and take multivitamins, but in order to prevent this type of symptoms I drink a lot of orange juice.

Submitted by vidialzara on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 12:05

I don't know why but I usually get a cough during an exam. It disturbing me and makes me can't concentrate. I usually drink warm water with lime juice, honey, and cinnamon powder in it. It pretty much helping me to relieve the cough.
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Submitted by Dieudonné on Sat, 28/12/2019 - 10:42

I have a gastric reflux since august 2018 and so far I still have a reflux in the morning. because of of the acidity it really hurts, particularly my throat and tongue. I am tired with taking medicines. I can confirm that I loose the taste.
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Submitted by Mohamad-Altaha on Wed, 25/12/2019 - 19:32

I always catch a cold once a year in January, I do not use any chemical medicine, only lemon

Submitted by I P on Sat, 14/12/2019 - 19:32

I m not very often sick, but also have periods when the cold catch me. That is usually during summer, when I work every day, and in period between (ending summer and starting autmun). For me typically is cough (like my throat is the weakest part of me), it s hard, it lasts about week or two, so I use syrup or seawater, it really helps.

Submitted by Ame on Sun, 22/09/2019 - 23:59

I get sick up to three times a year of cough or cold and sometimes I get asthma. I recommend getting a flu shot and covering yourself when it's cold and avoid eating cold things.
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Submitted by Caterina Siligardi on Sat, 21/09/2019 - 17:10

Luckily, I seldom get a cold or a cough in the last years. But last winter I had a bad influence. I'm not keen on medicines, so I worried about staying in bed, drinking more, lowering the temperature with cold wraps of water on my forehead. For all antibiotics, it's absolutely needful a doctor's prescription! I strongly recommend it!

Submitted by Kenite Ray on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:32

I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening

Submitted by Siti Alawiah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:16

I have completed the lesson At the chemist. The level that I chose was B1 Intermediate Listening.