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 Daudau0601 on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 04:45

i often have a score throat and cough. Actually, i'm having a score throat. It's so uncomfortable. But i don't drink medicine or syro, i hate it hihi
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Submitted by vanenglish on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 02:58

Hello. I'm an allergic person, the symptoms of allergy are similiar to a cough or cold, so I can´t notice which one is which one. I have twice allergies per month. To avoid cough or cold I recommend you to eat citric food, such as orange, lemon, tomato, etc.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 13:27

I have flu... often :/ Even just before 1 week I was sick...and I was isolate at home, like prevention. I try to drink a lot of fluids, squееze lemon and drink, I try to drink tea with ginger, honey and lemont...but not too hot. I use syrup when I have gough, lozengets because I have and sore throat and nose drops, more vitamins, if I don`t have vitamins I eat many fruts and make different salad at home :)

Submitted by conejo on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 03:36

I am a very healthy Woman, but if I get a cough or a cold, if I feel really bad I might need go to the hospital. Then I try to take care of myself and eat healthy food every Day and do some exercise.

Submitted by César Árraga on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 01:26

To be honest I got a cold the last week due to change of seasons (summer to autumn). I went to chemist, next he gave me a pair of tablets and then I came back home immediately because of the lockdown on throughout the country.
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Submitted by Nikolaos Stavr… on Sun, 22/03/2020 - 10:17

Hi!! I don't get a cold or a cough very often. Anyway, if I have a cough or if I get a cold I drink green tea and buy from the chemist a box of lozenges or a syrup. Sometimes it's possible to have a fiver and a really bad headache then I have to see a doctor. I can't get antibiotics without a prescription. Finally at this time because of the situation of coronavirus everybody with cough and fever or a sore throat may have to self-isolate, again to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and call a doctor. Nikolaos

Submitted by Crunch01 on Mon, 09/03/2020 - 11:53

I live in Jura Mountain, and the snow is too cold. I am not often sick because it is very dry. If you wear hot clothes and you eat good foods to our region ( cheese, meal) you are never sick.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Wed, 26/02/2020 - 14:29

I haven't suffered a cold this year but occasionally cough. Currently, traditional medicine has progressed in the universities of Iran, and when I sick, use some medicinal plants.
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Submitted by Smiley1 on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 14:00

I usually get a cold every year. But strangely enough, I haven't got a cold yet since I take a sauna regularly.