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 Sharif Tayyebi on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 08:17

When I was a child, I usually had sore throat every summer time, and sometimes I experienced cough and cold every fall and winter. But I hadn't taken any medicine for that until I came to university. I usually ate onions for sore throat and got hot water for cough. Even if I had could, I usually preferred to take traditional medicines which was very helpful. After I came to university I couldn't find traditional medicines, so I had to take tablets or even sometimes I had to see a doctor and took medicines which he/she prescribed me. Now, I usually get sore throat in the summer or could and cough in the spring or fall. I usually take paracetamol, but sometimes I should see a doctor. I think we should avoid from taking medicines if it is possible. I hope your healthy for ever. Thanks, Tayyebi

Submitted by Nagato on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 17:27

This year I spent the winter in the desert the wether there is warm so i never got a cough or a sore throat , as specialist in this area I want to give an advice to every one have a cough or any illness that he should see a doctor and dont use the self medicine.

Submitted by Austin on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 06:09

I often get flu at least once in a year, especially in winter or raining season, normally I had some symptoms about cough, fever, runny nose, thus, I will take sick leave to rest more in-home and drink as much as water I can, keep myself warm, drink vitamin c, but if the cough and fever continue I will see a doctor, so this way I can overcome the flu.

Submitted by Massimo on Fri, 08/05/2020 - 08:16

Good morning, I usually get a sore throat when I sweat in the wind, it happened about once a year. But I’ve finally learned this thing and so I can just avoid it. It’s important for me swimming in the sea during the winter, cold water helps me to be better.
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Submitted by dinhhang on Fri, 08/05/2020 - 07:43

I often get flu as least once a year. I usually go to sleep early and drink a lot of water. I like to eat hot soup with ginger and pepper or chilly since it makes me sweat a lot then I feet better. And I also drink vitamin C, or drink orange juice. this way I can overcome the flu.

Submitted by BlaiChan on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 10:04

I often get a cough or a cold especially in the raining and winter season. I always put a great care in myself in either of those seasons. When I go outside I bundle up to keep body warmly, even stay home though. I drink tea with ginger , take soup and have fresh fruits. If the couch continues I go to see a doctor.
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Submitted by rerre on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 01:34

I used to have a terrible cough when I had sinus crisis. Homeopathy cured me.

Submitted by Gabriel Rojas Esté on Wed, 29/04/2020 - 16:24

Thank god I am quite healthy. So, I can’t remember when I got the last cough or cold. Maybe two years ago? If you got a cough or a cold I recommend you relief the pain whit an herbal tea, go to the nearest pharmacy and get syrup or lozenges. If the pain doesn’t stop you should go to a Doctor.

Submitted by teya10 on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 19:12

this year i had cold three time, to relieve myself i took a verbena tea and i ate oranges because it contains vitamine c and i took some aspirin wich is an anti-inflammatory because i had fever and headache

Submitted by Ahmed shady on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 19:59

i usually have a cold and flow in the winter season ..