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.

Preparation

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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 mo-tarik on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 17:24

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Every winter when temperature is low I usually get cold. In that case I use home remedies and I change my diet: eat more vegies and fruits especially citrus.

Submitted by German on Fri, 26/02/2021 - 02:12

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I rarely get cough or cold. I try care me and to have good clothes for the winter. I like wear good clothes like sueters and scarfs. Here in Bogotá generally the weather is cold and we have to wear clothes that don´t allow that you get a cold

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 22:51

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I get a strong cold once a year the doctor recommends me to take some medicine and a few days bed rest.
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Submitted by kate050186 on Sun, 07/02/2021 - 19:33

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Fortunately I don't have a cold very often, usually once a year. I stay at home and drink a lot of water, tea with honey and sore throat tablets:)

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 18:02

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Fortunatately I rarely get a cough or a cold, perhaps because I live in a town with mild climate, where it's no much cold in winter. But, if I have a cold, I stay at home and I take a hot drink.

Submitted by Aroooma on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 19:46

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I get cold and sort throte in the cold weather also get fever but I prefer take a natural drinks ruther than medications, like ginger with lemon or orange jusie and t,its perfect.Surly take rest is important for Patient

Submitted by Roberto Dur on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 13:16

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It is very common to me to get a cold, as I live in a tropical country I use warm beverages, they really help, only if they fail then I go to try syrups

Submitted by Fatii on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 10:52

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For me,I rarely have a cold or a cough, but when I get one or both of them in the same time, I prefer first to try a home remedies, like have a hot thyme drink, or drink a hot water with lemon or honey, I olso inhalation of the steam of boiling eucalyptus leaves. As for medicines it be the last choice, when the home remedies can't help me to recover.

Submitted by marlio96 on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 03:10

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I don't get often cold or cough, it's very rare when I am sick, but I remember some time ago when I got a cold, I took some lozenges and my cold became worse than before I took it, even I started to cough, I wouldn't have taken that pill if my cousin hadn't recommended it to me, so I don't recommend the lozenges for cold or cough, I prefer the syrup, it's a little more expensive than lozenges but is better such as the chemist on the audio said.
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Submitted by El Cuy Mágico on Mon, 18/01/2021 - 23:52

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I usually don’t get a cough or a cold. Maybe once per year, but to avoid it I try to exercise regularly and eat balanced. When I feel about to get sick I always drink hot lemon juice with kion before go to bed. Moreover I usually chew and swallow the kion. It isn’t that pleasant but it helps you feel better quickly. It lasts two or three days to do effect. ¡A greeting from Cuzco!