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 rakha_khansa on Thu, 18/08/2022 - 11:58

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i got cold almost every morning, its because i hava an allergic to cold temperature, it will make me cant stop sneezing. when im facing that situation, usually i'll boiled water with smashed or sliced ginger in it, then i drink the water. or i make a steam, simple steam, por the boiled water into a basin, put some aromatic therapy oil, breathe the hot steam from the water, it will smooth my breath bcs of the cold

Submitted by Thanh Thien on Sun, 14/08/2022 - 09:55

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Every year I'll catch flu once or twice and it takes me 5 to 7 days to heal. My recommendation for treatment is to get more sleep and eat more nutritious food. You are also recommended to drink water, especially hot water if you get a cough or a sore throat. I avoid taking medicine as I don't think using tablets whenever you get a cold will be good for your health.

Thanks for your reading.

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 18:39

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I usually get a cold once a year. When I get a cold, I often visit a doctor to prescribe some drug for me to heal faster.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Tue, 26/07/2022 - 14:20

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I don't usually get colds. But when I do, I recommend drinking lots of water, lemon juice with panela and resting.

Submitted by Jeedapa on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 16:48

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Not very often, just only when the weather changes.

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Submitted by Magedelabd on Mon, 06/06/2022 - 06:18

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Hello everyone . I often get cold two or three times a year . And I think it always been transferred from my wife to me . My recommendation for treatment is to drink hot staff and do not take any medicine. thanks and stay without cold pleads .

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 08:41

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I get cold in the winter when the weather is cold and there are viruses in the air. I try to put on hot clothes and eat nutritious food that contains ingredients like protein and vitamins.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Thu, 13/01/2022 - 21:12

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I usually get a cough or a cold each 2 months, I have to sleep a lot (maybe more than 10 hours) during 4 days so that I can feel much better.

Submitted by misty on Sun, 09/01/2022 - 03:23

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I seldom get a cold and cough but If I get it, it takes a month to treat. That is why I eat balanced food most of the time. I make sure that I eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and drink a lot of water. I avoid sweets, canned foods, and any preservatives.

Submitted by Ray Tam on Mon, 03/01/2022 - 00:57

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Every year I’ll catch flu once or twice during the season changing from Autumn to Winter. If it’s not so heavy, I’ll go to pharmacy to buy lozenges to take as soon as possible.
However, if it comes with soar throat and headache, I’d really see a doctor immediately.