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 hannibete on Tue, 25/04/2023 - 19:43


Hardly I get a cold, thank God. But when it happens, I used to drink garlic and lemon tea. It's horrible, I know! But it works, I swear!

Submitted by Sliang on Tue, 04/04/2023 - 06:14


I typically get a cough or cold once or twice a year. When it happens, I usually take lozenges to relieve my sore throat and just let my body heal naturally. By the way, I find that daily conversation is much simpler than long monologues. I learnt some new words form this conversation, syrup, lozenges, antibiotics.

Submitted by FatCat03 on Thu, 12/01/2023 - 08:47


Sometimes, I have heavy coughs. I use syrups, lozenges and tablets for cough.

Submitted by Abu23 on Thu, 05/01/2023 - 16:30


Every year I have cough and recommend syrup for me.

Submitted by Eman Samir on Fri, 02/12/2022 - 08:53


How often do you get a cough or a cold? What do you recommend?
I usually get a cough or a cold in winter two or three times. I recommend taking or having syrup and having hot drinks such as anise for a cough.For a cold, I think the most important thing to do is to take a bed rest, then have a medicine to relieve pains, also have hot drinks, and chicken soup.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 08:50


At the moment, I am writing this topic, I have the flu and favor including headache and dizziness. I have got the flu and cold a week ago, and still, they have not recovered completely. I went to the pharmacy and bought some medicine, here in our place the chemist usually gives you antibiotic medicine without a prescription as well. I wish I recover soon from them.

Submitted by Larry01 on Sun, 11/09/2022 - 06:39


I don't often caught except when I swallow the wrong way

Submitted by ivanricardo07 on Wed, 24/08/2022 - 00:40


I hardly ever get a cough or a cold, and when this happens is owing to that I was in touch which a drizzly, pour down, or cold wind. In other cases, I suffer a cough when I had been exposed to sudden temperature changes. In addition to lozenges, syrup, and other kinds of medicines and treatments I recommend staying warm in winter.

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


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


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.