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At the chemist

Listen to a conversation at a chemist's to practise and improve your listening skills.

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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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I'm not used to get colds in my life, bacause I consider I have good antibodies. But, once I get it, I usually drink a lot of water looking for evacuate the phlegm soon. If I have a serious cough, maybe a syrup helps me as well. However, I hope get rid it by my own.

Throughout my life, I have not had any colds or coughs. However, when I catch a cold it is horrible because I can do anything.
So, when my friends or family are sick, I tell them "You should go to the doctor" because it is very important that they receive advice and recommendations from experts.

Its no common that I get a cought or a cold, but when I get it I use to take syrup and drink hot drinks.

And a lot of paper around me, that's

For me , I usually get a cough or a cold once in a year. It's yearly . Especially after a long night bath and in rainy days . Mostly , my cough keeps 4 or 5 days . That's disgusting . At that time , I take both syrup and lozenges , drink warm water and no shower . But if the cough stays for days with you , you should go see the doctor.

During one year I don't have cold or cough. During covid I aware more for my health and I care it. So I don't have cough or cold since one year.

I don`t get a cough for a long time now. I think the last one was two years ago.

i often get a cold when i have stress or anxiety and i eat tables.

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.

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

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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