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


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


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


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.

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 29/12/2021 - 14:33


Luckily for me, I don't get coughs or a colds very often, indeed I've rarely get one in the winter where it's colder here than the rest of the year, but when I've got a cough and a cold I try to not take any medicine unless I have a sore throat and headaches, in that case I usually drink a lot of hot mallow tea with a bit of lemon juice and thin slices of ginger, if that doesn't make me feel better in a couple of days I usually call a doctor. For the sore throat only I recommend the Ivy syrup and warm soup made with vegetables like celery, onion and garlic.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by azharbgskr on Wed, 22/12/2021 - 15:26


I very rarely get cough or cold. Maybe I experience it once every four months. When I am sick, I usually rest and take medicine.

Submitted by vuhoap on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 12:44


I rarely get a cough or a cold. I get a cold once a year. When I get it, it really hurts me and make me a headache or to be dizzy. So I have to see a doctor for treatment. I recommend you to use plasters or tablets that is in a prescription of doctor. I think that is more effective than self-treatment.

Submitted by ceehinh on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 14:53


How often do you get a cough or a cold? What do you recommend?
To be honest, I have hardly ever got a cough or a cold, just once a year. because my country is in a tropical area, it's lucky for me to not get a cough or something like that. sometimes, I also have got a cough when the season changes. I usually drink lemon juice, orange juice,... to add vitamin C and push resistance training.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 13:09


No, I have never cough since 2 years. I'm always wear mosk when I go to out. I don't eat ice Cream, cold things since 2 years.

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Submitted by iEdd on Wed, 14/07/2021 - 23:49

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.