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 vanenglish on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 02:58

Hello. I'm an allergic person, the symptoms of allergy are similiar to a cough or cold, so I can´t notice which one is which one. I have twice allergies per month. To avoid cough or cold I recommend you to eat citric food, such as orange, lemon, tomato, etc.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 13:27

I have flu... often :/ Even just before 1 week I was sick...and I was isolate at home, like prevention. I try to drink a lot of fluids, squееze lemon and drink, I try to drink tea with ginger, honey and lemont...but not too hot. I use syrup when I have gough, lozengets because I have and sore throat and nose drops, more vitamins, if I don`t have vitamins I eat many fruts and make different salad at home :)

Submitted by conejo on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 03:36

I am a very healthy Woman, but if I get a cough or a cold, if I feel really bad I might need go to the hospital. Then I try to take care of myself and eat healthy food every Day and do some exercise.

Submitted by César Árraga on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 01:26

To be honest I got a cold the last week due to change of seasons (summer to autumn). I went to chemist, next he gave me a pair of tablets and then I came back home immediately because of the lockdown on throughout the country.
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Submitted by Nikolaos Stavr… on Sun, 22/03/2020 - 10:17

Hi!! I don't get a cold or a cough very often. Anyway, if I have a cough or if I get a cold I drink green tea and buy from the chemist a box of lozenges or a syrup. Sometimes it's possible to have a fiver and a really bad headache then I have to see a doctor. I can't get antibiotics without a prescription. Finally at this time because of the situation of coronavirus everybody with cough and fever or a sore throat may have to self-isolate, again to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and call a doctor. Nikolaos

Submitted by Crunch01 on Mon, 09/03/2020 - 11:53

I live in Jura Mountain, and the snow is too cold. I am not often sick because it is very dry. If you wear hot clothes and you eat good foods to our region ( cheese, meal) you are never sick.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Wed, 26/02/2020 - 14:29

I haven't suffered a cold this year but occasionally cough. Currently, traditional medicine has progressed in the universities of Iran, and when I sick, use some medicinal plants.
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Submitted by Smiley1 on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 14:00

I usually get a cold every year. But strangely enough, I haven't got a cold yet since I take a sauna regularly.
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Submitted by mehrazin on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 17:25

How often do you get a cough or a cold? What do you recommend? fortunately i have seldom got a cold or a cough, but iv got a cold 3 month ago. I recommend the consumption of the natural vitamin c , strongly. I myself drink the mix of orange and kiwi juice . 4 glasses a day when I feel getting a cold. one of the other useful prescription for you is eating the steamed pomegranate and the steamed turnip, never forget to consume lemon and garlic as the so helpful in order to treat in time , it makes you revive and you see how you are energetic again ,then the symptoms of disease disappeared .as possible as you can you should avoid to consume chemical medication and antibiotic . they just make your immune system weak.