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 Kenite Ray on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:32

I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening

Submitted by Siti Alawiah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:16

I have completed the lesson At the chemist. The level that I chose was B1 Intermediate Listening.

Submitted by Zun Addwa bint… on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:14

"I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.
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Submitted by kamicounciler on Sun, 08/09/2019 - 18:24

i have got cold 3 or 4 times in a year for recent years,although for years before that i can say that was one time per year.i try stay home , get warm and use plenty of honey and lemons in warm water solution to handle it . ofcourse i may use antibiotics if it gets worse.actually i rarely see a doctor for a cold.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 18:20

I get a cough like three times a year and I just drink hot drinks for treatment.

Submitted by starfish2019 on Sun, 11/08/2019 - 11:03

How often do you get a cough or a cold? What do you recommend? I got a cough or a cold once in three months or six months time. If it is minor then I would recommend to take a cough syrup either with prescription one or non-prescription. I normally take Day Time and Night Time Cold and Flu Medicine (Made in USA) and that one is really good but if it is more severe then I would take stronger medicines and antibiotics, afterward I see a doctor.

Submitted by pam89 on Fri, 09/08/2019 - 11:41

I get a cough one or two time in a year. Usally, I take some tablets and sometimes a syrup. The most important think to do when we have a bad cough is stay at home in a warm place