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 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.

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 18:39


I usually get a cold once a year. When I get a cold, I often visit a doctor to prescribe some drug for me to heal faster.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Tue, 26/07/2022 - 14:20


I don't usually get colds. But when I do, I recommend drinking lots of water, lemon juice with panela and resting.

Submitted by Jeedapa on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 16:48


Not very often, just only when the weather changes.

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Submitted by Magedelabd on Mon, 06/06/2022 - 06:18


Hello everyone . I often get cold two or three times a year . And I think it always been transferred from my wife to me . My recommendation for treatment is to drink hot staff and do not take any medicine. thanks and stay without cold pleads .

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 08:41


I get cold in the winter when the weather is cold and there are viruses in the air. I try to put on hot clothes and eat nutritious food that contains ingredients like protein and vitamins.

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.