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Going to the Doctor – Listening Lesson

by Oli Redman on September 23, 2014 , No comments

Of course, we hope you don’t ever need to use English at the doctor’s, but if you do, you should know what to say. Learn useful English vocabulary to talk about illness and treatments in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English about going to the doctor.

Woman: So what can I do for you today?

Man: Well, I’ve been having1 really bad headaches, and sometimes I feel dizzy2.

Woman: How long have you been feeling like this?

Man: I think… About a week, maybe.

Woman: And did it start suddenly? Did anything happen which might have caused it?

Man: I don’t know. I’ve never felt like this before.

Woman: Okay, for today, I’ll give you a prescription3 for some painkillers4. Do you have any allergies5?

Man: No, not that I know of.

Woman: It’s just paracetamol. It’ll help you with the headaches. I’m also going to refer you to a specialist6 at the hospital. They’ll call you up to arrange an appointment.

Man: Do you think it’s something serious?

Woman: It could be a lot of things. If I were you, I’d just get plenty of rest; don’t overexert7 yourself, and wait for the appointment with the specialist next week.

Man: Okay, thank you, doctor.

Woman: Don’t forget your prescription!

Man: Oh, yes, thanks.

  1. The perfect continuous form (have been doing) indicates a repeated action.
  2. Dizzy = the feeling when your head is spinning
  3. A prescription is a piece of paper which a doctor gives you, and which you can use to buy medicine at the pharmacy.
  4. Painkillers are a kind of medicine that helps when something hurts, for example if you have a headache or a sore throat.
  5. If you have an allergy to something, it means you have a bad reaction. Allergies can be very dangerous. For example, some people are allergic to nuts, and will get very ill if they eat even one nut.
  6. This suggests that the woman is a general doctor (called a GP in the UK), and that she wants to send the man to a doctor with more specific knowledge.
  7. Overexert = work too hard, push yourself too hard

Match the phrases to make sentences

1) I think I’ll have to refer…a) …some painkillers
2) The doctor prescribed me…b) …really bad headaches recently
3) I’ve been having…c) …make sure you don’t overexert yourself
4) He’s allergic to…d) …you to a specialist
5) Get plenty of rest and…e) …seafood, so cook something else

Can you solve the anagrams (= words with the letters mixed up)?

  1. lothisap
  2. pentompinat
  3. zydiz
  4. karnilplei
  5. lyrelag
  1. d
  2. a
  3. b
  4. e
  5. c
  6. hospital
  7. appointment
  8. dizzy
  9. painkiller
  10. allergy
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