Conversations About Health Problems
Here are two practice dialogues about health problems.
I have a bad cold and runny nose
Ruth: You don’t look so good. What happened?
Maria: I’ve a bad cold and a runny rose. I think I’m also running a temperature.
Ruth: Poor girl! Are you taking any medicine?
Maria: Nothing so far. Have you got anything that would make me feel better?
Ruth: Well, let me see.
Maria: OK, but quick!
Ruth: I’ve brought something for you.
Maria: Great! Bring it on.
Ruth: Here’s some cold and flu medicine. They should reduce your temperature and ease some discomfort.
Maria: Thank you. I appreciate it.
Ruth: That’s okay but don’t forget to take plenty of fluids.
I have got a nasty cough
Storyline: Vicky is worried that his cough has gotten deeper. So he goes to a doctor.
Doctor: Hi, how are you feeling?
Vicky: Horrible. I’ve a nasty cough. It gets worse at night so I can’t sleep at all.
Doctor: Do you also have a fever?
Doctor: OK. Let me listen to your chest. Please take a deep breath… exhale. Inhale…exhale. You’ve some congestion in your lungs. By the way, do you cough stuff up?
Vicky: A little, but not much.
Doctor: Well, I’ll give you some medicines to ease the chest congestion. Here’s the prescription.
Vicky: OK. Thank you.
Doctor: That’s all right and don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid cool drinks altogether.
Vicky: You got it.