|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Name several illnesses that keep people from going to work or school. Then, discuss the symptoms for each and remedies and treatments for curing the problem.
HELPFUL TIP: People often have their own home remedies for different aliments. Some people eat hot chicken soup when they have a cold. Give it a try.
Carla: So, how are things going, Steve?
Steve: Well, to be honest Carla, I was feeling great on Saturday, but I started to feel sick Sunday afternoon. I thought I’d get better, but I feel worse than before. And I’m really worried because I’m scheduled to give a presentation at work on Friday, so I have to be better by then.
Carla: Well, what seems to be the problem?
Steve: Well, I thought I had the flu, but the doctor said it was just a bad cold. He gave me some cold medicine to take care of my stuffy nose and fever. I’m supposed to take the medicine three times a day after eating, but it doesn’t seem to help. He also told me to stay off my feet for a day or so, but I’m so busy these days.
Carla: Listen, forget about that medicine! I have just the thing to get rid of bad colds. You see, my mom is really into herbal medicine.
Steve: Oh, no thanks.
Carla: Ah, come on! Give it a try. You just take some of my mom’s herbal tea and drink it four times a day. Believe me. You’ll be up and dancing around in no time.
Steve: Dancing around in no time, right? Well, I guess. Nothing else seems to be doing the job.
Carla: Great. I’ll come by your place at 7:30. See you then.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- flu (noun): informal for influenza, like a very bad cold with chills and fever
– Sometimes, doctors have to be very discreet when talking with their family about patients.
- stuffy (adjective): closed or blocked
– I have a really stuffy nose and can’t breathe very well.
- be supposed to (verb): expected to do something
– She was supposed to stay in bed and rest, but she went to work instead.
- seem (verb): appear
– My dad didn’t seem very sick this morning, but he got worse during the rest of the day.
- stay off your feet (idiom): put into action
– If you want to get better, you have to stay off your feet for a few days.
- get rid of (phrasal verb): do away with, eliminate
– Try my garlic soup. It’ll help get rid of your bad stuffy nose.
- come on: said to encourage someone to do something
– Come on! Call and make an appointment to see the doctor. You’re not going to get better on your own.