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Online Medical Information

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation on online medical advice and diseases. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: Hey, James. James? What's wrong? You don't look well at all. What's going on? What's up?

Man: Oh, I think I just have a bad cold.

Woman: Oh, you don't look like you have a bad cold. You look terrible. [ What? ] Your skin . . . oh my gosh. Look. It looks a little purple.

Man: What? What are you talking about?

Woman: Oh, no, James! Oh, no. Let me look. Oh, look right here, right here. Here it is. It talks about it . . . I saw this on the Internet. It says right here what you've got. [ What? ] Yeah. It says if you have purple skin [ Purple? It . . . You've got purple skin. Look in the mirror. It says it is a sign of a rare disease called the Burafa virus.

Man: Bura . . . Burafa virus? I've never heard of that? Come on. Woman: Well, you're just . . . you're just not well-read like I am. Look. Just have a look.

Man: What? Oh. What is this Web site?

Woman: Come on. Look. The owner is a well-known psychic named Dr. Simon.

Man: A . . . a psychic? What in the world makes this psychic a medical expert anyway?

Woman: Well, um . . . I don't know, but he says on his blog that he loves working with animals.

Man: Animals? What about humans? Forget it. I mean . . . [ Cough, cough. ]

Woman: Oh no! [ What? ] Wait, wait, wait. Let me look. Let me look. Oh, no. [ What? ] He said something about that cough.

Man: Ah. It's just a simple cough!

Woman: No, it's not. It's another symptom for the Burafa virus. You cough twice, not once or three times. You coughed twice, and that's a clear sign of the disease.

Man: That's nonsense.

Woman: You . . . you have the Burafa virus. It says so right here.

Man: So, what else does the Web site say?

Woman: Oh, no. [ What? ] Oh, no. Oh, James. [ What? ] It says that once the cough sets in, the person only has . . . . only . . . only, only a week to live.

Man: I've had enough. You're spending too much time online.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • rare (adjective): not common
    This disease is very rare in in this country.

  • come on: used in speech to show surprise or disbelief
    - Hey, come on. Don't damage your health by living such a poor lifestyle.

  • psychic (noun): a person who has special abilities to predict the future
    - I'm not a psychic. I can't tell if you're going to recover in two days or not.

  • expert (noun): a person who has special knowledge about a subject
    - The doctor is an expert on these types of diseases.

  • symptom (noun): a change in the body that shows a sign of a disease
    - What the symptoms of this type of illness?

  • nonsense (noun): an idea that is crazy, foolish, or completely untrue
    - Your reason for getting sick is complete nonsense. No one ever gets sick because they eat too many vegetables.

  • set in (verb): begin to be present of something that is usually unpleasant
    - Maria's illness really set in after she didn't go to the doctor for treatment.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]


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