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"break down" = lose emotional control and often cry

"The family broke down when they heard the tragic news."

"under the weather" = feeling tired or sick

"Grandma was really under the weather for about a week, but she's feeling better now."

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Hospital Stay
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficulthospital careconversationman - woman02:43

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some common reasons why people have to be hospitalized? How long do people need to stay in the hospital for these medical conditions? What things do you look for when choosing a hospital for your care?

HELPFUL TIP: Getting health insurance can protect you when you incur unexpected major medical expenses.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. The car accident happened when the car ______________.
A. ran off the road with another car
B. was hit by another vehicle
C. crashed into a parked truck

2. What injuries were NOT mentioned in the conversation?
A. a punctured lung
B. broken bones
C. burns

3. The woman in the other vehicle might have ______________.
A. fallen asleep
B. slid on some ice
C. had a heart attack

4. Sarah might have to remain in the hospital for ___________.
A. a few days
B. two weeks
C. over a month

5. It appears that the other woman _______________.
A. may require more time to recover
B. may not live due to injury
C. could recover quite quickly

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe a time when you or a family member was hospitalized. Answer these questions:

  1. Why were you hospitalized?
  2. How long were you in the hospital?
  3. What kind of tests or procedures were done as part of your care?
  4. Did you have a private room, or did you share a room with other patients?
  5. How would you describe your overall experience?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Find a hospital near you and find information about the following:

  1. What questions should you ask before you are admitted for a major operation?
  2. What hospital ratings does the hospital have?
  3. Does the hospital specialize in any particular medical procedures? If so, what are they?
  4. What special services does the hospital provide (e.g., physical therapy, hearing aids, nutrition services, etc.)?

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