Vocabulary Lessons

Doctor's Office"

Introduction

When you get sick, you might have to make an appointment to visit a doctor for a physical checkup. Talking to the doctor and explaining your symptoms might not be too difficult unless you are talking in a different language than your own. Furthermore, just finding a doctor can be a challenging experience. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find sample sentences and related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. clinic
  2. co-payment
  3. doctor's office
  4. examination room
  5. health insurance
  6. hospital
  7. medical condition
  8. medical exam
  9. medical history
  10. medicine
  11. nurse
  12. patient
  13. prescription
  14. side effects
  15. symptoms
  16. consult a doctor
  17. get a shot
  18. make an appointment
  19. take your temperature

Practice

Be sure to ask the doctor if there are any ______ to taking any medication. Otherwise, you run the risk of having complications, and the drugs that should be helping you feel better can make your condition worse.

If you think you are running a fever, then you ought to _______ to see how hot you are.

There are several ______ in the lobby waiting for medical exams.

Follow-Up Activity

What are some home remedies for helping you feel better if you have any of the following conditions: a headache, a cold, a fever, nausea (the feeling of throwing up), and a sore throat. For example, I often eat hot chicken soap when I have a cold.