Vocabulary Lessons

“Health Information”


Staying healthy is something we all try to do, but getting sick is sometimes unavoidable. Many people now seek online medical advice from doctors and Websites, and people even consider buying prescription medication online. 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, as seen in the example. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Illnesses that use the article “a/an”

  • cold
  • cough
  • cut
  • eye infection
  • fever
  • headache
  • stomachache
  • sore throat
  • toothache
  • sunburn
Illnesses that use the article “the”
  • flu
  • hiccups
  • measles
Illnesses that use no article
  • AIDS
  • cancer
  • diarrhea
  • dry skin
  • insomnia
  • malaria
  • eat right
  • get plenty of rest
  • go on a diet
  • put on a bandage
  • put on some ointment
  • take some aspirin
  • take some cough drops
  • take some medicine
  • stay physically fit


Heather has been running ______ for the past two days, and we can't seem to lower her temperature.

You ought to _______ on that cut before it gets infected.

Sasha has really _______ caused, in part, by this area's climate. She might want to buy some lotion to moisturize her hands.

Follow-Up Activity

What are some home remedies that you take for the following illnesses: a cold, the flue, a fever, a headache, nausea (a feeling of throwing up), and a sore throat. For example, some people eat hot chicken soup to fight a cold.