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1. Vocabulary

  • I feel terrible.
  • vomiting
  • I have diarrhea. [,daɪə’riə]
  • patient
  • make an appointment
  • dizzy [‘dɪzɪ]
  • nauseous [‘nɔːsɪəs]
  • sore throat

Making a doctor’s appointment
[SALLY] Pam, are you okay?
[PAM] No. I feel terrible.
[SALLY] What’s up?
[PAM] I’ve been vomiting all night.
[SALLY] Oh, you poor thing. You need to call a doctor.
[PAM] I know.
[SALLY] Hey. Uh, I have to go, but I’ll call you later to see how you are.
[PAM] Hello
[RECEPTIONIST] Good morning. Doctor Brennan’s office.
[PAM] Hi. My name’s Pam James. I’m a patient of Doctor Brennan’s.
[RECEPTIONIST] Oh, yes. Ms. James. How can I help you?
[PAM] I’m sick. I want to make an appointment to see the doctor today.
[RECEPTIONIST] What seems to be the problem?
[PAM] I’ve been vomiting. And I, uh, have diarrhea.
[RECEPTIONIST] I’m very sorry to hear that. How long has this been going on?
[PAM] All night. It started about 3 in the morning.
[RECEPTIONIST] Oh, dear. Will you be able to get to the doctor’s office okay?
[PAM] Yeah, I think so.
[RECEPTIONIST] Okay. Let me just have a look here. The doctor has some time at 1 o’clock. Could you make it then?
[PAM] Is there anything earlier?
[RECEPTIONIST] No, I’m sorry. The doctor’s really busy today.
[PAM] Okay. One o’clock is fine.
[RECEPTIONIST] Great. So, we’ll see you at 1 o’clock. Take care.
[PAM] Thank you.

2. Expressions

 
I have a headache, and I’m dizzy.
I have a stomachache, and I feel nauseous.
I have a bad cough and a sore throat.
 
I had a fever last night.
I have diarrhea.
I’ve been vomiting.
How have you been feeling?
How long has this been going on?
I’ve been vomiting all night.
 
I’ve been feeling sick for three days.
I’ve been having problems sleeping.
Good morning. I’m a patient of Doctor Brennan’s.
I want to make an appointment to see the doctor.
What seems to be the problem?
I’ve been feeling nauseous and tired.
The doctor has some time at 1 o’clock.
Is there anything earlier?

2.1 have

  • I have a fever.
  • He has diarrhea.
  • She has a bad cough.

2.2 sore、-ache

  • I have a sore throat.
  • He has a headache.
  • I have a stomachache.

2.3 be、feel

  • I’m dizzy. I feel dizzy.
  • She’s nauseous. She feels nauseous. [‘nɔːsɪəs]

I’ve been vomiting for about an hour.

3. Reading

I feel terrible. I didn’t sleep last night because I had a bad fever . I was just too hot! I have a bad cough , too – maybe because I smoke? My colleagues always complain about the noise I make, but I can’t answer them because I have a sore throat and I can’t speak. I didn’t eat all day because I felt nauseous and I had a stomachache , and every time I wanted to stand up, I couldn’t because I was so dizzy.

  • I have been feeling very bad for the last two days.
  • I have been having problems sleeping.
  • Have you been experiencing any other problems?