Topic: Health



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: HealthFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

medical check-ups an examination of a person made by a doctor to make sure the person is healthy
e.g. I usually go in for a check-up once a year.
healthcare system a system designed to prevent or treat illness, involving doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.
e.g. It’s important to see if a country’s healthcare system is really helping its people.
Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is a healthcare reform law that expands and improves access to healthcare in the US.
hypochondriac a person who is often worried about being ill
e.g. My brother is a real hypochondriac. Every time he reads about some new disease, he thinks he has it.
secondhand smoke smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., that can be inhaled by people who are near the person who is smoking
e.g. Secondhand smoke can be especially harmful to children’s health because their lungs still are developing.
over-the-counter a medicine available for purchase without a special note (called a prescription) from a doctor
e.g. Tylenol is an example of over-the-counter medication.
prescribe to officially tell someone to use (a medicine, therapy, diet, etc.) as a remedy or treatment
e.g. His doctor prescribed a pain reliever after he broke his arm.
FDA(Food and Drug Administration) a part of the US government that tests, approves, and sets standards for foods, drugs, chemicals, and household products
e.g. The new medicine has not yet been approved by the FDA.
acupuncture A method of relieving pain or curing illness by placing needles into a person’s skin at particular points on the body
e.g. Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine.
benign/malignant cancer Benign cancer is a type of cancer that does not cause death or serious injury. In contrast, malignant cancer is very dangerous, can spread rapidly, and can cause death.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What do you do to stay healthy?
  2. Are you worried about your health?
  3. What do you usually do when you get ill?
  4. Describe the medical system in your country. Are you satisfied with the current system? If you are not satisfied, what can be improved?
  5. Do many people smoke in your country?
  6. How do people get medicine in your country?
  7. Which disease causes the most death in your country? What can be done to prevent that disease?
  8. Have you or people you know ever had an operation? Describe what it was like.
  9. What alternative health therapies do you know of? What do you think of them?
  10. Gandhi said, “It is health that is real wealth and not piece of gold and silver.” Do you agree? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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