Lesson 53: Talk About Your Health

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: your health. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about health.

Kevin:
Dorothy, do you think you will live to be a ripe old age?
Dorothy:
I hope so! I will need to watch my health.
Kevin:
Do you have any allergies?
Dorothy:
Yes, I get hay fever every year during the Spring season.
Kevin:
Do you have to take medicine?
Dorothy:
Yes, I have a prescription.
Kevin:
Do you get a medical check-up every year?
Dorothy:
Yes, I do. It’s important to make an appointment with your doctor once a year.
Kevin:
Do you know your blood type?
Dorothy:
My blood type is O positive. Other than my hay fever, my doctor gave me a clean bill of heath.

Vocabulary

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

ripe old age (phrase) being old; used especially to talk about someone living a long healthy life
My grandmother is a ripe old age of 96.
watch my health (phrase) used to express that you take care of your health, eat good, and exercise
I watch my health so I don’t get sick.
allergies (n – plural) medical problem from touching, eating, or breathing something that doesn’t make other people sick
I have allergies to dog and cat hair.
hay fever (n) to become sick from breathing in plant pollen; to get sick like a cold
Every year in April my hay fever starts.
medicine (n) usually a pill or liquid used to treat someone who is sick or to relieve pain
She takes medicine to help with the pain in her back.
prescription (n) an official note from a medical doctor to buy medicine to treat a sickness or pain
The doctor gave my mom a prescription for her high blood pressure.
medical check-up (n) an examination by a medical doctor to make sure a person is healthy
Everyone should get a medical check-up once a year.
appointment (n) an agreement to meet someone at a specific time
I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow.
blood type (n) the category of blood a person has in their body; there are eight blood types
My blood type is A negative.
clean bill of health (idiom) a report that a person or animal is healthy
The doctor gave my dad a clean bill of health.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What are some allergies people can have?
    1. Some people have allergies to animal hair.
    2. I have an allergy to grass.
    3. Your answer:
  2. How do you set up a medical appointment in your country?
    1. I call my doctor’s office and make an appointment with the receptionist.
    2. Most doctors have an online process to make appointments.
    3. Your answer:
  3. How can someone watch their health?
    1. people can watch their health by exercising daily.
    2. Most people watch their health by getting medical check-ups once a year.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Are your parents healthy?
    1. Even though my parents are a ripe old age of 76 and 81, they are generally healthy.
    2. My parents are in good health but have some diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you take medicine for a medical problem?
    1. The only medicine I take is when I have a headache or backache.
    2. If I have a cold, I go to the doctor to get a prescription.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

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. Do you always eat healthy food? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think everyone should get a medical check-up every year? Why or why not?
  3. Why is it important to exercise?
  4. Which disease scares you the most? Why?
  5. How do you treat a cold when you have one?

Wrap-up

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

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