Lesson 23: Expressing Concern



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

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about concerns.

Kevin, are you alright?
I’m feeling a little under the weather. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling okay. I hope you get better soon.
Thanks for your concern.
How are your parents?
I worry about them sometimes because they live far away.
I worry about my parent’s health. My dad had a heart attack last year.
I hope he’s feeling better.
He’s doing a lot better, but he still has health issues.
It’s stressful sometimes when we have concerns about the people we love.


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

are you alright (complete sentence) to ask someone how they feel
Are you alright? Yes, I’m ok.
under the weather (idiom) not feeling well; a little sick or sad
I feel a little under the weather because I have a cold.
get better soon (phrase) said to someone who’s not feeling well or sick
I hope you get better soon.
concern (n) caring about a person or thing
I have a concern for homeless people living in the streets.
worry (v) to think about problems or fears; to feel concern
I worry about my children when they are at school.
heart attack (n) a serious medical problem with heart; pain in the heart
Her dad had a heart attack yesterday.
feeling better (phrase) an expression to someone who is sick
I hope you are feeling better soon.
 a lot better (phrase) an expression to someone who is sick; very much
I hope you are a lot better soon.
issues (n – plural) a problem or concern
I’m having issues with my car. It won’t start.
stressful (adj) making you feel worried or anxious
The English test was stressful.


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

  1. What would you say to someone who looked under the weather?
    1. You look tired. Are you okay?
    2. Is everything okay?
    3. Your answer:
  2. If someone said they were sick, what would you say to them?
    1. I hope you feel better.
    2. I’m worried about you. Did you see a doctor?
    3. Your answer:
  3. What are some things that are stressful?
    1. Driving in a big city is stressful.
    2. Seeing my parents sick is stressful.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What are some health issues people have?
    1. High blood pressure is a health issue.
    2. Some people have heart attacks.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What are some common concerns people in your country have?
    1. There are some concerns about the upcoming presidential election.
    2. Medical insurance is a concern.
    3. Your answer:


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 worry about?
  2. Why do people express concern for other people?
  3. What are some issues you have with your job or school?
  4. What do people say in your country to people who are sick?
  5. What is stressful for you?


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



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