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Một vài cách nói về sức khỏe trong tiếng Anh – Health related terms

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Feeling ill

  • I feel really rough.
  • I’m shattered.
  • I’m on my last legs.
  • You look poorly.
  • You look like death warmed up.
  • You’re looking peaky.

All these are informal expressions that indicate you are feeling ill or unwell, tired and exhausted.

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Feeling great

  • feel great! I’m on top of the world / I feel like a million dollars! – I couldn’t feel any better!
  • He’s glowing with health. – He looks very well.
  • I’m a picture of health. – There’s nothing at all wrong with me.

Common complaints

  • She’s sprained twisted her ankle / wrist. -She’s damaged her ankle or wrist in a fall.
  • She’s broken her arm. She’ll be in plaster for weeks. – Her broken limb is in a hard plaster cast.
  • My back aches / I’ve got backache – I have a sore back.
  • I’ve got toothache. / a headache. / a stomachache. – These are phrases using –ache to describe what hurts.
  • I feel sick. – I’m feeling nauseous.
  • I think I’ve got food poisoning. – I’ve eaten something bad and I feel unwell.
  • I’ve got a really bad cold. – I’ve got a temperature, a sore throat and a runny nose. [A typical English winter infection!]

Getting treatment

  • Make an appointment at the doctor’s / the GP. – Go and see the general practitioner.
  • I’ve been referred to a consultant at the hospital. – My doctor has arranged for me to see an expert at a hospital to help me recover.
  • I need a check-up at the hospital. / I need an X-Ray. / an examination. / a scan. – These are treatments you might need at a hospital.
  • I need to see the specialist– someone who knows about one health issue in particular.

On the medicine bottle

  • Consult your doctor if symptoms persist. – If you still feel ill after taking the medicine, see your doctor.
  • Do not take more than the stated dose. -Don’t take more [pills or medicine] than you’re told to.
  • Always read the label. – Make sure you take the advice given on the medicine container.
  • Keep out of the reach of children. – Do not let children play with the medicine or its container.

You will also hear:

‘She’s a pain in the neck!’ and ‘she’s a pain in the ears!’ (this is very impolite!) – This doesn’t mean she’s ill – it means she’s very annoying!

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