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"sick as a dog" = very sick

"She has been sick as a dog for a week, and she really needs to see a doctor."

"run down" = very tired and exhausted

"Jeff is feeling run down, so he decided not to come to the party."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Medical Advice: What's the Matter?
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Name several illnesses that keep people from going to work or school. Then, discuss the symptoms for each and remedies and treatments for curing the problem.

HELPFUL TIP: People often have their own home remedies for different ailments. Some people eat hot chicken soup when they have a cold. Give it a try.

home remedy

2. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and then answer the questions.

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1. What's the matter with Steve?
A. He has a cold.
B. He has the flu.
C. He has a stomachache.

2. How long has Steve been sick?
A. since Friday
B. since Saturday
C. since Sunday

3. How often should Steve take the medicine the doctor prescribes?
A. three times a day with meals
B. four times a day before meals
C. three times a day after meals

4. What does Carla suggest he do?
A. take herbal medicine
B. see another doctor
C. eat chicken soup

5. What does Steve decide to do?
A. talk to another friend
B. listen to Carla's suggestion
C. see the same doctor again

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Think of a time during the last year when you got really sick. What was the problem? Did you go to the doctor? If so, what did the doctor tell you to do, eat, or buy to get better? If you didn't go to the doctor, what did you try to recover from your illness?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

What home remedies do you have in your country for the following illnesses or situations? Search for information in books or online to help you answer this question:

  • cold
  • stomachache
  • hangover
  • hiccups
  • sore throat

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