Did you know that, generally, British people don’t like to disturb the doctor unless they are at death’s door?! We tend to just take a couple of paracetamol and ‘soldier on’. We also don’t like to bother anyone else with our illness so these are the English phrases we might use if someone asks if we’re ok:
English phrases for talking about illness
Ooh, you sound poorly.
Oh I’m fine, just a bit under the weather.
Wow, you sound rough!
Oh, it’s just a cough. I’ll live!
Oh, poor you. You sound awful!
You mean my cold? It’s nothing a good night’s sleep won’t fix.
Are you alright?
Yeah yeah, it’s just the sniffles.
Ooh, you should go home and rest.
Oh no. I’ll be fine once the paracetamol kicks in!
Practise these English phrases for talking about illness
These are all typical ‘real English’ responses. If you can, practise these mini-dialogues with a willing partner. Person A (yellow) should be very worried and use a sympathetic tone of voice. Person B (blue) should be ‘brave and uncomplaining’! Then you will sound like a native English speaker!
Of course, if you want to take a day off work (skive or pull a sickie as we say), you would use very different English vocabulary 🙂 I will write a post for you on that soon!
When was the last time you were ill? Are you the type of person to complain or ‘soldier on’? Let me know by writing a sentence in the comment box below 🙂