Seeking medical help abroad is a common thing today. Unfortunately, language difficulties can directly affect your health. Therefore, we recommend that you thoroughly prepare for the visit, and learn a few phrases in advance for a dialogue with the doctor in English.
Doctor's appointment in English
The most common question is “How do you feel?” - you can hear from the doctor in these variations:
- How do you feel (today)?
- How are you feeling?
- Is everything okay?
This question can be answered in different ways:
- I'm fine. - I'm fine.
- I feel sick. - I am sick.
- Not so good. - Not very good.
- Not very well. - Not very good.
- I don't feel well. - I feel bad.
- I'm sick. - I am sick.
Hearing the answer about your poor health, the doctor will most likely ask about the reason for your ailment:
- What's the matter?
- What's wrong?
- What seems to be the problem?
Symptoms and well-being in English. We explain to the doctor
To explain to the doctor the reason for your poor health, you will have to use the following constructions:
- I have ... (+ health condition) – У меня…
- I've got ... (+ health condition) – У меня…
- I have a headache - I have a headache
- I've got a sore throat. - I have a sore throat
What symptoms/discomfort/feelings/pain do you experience? In other words, what to put after have / have got? Try to describe them in the following words.
Table 1. Diseases in English
|asthma||| Writing |||asthma|
|a backache||| ˈBækeɪk |||backache|
|a broken leg||| ˈBroʊken leɡ |||leg is broken|
|a cold||| koʊld |||the common cold|
|a cough||| kɔːf |||cough|
|an earache||| ˈꞮreɪk |||earache|
|a fever||| ˈFiː and |||fever|
|the flu|||fluː|||the common cold|
|a headache||| ˈHɛdeɪk |||headache|
|heartburn||| ˈHɑːtbəːn |||heartburn|
|(the) measles||| ˈMiːz (ə) lz |||measles|
|a rash||| ræʃ |||rash|
|a sore throat||| sɔː θरʊt |||sore throat|
|a stomachache (US), stomach ache (Brit)||| ˈStʌmək ˌeɪk |||sick stomach|
|sunburn||| Ʌsʌnbəːn |||sunburn|
For a more accurate diagnosis, you need to describe your condition in more detail. This will require more advanced phrases from you.
Table 2. Phrases for a dialogue with a doctor in English
|Expression in English||Translation into Russian|
|I have an upset stomach.||I have an upset stomach.|
|I have a wheezing cough.||I have a dry cough.|
|I have a rash on my neck.||I have a rash on my neck.|
|I'm having chest pains.||I have chest pains.|
|I'm having trouble sleeping.||I have sleep problems.|
|I've been having excruciating sinus headaches for the last few days.||For the last few days I have had a pressing headache in the bridge of my nose.|
|I'm short of breath.||I'm suffocating.|
|My muscles are sore.||I am weakened.|
|I get this sharp pain in my shoulder whenever I raise my arm.||I have shooting pains in my shoulder when I raise my arm.|
|I sometimes get dull, throbbing headaches.||I have constant throbbing headaches.|
|I feel lightheaded.||I'm dizzy.|
|I feel kind of nauseous.||I'm sick.|
|I'm feeling under the weather.||Makes me sick.|
|My ankle is red and swollen.||My ankle is red and swollen.|
|It hurts when I apply pressure to it.||She/he is in pain when exercising.|
|My stomach hurts.||I have a stomach ache.|
|My nose is stuffy.||I have a stuffy nose.|
|I'm running a fever of … degrees.||My temperature is … degrees.|
|I've been vomiting for the last 12 hours.||I've been vomiting for the last 12 hours.|
|I've been waking up in the middle of the night every night.||Every night I wake up in the middle of the night.|
|I suffered a neck injury in a motorcycle accident last year.||Last year I injured my neck in a motorcycle accident.|
|I never fully recovered from the accident.||I never recovered from the accident.|
|My allergies are killing me!||My allergies got me!|
|My arthritis is acting up.||My arthritis got worse.|