A visit to the doctor - we conduct a dialogue in English


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

Symptom/Pain Transcription Translation
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
a toothache |ˈtuːθeɪk| toothache

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.