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In this Spanish lesson we will see some Spanish vocabulary related to illnesses, symptoms and medicine and how to describe how you feel in Spanish. This is the third in a series of four Spanish video lessons about how to manage at the doctor’s in Spanish. In the previous lessons we looked at conjugating the verb “to hurt” in Spanish (el verbo “doler”), how to describe pain in Spanish and exactly where you are feeling pain in your body with sentences such as: “Me duele la cabeza” (My head hurts) and “Tengo dolor de cabeza” (I have a headache) and useful vocabulary related to the parts of the body in Spanish. I recommend that you review those lessons before proceeding. This subject matter really important for anyone travelling to Spain or Latin America. You never know when you might fall ill and need to describe the pain you are feeling in certain parts of the body. It is vital to learn and remember lots of Spanish vocabulary as well as Spanish grammar and Spanish expressions. You cannot get by with only grammar for example and neither can you get by with only vocabulary. You should try to learn a wide range of key words and structures that you can then apply to any situation you find yourself in.

Lesson notes:

Síntomas: symptoms
Estoy mareado: I feel dizzy/sick
Estoy cansado: I am tired
Tengo gripe: I have the flu
Tengo tos: I have a cough
Estoy enfermo: I am ill/sick
Tengo fiebre: I have fever/a temperature
Tengo resfriado: I have a cold
Enfermedad: illness
Infección de… (garganta, oídos…): (Throat, ear,…) infection
Virus: virus
Insolación: sunstroke
Intoxicación: food poisoning
Indigestión: indigestion
Tortícolis: stiff neck
Torcedura: sprain
Rotura: fracture
Receta: prescription
Pastillas: tablets
Jarabe: medicine
Inyecciones: injections
Aspirinas: aspirins
Antibióticos: antibiotics
Pomada /crema: cream

Activity:

Translate the following…

I have a cough
Sprain
I have the flu
Prescription
Tablets

Here are the answers to the last activity:

¿Te duele la cabeza?
Me duele el cuello
Nos duelen los pies
No me duele la tripa
Les duele la espalda

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