Sickness

Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)

  1. When was the last time you felt a bit under the weather?
  2. Have you ever got a bug that was going round?
  3. Do you know anyone who is prone to  getting sick?
  4. How long does it usually take you to get over      a bout of flu?
  5. What home remedies do you know, or do you agree with those who say such things are old wive's tales?
  6. "Prevention is the best cure" Do you agree (partially / fully / no at all)? What steps, if any, do you take so as to  avoid coming down with something?
  7. Do you usually visit the GP when you get hit by an illness? What does he / she usually prescribe if you do visit him / her?
  8. Do you ever get over-the-counter drugs?
  9. Did you have a strong immunity as a child or did you get so sick that you wished you were dead?
  10. Have you or anyone you know ever had a go at taking alternative medicine?

Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

  1. In what different ways do people in your country get sick?
  2. Was it different before?
  3. Why do young children get sick so often? (text - some medical terminology)
  4. How can parents help boost their child's immunity? (text - advice)
  5. Do adults often get sick where you live? Is the advice on how to avoid getting sick the same as for children?
  6. To what extent does frequency of sickness depend on genes?
  7. How do people usually treat themselves when they do get sick?
  8. Do you believe that people should take time off work when they are sick? (business article =reason why yes)
  9. Why do you think that there are no cures for some basic sicknesses?
  10. What are the pros and cons of alternative / traditional medicine? (text)

Long-turn (IELTS part2)

Talk about a time you didn't feel well.

  • When was it
  • Why did it happen
  • What did you do about it

and what were the consequences?


Talk about someone you know who often gets sick.

    • Who are they
    • How do they usually get sick
    • Why do you think they do

    What advice would you give them?

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