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7 Advanced English Phrases For Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Visits


hi there I’m Drew Badger the world’s first and number one English Fluency Guide and in this video we will be talking about seven advanced phrases plus a few bonus ones that you can use when you’re either making an appointment or actually at a hospital so when you’re speaking with a doctor and you want to sound native as well as to be able to understand the doctor these are some great phrases that will help you there are many great expressions you can use when you’re at the hospital to describe maybe how you feel or a problem you might be having so what we’re going to do is focus on just phrasal verbs in this video and so these are things like pick up and put down where we’re expressing a more complicated idea in a very simple easy way with two or more words first here’s how to make an appointment like a native speaker when you’re calling somebody up and it doesn’t matter if it’s an appointment for a hospital visit or you’re going to meet a person it could be a dentist or a hairdresser anybody else whenever you’re making an appointment for someone like at a restaurant a great native way to do this is to say put me down for something something so put me down for seven o’clock or put me down at seven o’clock the other way you can say this also is to pencil me in for something so to pencil in the phrasal verb to pencil in just means to literally write my name down and it doesn’t actually mean pencil but it just means like to write my name down for a particular time so when you’re when you’re calling somebody oh I’d like to make an appointment for this oh can you put me down for seven o’clock on tuesday the tent or can you pencil me in on Tuesday the temp either one of these is fine next when you’re actually leading with the doctor and you don’t really know what the problem is it’s kind of easy if you know okay I was in a car accident and I hurt my shoulder you can describe that but in the situations where you don’t really know what the problem is you’re just not really feeling very well here are two phrasal verbs you can use the first one is I think I’m coming down with something the phrasal verb to come down with if you think about moving down like I’m physically moving down like I’m holding something so I’m coming down with something like this sickness that I’m holding that’s a part of me right now it’s weighing me down so it’s coming it’s kind of pushing me down and I think I’m coming down with something so whether you’re at the hospital or you’re describing just to your friends I think I’m coming down with something maybe I have a cold or a sickness or something you could also be feeling a bit run down I’m feeling a bit run down and this is maybe just talking about you feeling a little bit tired in general just like the battery on your mobile phone it’s just running down so to run meaning that night not only just running with your physical legs but the the energy or something is decreasing so there’s an operation happening in the phone that’s using up the energy but I it’s running down so on I’m feeling a bit run down right now so whenever you’re talking about something we’re not not only that you feel sick but maybe you’re just kind of feeling tired you have a feeling a bit run down at work so this means you’re really busy and maybe you’re having trouble you know just like with energy in general next two more phrasal verbs that are used when you’re typically talking about a blockage of some point maybe you have like if you think about the arteries in your like around your body where all the blood is flowing if you have a blockage of that these things get backed up just like your toilet if you get too much stuff down in the toilet you have to get the plunger in there to try to unpack up the toilet so the toilet you could say it’s backed up or it’s blocked up or it’s stopped up so maybe if my my nose as an example the phrasal verb we use for this one is my nose is stuffed up you can say you have a stuffy nose so right now I may be sniffing a lot and like it’s hard to breathe because I my nose is stuffed up so if you go to the doctor into you and you’d say like i like i have a problem with my nose the more specific one to say I like I have stuff in my nose and I’m feeling kind of cold or congested so congested would be the longer term the more advanced term for that but in a casual conversation away the same thing that a native child would use its speaking English is my nose is stuffed up my nose is stuffed up next you can talk about something acting up or flaring up acting up or flaring up a flare if you think about fire maybe you some some gasoline in it and it goes up it becomes a much larger fire this is something that’s flaring up or something that’s acting up kind of like maybe maybe I have bad knees like I personally have needs that are not very good i just played you know sports for a long time and now now i am paying the price for that but if I go outside and it’s maybe starting to rain my knees can feel that so as they are my knees are acting up or I might the pain in my knee is flaring up so it just means something that’s increasing which is the more advanced way of expressing this but if we want to say it in a casual conversation way to act up or to flare up next when the doctor is speaking with you that person might use these next couple of ones that will just cover and these are just a few bonus phrasal verbs I thought you might like to know in this lesson the first one is to point something out so the doctor might point out or he might say oh could you point out where the problem is so I say oh like I feel maybe some pain up here in my shoulder or it feels some pain in my stomach so he say please tell me where the pain is if he’s saying please tell me where the pain is or if he says or she says please point out where the problem area is please point it out next the doctor will typically talk about for a shorter term thing or maybe if it’s just a small cut maybe you have a few stitches or something that’s not a very difficult problem so it’s a slight injury he might fix you up so the doctor says oh okay I see you you’ve cut your arm here we can put two or three stitches in there and we can fix you up in no time we can fix you up in no time so to fix you up just means to repair you so he’s trying to fix something but the casual conversation a way that a doctor might use this is to fix someone up to fix someone up and finally the last of these bonus ones that a doctor might use is to carry something out as an example with the fix-up example that was more of a quick thing a slight injury but if you have something maybe cancer or you have a heart problem something that really requires intensive surgery they have to open you up this is a procedure that a doctor would carry out so this is typically something that takes more more time it could be a more difficult problem that will ask longer and so we’re going to carry out the treatment over a particular period of time so we might carry out the treatment for cancer or something over a particular length of time like ten months or a year or something like that to carry something out to carry something out well that’s it for this lesson I hope you have enjoyed it if you have do click that like button and become a subscriber to the YouTube channel and let us know if there are other phrases for other situations you’d like to know about in the comments below finally if you’d like to learn more about how you can improve not only your vocabulary but everything else you need to do in order to become a confident fluent English speaker click on the link in this video that you’ll see in the upper right of your screen or in the link in the description below this video to take our free English fluency quiz it will help you become a much stronger speaker because it will teach you exactly what to focus on for your particular situation so click on the link in this video to begin your quiz and I’ll see you in the next video bye bye

63 thoughts on “7 Advanced English Phrases For Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Visits

  1. I work in a pharma company and some times you need to express your success in a particular hospital like a new medication you (put it ) there,so how I can say it right

  2. Drew, the English fluency power story is fucking solid, so many idioms make sense now, keep on making them.

  3. great work. really you help me alot and specially because it´s for free on youtube. i wish i could by time speak english fluently to be able to get better job to change my life …… I wish you the best …..

  4. I love your phrasal verb lessons. As soon as I learn them, I start hearing them in daily communications. 🙂

  5. EnglishAnone can you please do a video about this two words: THEE and THOU. God bless you. (I mean how to use them)

  6. Drew cool video as always. Could you do any video about some phrases and the vocabulary used when you go out to have fun at night? For example going to dance, or to a bar or restaurant?

  7. thank a lot Drew, I am taking my practice to improve my English and I hope one day I can speak more fluency

  8. Hei Drew I really enjoy yours videos, they are hellping me learning English very fast, and I'm enthusiastic about then. When you show us the baby, I really love.

  9. I want to know more about cars, like the phrase we use to start the engine and how to describe things related to cars.
    Thank you

  10. Damn, your videos are more than helpful, every time I watch a new one I get speechless because of the vocabulary and the way you explain, thanks by the way

  11. Hi there Drew…i've availed a lot my self of by ur such lectures…plz keep it up its really helpfull

  12. I like that the tutorial has real-life scenarios in the background to make it more interesting to watch. However, if you can pause for a few seconds and ask the question to get us to answer with the very phrases, it would be perfect..

  13. Don't forget to teach English students to advocate for themselves when face to face with the doctor, "I need a translator." English language learners need translators as much as sounding "native." I once was with an adult from Egypt who wanted me to teach him all the English he needed to converse with his cardiologist for his heart problem. I refused. I told him that he needs a translator. People who sound 'native' might not truly understand their physician and the physician may use words and is truly not understood. If communication is not truly happening the patient can't get well. Communication is MORE important and pronunciation.

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