Going to the hospital can be unpleasant. Not knowing how to communicate your illness makes it that much worse! Make sure you know these Chinese phrases to convey your problems properly. It might just save your life.
Get familiar with the following dialogue to learn how to get diagnosed for the flu and get prepared for what could happen next. If you are deathly afraid of needles you should know how to listen for the word “打针 (dǎzhēn) have an injection.” It would be convenient for the hospital staff to know this ahead of time. You wouldn’t want to pass out without warning.
Yīshēng: Nǐ juédé zěnyàng?
Doctor: How are you feeling?
Bob: Wǒ liú bítì, tóuyūn.
Bob: I’ve got a runny nose and I feel dizzy.
Yīshēng: Nǐ zhèyàng duōjiǔ le?
Doctor: How long have you been like this?
Bob: Dàgài yǒu sān tiān le.
Bob: Maybe for three days.
Yīshēng: Nǐ dùzi tòng ma?
Doctor: Do you have a stomachache?
Bob: Ǒu’ěr huì tòng.
Bob: It occasionally hurts.
Yīshēng: Nǐ shì dé le liúgǎn, nǐ děi dǎzhēn.
Doctor: You’ve got the flu. You need a shot.
Bob: Zhēn de yào dǎzhēn ma? Wǒ yǒu xiē hàipà.
Bob: Do I have to? I am a little scared.
Yīshēng: Búyòng dānxīn, nǐ hěn kuài huì hǎo qǐlái de.
Doctor: Don’t worry, you will get better soon.
If you are ill, usually the first thing the doctor will do is take your temperature. Once all of the symptoms have been examined your diagnosis will be followed up with instructions. Being sick makes it hard to focus but it’s important.
What if your doctor gives you 3 blue pills, 5 white ones, and 2 large green tablets? Taking medicine once you’ve been diagnosed can be tricky. For example, some pills you must take with food while other medicines you must not drive a car. This dialogue will come in handy for following your doctors orders.
Yīshēng: Nǐ nǎlǐ bù shūfu ne?
Doctor: What’s the trouble?
Mary: Wǒ tóuténg, érqiě késòu de lìhài.
Mary: I’ve got a headache and a bad cough.
Yīshēng: Nǐ liáng guò tǐwēn le ma?
Doctor: Have you taken your temperature?
Mary: Wǒ liáng guò le, sānshíjiǔ dù’èr. Wǒ fāshāo le.
Mary: Yes, thirty-nine point two. I had a fever.
Yīshēng: Nǐ dé le liúgǎn.
Doctor: You’ve got the flu.
Mary: Wǒ yīnggāi zěnmebàn ne?
Mary: What should I do?
Yīshēng: Zhè yào yìtiān chī sāncì, měi cì liǎng lì. Duō hē shuǐ, zàijiā xiūxi jǐtiān.
Doctor: Take this medicine three times a day, two each time. Remember to drink plenty of water, stay at home for a few days.
Mary: Fēicháng gǎnxiè.
Mary: Thank you very much.
While traveling “survival phrases” come in handy. While we all hope to stay healthy
it’s best to study these useful vocabulary words in case a hospital visit is necessary.
医生 (Yīshēng): doctor.
舒服 (Shūfu): to be well.
流鼻涕 (Liú bítì): run at the nose.
头晕 (Tóuyūn): feel dizzy.
肚子 (Dùzi): stomach.
疼 (Téng): pain; ache.
痛 (Tòng): pain; ache.
打针 (Dǎzhēn): have an injection.
咳嗽 (Késòu): cough.
发烧 (Fāshāo): have a fever.
体温 (Tǐwēn): temperature.
检查 (Jiǎnchá): examine; check.
Julia Liu teaches Chinese with eChineseLearning. She has been successfully teaching for 5 years and loves reading and practices her passion of drawing in her free time.