VOA慢速英语:那些与健康相关的习语

小白老师说:纵观医博英语考试历年真题,听力部分几乎每年都会考察习语的用法。往往一个简单的短语或句子,每个单词你都认识,可就是不知道是什么意思。小白老师找了好久,终于找到了VOA的这个专题,”那些和健康有关的习语“,帮助大家掌握最常用的健康相关习语的用法(此处让我们为多年来陪伴我们走过英语学习的美好时光的VOA热烈鼓掌)。而且这个专题是Special English节目,慢速英语,适合精听,模仿。不参加医博英语考试的同学们朋友们也不妨来好好听一下! Enjoy!


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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.


Many professions have their own words and expressions. This is true for the medical profession. Doctors use many technical terms that most people do not understand. But there are also expressions we use everyday to tell about a person’s health. Let me explain.


Last month, I was not feeling well. I was under the weather. I thought I had caught a cold. I had a runny nose, itchy eyes, a sore throat and a cough. I felt tired and run down. I was in poor condition because I had not been getting enough rest.


My body hurt all over. I also had severe head pains --a real splitting headache. And I was running a fever. My body temperature was higher than normal.


At one point, I blacked out. That’s right, I was out cold. I lost consciousness and my friend had to bring me around. He used cold water on my face to restore my consciousness.


I grew concerned that I might take a turn for the worse. I did not want to become sicker because then surely I would be at death’s door.


My friend took me to the doctor. I told the doctor I thought I had come down with a cold. When the doctor saw me, she immediately wanted to run some tests. She said that medical tests would help her discover why I was sick. The doctor also asked when I had my last physical. I do not get yearly check-ups. But I probably should get a medical exam by a doctor every year.


Then the nurse drew my blood. She used a needle to take a small amount of blood from my arm. She sent it to a laboratory for tests. The nurse also took my temperature. She used a thermometer to measure my body temperature.


The doctor told me I had influenza, or the flu. But she told me I would recover soon. She said I was over the worst of the disease. She told me to rest at home and to stay away from other people because the flu can spread. It is contagious.


Thankfully, I did not have to go under the knife. I did not need an operation. Instead, I did just what the doctor ordered. I went home and did exactly what was needed to become healthy again. Soon, I was on the mend. I was pulling through and recovering from my sickness.


Now, I am back on my feet. I am physically healthy again. Even better, the doctor has given me a clean bill of health. She says that I am one-hundred percent cured. I am back to normal and I feel great. In fact, I feel on top of the world. My friends say I now look like the picture of health.


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