Have you ever been to a chemist’s or drugstore while travelling? We’re going to help you with the specific vocabulary you may need if you feel a bit sick while on holiday.
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An email from Angélica Bello
I would like to suggest a podcast topic: vocabulary associated to the pharmacy (it could be from items you find in the chemist, to common diseases , idioms etc…).
Chemist’s and pharmacy is British English
Drugstore is American English
When you feel sick, ill, under the weather. When you don’t feel well.
Plasters (UK) = Band-aids (USA) – tiritas
Bandages (bendajes) / gauzes (gazas)
Creams / Gels / Ointments / Lotions / Pastes / Oils / Balms / Foams etc.
travel sickness/hay fever/indigestion tablets or pills or capsules
Aspirin / painkillers / paracetamol (Why is it difficult to get painkillers in the jungle? – because the parrots eat them all – ‘paracetamol’!)
Laxatives – laxante
Lip balm – balsamo
Sunscreen, sun cream/sunblock (to avoid sunburn)
Insect repellent, mosquito spray
Wet wipes / baby wipes / baby food / disposable nappies (UK) – pañales / dypers (US)
Sanitary napkins/towels/pads (an absorbent item worn by a woman while menstruating)
Pantyliner (an absorbent piece of material used for feminine hygiene)
Condoms – condónes = preservatives = conservantes)
Pregnancy test kit
Eyedrops – gotas oftálmicas
Earbuds (bastoncillos de algodón, auriculares) – also Q-tips or cotton swabs (US)
Nail clippers – cortauñas
nailfile – lima de uñas
Do you have something for…
I’ve got a pain in my…..
I’ve got a headache, toothache, earache, backache, stomach ache
Can you recommend something for…..
Can I get……without a prescription
How often should I take it/them?
Are there any side effects?
Have you got something for diarrhea (USA) / diarrhoea (UK)?
Can I take this with …..?
Should I take this on an empty stomach/with food / after eating / between meals?
“Keep out of reach of children” – “Mantener fuera del alcance de los niños” – written on some medication
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