Health Problems

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Mark: I am just sitting here at a cafe in the Pahar Ganj area of New Delhi with Michael. Michael, you are not feeling very good?
Michael: No, I am certainly not.
Mark: What is the problem?
Michael: Well. I got diagnosed with amoebic dysentery about eight nine weeks ago when I was up in the mountains and I got treated for it then by a very good doctor with antibiotics but I fear that it has not yet gone away as I have had recurring problems.
Mark: You vomited this morning?
Michael: That is right. I got some new pills, that somebody at this very cafe recommended, that I take.
Mark: Ayurvedic?
Michael: No, no. Not those ones. These were some other pills. I forget what they were called. This man said that his sister was a nurse and these were the pills to take and I found them at a chemist, took a couple and I was violently sick this morning not long after taking one of these pills on the street, which was quite interesting.
Mark: Mm. That is terrible. How are you feeling now? Are you feeling a little better?
Michael: Not really I am feeling very weak I have to take some of these… you know… what do you call them…re-hydration salts.
Mark: And you are going to eat some banana and papaya as well?
Michael:Well I have got a papaya juice coming and yeah perhaps I will have some banana. I have heard that that is good for you.
Mark:I hope you feel better soon.
Michael: Thank you very much.
Mark: This man wants to clean your shoes.
Michael:Yes, I…

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  5. Sal says:

    Thanks I needed this

  6. P De Mario says:

    I liked very much this type of conversation near to a noisy street. It’s excelente for to implement our learning.
    I thank you for this classe.

  7. Sah says:

    All lessons on this site are very useful and now I am feeling some confidence because of my dear teacher has spent time for me to be at good English..

    But sir/madam I wanna get chat room because I need to test my ability so how can I get it..whether I talk or write for someone else…..pls let me hope that you will answer me…


  8. Dinar says:

    It was very good lesson.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Hi, This is mi first homework. I found very interesting.
    Although, the pronunciation of Micheal is difficult follow me, but not that of interllocutor. The grammar is very claer.I am waiting for the next lesson.


  10. Abdul Jabbar says:

    Very useful lessons.

  11. Marek says:

    You sent me a lesson 2, which is identical to a lesson 1. Thanks

  12. ADIL says:

    Hy,My dear teachers Mark and Aaron, how r u? I hope you are feeling good.
    Sir i want to tell you that as far as i am concerned, its a very good lesson for all the students. But sir I have little confusion in the use of “get”. so, Plz tell me that about use of “get/got”. thanks

  13. Moacyr says:

    That´s a real good lesson. As you ask for, in Portuguese we do conjugate verbs, in the same tenses as in english.

  14. Minh says:

    Hello Mark and Aaron,

    There is a fault in the audio file of the Health Problem which you sent me. I can’t listen it. Would you like to send another audio file of the Health Problem for me ?
    Thank you very much

  15. I didnt know anything about India, I´m very very happy about the pronunciation places people etc, thank you for the opportunity, it´s a very beutiful country. Natural talking is a fantastic way to study english.

  16. it s good…to listening and clearly understad so..

    thank u ….

  17. sesen says:

    hey it is agreat deal to emprove my english language so .i would like to say thankes more and more,sesen with all my best wishes

  18. fridoon says:

    i tell my best regards to all this website stuff thanks for making the best ways to learning the language i hop you make attempt to make the best and best lessons

  19. SIg says:

    Yeah ilike your job… It’s nice to whose is learning… So how can i pss to next lesson?? i am a bit lost!

  20. nermen says:

    thanks a lot 4 that good effort–but i want to ask 2 questions;-
    1* when i downloawded the conversation , it ‘s downloaded as a mp3 not written . i want to read it to illustrate.
    2* What about (tages), how can i get use of it!
    please answer…

  21. sami says:

    Thanks very much. I think it si very good practice story.



  22. Fredrick Kalokola says:

    Thanks very much first to let me join this English Cnversations. Second, the topic you have selected is very common to the society. I think tis practice will help me in speaking and writting good English. Please correct me.

  23. yen says:

    Nice to meet all of you!
    This is my first lesson. I’m very happy to make friend with you. :T
    This audio is very nice! that’s so funny and good. I can study how to speak to the other in daily life.


  24. narendra tomar says:

    nice story dude ,thanks to both of you great job ,i don’t know how to

    thank you

    can u send other story my Gmail inbox

  25. ojieea says:

    thanks to both of you..great work.. i know that my English will going better or improve soon..the way you teach us is very helpful.. i like these lesson because im not only learn how to mention correctly each words but i learn it with phrases, sentence and with correct grammar..also thanks for the transcription..i love it!!

  26. HoneyBunny says:

    Good day, Mark and Aaron!
    I want to thank you for your exellent work, it was really great to find such accurate (and what is also very important – available) lessons. =)
    And speaking about the dialogue, I understood that Michael took some pills, which were advised to him by one man and because of this pills he got sick even more. It just seemed to me strange – to take some unknown pills..

    Thank you for attention!

  27. tiong says:

    hi, thank you for sending me the lesson, i find it pretty practical. these are conversations we meet in our daily lives. i have learned a lot. thank you very much.

  28. yaya says:

    I loves his ascent ;D. Perhaps oneday, I could speak like him. By the way, thanks mark for sending the lesson to me. Can’t wait to see my progress. Cheers ^_^

  29. ahmatjan says:

    thank you every one. this is may first lesson. i hope became a ferind you

  30. cloclo says:

    I like the first lesson but I do not like the picture at the right side !!!!! I really feel like vomiting too…

  31. kak bert says:

    Hello Mark and Aaron,

    Thank you for the course. Ididn’t finish to learn lesson 1(listening activities) this is why I’ didn’t make comment.

    Good luck and have fun!


  32. Laura says:

    I liked this lesson, it’s a very smart conversation, because Michael talks to Mike about his awful disease, and the speakers mention unusually words as “amoebic dysentery” and “Ayurvedic” that make you search and it’s good for us because our vocabulary becomes richest with new words. And I like so much the natural speakers like them. God Job ! 🙂

  33. Valere Berambaye says:

    Excuse me!

    In the first comment I would like to say in the beginning: “This is the first homework…” and “don’t hesitate to tell me what…”.
    I am in a hurry to get ready for my physiotherapy’s session. But I will be care the next time.

    Sincerely yours!

  34. Valere Berambaye says:

    Dears teachers,

    This the first homework I do with you so don’t hesitate to tell what I can do if this way is not the good way. But I understand the general meaning of the conversation or of this text.
    After listening the whole recording in section B, I have heard these words and ticked them in order: “am sitting”; “with Michael”; “are feeling good”; “are not feeling good”; “up in the mountains”; “vomited”; “that is terrible”; “I am feeling very weak”; “some papaya”; “some banana”; “I hope you feel better soon”. Now I will try to repeat each phrase in order to improve my pronounciation which is very very bad as usual.

    Thanks for this first lesson. See you soon!

  35. Govindaraj says:

    its very useful to improve my english level.. i think it may useful in future speech .. it ll help while i ll speak in english


  36. abora says:

    very useful lesson thak you so much

  37. Miglena says:

    What mean “This man wants to clean your shoes” ?
    Thank you !

    • Mark White says:

      The conversation was recorded in India in Delhi. There was a man there. He was shoe shiner. He wanted to shine the shoes of one of the speakers. (shine shoes=clean shoes)

  38. sayed says:

    hi there,
    thanks alot, for your website. it’s very helpful for me to improve myself in english, we also need more emails, which it help us
    best Regards

  39. lily says:

    Thanks for the lesson is soo good for me.

  40. wawan says:

    before i wanna introduct my self to you!! have you to lombok city???
    i’m from lombok,but now i’m in yogjakarta city to continu yg study!!
    i hope we can make well comunication!!

  41. wawan says:

    now, i’m need same teks information about health because now, i’m continuing my study in a university!! i hope,you can give me that well pasility of english

  42. wawan says:

    i’m very alive because can be joint with you

  43. hi every body

    thank your for sharing this lesson but i couldn’t
    download the file because of timeout.
    what should i do now?

    thank you – zhila

    • Aaron says:

      Hi Zhila,

      Audio files are generally pretty large. About the only thing you can do if the download stalls or times out is to keep trying. I wish there were another way to get you the file, but I’m afraid there isn’t. Sorry. 🙁

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  45. Natalia says:

    I want to say I’m keen on learning English and I’ve a yearning to improve this language. That in why I’ll be happy to get these lessons.
    Have a great day

  46. Em Vannara says:

    02 February 2010 .
    Hi Sir ,
    I say thank si much , today i read and listen the lesson 1
    that i received on my e-mail , the lesson is good and i pay –
    attention ti follow these articles .As i got better at listening
    I will be able to learn more so , this visiting many website , I
    found this fluently .
    Thank you for the lesson which is very useful and hilarious as well.
    Keep Teaching .

  47. firdaus says:

    i think is good…but in the conversation have others sound like noise,car and etc..hope u can do better for the conversation

  48. magda29 says:

    I think this kind of conversations are very useful and challenging because whenever you are listening to other different sound like car horns you may get distracted. However, that also makes you be really concentrated on what you are doing. At the very begining it was difficult to understand but later I got use to the noises.

  49. Antonella says:

    Thanks you very much, this programme is very useful and practical to learn english. Thank you =)

  50. Anas says:

    I like this . i think it can be devolep my language capacity.
    SO thx ,,,,,,,

  51. cabdirisak says:

    thanks for your lesson conversation,but the sound is very slaw and i could not hear very well,and i not understand very well

  52. sadavee says:


    The conversation that you gave us was very good but i one question to ask you, why i didn’t hear the whole conversation just heard it only more than half them?


  53. Mark White says:

    Sorry but it is a real conversation so it is pretty fast. Can you slow it down on your player?

  54. Sampath shetty says:

    Thanks a lot for lessons…I am looking forward for the next one…actually i can’t control speaking pace…can you help with this..once again thank you

  55. Emy says:

    very useful lesson
    Thank you

  56. jamileh says:

    hi.please send lesson#2 again.thank you.

  57. enidlee says:

    Thanks.I found that this listening exercise is really helpful in improving my english conversation.
    Its really nice to follow the lesson.
    Thank you and look forward for the next lesson.

  58. ???? says:


    thank you
    thank you

  59. Revathi says:

    Firstly thanks for giving good stuff and exercise to improve English. This is highly helpful.
    I practiced to listen couple of to identify the phrases you have mentioned the exercise. thank you.

    I have question at one point in the conservation where it said “I was violently sick this morning NOT long after taking one of these pills on the street”. Can’t we just say without NOT in this particular sentence. What is the difference with and without NOT.


  60. GK says:

    i’m GK i want to chat with anybody and improve my english.
    my id

  61. Hi.
    Thanks a lot for your lesson. I like this programme. I will follow furthe more.

  62. hector vel says:

    thank,this dialogue was very useful for me, i will keep in touch learning English

  63. lolo says:

    very nice as i can consider it as a novice conversations that i heard it but i really want certain practices that learn me to speak english smooth and quickly ..thank you

  64. al says:

    I am taking your lessons regularly and it is proving to be quite useful as I can now make out the words which are pronounced differently otherwise. thank u making this great site for us. May god bless you..

  65. indu says:

    Thanks for this lesson. I liked conversation reagrding health problem. I want daily one lesson like this. I heard this audio conversation three times.

    Thanks again.


  66. Mark White says:

    Hi Anwar

    I am glad you enjoyed the lesson.

    If you want to make any suggestions about the site, please let us know.

    Are you Egyptian? Anwar is an Egyptian name, right? I remember Anwar Sadat.

    cheers Mark

  67. Anwar says:

    Hello sir, I liked your programme . It helped me . Thank you.

  68. Mark White says:

    Hi Ali

    It is important to enjoy what you are doing. If you enjoy listening again and doing the listening activity again, then do it again. If you just feel like reading the notes and thinking about them, then do that.

    It uis important to work at your own pace and to enjoy it. When you are ready, move to the next lesson.

  69. Ali says:

    Thanks a lot for this lesson, it was a useful one.

    But my question is that if I answered the activities in section B from the first time I heard the audio, did I get the benefit from the lesson or I should hear it many times, and is so , how many times you think it is enough?

    Again , thank you very much for your help.

  70. pradeep says:

    this is very simple and good conversation for a new comer like me.

  71. anu says:

    Thank you,

    im waiting for you second lession.



  72. avi says:

    Thank you so much,

    i m very keen to learn english and i m waiting for you 2nd lession.

    this site would be helpful for me.

    Thanks & Regards,


  73. Afzal Memon says:

    I have read firt portion of first lesson and have understood fully, thank you

  74. ASHRAF mohmed rashad says:

    thank alot
    but I can not good leisten becouse noise

  75. Aleksey says:


    Thank you for the lesson, which is very useful and hillarious as well.
    The poor guy surely will think twice before taking any pills next time. Whatever country he stays.

    Keep teaching!

  76. V says:

    thanx, after visiting many websites i found this one better as u r sending the lessons on email, because of the poor english i am facing many problems in my office, and there is no one with whom i can practice speaking english so cant improve english, if i speak wrong then there should be someone who will correct my sentence, anyways with a spare time in office i read this lessons and trying to improve. thanx once again

  77. caroline says:


    • Forvill says:

      Hi Caroline!
      We also need to learn more, cause perfection comes with practice! I think that if you scan all the English Conversation site you’ll find all phrases in English that you’ll need to improve your English! Try to read along loudly while you listen to the audio!
      I hope you enjoy and learn a lot!

  78. Aaron says:

    Hi V….I’m glad you thought the lesson was useful. I think the presence of noise in the background is the price we pay for capturing “real” conversations. We just can’t always record them in silent places, since life is so full of energy and noise. But, at least we are able to hear most of what is there. As you get better at listening, you will be able to distinguish more and more of what is being said, even with lots of background noise.

    Thanks for your comment.



  79. v says:


    today i read the lesson 1 which i received on my email, the lesson is good and i am following it ,but the problem is with the sound of this conversation as there is so many other sounds like car horns and because of that i couldn’t here few sentenses. otherwise the lesson is really helpful and good.

  80. manar says:

    hi every one
    i am happy to hear this conversation
    it is so good

  81. Aaron says:

    Hi Jessi. It’s GOOD that the voice in the street isn’t clear. That makes it excellent for listening practice, because when you speak English with people, it isn’t always done in a quiet room. There is often noise in the background. I think this is a slight problem with most listening material for English learners – the background is quieter than it is in reality.

    Thanks for your comment!

    • Carlos says:

      You’re absolutely right, Aaron. And that’s the way you should practice listening activities. Otherwise,it sounds artificial.

    • Forvill says:

      Hi Aaron!
      I agree with you! It’s really GOOD that the voice in the street isn’t clear. Here in Brazil the English classes in schools are always done in a quiet room! There should be more audio done in noisy but natural, backgrounds like this on internet!

  82. jessi says:

    First thanks for audio and conversation , but in the street the voice isnot clear

  83. apc33 says:

    Good question Sadatoshi! Michael is using ‘you’ in the sense of ‘everyone’, which is a common way to express how something can be good or bad for “all people”. So when Michael says, “that is good for you,” he is not referring to Mark, but rather ‘all people in general’. He would never say, ‘that is good for me’ unless he was only referring to himself, at the exclusion of others.

    Here are some more examples:

    Getting exercise is great for you.
    Eating fresh food is good for you.
    Drinking alcohol in moderation is not so bad for you.
    Sleeping too much is not so good for you.
    Consuming lots of sugar is bad for you.
    Smoking cigarettes is terrible for you.

    In these examples, I am not talking about YOU Sadatoshi, I’m talking about EVERYONE!

    Again, good question! Thanks for your comment.

    • Forvill says:

      Man! You’re a Master! Your answer was perfect and complete! I hope finding more people like you! By the way, I’m from Brazil! I’m trying to understand and speak English like a native but it’s a very hard work, isn’t it?

  84. Sadatoshi says:


    I have a question.

    “I have heard that that is good for you.”
    not “I have heard that that is good for me.”?

    Please let me know.

  85. Mark White says:

    Sorry Coby but these are live recordings from the street and from life. They have already been amplified. I hope you can hear them ok. Are you using headphones? I use headphones when I do the transcriptions.

  86. coby says:

    first of all
    thanks for providing us very useful practical conversations
    i’ve been downloading some audio files
    but i have to maximize volume to hear it clearly
    i hope the authority could improve it

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