Thursday 22 February 2018
Flu and cold season - Talk about illness in French
Comment ça va? How are you?
Je suis malade: I'm ill
J'ai un rhume: I have a cold
J'ai la grippe: I have the flu
Important cultural note: the word flu - for my French mind - is over-used in England. In France, la grippe is only when you are in bed and can't move. If you're at work or can do things, you don't have la grippe).
J'ai été malade/au lit pendant une semaine: I was ill/in bed for a week
Qu'est-ce que tu prends? What are you taking?
Tu as vu un médecin/un docteur? Have you seen your GP?
Bon rétablissement: Get well soon
Je prends: I take...
Je suis mort/kaput: I'm dead
Je ne peux plus bouger: I can't move
J'ai été hospitalisé/e: I've been hospitalized
Je suis allé/e/j'ai dû aller aux urgences: I had to go to A & E
Tu as un mouchoir? Do you have a tissue?
J'ai été en congé maladie pendant une semaine: I was off work for a week
Le congé maternité: Pregnancy leave
La carte vitale: the Sécurité sociale (French NHS) card French people present to their doctor/specialist/chemist, which allows a free or reduced rate consultation/free or reduced rate medicine, depending on your mutuelle (private insurance). If you don't have one, you will be looked at as if you're an alien.
What phrases/words would you like me to add on this post?
Posted by Cityfrenchteacher at 12:57
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