Vocabulary Lesson E [B1+]


There are many polite ways to ask a patient about their background.

  • Do you have a partner?
  • Are you married, single or divorced?
  • Are you widowed? (= spouse has died) 

  • Is anyone in your family ill?
  • Are your parents still alive?
  • How many siblings do you have? (= brothers or sisters)

  • Are you employed?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What is your profession?
  • Where are you employed?
  • What is your occupation?
  • What is your job?

  • Who do you live with?
  • Do you live alone?
  • What is your address?
  • Do you have pets?
  • What is your home situation like?

  •  What do you do in your free time?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • How do you like to relax?
  • Do you have a hobby?
  • Do you drink or smoke?
  • Do you socialize often?

  • Do you have any illnesses?
  • Are you on any medication?
  • Do you take any over-the-counter (OTC) medication?
  • Do you take any prescription medication?
  • Do you /Did you get side effects from the medication?


Practice repeating ALOUD each example sentence in the lesson above. Focus on the common collocations, RUNNING THEM TOGETHER until they flow as ONE EXPRESSION.  The collocations are underlined.


Follow the Conversation

Instructions: Below, a doctor is interviewing a new patient, getting general background information. Using the drop-down menus, arrange the dialogue in logical order from 1 (what the doctor says first) to 10 (what the patient says last). Answers 1, 6 and 10 have been done for you.

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