Bogota Business English Conversation Club – Conversatorio Preview for July 18

Hey everyone,

Last week we had a great conversation about the new Pico y Placa system here in Bogota. This week we are going to talk about getting sick, how to get better and also about visiting the doctor’s office. It should be a great opportunity for you to learn some great new vocabulary.

Here’s a peek at some of the things we are going to be talking about at the Conversation Club Wednesday night at 6:00 pm at Authors Bookstore in La Zona G. Make sure to bring your friends who need to improve their English!

Before we get started though, take a look at this YouTube Video about remedies for the common cold.

Let’s Talk About…”


Vocabulary Bank

n. illness / disease / sickness v. to get sick


v. to be cured

adj. sick

(i.e. I’m sick; OR I’m not feeling well)

n. healthcare v. to go through adj. under the weather

(i.e. I have a cold and am a bit under the weather.)

n. Waiting room v. to despise v. to feel (good, well, sick, bad)

i.e. I feel good. I feel sick. Etc.


n. Doctor’s office v. to pass the time


adj.  ‘…like hell’

à(slang, don’t use at the office)

i.e. I feel like hell! =  I feel really sick!


*Do you know what all of these words mean? Discuss with your group or ask a native speaker if you need clarification! Try to figure them out!

Conversation  topics…

  1. What’s the difference between an illness and a disease?
  2. Talk about everything you despise about going to the doctor’s office!
  3. Talk about the worst sickness you’ve ever had to go through.
  4. Talk about the things you do to pass the time in the waiting room at your doctor’s office.
  5. What are some good ways to prevent yourself from getting sick?
  6. Give your opinions on Colombia’s healthcare system. Do you think it is good, bad, mediocre? Support your opinions with facts.
  7. Tell us about your favorite remedy that helps cure common sicknesses.

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