Mixer #48 | Low-Intermediate 4

Fear of Hospitals

Six people share if they are afraid of hospitals.
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Al, England
speakerNo, I'm not afraid of hospitals. I haven't spent much time in hospital cause I've been fairly healthy in my life so. I think there is something quite weird and interesting about hospitals, so I shouldn't say that. That might be bad luck, but no I'm not afraid of hospitals.

Mitchell, The United States
speakerI am not afraid of hospitals, but at the same time I'm also afraid of hospitals because I tend to think that there's a lot of viruses in hospitals since everyone who is sick tends to go to hospitals and coughs and gets well at the hospital but in general I'm not afraid of hospitals. It's a place where you recover from injuries and relax and get well.

Keiko, Japan
speakerYes, I am afraid of hospital. Every time I go there, I never had good news obviously. Every time I felt something is wrong I go to doctor and the doctor and the doctor does tell me there is something wrong with me so I don't like going to the hospital. I don't like hospitals.

Tres, The United States
speakerI am not at all afraid of hospitals and I don't know why anyone would be afraid. Maybe if they contracted some disease while, I don't know, getting their tonsils taken out or something but hospitals are great. I love them. My sister was asthmatic growing up so I spent a lot of time in hospitals playing with the doctors and the nurses. I had a great time.

Simon, Canada
speakerAm I scared of hospitals? Sure I am because they're usually bit ugly buildings that are sterile. There's lots of sick people in them. There's probably a lot of pain in hospitals. Some hospitals aren't so technologically up-to-date so that's scary as well. There's more to say, but that's it for now.

Ruth, England
speakerAfraid of hospitals! My friends would really laugh if they heard this question. I think I'm one of the very few people who absolutely loves hospitals. I had to go for an operation about four months ago and I was so excited because I had never been in hospital before and it was just the most exciting experience. I really like hospitals and that hospital smell. I don't know, there is something about it. It reassures me. I quite like it.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



I shouldn't say that. That might be bad luck.

'Shouldn't' is the short form of 'should not. We use 'shouldn't' to talk about something that is not good to do in a certain situation. Notice the following:

  1. You shouldn't talk on your mobile while driving.
  2. I shouldn't have gotten angry with my mom.



There's a lot of viruses in hospitals.

A 'virus' is a non-bacterial organism that causes sickness and disease. Notice the following:

  1. The common cold is actually caused by a virus.
  2. The doctor said I had some kind of virus, but it wasn't serious.

contracted some disease


They contracted some disease while getting their tonsils taken out.

When we 'contract a disease' it means we get sick, often seriously. Notice the following:

  1. He contracted some disease while trekking in the Amazon.
  2. Hospital staff must be careful not to contract disease while working.



Some hospitals aren't so technologically up-to-date.

To be 'up to date' means to have the latest information or newest technology. Notice the following:

  1. The meeting brought us up-to-date on the project.
  2. The computers at my school aren't so up-to-date.



It reassures me. I quite like it.

Something or someone that 'reassures' us stops us from worrying. Notice the following:

  1. I was reassured to see some friends in my new class.
  2. He reassured us the parcel would arrive on time.

Vocabulary Quiz

shouldn't • virus • contract
up-to-date • reassured
  1. The doctor told me the my sickness is caused by a .
  2. She is always on the latest celebrity gossip.
  3. He us that everything would be okay.
  4. You smoke because it is bad for your health.
  5. It is really painful to a disease in your eye.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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