ENGLISH LESSON | At The Pharmacy in Canada


Hey there guys welcome back to Can Learn English it is cold and flu season which means unfortunately some of you might
have to visit a pharmacy this year in this video I’m going to give you a
complete english lesson about going to the pharmacy let’s get started so there
are three reasons that we might visit a pharmacy now the first one is because we
think we need to take some type of medicine this might be because we have a
headache or an upset stomach or maybe a cold the second reason is because when
we talk to a pharmacist they might recommend that we take some medicine and
the third reason is because a doctor tells us that we need to take medicine
so when you walk into a pharmacy in Canada it’s usually inside of a drug
store or a grocery store so a drug store sells all different types of things you
can buy makeup personal care products you can buy food books lots of different
things in a drugstore you’ll find the pharmacy at the very back of the
drugstore same with a grocery store most grocery stores have a pharmacy inside
the grocery store usually located at the back now in front of the pharmacy you’ll
see aisles with over-the-counter medicine this is medicine that you can
buy without the permission of a doctor so these are things like painkillers
acetaminophen ibuprofen the brand names are Tylenol and Advil and then you’ll
also see that stores carry their own brand of these types of medicine in this
section you’ll find other types of over-the-counter medications like
decongestants for cold antihistamines for an allergy you’ll
find throat lozenges nasal sprays eyedrops things like that if you’re not
sure what you should take you can always talk to the pharmacist
the pharmacy has a section called consultation you go over there and you
can say hello I have a headache but I don’t know what I should take the
pharmacist will respond by asking you maybe more about your symptoms how long
have you had this symptom and then they might ask you if you’re taking other
medications so they can recommend something that is safe for you to take
now if you visit a doctor they might write you a prescription for some
medicine or write you a script you need to take this prescription to the
pharmacy to the area that says drop off you can say hello I have a prescription
that I would like filled then the pharmacist or the pharmacist technician
will ask you for a piece of identification they’ll say okay can I
have a piece of ID then you need to provide them with a photo identification
and then they might say it’ll be ready in 30 minutes now when you go back in 30
minutes the pharmacist might want to talk to you
about the medication they might want to explain how you should take it so
sometimes they might say take one tablet every 12 hours with food others might
say take on an empty stomach so don’t take with any food some medication can’t
be used if you’re going to drive or operate machinery so it might say do not
drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medication and antibiotics
usually say take the entire course of this prescription so that means that you
need to take all of the pills inside of the bottle now medication will come in
different forms a pill is a tablet or a pill is when the medicine is compressed
into a round or oval shape a capsule is when the active ingredient
of the medicine is inside a plastic container medicine can be injectable so
it will be inside with a syringe you might get a drop for your eyes or for
your ears or for your nose inhalers are when the medicine is inhaled directly
into your lungs or you could have a topical medicine this is when the
medicine is applied to your skin so after you receive your medicine you’re
going to have to pay for it so most people have private insurance through
their work or through their educational institution which covers the cost of
prescription drugs so you might need to pay for your prescription in full
upfront and then take the receipt and submit it to your employer to get the
money back or you might have a drug card which you
present to the pharmacist and they will deduct whichever percentage you get off
and you only pay for the remainder that’s it for our lesson today in going
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podcast.com until next time guys now this has been an exciting week hasn’t it
so we had our election results in Canada and by now we all know that Justin
Trudeau has been reelected as the Prime Minister of Canada but we have a
government that looks very different than it did before the election so if
you’ve been watching the news then you’ve probably heard some new terms and
vocabulary that I’m going to talk about today and I’m also going to get a little
bit personal and share who I voted for in this election and how I made that
decision so let’s get into some of the vocabulary first off you’ve been hearing
the term minority government this is because
although the Liberals won the most seats in the House of Commons they didn’t win
more than half half would be a hundred and seventy

13 thoughts on “ENGLISH LESSON | At The Pharmacy in Canada

  1. For insurance, if you're a two income household and have employer insurance, you can combine the two policies and most time you pay nothing when you pick up your meds.

  2. Hi Dana,
    Please I have a question out of this topic, would you clarify for us please ?
    I know that how to indicate the floor number in British English and American one is completely different the ground floor in British one is the first in American English could you tell us what about Canadian one which one should we use.
    Thanks a lot for your help and efforts.

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