Health in Chinese

In case you need to visit a drugstore or a doctor when you’re travelling in a Chinese-speaking country, it’s important to learn some basic words and phrases for talking about health in Chinese. We hope you never need to use them, but check out this free audio lesson – it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!
 
What’s the Chinese word for stomachache? How do you tell someone to call an ambulance, or explain to a doctor that you’re in pain? After this lesson you’ll be able to describe your symptoms in Chinese, and know what to say in an emergency if necessary. Let’s get started…

Pronouncing health in Chinese

I have a headache in Chinese

我觉得疼。

Wǒ juéde (juédé) téng。

I’m in pain.

我头疼。

Wǒ tóuténg。

I have a headache.

我胃疼。

Wǒ wèiténg。

I have a stomachache.

我嗓子疼。

Wǒ sǎngzi téng。

I have a sore throat.

我耳朵疼。

Wǒ ěrduo téng。

I have sore ears.

我牙疼。

Wǒ yáténg。

I have a toothache.

我病了。

Wǒ bìngle。

I’m sick.

我觉得不舒服。

Wǒ juédé (juéde) bùshūfu。

I’m feeling sick.

The following phrases are useful when describing where it hurts…

我胳膊疼。

Wǒ gēbo téng。

My arm hurts.

我腿疼。

Wǒ tuǐténg。

My leg hurts.

我头疼。

Wǒ tóuténg。

I have a headache. (Literal: My head hurts.)

我膝盖疼。

Wǒ xīgài téng。

My knee hurts.

我屁股疼。

Wǒ pìgu téng。

My bottom hurts.

我脚疼。

Wǒ jiǎoténg。

My foot hurts.

我手指疼。

Wǒ shǒuzhǐ téng。

My finger hurts.

我脚趾疼。

Wǒ jiǎozhǐ téng。

My toe hurts.

我眼疼。

Wǒ yǎnténg。

My eye hurts.

我肩膀疼。

Wǒ jiānbǎng téng。

My shoulder hurts.

我背疼。

Wǒ bèiténg。

My back hurts.

When you go to the doctor he or she will ask you about your symptoms…

你有什么症状?

Nǐ yǒu shénme zhèngzhuàng?

Do you have any symptoms?

你疼吗?

Nǐ téng ma?

Are in you pain?

你哪儿疼?

Nǐ nǎr téng?

Where does it hurt?

你发烧吗?

Nǐ fāshāo ma?

Do you have a fever?

If you have an idea about what might be wrong with you. You could say …

我感冒了。

Wǒ gǎnmào le。

I have a cold.

我得了流感。

Wǒ déle liúgǎn。

I have the flu.

我感染了。

Wǒ gǎnrǎn le。

I have an infection.

我有病毒。

Wǒ yǒu bìngdú。

I have a virus.

我过敏了。

Wǒ guòmǐn le。

I'm having an allergic reaction.

我得了花粉热。

Wǒ déle huāfěnrè。

I have hay fever.

我有痛经。

wǒ yǒu tòngjīng。

I'm having menstrual cramps.

I need some sleeping pills in Chinese

Maybe you cut yourself and all you need is a bandage; or you might need some sleeping pills for a long haul flight; or just some cough syrup. Here is what you have to say…

我需要创可贴。

Wǒ xūyào chuàngkětiē。

I need a band-aid.

我需要一些止疼药。

Wǒ xūyào yìxiē zhǐténgyào。

I need some pain killers.

我需要一些止咳糖浆。

Wǒ xūyào yìxiē zhǐkétángjiāng。

I need some cough syrup.

我需要一些润喉片。

Wǒ xūyào yìxiē rùnhóupiàn。

I need some throat lozenges.

我需要避孕。

Wǒ xūyào bìyùn。

I need some contraception.

我需要一个药方。

Wǒ xūyào yígè yàofāng。

I need a prescription.

Here are some more general phrases and words…

药店

yàodiàn

The pharmacy

救护车

jiùhùchē

The Ambulance

叫救护车!

Jiào jiùhùchē!

Call an ambulance!

医院

yīyuàn

The hospital

If you need to call an ambulance you need to know the number. In China, you need to call 120.

Here are a few recommended Chinese lessons to try next!

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