Chatting about health

English-speaking people often talk about their (and other people’s) health. When we talk about our own health, we tend to downplay serious problems and keep the conversation as light as possible. We also ask about other people’s health to be polite and to show concern.

Useful phrases

“Sorry to hear that.” (when someone tells you they / another person is ill)
“Glad to hear that.” (when someone tells you they / another person has recovered)
“Nothing serious.” (to say the problem is minor)
“Give him / her my love / my regards.” (to pass on best wishes to another person)
“To go into hospital” (to be booked into hospital for treatment)
“To come out of hospital” (to leave hospital)

Example 1

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