Fluency

Speak Fluent Stratford-upon-Avon: Lesson One: At the Chemist’s Shop

“Can I help you, sir?”
“Yes, I need some medicine for a chesty cough.”
“No you don’ t, sir”
“Eh?”

“Have you had nasal obstruction?”
“Yes.”
“Is your breathing raspy?”
“Yes”
“Is your cough productive?”
“Yes”
“Hmmm, you need something for a chesty cough”
“Eh?”
(All through this conversation I’ve been holding a bottle of medicine clearly labelled “For chesty coughs”)

“Are you diabetic?”
“Eh?”
“Are you diabetic?”
“Yes”
“Then you need this”
(“This” is a bottle of medicine also clearly labelled “For chesty coughs” and costing twice as much as the one in my hand)
“Oh. Can I buy some then?”
“Not yet sunshine, don’t get cocky. Are you on any prescription medication?”
“Yes”
“Do you have high blood pressure”
“I do now”
“I’ve told you once, don’t get cocky. OK, take this for seven days and tell your doctor you’ve been taking it”
“Thank you”

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