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Explaining Symptoms in Mexican Spanish
Let’s say that you are feeling a bit sick, but it is not that serious, so you just need to get some over-the-counter medication in the pharmacy. In this case, you might need to explain what’s bothering you to the pharmacist. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to explain the most common symptoms in order to get the right treatment.
Let’s say you just have a regular cold, and you know that some cold medicine would be enough. In Spanish, “cold medicine” is antigripal.
(slow) an-ti-gri-pal.
Literally, you’d ask “A cold medicine, please” which in Spanish is:
Un antigripal, por favor.
Let’s break it down by syllable.
(slow) Un an-ti-gri-pal, por fa-vor.
Un antigripal, por favor.
The first word, un, means “a” or “an”
(slow) Un.
Then you have antigripal, which means “cold medicine”.
And at the end, we have por favor.
Altogether, that is:
Un antigripal, por favor.
Now, it’s time to learn how to explain your symptoms in Spanish.
“I have a headache” is
Tengo dolor de cabeza.
Let's break it down.
(slow) Ten-go do-lor de ca-be-za.
Now let's hear it once more.
Tengo dolor de cabeza.
The first word is tengo, which means "(I) have".
(slow) ten-go.
Next we have dolor de, which in English means literally “pain of”.
(slow) do-lor de
dolor de
Then we have cabeza, which in English means “head”.
(slow) ca-be-za.
Tengo dolor de cabeza is the way to say “I have a headache”
If it’s your stomach that’s hurting, you can say “I have a stomachache”. In Spanish, that’s...
Tengo dolor de estómago.
Let's break it down.
(slow) Ten-go do-lor de estómago.
Now let's hear it once again.
Tengo dolor de estómago.
We just replaced cabeza from the previous sentence with estómago, the word for “stomach”.
(slow) Es-tó-ma-go.
Let’s hear the entire sentence again.
Tengo dolor de estómago.
This sentence is easy to use for other aches too - just change the word estómago with any other body part that is causing you pain.
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“A cold medicine, please.” - Un antigripal, por favor.
“I have a headache.” - Tengo dolor de cabeza.
“I have a stomachache.” - Tengo dolor de estómago.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Hasta luego.