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Mandarin Health Vocabulary

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Chinese and Taiwanese doctors study English as part of their medical training. This means that all doctors can read English very well, but may not have mastered the spoken language.

If you become sick while visiting a Mandarin-speaking country, most large hospitals will be able to serve you in English. However, you may receive faster treatment if you can speak a few words of Mandarin to describe your condition.

General Health Vocabulary

Doctor
yīshēng / yīshī
(trad) 醫生 / 醫師
(simp) 医生 / 医师

Nurse
hùshi
(trad) 護士
(simp) 护士

Dentist
yá yī
(trad) 牙醫
(simp) 牙医

Hospital
yīyuàn
(trad) 醫院
(simp) 医院

See a doctor
kàn yīshēng
(trad) 看醫生
(simp) 看医生

See a dentist
kàn yáchǐ
(trad) 看牙齒
(simp) 看牙齿

Be hospitalized
zhùyuàn
住院

Discharged from the hospital
chūyuàn
出院

Emergency room
jí zhěn shì
(trad) 急診室
(simp) 急诊室

To operate
kāidāo
(trad) 開刀
(simp) 开刀

An operation
shǒushù
(trad) 手術
(simp) 手术

Describing Your Condition

Feel Pain
huì tòng
(trad) 會痛
(simp) 会痛

Have an allergy
guòmǐn
(trad) 過敏
(simp) 过敏

Stomach ache
wèi tòng
胃痛

Feel sick
bù shūfu
不舒服

Be sick
shēngbìng
生病

Diarrhea
fù xiè / lā dùzi
(trad) 腹瀉 / 拉肚子
(simp) 腹泻 / 拉肚子

Have a cold
gǎnmào
感冒

Cough
késou
咳嗽

Sore throat
hóulóng tòng
(trad) 喉嚨痛
(simp) 喉咙痛

Have a fever
fāshāo
(trad) 發燒
(simp) 发烧

Headache
tóutòng
(trad) 頭痛
(simp) 头痛

Injured
shòushāng
(trad) 受傷
(simp) 受伤

Additional Health Vocabulary

Sensitive skin
pífū guòmǐn
(trad) 皮膚過敏
(simp) 皮肤过敏

To itch
yǎng


Aspirin
ās ī pǐ líng
(trad) 阿斯匹靈
(simp) 阿斯匹灵

Absorbent cotton
miánhua
棉花

Bandaid
O.K. bēng
(trad) O.K. 繃
(simp) O.K. 绷

Thermometer
wēndùjì
(trad) 溫度計
(simp) 温度计
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