Tips & Tricks


In today’s class, we’ll go over some  HEALTH IDIOMS!

Do you know any??


As you study these IDIOMS, please remember to head over to where you can see how a native speaker uses _______________ in a real conversation.


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Another great source to study new content is

Click HERE and try a quiz on health idioms


PART 2 (speaking)

Are people worried about __________ health in your country?

Is access ______________ healthcare easy for you and other people?

What do you think we should do to ___________ healthy?

Stomach shrinking surgery for the obese is common in your country. Do you know what it is called in English? If you want to find __________, read on!


Before you watch this video on Brazil’s healthcare system, predict the answer:

  1. Does the video suggest public healthcare is good in Brazil?

Now watch the video and check:

  1. Was your answer right?
  2. How can you tell (What did they say)?

Discuss the questions

Is it too expensive to treat poor people?

Is Bariatric Surgery (stomach shrinking surgery for the obese) part of a public health procedure in your country? Is this fair?

Idioms & Expressions

It’s time for some MORE IDIOMS related to HEALTH.

Here are some for you to use in your next conversations:

  • He’s turning into a BAG OF BONES.
  • She’s always FULL OF BEANS in the morning.
  • It was a BITTER PILL for me to SWALLOW when she started dating him instead of me.

Explain what you think they mean


Read the following extract from an article on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) and discuss. Does this contrast with your previous answers?

Article by The Guardian’s Health Editor, Sarah Boseley: The UK needs to perform thousands more obesity operations, say surgeons

Reducing stomach size prevents people eating more _______ small amounts at a time, leading _______ dramatic weight loss. It can also reverse type 2 diabetes, _________ carries the risk of amputations, blindness, heart attacks and strokes.

France, with a population similar to __________ of Britain, carries _________ 37,000 obesity operations a year, compared with just 5,000 in the UK. Two countries with far smaller populations – Belgium and Sweden – perform 12,000 and 7,000 respectively, while Italy does 8,000.

It is a safe and cost-effective therapy for a _________________ (DEAD) disease, according to bariatric surgeons speaking at an international conference in London. Yet the NHS is ´dragging its feet´ (WHAT DOES THIS EXPRESSION MEAN?), they say.

“The UK data is overwhelming – surgery makes a difference to people’s health and we want commissioners to acknowledge this and act accordingly,” said Marco Adamo, a consultant surgeon at University College hospital and the chair of the National Bariatric Surgery Register, which records operations. “Severe and complex obesity is a serious, lifelong condition associated with many major medical conditions, the cost of which threatens to bankrupt the NHS.”

Bariatric surgery costs about £6,000 to £7,000 – only about a third of the cost of a knee replacement, a procedure which itself is often made necessary by obesity.

Prof Francesco Rubino, the chair of metabolic and bariatric surgery at King’s College London, said he used to think it was about cost. “But more recently I started to grow concerned that this may actually not be the real problem. The cost of bariatric surgery is very often balanced by the health benefits, especially in diabetes, within a couple of years. Bariatric surgery is one of the most cost-effective interventions we have in modern medicine,” he said.

Instead, said Rubino, he thought it was about shame and the judgments passed on obese people. “Looking at the science of obesity today, it is inconsistent with the evidence to conceive of obesity as a lifestyle choice,” he said. “It is not true that all patients who are obese are basically overeating.

“I would also say that even if it were all about overeating – and I don’t believe it is the case – we don’t forgive obese patients for their poor lifestyle choices although we forgive those, such as smoking, that lead to cancer and transplant surgery.

“If we start taking the approach that disease associated with lifestyle choice should not be treated by surgical intervention, where are we going to draw the line? Pretty much every disease would have to be associated with lifestyle. I don’t think we should be here to judge.”


Watch a movie ___________ theme is health (The good doctor) and tell your teacher next class 5 words (expressions) you _______learned.

Get some popcorn and _________ fun. Don’t stress __________ it if you don’t understand everything they say. It’s a treat (what is a ´treat´?)to just sit down and listen to English ________a while.

Alternatively, try a KAHOOT on the topic or go to and ___________ fun!

Until __________ time! 🙂

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