Learn French - The Doctor
Let's hope you don't get into any accidents while you are visiting another country. Be prepared for any emergency, however; you should contact your health insurance company before you leave and find out what their procedure is in case you need medical attention while you are abroad. Be sure you let someone in your travel party know the procedures, in case you are incapacitated.
If you do hurt yourself or appear ill, someone may ask you:
Vous-etes vous fait mal, monsieur? Have you hurt yourself, sir?
Hopefully, your reply will be:
Ily a un(e) medicin(e) tout pres. There is a doctor nearby.
Now we are used to the fact that there are masculine and feminine nouns, and that articles and other "modifiers" have to agree with them. Many professions take the gender of the person in that profession. A male doctor is "un medicin" and a female doctor is "une medicine".
Alors, il parait que M. Dupres a une cote casse, un ?il au beurre noir, une epaule demise, ne cheville foulee, etc. So, it seems that Mr. Dupres has a broken rib, a black eye, a dislocated shoulder, a sprained ankle, etc.
Note that we are now abbreviating "Monsieur" with M. The abbreviation for Madame is Mme., and the abbreviation for Mademoiselle is Mlle.
Let's look at some problems people might have to bring them to the doctor's, and then have a look at some medical vocabulary.
Jean a mal a la tete. John has a headache.
(Try substituting "I have a headache, she has a headache, using the forms of "avoir" you learned in Lesson 2.)
Madame a mal aux yeux. Madame has eye trouble.
You may have noticed that M. Dupres' black eye (un ?il au beurre noir), and now we speak about Madame's "mal aux yeux". The plural of "?il" is "yeux" There are a number of nouns that change form completely in the plural. We will discuss them further at a later time.
Le vieux monsieur a mal au dos. The old man has a back-ache.
If you are paying close attention, you may notice that everyone has an ache or pain a la., but when it is in the masculine or plural, and it has to change to au or aux, there is no accent.
Here are some other useful words to know.
Don't forget to memorize the article with each new noun, so you know what kind of adjective to use.
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