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282 Trip to the Hospital
Ian talks about a time he was ill.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

first time

Tell me about the first time you went to the hospital.

We use the phrase 'first time' to talk about the first experience that we had with something. Notice the following:

  1. We saw each other for the first time when we were still in high school.
  2. The first time I saw the ocean was in Florida.


The doctor decided I should go to hospital and I had my appendix out.

Your 'appendix' is a part of your body. It is a tube in your abdominal area that has no known function, but can become infected. Notice the following:

  1. That area of your abdomen is where your appendix is.
  2. He had his appendix removed when he was seven.


My mother phoned the doctors.

In this case 'phone' is used as a verb, meaning 'to call someone using a telephone.' Notice the following:

  1. You shouldn't phone him so late at night.
  2. I will phone you if I hear more.


I always remember being in Wales because I had problems understanding the doctor's accent.

Your 'accent' is the sound or the tone of your voice when you speak.  People from different parts of the world, even though they might speak the same language, have different accents.  There are usually many different accents within the same country. Notice the following:

  1. She has lived away from home so long that she's lost her accent.
  2. He has a very strong southern accent.


Hospitals in the big cities have more sophisticated medical equipment.

In this case 'sophisticated' can be replaced with 'modern' or 'advanced.' Notice the following:

  1. Our company uses sophisticated research techniques.
  2. This is the most sophisticated dance school in the area.