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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which of the following words tells you how much medicine to take?

Which word tells you how to take the medicine?

For which of the following kinds of medicine do you need to visit the doctor first?

Your son is 7 years old and feeling unwell.  How much medicine should he take if the directions are as follows: Adults and children over 12 , take 2 tablets every 4 hours;  Children over 6 and under 12, take 1 tablet every 4 hours; Children under 6, ask a doctor before taking this medicine.

You  have a fever, but just managed to finish eating some lunch. The medicine you bought says: Take on an empty stomach. Can you take the medicine now?

If a medicine warns that it may cause drowsiness, this means:

A runny nose, a fever, a headache, a cough .....these are all called:  

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137 Comments on “Practical English: Understanding Medicine Labels”

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Sorry about the sound in the last section… Rebecca got a sore throat.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    if you ask me ,she should take some lozenge tablets….by the way,the lesson was very useful!!!

    Wednesday, December 14th 2011

    Hi my best teacher,Rebecca
    My name is Chaiwat Siripornpaiboon from Thailand.Ireally enjoy your teaching and your team esp you. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge from you. I’m 59.Unfortunately, Ihad a stroke since August 10,2010. I’m retired from work caused of stroke,Icannot do anything except stay in bed and watch yourteaching English. I think it won’t be long to hold my last breath, but I will watch you teaching English till I kiss the dust.
    Goodbye teacher,
    Chaiwat Siripornpaiboon
    (former Bangkok Bank worker,Tak Branch)

    Thursday, May 24th 2012

      Hi Chaiwat, I’m currently working here in Thailand, and I’m a nurse…

      Thursday, June 26th 2014

fantastic Lesson and important in our daily life

Saturday, December 10th 2011

holy cows Rebecca, u were talking about health and u have a sore throat, sorry about that. I hope u feel better lovely, hardworking teacher. bye.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    I was joking. She didn’t really get a sore throat. The microphone stopped working.

    Saturday, December 10th 2011


      Wednesday, December 14th 2011

      :D That’s funny!!!

      Friday, January 27th 2012

Dear Rebecca,
I really enjoy watching your videos.
They’re very interesting and clear!

Best wishes

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Hi Rebecca. Thanks. You’re a great teacher. I’m learning a lot on EngVid.
Greetings from Brazil.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    Thank you for your kind words, Elaine. MY best wishes to you.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

hi,can i have lessons about past/presnet perfect and past/present continous…. thank you so much

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Theacher Rebbeca, ur da one !!

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    Thanks, man!

    Friday, February 24th 2012

Rebecca I hope to come back to Egypt soon, we love you from the depths of our hearts, order a lot of fans in Egypt because of the way of your teaching

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    Thank you kindly. I wish you all the best.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

Hi Rebecca your another great lessons.,Actually everybody must learn not only read but also awareness about medicine.thanks

Saturday, December 10th 2011

    Yes, you’re right. My best to you.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

So Profitable.
Many tx engvid…
Best of luck!

Sunday, December 11th 2011

What is OTC stand for? Please advise.Thank you.

Sunday, December 11th 2011

    “Over the counter”—medicine that you don’t need a prescription to get.

    Wednesday, December 14th 2011

A perfect lesson ! I could understand it all !

Sunday, December 11th 2011

    Great! Keep on going and you’ll get better and better. My best wishes to you. Bruno.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

Hi Rebecca,
I like the way you teach. That is lovely!

Sunday, December 11th 2011

Tks Rebecca, You’re good teacher. Lily from Brazil

Sunday, December 11th 2011

    Obrigada, Lily, for all your feedback on this and other lessons. My best wishes to you.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

hi, Rebecca.very interesting lesson.You’re as sweet as honey.

Sunday, December 11th 2011

Thanks Rebecca! I love your lessons!

Sunday, December 11th 2011

Hi, Rebecca, you don’t speak fast; that makes you easy to be understood. Thanks. Great lesson..!!

Sunday, December 11th 2011


Monday, December 12th 2011

thanks its great

Monday, December 12th 2011

You are a good teacher in English.


Monday, December 12th 2011

Please speak slowly because I am not canadese

Monday, December 12th 2011

Thanks for your good lesson. It’s make me understand about medicine label. :)

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

hi rebecca ur lesson is good bt i request engvid use subtitle in all lessons for better understanding ty

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

Hi rebecca. Thanks for the lesson, as usual it was very helpful. I would like to know whether there any way to know exactly what is the medicine for by just reading of the box. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

    Over the counter medicines usually describe what the medicine is for. However, prescription medicines come with no explanation so you can google them online to learn more or ask a pharmacist. Good health to you!

    Friday, February 24th 2012

i like this because i want to learn grammar.:)

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

This lesson makes me expert. thanks a lot.

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

so nice to go through this wonderful lesson

Thursday, December 15th 2011

You scored 7 out of 7.thank u 4 this lesson teacher ^^

Friday, December 16th 2011

good lesson thx

Friday, December 16th 2011

thank you goog lesson.

Friday, December 16th 2011

Thanks Rebecca ,you’re a good teacher,the lesson was great for everybody and very helpful,God bless you .

Sunday, December 18th 2011

thank you very much. you are the best

Tuesday, December 20th 2011


Thursday, December 22nd 2011

Thanks 4 ds useful information.Will u pliz give a lesson about a hospital conversation or hospital slangs or dr patient conversation.

Friday, December 23rd 2011

very usefull thanks.

Saturday, December 24th 2011

i like the way of teaching james sir

Saturday, December 24th 2011

Thanks a lot

Saturday, December 24th 2011

it is very useful lesson, Thanks Rebecca

Sunday, December 25th 2011


Monday, December 26th 2011

Dear teacher Rebecca
Thank you very much for your lesson.
You check this quiz, please
You have a fever, but just managed to finish eating some lunch. The medicine you bought says: Take on an empty stomach. Can you take the medicine now?
Sure, why not?
No, not now, because you just ate lunch.
Because when you fever you should take this medicine better you shouldn’t although you just ate lunch.
I want to talk about it because I am a doctor.
Thanks and I am going to study your lesson

Saturday, December 31st 2011


what is teospoons?

Sunday, January 1st 2012

    A teaspoon is a small spoon used to stir tea. It is also an actual measurement, so if you are taking medicine then please use the correct measurement of a teaspoon, to be safe.

    All the best.

    Friday, April 20th 2012

Thank you but i have to les again i didnt understand very well.

Monday, January 2nd 2012

Rebecca you’re excellent!! I enjoy a lot your lessons. Everything wich you say I can understand completely… Thanks!

Monday, January 2nd 2012

I love it. The lesson about medicine label is very good

Thursday, January 5th 2012

nice and bsics

Saturday, January 7th 2012

Thanks Rebecca your’re the best teachrer ,Thanks for let everyone to know the lebal of the medicine.how to use it.And now I
I know what does mean the word of (OTC).I wish you the best New year 2012.

Sunday, January 8th 2012

    Have a happy and healthy 2012! My best wishes to you.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

would like to learn english cours

Friday, January 13th 2012


Saturday, January 14th 2012

..very usefull, expecially for a doctor of an Emergency Department

Monday, January 16th 2012

thank you for good lesson.interesting and 10minites was best to
get centered on.

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

Dear Rebecca please check the lesson ” How to minimize the problem” It can not be opened.Thank a lot for all the good lessons.

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

i like u Rebecca . u a good teacher

Thursday, January 26th 2012

Dear Rebecce. I m taking ur lesson its really very help me to understand the English. but advise me how to improve my speaking…

Friday, January 27th 2012

    To speak more confidently and correctly, you need to speak more! Try to find a private English teacher in your city or online, or else you could join a conversational English class so you can get more practice. You could also offer to teach your language to someone in exchange for that person teaching you English. My best wishes to you.

    Friday, February 24th 2012

Good lesson Rebecca!!!

What’s the difference between these words: sick, sickness, ill, disease ???

For me they have the same mean, but sick is an adjective and sickness is a noun.

Thanks in advance.

Friday, January 27th 2012

    You can use these words in the following ways:

    1)I’m feeling sick! (This is slang, actually, since we’re supposed to use the word “ill”.)

    2) He has been ill for several days.

    3) He has a mysterious sickness. The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with him.

    4) He is suffering from an incurable disease.

    So yes, all these words refer to ill health, or illness, but are used in different ways.

    Hope this helps. The best of health to you, Bruno.

    Friday, February 24th 2012


What a nice teaching way! I like your lessons.

I have been in the US for 7 years and still feel shy to speak English. I feel I am hopless.

I turned 50 a few months ago!
Maybe the age is the reason!


Thursday, March 15th 2012

    Please don’t give up, Nawal. Nothing is ever hopeless unless we decide that it is so. We can continue learning all our lives; in fact, learning a language is very good exercise for your brain. So join a class, or find a private teacher and you will surely improve. Most important, believe in yourself. My very best wishes to you, Nawal.

    Friday, April 20th 2012

Dear Rebecca!

It is very good lesson. I very grateful you,because your english lessons is understanding,useful,helpful.

Thank you very much.

Best wishes

Susan 1985

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Dear Rebecca,

It was a very good lesson.every words and sentences were comprehended by me.If the sentences had any grammatical
mistake please to be notify them or it to me.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 29th 2012

Thanks Rebecca! That was very helpful!

Friday, March 30th 2012

I got 7 out of 7…that means that you are a good teacher RBK… here in Mexico the people write REBEKA using only consonants RBK but it is informal..

Monday, April 2nd 2012

Thanks for Robecca the way u have explained the direction of taken medicine and the consequences may head to whom medicine is taken

See u
Ajka from Somalia

Sunday, April 8th 2012

thanks you so much mam.

Saturday, April 14th 2012

thanks i scored 7 out of 7 it means iam getting more information i also want to take your online classes could you help me plz

Saturday, April 21st 2012

thanhs Rebecca you such nice teacher I’m only 80 whish to were young to became thanks to Rebecca one of the best teacher in to the wourld bye armando from naples Italy

Friday, April 27th 2012

I very like your lesson. Useful and fantastic. Thank you alot.

Thursday, May 10th 2012

Hi ,firstly I like your smile ,about lesson It is great like all ,I hope to learn English with envid ,thank you So much

Sunday, May 13th 2012

it was really good lesson. your way to make students understand is great , please let’s us get some slang language if you don’t mind

Sunday, June 24th 2012

i wish you all the best , please some phrasal verbs with some sentences will make me love you more and maybe i will marry you

Sunday, June 24th 2012

Thank you soooo much , I`ve just get a temporal job as a translator for an American physicians team and this lesson is gonna help me soooo much….. thank you again Rebecca.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

thank you so much i am anew sutent

Friday, August 24th 2012

Thank you again, i will keep thanking you for this medium, it really helped me a lot.

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

thank you so much I am anew Student

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Sometime OTC drugs need prescription. Carefully read insurance.

Thursday, December 13th 2012

Thank you miss rebeka for this helpful lesson.

Thursday, December 13th 2012

thank you

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

Thank you, teacher. You are fantastic…

Saturday, February 16th 2013

Thank you Rebecca,
A perfect presentation.

Friday, March 8th 2013

iam ahmed i live in somalia really ilove watching yuor lessons now ican speak well so all thanks about you teacher

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Thank you REBECCA, I am doctor now!

Sunday, March 17th 2013

Yeah ! Now i can understand medicine lables to safe my sefl when i use it, thanks Rebecca

Sunday, April 7th 2013

7 correct out of 7 :) Thank you !

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Thanks,Rebecca. This is very useful on our life.

Friday, May 3rd 2013

100/100 Thank you for the lesson

Monday, June 17th 2013

I got 86 %. Thanks Rebecca.

Monday, June 17th 2013

In this case I got 100 %. U are a good teacher. Thanks a lot.

Saturday, September 21st 2013

Thank you teacher rebecca.. you know what my question about OTC was answered. now i know what is the meaning of OTC. before i thought it is a trademark, but now i found out that this is a over the counter medice. so, now iknow.. thank you for this lesson.. i learned so much! God bless to you!

Friday, October 11th 2013

Thanks, Rebecca. This lesson is very important because contains specific words that are unusual.
I have gathered about how to read labels correctly and also I have increased my vocabulary.

Rebecca, could I make a suggestion of subject?
If possible, I would aprecciate to know about some military expressions as “Roger that” for example.
All the best, take care!

Thursday, November 7th 2013

There are some more abbreviations, which of them can often strike in you prescriptions
BD – twice daily
OD – once daily
QID – four times a daily
TDS – three times a day
im – intramuscular
sl – sublinguae
iv – intravenous
TDS – three times a day
Thank you for lesson!!! (If I’ve got mistakes? please, correct me)

Thursday, December 19th 2013

    Thank you for your extra information! I really appreciate it.

    Sunday, March 11th 2018

Thanks got 100%.

Saturday, April 5th 2014

hi Rebecca,
thanks for another informative lecture, i think your every do have information,,, so thanks alot again love u.

Saturday, July 5th 2014

Rebecca , I like your way of teaching in addition, yer so intelligent polite , and kind thank u for everything … :)

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

so great listening to you .. i wish if i followed your lesson before .. thanks so much Rebecca ..

Thursday, October 16th 2014

so informative lesson .Thanks Rebecca

Thursday, November 13th 2014

question number 5 can be misleading!

Since I’m a pharmacist I can declare that sometimes some labels may give you a suggestion rather than an order!

In that case, if the fever is raising and you you’ve just eaten take on the medincine anyway!

maybe the medicine will work less but less is better than not at all!

As about the lesson, grat one! Greetings from Italy!

Sunday, January 11th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
I have got a mysterious sickness.
My drug is to learn English with you daily. ;-)
Besr regards.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

i get 6 out of 7

Saturday, July 4th 2015

first I had had 5/7 and then I had 7/7 :D
Thanks so much

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

THanks for the explanation Rebecca I am learning and improving my basic English following your class.
Best wishes from Italy

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

thanks for your lesson. I’ve learned some useful vocabulary. i think you should teach more many new word in each yr lesson.

Monday, November 9th 2015

Thanks Miss. Rebecca When I have time I like following your class
Best regards

Sunday, January 31st 2016

Thank you Rebecca. I am prescribed myself to learn you every day to improve my poor English.

Wednesday, February 17th 2016


Monday, March 7th 2016

Dear Rebecca, I must say that I really enjoyed this lesson. As usual, you demonstrate your competence and reliability.

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

thank you very much

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

Someone believes that the term “over the counter” is sort of counter intuitive, because “over the counter” drugs don’t have to be taken after the pharmacist on the other side of the counter takes a butch’s at the prescription. We can select them directly “on this side of the counter” or “from the shelves”. I don’t agree with this idea. “Over the counter” should be understood as opposed to, or in comparison with, “under the counter”. “Under the counter” is another phrase used when you want to buy something illicit (notice: not illegal. “Illicit” mean forbidden not only by laws and rules, buy also by local customs.) that is not shown “over” the counter or on the shelves. So, “under the counter” means surreptitious, sneakily, stealthily, or unobtrusively. “Over the counter” right here means directly, freely, or without being afraid when buying things. Medicines without prescription are indeed ones that can be bought directly, freely, and without being afraid that you’ve got no prescription at all.

Friday, April 29th 2016

I am a doctor and in the question about if you can take this medicine with the stomach plenty, you can do it in this case, but is a problem in others. I answer good because I understood the concept, but the drugs for the fever can take with foods

Saturday, October 15th 2016


Sunday, October 30th 2016

Think you

Monday, November 14th 2016

excellent lesson
i got 100%
thank you teacher

Monday, December 26th 2016

6/7. I did not read thoroughly and made mistake. The answer is so obvious.

Sunday, March 19th 2017

Thanks for that wonderful lesson,the best is yet to come for your followers; I won’t regret from having enrolled to engvid lessons.

Thursday, September 21st 2017

You got 7 correct out of 7.

thank you…

Sunday, April 29th 2018


Saturday, May 26th 2018

Thank you Ms. Rebecca.

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Thanks Rebecca, was a really nice explanation

Sunday, January 19th 2020

i got 86 Thanks Rebecca.

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

thank you Rebecca i am anew here but i surprise for your method, go a head

Wednesday, June 17th 2020

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