1 It’s definitely a bacterium and not a virus that’s caused your inflammation, so I’m going to prescribe a course of antibiotics.

2 I suggest that over the next six months you follow a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for 30 minutes three times a week. Come and see me in four weeks’ time and we’ll see how you’re getting on.

3 You appear to have developed a sensitivity to pollen. You may need to stay indoors at certain times of the year and take antihistamines to improve your condition.

4 I think your headaches may be due to the fact that you haven’t been taking in enough fluids. You really need to drink at least a litre of water a day.

5 I’m afraid you’re going to continue to experience some weakness in your left-hand side. I’ve
referred you to the physiotherapist and prescribed medication to prevent a further occurrence.

 

Track 18

1 It took us forever to get out of the city. We must have driven for an hour and a half – nothing but shopping malls and bungalows as far as the eye could see.

2 I don’t mind the grime, the crime or the noise. And the skyscrapers are just amazing. It’s a vertical city. You really need to see it to believe it.

3 We stayed in a lovely little cottage, surrounded by meadows. It was gorgeous – so peaceful.

4 The High Street is thronged during the festival. Street performers, clowns, acrobats, all kinds of people peddling all kinds of crazy things. You’d love it.

5 I’d read so much about it when I was at school. I couldn’t believe I was actually there, an ancient town, almost perfectly preserved. You weren’t allowed to take photographs, but I did anyway – when no-one was looking, of course.

 

Track 19

1 I was never cut out to be an engineer. I just can’t do the maths. So, yes, on the whole I think changing over to product design was the right decision for me.

2 Whenever we got together to revise, she’d end up moaning about her landlord. She was a good student, but looking back I don’t think the arrangement really worked.

3 I can understand why universities may want to increase tuition fees, but if they increase them threefold, only the rich will be able to afford it.

4 I see the pass rates have gone up again this year. That would never have happened in my day, even though we were much better informed than kids nowadays.

5 Basically, it allows me to pursue my interest in music and keep my job in the recording studio. It’s not so intense either. I’ve got time to think about what I’m learning, absorb it at my own pace.