2019-12-28intermediate

Buying Cold Medicine – HSK 3 Reading Practice

Picture this: You're in China and you've caught a terrible cold. Suddenly you're going to have to track down some cold medicine and ask for it in Chinese! Luckily you stumbled across this HSK 3 reading practice blog post that will teach you just the answer. The sentences here are designed to primarily draw from characters that you already know, while adding some that will expand your vocabulary and make it even more useful.

These phrases are ones that you'll want to learn now, before you need to use them. I remember when I was still in High School I traveled to Shanghai with my dad. He was there for work and actually left me for a few days on my own! It was exciting and fun; I went to Suzhou (a beautiful nearby city) and saw the gardens, I visited the museum in Shanghai and I stayed in some youth hostels. I spoke Chinese well enough that it was all pretty enjoyable, until I got to my last day: I got sick! And guess what, I wasn't really sure what to ask for and I felt too sick to even try.

After reading the example sentences below, try following the link to see the full lesson. You can find this and other lessons on our main page or the app.

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nín hǎo
您好
您好
hello (polite)
 
I, me
xiǎng
to want, to wish
mǎi
to buy, to purchase
gǎn mào
感冒
感冒
to catch cold, (common) cold
yào
medicine, drug
 

Hello! I want to buy cold medicine.

Character set
Pinyin
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hǎo de
好的
好的
OK, fine
 
qǐng wèn
请问
請問
Excuse me, may I ask...?
nín
you (courteous)
shì
is, are
shén me
什么
什麼
what
zhèng zhuàng
症状
症狀
symptom (of an illness)
 

Sure, may I ask what symptoms you have?

Character set
Pinyin
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jiù
just (emphasis)
shì
is, are
hóu lóng
喉咙
喉嚨
throat
tòng
ache, pain
 
ké sou
咳嗽
咳嗽
to cough
 
liú
to flow, to disseminate, to circulate or spread
bí tì
鼻涕
鼻涕
nasal mucus, snivel
 

I have a sore throat, cough, and runny nose.

Character set
Pinyin
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zhè
this, these
yào
medicine, drug
yǒu
to have, there is
fù zuò yòng
副作用
副作用
side effect
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 

Does this medicine have any side effects?

Character set
Pinyin

To read the entire lesson you can click here

If you'd like another HSK 3 level reading practice try this lesson