We all get sick once in a while. How do say when a person does not feel well in Chinese? Here are some expressions talking about feeling unwell.

In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When the person feels sick, he can say “我生病了。”(Wǒ shēngbìngle.)

Describe the Feelings of Feeling Unwell

To describe how one feels, here are some examples:

我感觉恶心。 Wǒ gǎnjué ěxīn.   I feel nausea.

我感觉虚弱。 Wǒ gǎnjué xūruò.  I feel weak.

我没有胃口。 Wǒ méiyǒu wèikǒu。 I have no appetite.

疼 | 痛  Téng | tòng

There is a very useful word in Chinese, “疼” or “痛“(pain). When added after a body part, it indicates the pain from that part. For example,

 头疼|头痛   Tóuténg |tóutòng   headache

牙疼 |牙痛   Yá téng |yátòng      toothache

肚子疼 |肚子痛   Dùzi téng |dùzi tòng   stomachache |tummy ache

喉咙疼 |喉咙痛  Hóulóng téng |hóulóng tòng     sore throat

 

I have a headache. 我头疼。Wǒ tóuténg

Do you have a toothache? 你牙疼吗?Nǐ yá téng ma

She has a stomachache. 他肚子痛。Tā dùzi tòng

I have a sore throat.  我喉咙痛。Wǒ hóulóng tòng

In addition to the pain, some other symptoms include:

拉肚子   Lādùzi  diarrhea

发烧       Fāshāo  fever

流鼻涕   Liú bítì  running nose

呕吐       Ǒutù     vomit

咳嗽       Késòu   cough

What to Do When A Person is Sick

When a person is not feeling well, the first thing s/he needs to do is to take a rest 休息(Xiūxí). Sleep 睡觉(Shuìjiào) obviously helps too. Of course, s/he should not forget to drink lots of water 喝水(Hē shuǐ ) or take medicine 吃药(Chī yào).

No matter how many things one needs to work on, when s/he is sick, it is better to take it easy (放松 Fàngsōng) and recover soon (早点康复Zǎodiǎn kāngfù)!

 

 

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