Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

how to say you're sick in English

Are you stuffed up?

Are you coming down with something?

Today find out how to talk about being sick in English.

If you are living in the US or if you do a business trip to the US and you get sick, you need to know how to talk about it in a casual and natural way to stay connected with people.

In the US, we are often very private about being sick.

If we have something serious we are likely to keep it private unless we are talking with a close family member.

See our Episode 422 for more about privacy in American culture.


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How can you say that you’re sick?

  • “Hey I’m not feeling well this week.”
  • “I have come down with a cold.”
  • “I thought I was over it but I am not.”
  • “I’m feeling a little under the weather.”
  • “I’m not feeling so hot today.”
  • “I have a sniffle today.”
  • “I’m stuffed up today.”
  • “I feel a little light-headed.”
  • “I’m achy.”


How to respond:

  • “I’m sorry to hear that.”
  • “I’m sorry you’re not feeling well.”
  • “Do you feel achy?”
  • “I hope you feel better soon.”
  • “Get well soon.” (this is only used for cards and balloons, not spoken)


What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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