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If you have a role-play that takes place at the doctor's, you are very likely to have to spell your name. So, make sure you can do this in German!

Here are some examples of phrases that may come up in the role-plays. Look through them and see if you can work out what you would say if they came up in your exam. There are some suggestions for answers below.

1. Say you have a toothache.

2. Say you have a stomachache.

3. Say your sister has backache.

4. Say your brother has a headache.

5. Say you have broken your arm.

6. Say you have a cold.

7. Say you have burnt yourself.

8. Say he has sunburn.

9. Say she has the flu.

10. Say you have cut yourself.

11. Say you have cut your finger.

12. Say that you fell.

13. Say you have a temperature.

14. Say that you are seasick.

15. Say that you have a cough.

16. Say that a wasp has stung you.

17. Find out if you have to stay in bed.

18. Find out if you need a prescription.

20. Ask for something for sunburn.

21. Say you have been ill since this morning.

22. Say that it hurts.

23. Find out how long you must take the tablets for.

24. Ask how often you should take the tablets.

25. Say that you feel better.


  1. Ich habe Zahnschmerzen.
  2. Ich habe Magenschmerzen.
  3. Meine Schwester hat Rückenschmerzen.
  4. Mein Bruder hat Kopfschmerzen.
  5. Ich habe mir den Arm gebrochen.
  6. Ich habe eine Erkältung.
  7. Ich habe mich verbrannt.
  8. Er hat einen Sonnenbrand.
  9. Sie hat eine Grippe.
  10. Ich habe mich geschnitten.
  11. Ich habe mich in den Finger geschnitten.
  12. Ich bin hingefallen.
  13. Ich habe Fieber.
  14. Ich bin seekrank.
  15. Ich habe Husten.
  16. Eine Wespe hat mich gestochen.
  17. Soll ich im Bett bleiben?
  18. Brauche ich ein Rezept?
  19. Wo ist die Apotheke?
  20. Haben Sie etwas gegen Sonnenbrand?
  21. Ich bin seit heute früh krank.
  22. Es tut weh.
  23. Bis wann muss ich die Tabletten nehmen?
  24. Wie oft soll ich die Tabletten nehmen?
  25. Ich fühle mich besser.

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An example of the type of writing you may have to do related to this topic would be an article for a school magazine about leading a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some ideas of the sorts of things you could include:

  • Describe the types of foods that make up a healthy diet. You could talk about the different components of food (fat, carbohydrate, protein, etc) and describe the effect they have on the body. Say whether you follow such a diet.
  • You could say you used to eat less healthily (past tense), but now you eat more fruit, vegetables, less fat etc. (present tense)
  • You could now mention exercise and whether you think you do enough. Talk about different sports.
  • Now you can talk about smoking and alcohol and the effects they have on us.
  • Finally, you could use the conditional tense by saying what you would/could do to improve your lifestyle. Think of all those New Year's resolutions!
  • There are opportunities to use three time frames here, so make the most of them!
  • Also, plenty of chances to give your opinion on foods, sports, cigarettes, etc.
  • So, a brilliant opportunity to show an examiner how well you can write German!