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Lesson 8: Giving Advice
I suggest you get active.

I can read and understand health advice.

INTRODUCE

It’s important to carefully follow a doctor’s advice.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

get eight hours of sleep

eat three decent meals

quit smoking

limit your alcohol

lose weight

get active

II. Which of the actions above are good advice for these people? Choose one or two actions for each person.

  • your father

  • your best friend

  • your mother

III. Practice reading the words.

/sm/

/sp/

smoking

speaking

smell

spell

smart

spark

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use recommend/suggest you + (verb) to give advice.

Use verbs in their simple form after recommend/suggest you.

  • I recommend you get eight hours of sleep.
  • I suggest you limit your alcohol.

You can also put that between recommend/suggest and you without changing the meaning.

  • I recommend that you get active.
  • I suggest that you lose weight.

UNDERSTAND

READING

Sho got the results of his annual checkup. He’s reading the doctor’s advice.

The results of your checkup are good. However, you are experiencing a lot of stress. Please take note of the following recommendations for a healthier, less stressful lifestyle:

  • I suggest you get active. Do some physical activities outside of work like walking, jogging, or swimming.
  • I recommend that you limit your alcohol as well.
  • Try to get eight hours of sleep and eat three decent meals every day.
  • Don’t work too hard.

 

If you do not see a big improvement in your stress level within the next few months, please come back for another checkup.

TRIVIA

In Japan, it is common for companies to schedule annual checkups, but this is unusual in many other countries. For example, in the United States, people usually schedule their own checkup because they don’t like the idea of sharing their health information with their employers.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined parts grammatically correct? If not, correct them.

  1. I recommend you eat less meat.
  2. I suggest you that get eight hours of sleep.
  3. I suggest that you get active.
  4. I recommend that you will quit smoking.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the conversation using the words in parentheses.

Student:

You don’t look well. Are you okay?

Tutor:

Not really. I feel kind of tired.

Student:

That’s not good. You’ve been working really hard lately. (suggest / go home early and get some rest tonight) __________.

Tutor:

Yeah, I should probably do that. My back hurts too.

Student:

It’s probably because of your chair. (recommend / ask for a new one) __________. My back used to hurt too, but I got a new chair last week, and I feel so much better.

Tutor:

Okay. I’ll talk to HR about it tomorrow.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You want to improve your health.


Read an online health advice column. Then, tell your friend about the health tips you read.

Today's grammar tip

  • recommend/suggest (that) you

Dear Dr. Thompson,

What should I do to improve my health? I notice that I’m gaining a lot of weight and feel less energetic.

Sincerely,

Aki

 


 

Dear Aki,

Thank you for sending in your question! I’m sure a lot of people are wondering how to improve their health too.

To answer your question, many doctors say that a lot of people gain weight because of their unhealthy eating habits. Here are some personal tips to improve your health:

  • I recommend that you eat 350g of vegetables every day.
  • Don’t skip or delay meals. If you’re too hungry, you may overeat.
  • I suggest you avoid eating three hours before bedtime.
  • Drink water, not sugary drinks.

 

I hope these tips help you live a healthier lifestyle. Remember, always eat right!

 

Dr. Sue Thompson

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

HEALTH ADVICE

2

CHECKUPS

3

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

1

HEALTH ADVICE

  1. Does anyone in your family need health advice?
  2. What health advice would you give him/her?
  3. Do you usually follow other people’s health advice?
  4. Do you trust health advice found on the Internet?

2CHECKUPS

  1. Do you always go to the same hospital for checkups?
  2. Did your doctor give you any health advice during your last checkup?
  3. Is getting a health checkup in Japan cheap or expensive?
  4. Is it important to have your health checked yearly?

3HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

  1. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
  2. Do you sometimes eat three hours before bedtime?
  3. Do you sometimes skip or delay your meals?
  4. What can you do to get more active?

FEEDBACK

I can read and understand health advice.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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