Talking about Health and Recovery

Talking About Health and Recovery

Objective: The objective of this activity is to help learners of Yoruba practice vocabulary related to health, emotions, and expressing sympathy while discussing someone’s health and recovery. It also aims to improve their speaking and listening skills in Yoruba. Learners should have already learned basic vocabulary related to body and health. 


  1. Vocabulary review: Begin the activity by reviewing essential Yoruba vocabulary related to body and health.
  2. The learner notes down new expressions with the help of mentor and the textbooks. Examples:
    a. Inu mi dùn lati gbọ pe ó ti fúyẹ́ fun ọ. (I was glad to hear that you are better.)
    b. Inu mi dùn pe o ti sàn.  (It is good to see you are recovered.)
    c. Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni, mo dúpẹ́ pe mo sàn. (Yes, I am glad to be up/healthy again.)
    d. Waa (Iwọ a) naliti maa ṣe pẹ̀lẹ́pẹ̀lẹ́ f(un) ọ̀sẹ̀ kan tabi meji. (You will have to take it gently for a week or two.)
    e. Ara ré ti ya si. (You are much better.)
    f. Ara mi ti yá ju ti tẹ́lè lọ (I am much better than I was before.)
    g. Mo ṣ(e)orí re, mo lọ si ile iwosan to dara, a si tọju mi daadaa. (I was lucky, I went to a good hospital and had the best of treatment.)
    h. Inu Mama mi á dùn lati gbọ pe o ti sàn. (My mom will be delighted to hear of your recovery.)
    i. Jọ̀wọ́ wá ki wa nigbati ara re dá yi. (Do come round and see us, now that you are better.)
    j. O yẹ ki o tẹ̀lẹ́ àṣẹ ati ìmọ̀ràn dokítà rẹ. (You should keep strictly to your doctor’s orders.)
  3. Learners create mock dialogues in the following three scenarios.
    a. Scenario 1: Your friend recently recovered from a cold. Express your happiness and ask about their health.
    b. Scenario 2: Your friend had a minor injury and is now better. Express sympathy for their pain and ask how they feel.
    c. Scenario 3: Your friend was hospitalized but has now returned home. Express relief and inquire about their well-being.

4. Real-Life Video: Show a video of native Yoruba speakers discussing health. The learners should listen carefully and try to identify the vocabulary and expressions used.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPy5x88J40U



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