German for carers – Medication and dosage: Vocabulary basics

Lesson 18 German

Medication and Dosage: Vocabulary Basics

Hello students! I am Ewa, your German language travel guide. Today’s lesson, inspired by a conversation with a friend who works at a German agency for elderly care, will focus not only on language, but also on key aspects of care. Stories of challenges and satisfying moments in this work remind us of the importance of empathy and professionalism in both Poland and Germany. It will also be an opportunity to explore Polish-German cultural relations.

German vocabulary for caregivers

Today we will focus on Medicines and Dosage: The Basics of Vocabulary, Key to the Daily Care of Seniors. We will learn the necessary words and phrases related to the administration of drugs and their dosage, which is important in the work of a caregiver. Below you will find a list of 10 words we will learn today, along with their German equivalents:

  • The drug – Das Medikament
  • Dosage – Die Dosierung
  • Tablets – Die Tabletten
  • Recipe – Das Rezept
  • Pharmacy – Die Apotheke
  • Senior – Der Senior
  • Caretaker – der Betreuer/die Betreuerin
  • Care for seniors – Die Seniorenbetreuung
  • Health – Die Gesundheit
  • The Doctor – Der Arzt/die Arztin

Today’s lesson will enrich your vocabulary and practical skills necessary to work as a caregiver for the elderly. Get ready for a fascinating journey through the German language that will bring you a new dose of knowledge!

Example dialogues – everyday phrases and expressions

Dialogue 1: Eine Medikamente und Dosierung (Drugs and Dosage)

Ewa: Herr Martin, hier ist Ihre Tabletten. Bitte nehmen Sie zwei nach dem Frühstück. (Mr. Martine, here are your pills. Please take two after breakfast.)

Martin: Verstehe, Ewa. Zwei Tabletten. Danke für deine Hilfe.(I understand, Eva. Two pills. I greatly appreciate your help.)

Dialogue 2: The health routine (die Gesundheitsroutine)

Ewa: Es ist wichtig, dass wir jeden Tag zur gleichen Zeit spazieren gehen, Herr Martin. Es hilft Ihrer Gesundheit.(We must walk at the same time every day, Mr. Martine. It helps keep you healthy.)

Martin: Ja, das stimmt. Ich genieße unsere Spaziergänge, Ewa. (Yes, that’s right, I enjoy our walks, Eve.)

Dialogue 3: Eine Erinnerungen teilen (Sharing memories).

Ewa: Erzählen Sie mir mehr über Ihre Gartenarbeit, Herr Martin. Ich finde das sehr interessant. (Please tell me more about your garden work, Mr. Martine. I find it very intriguing.)

Martin: Natürlich, Ewa. Ich habe viele Jahre in meinem Garten verbracht. Es ist meine Leidenschaft.(Of course, Eve. I have spent many years in my garden. It is my passion.).

Interactive exercises: Strengthening language skills

Task 1: Creating Dialogues

Task description: To practically apply and consolidate the vocabulary from the lesson Medications and Dosage, please create short dialogues that could take place between a caregiver and a senior during routine care. The dialogues should include words related to medications, their dosage, and daily caregiving activities.

Example: Eve (Caregiver) says to Mr. Martin: Herr Martin, es ist Zeit für Ihre Medikamente. Sie müssen zwei Tabletten von diesem Medikament nehmen. (Mr. Martine, it is time for your medication. You must take two tablets of this medicine.)

Mr. Martin replies: Danke, Eve. Kannst du mir bitte Wasser geben? (Thank you, Eve, can you please give me some water?)

Task 2: Create a Purchase List

Task Description: To apply vocabulary related to medicines and elderly care, please prepare a shopping list that could be used by a caregiver in Germany. The list should include the names of medicines, care products and other necessary items. Be sure to put the article’s genitives next to each word.


  • Tabletten gegen Bluthochdruck (Tablets for high blood pressure).
  • Das Fieberthermometer (The Thermometer).
  • Die Hautcreme (Cream for the skin)
  • Das Schmerzmittel (The Painkiller).
  • Die Windeln für Erwachsene (Diapers for adults).

The goals of these assignments are not only to learn German, but also to prepare students to work more effectively as caregivers for the elderly in Germany, understanding their needs and requirements for daily care.

Sightseeing and customs trivia about Germany

Today, I want to share with you a fascinating tidbit from one of Germany’s largest cities: Munich. Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is known for its beautiful architecture, rich history and, most importantly, its famous Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, takes place every year from late September through the first weekend in October. It is not only a time of joy and fun, but also an opportunity to learn about German culture and traditions.

For an elderly caregiver working in Munich, Oktoberfest can be a unique opportunity to experience German hospitality and fun. During your spare time, you can visit Theresienwiese, where the festival takes place, and sample traditional Bavarian food and different types of beer. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and practice German in a natural setting.

If you’re considering working in Germany, Munich, especially during Oktoberfest, can be an excellent choice. Working as a caregiver for the elderly in the region allows you not only to gain work experience, but also to participate in one of Germany’s most iconic events. So I encourage you to consider this opportunity and immerse yourself in Munich’s rich culture and traditions.

Summary of Lesson 18: Medications and Dosage: Vocabulary Basics.

In summary, today’s lesson focused on medications and dosage helped to understand key aspects of caring for seniors. Learning medical vocabulary facilitates effective communication and practical application of knowledge in a caregiver’s daily work.

I encourage you to continue learning and practicing German, which will not only make it easier for you to communicate with seniors, but also enrich your work experience. Remember that every new word and every new phrase is a step forward in your development as a caregiver.

I invite you to our next lesson, where we will focus on the topic Meals and Nutrition: Important Words. We will learn vocabulary related to diet, food preferences and the basics of healthy eating for the elderly. This will be another important lesson that will help you in your daily work and care for seniors.

Thank you for participating in today’s lesson and see you soon on the Hrily platform!

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