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How to say… I’m not feeling well

The three most useful verbs are болеть (to be ill), болит(-ят) (to hurt, used in the 3rd person form only) and чувствовать себя (to feel). Armed with these three, you can easily talk about how you’re feeling:

Simply not feeling yourself:

Как ты себя чувствуешь? How are you feeling?

Я плохо себя чувствую. I don’t feel well.

Я болею. I’m ill.

Я приболел. I’m coming down with something.

Something hurts:

У меня болит голова. My head hurts (I have a headache).

У меня болит горлo. I have a sore throat.

У меня болит живот. I have a stomach ache.

У меня болят глаза. My eyes hurt.

If you can be more specific:

Я болею гриппом. I have the flu.

Я простудился/простудилась. I caught a cold.

У меня простуда. I have a cold. (interestingly, Russians also say this to refer to a cold-sore).

Я отравился/отравилась. I have food poisoning.

Hopefully your symptoms are short-lived:

Сегодня чувствую себя лучше. I feel better today.

Сегодня полегче. Today is easier.

Я думаю, ничего серьёзного, через пару дней буду чувствовать себя нормально. I think it’s nothing serious, in a couple of days I’ll feel just fine.

Жить буду! I’m not going to die today!

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