Bilingual Healthcare Interpreter

5 Tangible Differences Between Bilingualism and Qualified Interpreters in Healthcare

What is the practical difference between bilingual healthcare workers and those bilingual staff that are qualified to interpret in healthcare? On the surface the difference may seem negligible; but as soon as you take a close look at the code of ethics of interpreting in healthcare and the national standards of practice for healthcare interpreting, it becomes evident that […]

Medical Spanish topics for hispanics

High Value Medical Spanish Topics

The CDC recently released some health statistics about the hispanic population that you should know about…and they’re super helpful for identifying medical Spanish topics to study. Do you ever feel like you want to study medical Spanish, but you’re just not sure what to focus on? If I were you, I would take a look […]

street smarts in central america

Street Smarts in Central America

International travel to the developing countries in Central America offers amazingly rich opportunities to explore the tropical beauty of the Americas that you don’t see in other parts of the world, but it comes with inherent risks that you should be aware of. My family just got robbed in Costa Rica on a weekend trip. We […]

butt in spanish

Proper Words for Butt in Spanish

You’re definitely not the only one who gets uneasy about saying the word butt in Spanish. I wrote this post so you can avoid making a culo out of yourself unintentionally :). First of all, in this post we’re talking anatomy. We’re not discussing the conjunction “but,” nor some other use of the word “butt” like “head […]

Pregnant in Spanish

Pregnant in Spanish – what’s the best word?

So, how do you talk about pregnancy and pregnant in Spanish? I can’t tell you how many clarifications I make in my classes on a regular basis – so don’t feel bad if you need some help here. Some high frequency words/phrases that you probably want to use: el embarazo = pregnancy embarazada = pregnant quedar(se) […]

Pain in Spanish: Dolor vs Duele

Pain in Spanish: ¿Dolor vs Duele?

What is the difference between dolor and duele – Don’t they both mean Pain in Spanish? Dolor and duele aren’t too complicated to sort out. We have differences in meaning, and differences in use. Simple differences in meaning: dolor = pain duele = hurt – derived from the verb doler (o-ue) A clear understanding of what each term […]

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10 Bulletproof tips to maximize language growth on any travel experience

International travel is an amazing opportunity to get out and experience the world. But traveling itself doesn’t guarantee language development. In fact, a high percentage of university students who spend a semester abroad don’t even return home with significant growth in the host language. Some travelers develop their language more than others – even if […]

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