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?

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 […]


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 […]

Indirect Communication Style – Straight Talk about Beating Around the Bush

Communication style is the way you say what you say – and it has huge implications on the results of a conversation between parties. Pay special attention to this post if you have had frustrated negotiations, unresolved confrontations, or simply want to communicate more effectively across cultures. It’s one thing to have language barrier between […]

Bilingual Certification in Healthcare: Proficiency Standards

The healthcare industry desperately needs a bilingual certification for healthcare workers. What does it mean to be Certified Bilingual and how is that different from interpreter certification?   Interpreter certification in healthcare is relatively well-established in the USA with a few possible routes to attain certification. It is surprisingly not required by the majority of […]