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The best Learn Medical Spanish resource for the healthcare community is Common Ground International! Since 2001 we've been providing Spanish training and language services that help Spanish-only patients connect with their healthcare providers. Patients understand their conditions and treatment options, and receive better quality care because the medical team they're working with can speak their language.

Products, Courses & Services to learn Medical Spanish:

Why learn medical Spanish?

It makes a huge difference in the lives of your Spanish only patients when you can connect with them in their language (even if you only know basic medical Spanish phrases). But there are several other reasons to learn medical Spanish in Colorado (and across the USA):

  • First of all, you can physically see the sighs of relief when you use your medical Spanish with patients to establish a positive rapport and understand their situation.
  • Secondly, you have more confidence and insight on patient conversations when using your interpreters because you know some basic medical Spanish and common medical Spanish phrases for high frequency ideas that you need to communicate.
  • Additionally, many nursing jobs prefer candidates with some level of bilingualism, and most nursing schools don’t have space in their schedules to provide medical Spanish courses.
  • Finally, Common Ground’s Spanish teachers are extremely engaging and fun to learn medical Spanish with, so our courses are low-stress and high-impact.

FREE Medical Terminology and Learning Tools to Learn Medical Spanish:

We regularly publish free downloads or sample lesson so that you can learn Spanish for healthcare on your own. A lot of the emphasis is on proper vocabulary with these learning tools, but we also touch on useful and high frequency grammar activities for your use with Spanish-only patients. Check it out when you have a minute!

Medical Spanish Blog:

We write articles and language tips to help you navigate the responsible use of Spanish with your patients. Many of the blog posts take the form of language tidbits or video lessons. We address frequently asked questions and common mistakes that students make in our Spanish for healthcare courses.

Medical Spanish Books:

The best books and study resources for anyone in healthcare looking to learn medical Spanish. We have curated a list of resources that we approve of and believe are useful to you. Our books help you in your endeavor to learn more Spanish for your clinical work with patients.

Medical Spanish Certification:

A new certification for the healthcare industry is coming soon. This bilingual certification for healthcare reduces costs and improves the quality of care that Spanish-only patients receive. This is an advanced level certification because it blends Spanish fluidity and accuracy with cultural savvy and assesses your ability to do your job in Spanish. This is a certification for clinical staff, not administrative staff.

Medical Spanish Courses (Face to Face):

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We offer Beginning to Advanced level medical Spanish Courses in the Denver, CO area. We generally start Courses in the months of September, January, & April. Each of these Spanish for healthcare courses are focused on teaching you essential vocabulary at your current level. Our goal isn’t that you would speak perfectly, however we want you to learn medical Spanish and use it responsibly in everyday medical and clinical settings.

Learn medical Spanish online:

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Live-taught and pre-packaged online medical Spanish courses open for registration. Our live-taught online medical Spanish Courses are taught by our instructors abroad so that you have conversations with native speakers. Our pre-packaged courses are taught by our senior medical Spanish instructor, Rory Foster.

Immersion Trips to Learn Medical Spanish:

We open our immersion trips to healthcare workers and students of all Spanish levels. We help you gain proficiency in Spanish so that you can give back to local communities in need. Immersion trips currently run 2 times a year in Central and South America (Costa Rica, Ecuador & Nicaragua). Dates are February-March and June-July, so you choose what works best for you! These are not clinically focused medical missions because we want you to use Spanish in a wide variety of contexts. Our focus is on language proficiency development while we deliver community and public health outreach to local communities in need.

University Elective Medical Spanish Courses:

Turnkey courses for universities and healthcare programs wanting to integrate Spanish for healthcare into their curriculum. Firstly, these courses can be credit bearing or non credit bearing, pass/fail or graded courses. Secondly, all of our faculty have graduate degrees in Spanish or a related healthcare field. Therefore, we are well-equipped to become an integral component of your faculty.

Medical Spanish Immersion Trips

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Budget Traveler - 1wk Costa Rica
Lowest Cost!
Medical Spanish Immersion programs in Costa Rica & Ecuador every January, February, June and July
Based in Santo Domingo

1-wk total trip length

Consider 10 days to have a full weekend to explore!
June 29, 2019 | January 25, 2020
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20 hrs language school
Optional 1:1 private lessons
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Great day trips
Amazing beaches, volcanoes, national parks, etc
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders
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Adventure Traveler - Ecuador
Newest Program
Adventure Traveler is medical Spanish immersion in Ecuador
Based in Quito, Cuenca & the Amazon

2-3 weeks in length

November 2, 2019 | July 18, 2020
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Great day trips to the equator, hot springs, etc.
Optional Wilderness Medicine Course at Reserva Alto Coca
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders

*All medical Spanish immersion programs in Nicaragua are currently paused pending resolutions to political unrest. Contact Us if you would like to discuss.

Learn Medical Spanish in Colorado

Medical Spanish Placement Test: The perfect way to find out which course is best suited for your current Spanish level. This is an online placement test that assesses your knowledge of Spanish in everyday healthcare contexts (not necessarily your ability to speak), and your ability to express yourself in writing. We ask you to take this test so we can place you in the most appropriate Spanish for healthcare course that helps you learn at your level.

MedicalSpanish300x200These medical Spanish courses are perfect for Nurses, Doctors, PAs, PTs, Nutritionists, and other healthcare workers with a clinical focus who want to learn medical Spanish terminology.

In every session you will practice common patient scenarios with other like-minded healthcare workers under the guidance of professional instructors trained in teaching Spanish as a second language.

A few quick notes about our courses to Learn Medical Spanish:

  • These courses are more than medical terminology courses because we teach you how to communicate in Spanish with your Spanish-only patients.
  • Most employers are reimbursing course tuition for these medical Spanish courses, so don’t forget to ask your supervisor or employer!
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to every student who attends at least 75% of the class meetings, so come to class!
  • Nursing CEU credits are included at no additional cost!

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Read the medical Spanish course descriptions below in order to find the course that fits your level and format best! If you need help selecting the best level for you – take this Spanish placement test.

Medical Spanish Beginning 1

Beginning 1

Beginning 1 Medical Spanish in Denver & Aurora Colorado
4.95out of 5based on 21 customer ratings

Start using your new Spanish vocabulary after your first night! This Beginning I Medical Spanish Course helps you learn medical Spanish basics so that you get comfortable with medical Spanish phrases and medical Spanish vocabulary. You will learn greetings and goodbyes, patient introductions, basic interview skills, common cold and flu symptoms, body parts, pain and injuries, vital signs, basic medical vocabulary, numbers, telling time and units of measure. If you’re a beginner, this is a great place to start learning!

This Medical Spanish course is great for students who…

  • Have little or no experience with Spanish–OR
  • Aren’t currently using their Spanish because they have never been comfortable enough to try and use the Spanish language they know.
  • Know a little general Spanish, however would like to start learning Medical Spanish vocabulary and phrases.

I have learned an extensive amount of medical vocabulary. I feel that I can communicate with Spanish speaking patients. With simple conversations, I am now able to meet my patients’ needs without having to use the interpreter phone.

–Laura R, RN

Medical Spanish Beginning 2

Beginning 2

Beginning 2 Medical Spanish in Denver & Aurora Colorado
4.89out of 5based on 9 customer ratings

If you are beyond needing to learn basic medical Spanish, then join the Beginning 2 class and take your Spanish to the next level! The Beginning II course is a continuation of Beginning I, so it’s a great place to start learning if you already have some experience with Spanish. We will bring you to a point of further knowledge and comfort with the Spanish language in the medical context. You will begin with a review of Beginning I material such as common cold and flu symptoms and how to talk about pain and body parts using present tense verbs.

Then you will learn how to take a family medical history, give pharmacy and dosing instructions for common medications as well as explaining their possible side effects, and learn how to recommend lifestyle changes regarding diet and nutrition, including special diets for patients. You will review regular and irregular present tense verb conjugations, learn preterit tense verbs, and speaking about the future.

Great for students who…

  • Maybe have some high school experience with Spanish –OR-
  • Can get through a basic interaction with patients but really need to focus on some grammar and specific medical vocabulary to help be more efficient.
  • Know the present tense and are able to use it but get lost when it comes to past tense.
  • Completed Beginning I

The course was very laid back and non-intimidating which made it easy to ask questions. Also, the material that was covered was relevant to my profession.

–Gavin K, PharmD

Medical Spanish - Intermediate 1

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 1 Medical Spanish in Denver Colorado
5.00out of 5based on 6 customer ratings

Increase your Medical Spanish proficiency! The Intermediate I course is appropriate for students with some significant Spanish experience. So if you’ve already been learning medical Spanish on the job or studying medical Spanish, this may be a good class for you. We assume you are comfortable with present tense verbs, and have studied the past tense before. For the first few weeks we will review basic body parts and internal organs, symptoms, pain. We will also review the pharmacy (giving patient instructions and side effects), and diet and nutrition (recommending certain diets). You will then learn how to conduct a physical exam in Spanish, how to explain tests and procedures to patients, and how to take a detailed medical history.

Grammar topics will include strengthening how you communicate in the past tense with patients, learning how to give commands, and learning how to use direct and indirect object pronouns.

Great for students who…

  • Are very comfortable with the present tense, are pretty comfortable with the past tense. Maybe had a few years in high school.
  • Currently speak Spanish as much as possible with your patients.
  • Want to focus on learning medical vocabulary & get a lot of time to practice in the classroom setting.
  • Completed Beginning II

I liked how the information was relevant and the interactions helped us learn the material better.”

–Kendra Z, MD

Medical Spanish - Intermediate 2

Intermediate 2

Intermediate Medical Spanish Semester Course
4.00out of 5based on 1 customer rating

You already speak medical Spanish relatively fluidly, but you need to fine tune your medical Spanish terminology! The Intermediate II course is a continuation of Intermediate I. It’s also a great place to start if you already feel comfortable with medical Spanish vocabulary and can speak Spanish well using present, past tense, and the command form of verbs. Course content will include a comprehensive review of medical vocabulary, patient interviewing skills, and verbs. You will focus in on topics such as the Physical Exam, learning how to take a complete Medical History, talking about hospitalizations, dentistry and mental health, as well as pediatrics and maternity.

Grammar topics included are, an introduction to the subjunctive, using direct and indirect object pronouns, commands and the imperfect and preterit verb tenses. You will also have the opportunity to give a presentation in Spanish to the class about a specific topic that relates to your patients and/or specialization.

Great for students who…

  • Consider themselves very proficient with Spanish, but need to focus on more medical terminology
  • Currently use Spanish all the time with patients.
  • Want to focus on medical vocabulary & get a lot of time to practice in the classroom setting.
  • Completed Intermediate I

I loved this course. I had such a good time. Learning was pertinent and intriguing. I was able to apply what I was learning in the hospital.

–Sally W, RN

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Medical Spanish Certification Prep Courses

Medical Spanish Certification Prep Course
5.00out of 5based on 5 customer ratings

The Medical Spanish Certification Prep class helps healthcare professionals and students prepare for medical Spanish competency testing. This course is intended to help you successfully pass your organization’s Qualified Bilingual Spanish or other 3rd party tests. These test verify language competency and the responsible use of Medical Spanish with patients. Therefore, this course focuses heavily on proper medical terminology and professional tone in Spanish.

This is not a formal healthcare interpreters training course – however we will be training you in accuracy for oral interpretation, written translations and sight translations. This is the right course for those who are wanting to gain medical Spanish “certification” or approval from their employer. Many students will receive bonuses from their employers for successfully passing their language competency testing.

In this course you can expect to:

  • Improve your listening comprehension of native speakers
  • Increase your speed and improve your accuracy using high level grammar
  • Increase your accuracy when converting oral and written language
  • Expand your understanding of subtle nuances in general vocabulary and medical Spanish terminology
  • Expand your precision and accuracy with medical Spanish vocabulary in your everyday work contexts

My medical Spanish instructor was entertaining, patient, and explained things well. I really enjoyed the different learning activities.

–Jenna E, MD

Medical Spanish level icon_IntensiveIntensive Medical Spanish & Local Immersion Courses

A few different times a year, we offer intensive medical Spanish classes. These courses are usually similar in content to the medical Spanish courses described above, but packaged and delivered in an intensive format. Instead of meeting for 1.5 hours a week, these intensive medical Spanish courses will meet for extended periods of time, and often multiple days in a week. If we are actively registering any intensive medical Spanish course, you will find them listed on our courses page.

A few of our standard intensive medical Spanish courses are:

Weekend intensive courses to learn medical Spanish: These courses usually meet on Friday and Saturday (sometimes Sundays as well) for a total of 12 hours. Therefore, these courses are the ideal format for bringing medical Spanish courses to your community that is located outside of the Denver Metro area. If you’d like to invite Common Ground to teach a weekend intensive medical Spanish course in your community, we’d be happy to work with you! Please Contact Us to get the process started.

Local immersion courses to learn medical Spanish: Since 2008 Common Ground has been offering local Medical Spanish immersion courses to healthcare students who are unable to travel on our international rotations in Costa Rica. These local immersion rotations include intensive medical Spanish courses and precepted local clinical placements that guarantee Spanish speaking patients. While these are “for credit” courses though local healthcare training programs, but the class portion is also open to public registration. We usually meet for 3-4 hours several mornings a week for the course of a month.

Please see the Our Courses Page for any medical Spanish intensives that are currently open to the public for registration.

It was fun to show up and use my right brain! The course was very conversational- different than any other Spanish course I have taken.

–Aubrey B, PA-C

Medical Spanish - Interpreter Training

Introduction to Interpreting Spanish in Healthcare

Spanish Medical Interpreter Training
5.00out of 5based on 3 customer ratings

This interpreter training course has 2 primary objectives. Firstly, to help students prepare for the nationally recognized Bridging the Gap interpreter training course. And secondly, to help students prepare for the national certification as a Spanish interpreter in healthcare.

In this medical Spanish interpreter training course you will:

  • Primarily, improve your Spanish medical terminology and the English equivalents needed for precise interpreting
  • Secondly, refine your tone and register levels in Spanish & English to ensure that you’re communicating appropriately with varied audiences
  • Thirdly, learn concentration and memorization tricks to interpret with higher accuracy
  • Fourthly, practice interpreting Spanish in a variety of common clinical and customer service scenarios to gain confidence as a Spanish interpreter in healthcare
  • Additionally, learn and commit to abide by the national standards of practice for interpreting in healthcare
  • Finally, learn and commit to abide by the national code of ethics for interpreting in healthcare

Please see the Our Courses Page for any medical Spanish interpreter training courses that are currently open to the public for registration.

Btw: If you’re working on learning Spanish for your healthcare career, we have the medical Spanish you need!

Medical Spanish Classes in Colorado

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FAQs – Medical Spanish courses in Colorado

Do I have to start at the Beginning I level of Medical Spanish courses if I already know some Spanish?

No, and actually we don’t advise that you take a course lower than your grammar and communication ability. Even if your medical Spanish vocabulary needs work, we suggest that you join the class based on your grammar. We prefer that you start with a level that is better suited to your knowledge of Spanish (vs ability). This gives you the opportunity to practice in class and improve your ability to match your knowledge. If you need help figuring our your level as it relates to our courses, take this placement test and we’ll give you our recommendation.

How do I know which level of Medical Spanish course is the best for me?

Review our course descriptions found on this Medical Spanish page, and that should help. If you’re still uncertain about what course is best for you, take this placement test and we’ll give you our recommendation.

Are there any tests in these medical Spanish courses?

Not usually. Sometimes when we’re offering a medical Spanish course for a university program there are some quizzes in the course for grading purposes, but there is no nasty final to worry about.

What if my schedule changes and I can’t finish the medical Spanish course?

Not a problem. We are happy to transfer your registration (or a pro-rated amount of your registration) to another course. In this case, there is just a $25 transfer fee to postpone and transfer your registration. If another night of the week works better for you, we can switch your class. There is no additional cost or fees to change classes during a session. We don’t offer refunds for your registration in most circumstances. However, if you have an extenuating circumstance, feel free to give us a call and we’ll work out a fair solution with you.

Is there university credit offered for these medical Spanish courses?

There is if you’re a university student, and your program has contracted directly with us to offer you an elective medical Spanish course. Most of our public medical Spanish courses are not university accredited. However, they are all CEU accredited for nurses and the Beginning I and Beginning II level courses are typically CME accredited for MD’s, PA’s and NP’s (additional fees apply).

Can you host your medical Spanish courses at my hospital/clinic?

Absolutely, all we need to do is arrange room space through the appropriate channels at your healthcare facility. Then we’ll work with you to help spread the word amongst your co-workers to get a Medical Spanish course started.

Do your medical Spanish courses certify me to be an interpreter?

No, and you’ll actually sign a student agreement that states you understand that these regularly scheduled Medical Spanish courses are not interpreter training courses. Our courses are meant to be communicative in nature, and help you establish a better working relationship with your patients. That being said, medical Spanish interpreting is a completely different field, which still uses Spanish of course, but requires a very different skill set.

Most local hospitals have a department in place for its interpreters and have their own standards for what it takes to become an interpreter at that location. Speak with your HR department about your interpreting goals if you’re interested in becoming a Medical Spanish interpreter. We’ll of course be happy to help you improve your Spanish toward that goal. However keep in mind that being an interpreter requires much more professional skill and knowledge than just being bilingual.

I want to take an upcoming Medical Spanish course, but I can’t afford the full payment up front, can I break up my payments to you?

Of course! We ask that at a minimum you make a $100 deposit to reserve your space in an upcoming course. We’re happy to work out a payment plan with you for the remaining balance that fits your work and paycheck schedule. Unfortunately the online registration system doesn’t allow you to make partial payments…so just call the office and we’ll work with you (303) 684-5557.

I can’t take a Medical Spanish course now, but I want to make sure that I keep receiving your information about upcoming courses, how can I get on your mailing list?

Easy, fill out this form here and we’ll loop you into our medical Spanish communications…

Would you ever consider customizing a Medical Spanish course for a particular specialty?

Of course, we customize Medical Spanish courses all the time for groups of healthcare workers that all work in the same field. Give us a call, and we’ll work with you to tailor a Medical Spanish course that fits your needs and current Spanish level specifically.

When is your next medical Spanish session in Colorado?

Typically we offer semester courses in the fall and spring semesters. We also offer 8-week courses in the fall and spring. The fall session is usually mid September – mid November. The spring session is early March – late April. Contact us if you’d like to be added to our email list and receive regular class schedule updates!

Common Ground’s Medical Spanish classes are accredited for nursing CE credit on a per-hour basis. However, students must attend at a minimum 75% of the course to receive a certificate and related Continuing Education credit. Additional fees apply if requesting CME credit, and request must be made upon registration.

Usual Class Locations: University of Colorado (Anschutz Medical Campus), Denver Health Medical Center, The Medical Center of Aurora, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, Presbyterian St Lukes Medical Center, Lakewood Kaiser Permanente, Rock Creek Kaiser Permanente, Community Hospital (Grand Junction), Medical Center of the Rockies (Loveland).

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Free Medical Spanish Lessons & Terminology Downloads. Our goal is to help you improve your Spanish for free, so please use and share these free tools to learn Spanish terminology…

These video lessons and downloads are completely free, so get yours today and share this page with your colleagues & coworkers who want free Spanish terminology as well!

We have packaged up free medical Spanish lessons just for you, so we hope you enjoy them! Some months we’ll publish free Spanish lessons every week. However, other months when we’re on medical Spanish immersion, we publish less content. Enjoy, and additionally, don’t for get to share with your colleagues!

Tips to learn Spanish vocabulary

Be vs Have - 13 Tener Expressions in Spanish

Tener Expressions – 13 Things You ARE in English but HAVE in Medical Spanish Contexts

This Free Medical Spanish lesson teaches you 13 Tener expressions, so that you know when to use HAVE in Spanish vs BE in English. These 13 tener expressions are used in everyday spoken language. However, the problem is that sometimes we just translate them literally into Spanish and they don’t make any…

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Conditional verbs for polite requests in Spanish

Medical Spanish Conditional Verbs and Patient Conversations

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how to use Medical Spanish conditional verbs during conversations with patients: Verbos condicionales en español médico para conversar con los pacientes. The conditional tense helps you sound more pleasant when giving instructions and making requests in Spanish. In this medical Spanish lesson you will learn:…

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Discussing Headaches in Spanish

Discussing Headaches in Spanish

This Video Viernes lesson focuses on discussing headaches in Spanish: el dolor de cabeza. In this lesson, we’re discussing stress headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, sinus pain, strokes, concussions and vision problems. For each cause of headaches, I’m sharing a basic description in Spanish and some simple tests and procedures. Here is the Headaches…

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Latino Culture and Natural Medicines

Latino Culture & Healthcare: Natural Medicines, Home Remedies & Alternative Treatments

This is the last topic related to Latino Culture & Healthcare. In this case doña Sandra and I were talking about natural medicines, home remedies & alternative treatments some Latino patients tend to take while getting medical attention. In general, the rule of thumb with alternative medicine is to recognize their use, assess whether…

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Latino Culture Time and Space

Latino Culture & Healthcare: Allowing Enough Time and Space for your Latino Patients

This is the fourth topic related to Latino Culture & Healthcare. In this case doña Sandra and I were talking about allowing enough time and space for your Latino patients to build a positive rapport with you… Some of the questions that doña Sandra addressed in this conversation are: How important is it…

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Religion and Latino Patients

Latino Culture & Healthcare: The Influence of Religion and Faith with your Latino Patients

This is the third topic related to Latino Culture & Healthcare that I discussed with doña Sandra while on Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica. Faith and Religion may play a more important role in the perspective of your Latino Patient than you might expect. In this video, Sandra and I discuss different…

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Latino patients and the influence of families. Latino Families and Healthcare

Latino Culture & Healthcare: Latino Patients and the Influence of Families

This is the second topic related to Latino Culture & Healthcare. In this case doña Sandra and I were talking about Latino Patients and the influence of families. Specifically, the importance of family and its influence on Latino patients. Some of the questions that doña Sandra addressed are: What is the meaning…

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Culture and Latino Patients - Authority and Power Distance

Latino Culture and Healthcare: Authority and Power Differences between Providers and Patients

The fact that many Latino patients view healthcare providers as an authority figure affects the relationship you have with your patients. This conversation is intended to help you understand this perspective, lower barriers between you and your patients, and give you some language tools to help you involve your patients in care…

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Medical Spanish – Irregular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish for Healthcare Context

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning the conjugations of Irregular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish for healthcare. There are a handful of very common irregular medical Spanish verbs that you use every day with patients. Here is the video lesson about Medical Spanish Irregular Present Tense Verbs that I taught to…

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Medical Spanish – Regular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish For Healthcare Context

This Medical Spanish Video Viernes lesson focuses on learning and understanding the use of the Regular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish for healthcare context. Here is the video lesson about the Regular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish that I taught to the Facebook group. Download Regular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish Notes TODAY…

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How to talk to children in Spanish

Medical Spanish – How to talk to Children in Spanish (in the clinical setting)

This Medical Spanish Video Viernes lesson focuses on how to talk to children in Spanish. When working with adults, you’re always using the “usted” form of verbs, but in the clinical setting with children, using the “tú” form is perfect. In this Vídeo Viernes lesson I share how the Tú form shows…

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Present Tense Stem Changing Verbs in Spanish for healthcare context

Medical Spanish – Present Tense Stem Changing Verbs in Spanish for healthcare context

This Video Viernes lesson focuses on Present Tense Stem Changing Verbs in Spanish for healthcare context. It’s great that verbs follow a predictable pattern for conjugations in Spanish, but there is a type of verb called a stem-changing verb in Spanish. In this lesson I teach how stem changing verbs work in Spanish.…

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Discussing diagnoses in Spanish

Discussing Diagnoses in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on Discussing Diagnoses in Spanish, including simple diagnosis vocabulary, tips for communicating more serious diagnoses and strategies for checking patient understanding Here is the Discussing Diagnoses in Spanish lesson I taught to the Facebook group: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see all of our lessons and get…

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Talking About Cultural Competency in Healthcare

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on cultural competency in healthcare with your Spanish speaking patients. Many people are concerned about the idea of cultural “competency” because it implies that you can learn and gain mastery of individual’s dynamic perspectives. Others have concerns that teaching culture leads to generalizing and stereotyping. Our approach…

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Why teach medical Spanish - why not learn English

Why We Teach Medical Spanish

Every time I promote anything “Medical Spanish”, whether it’s local courses, online courses, immersion trips, free lessons, etc – literally ANYTHING – I ruffle the feathers of a small percentage of the people who have received the promotion. It’s like clockwork – I can expect that within 24 hours of starting a promotion, someone will…

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Words that describe injuries and wounds in Spanish

Verbs, Nouns & Adjectives that Describe Injuries in Spanish

This Medical Spanish post clarifies the various different words and variations of words you’re used to hearing that describe injuries, wounds and other problems in Spanish. Our Facebook group Live Lesson: Whenever my students are studying injuries in Spanish and wound vocabulary, they always get a little confused about variations of words. For example: dolor…

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Verb conjugations in Spanish

High Frequency Spanish Verb Conjugations for Healthcare Workers in the USA

How to Manage the Most Frequently Used Verb Conjugations in Spanish for Healthcare Workers. Verbs are are the glue that hold a language together and create meaning. A pure vocabulary-based subject/noun/adjective communication style is caveman speak, and you’re way to smart for that! So, in this post we’re breaking down the most…

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Active Listening, Empathizing & Summarizing Patient Complaints in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on Active Listening, Empathizing & Summarizing Patient Complaints in Spanish. You’re going to learn useful phrases and vocabulary for showing understanding and managing difficult news with your Spanish-only patients. It’s common to try to fill the spaces with expressions such as “Lo Siento”, even when you’re not…

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OLDCARTS in Spanish – Questions to understand the history of the problem

OLDCARTS is a great acronym for understanding the history of the problem – but it requires some special vocabulary and grammar to use it properly in Spanish. Learn how to collect important history information in Spanish like: Onset, Location, Duration, Aggravating factors, Relieving factors, Treatments, & Severity. As we all know, there…

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Screening your Spanish speaking patients for depression

This medical Spanish lesson focuses on screening your Spanish speaking patients for depression using the SIG E CAPS acronym: Sleep, Interests, Guilt, Energy, Concentration, Appetite, Psychomotor, Suicide. The immigrant populations living in our communities face the kinds of things that can cause anxiety and depression; those types of situations and scenarios such…

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How to Explain “Clean Catch” Urine Sample instructions in Spanish

  In this post, we focus on how to give instructions to both men and women to collect a clean urine sample (commonly called “clean catch”). Read below and watch the instructional video for some specific Spanish vocabulary and phrases related to clean catch urine samples. Whenever you’re giving quick instructions in Spanish, you’ll…

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Explaining A1C in Spanish

How to explain A1C tests and results to your patients in Spanish? According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about “a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past three months”. So, if…

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Free Medical Terminology in Spanish: Medical Spanish Glossary download

Medical Terminology in Spanish

This glossary of medical terminology in Spanish includes terms in these categories: cardiology, dental, dermatology, diabetes, diseases and conditions, ENT, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, mental health, neurology, optometry, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology, respiratory, stroke, surgery, and urology. Here is a sample of the Spanish medical terminology included in some of the categories of the glossary: The full glossary…

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How to Become a Certified Medical Interpreter

The Necessary Qualifications and Your Options for Becoming a Certified Medical Interpreter in the United States The United States Government (through the US Department of Health and Human Services) has defined the standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare in order to “advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care…

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Medical Spanish Pharmacy Flashcards

How to Give Medication Instructions in Spanish

This is a super-easy structure for beginners and advanced level Spanish speakers to convert the pharmacy vocabulary below into clear medication instructions in Spanish. In this instructional video you’ll learn: Easy cheater commands (for the beginner) in Spanish to communicate common phrases like: You need to… You must… You have to… You can… You should……

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6 Easy Ways to Build Confianza with your Spanish Speaking Patients

On the most basic level, confianza means trust in English. Contributing factors to establishing confianza with another person can vary depending on the situation and the environment of the interaction, but for the healthcare context it is a conscious judgment that someone makes about another person that includes perceptions like: this person is approachable this…

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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,…

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