In a world of double entendre, multiple meanings and delicate medical topics, it’s important to be certain about the words you’re using with patients as you speak Spanish.
This free Medical Spanish lesson focuses on understanding the different meanings of these 4 tricky medical Spanish words, that way you can use them properly when talking with your Spanish speaking patients without hesitation.
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4 palabras difíciles: back in Spanish, butt in Spanish, rate in Spanish, and screen in Spanish:
These 4 tricky words in Spanish show up in clinical settings all of the time. They are tricky because there isn’t always a 1:1 translation for these words when you move from English to Spanish. As you’ll see in these examples below, sometimes there is a 1:4 or even 1:5 relationship. These examples show that your first consideration always needs to be context, and you need to ask yourself the question: “What is the best translation for the idea I’m trying to express?” Here are some examples:
Common uses of the word “back”
- The body part or Anatomy (anatomía)
- The position (posición) that an object or individual is in.
- The direction (dirección) in which something is moving.
- The side of an object, specifically the reverse side (reversa)
The word “butt” in Spanish
Most of the time when you’re referring to the word butt in Spanish in a clinical setting, you’re referring to anatomy, the body part. Butt can mean many other things as well, but I explain all of that in this other post: Common Words for Butt in Spanish. The tricky part about this word is that you can unknowingly use an offensive term, or too childish of a terms if you’re not careful. In a clinical setting, you want to sound professional, not edgy nor childish. See the best use examples below.
Multiple meanings for rate in Spanish:
Rate is another word in Spanish that varies greatly depending on your context. Here are some different meanings:
- The frequency (frecuencia) that an action occurs
- The speed or pace (velocidad or ritmo) that an object moves at
- A ratio (proporción) between two things
- The price or fee (precio or tarifa) that something sells for
- The action of evaluating or classifying (evaluar or clasificar) something
Two common meanings for Screen in Spanish:
- The screen of a device (like a monitor or mobile device)
- The action of testing or questioning to assess
Let’s take a closer look at each of these 4 tricky words in Spanish and see some everyday examples of their use in the clinical setting:
Screen / Screening
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