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The best resources to Learn Medical Spanish for the healthcare 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?

Because 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). Additionally, there are more 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 work hard to help you learn medical Spanish. For example, we write articles and language tips to help you navigate the responsible use of Spanish with your patients. In fact, many of the blog posts are “Video Viernes” free medical Spanish lessons. Additionally, we address frequently asked questions and common mistakes that students make in our Spanish for healthcare courses.

Medical Spanish Books:

The best medical Spanish 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. Furthermore, 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. And 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 trying to learn medical Spanish. 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). 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 medical Spanish 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.

Learn Medical Spanish with us on Medical Spanish Immersion Trips to Ecuador and Costa Rica:


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Ecuador Medical Spanish Immersion
Newest Program
Adventure Traveler is medical Spanish immersion in Ecuador
Based in Otavalo

1-2 weeks in length

Sum '21 Dates TBD
Consider 10 days to have a full weekend to explore!
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Great day trips to the equator, hot springs, etc.
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders
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Costa Rica Medical Spanish Immersion
Easiest Travel!
Medical Spanish Immersion programs in Costa Rica & Ecuador every January, February, June and July
Santo Domingo, Costa Rica

1-6wks total trip length

Feb 6, 2021
Consider 10 days to have a full weekend to explore!
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

Learn Medical Spanish with us Online: Online Medical Spanish Courses

Online Courses Open for Registration

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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






Contraception in Spanish

Learning Medical Spanish – Discussing Contraception Options in Spanish

When you talk about contraception in Spanish, you generally cover a handful of subtopics: cost, effectiveness, any STI protections, OTC vs prescriptions, etc. So in this free medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to discuss various aspects of contraception, including: Efficacy of preventing pregnancies How long a particular method lasts and/or…

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Tú Commands in Spanish

Tú Commands in Spanish for Healthcare and Clinical Interactions with Young Patients

Medical Spanish Tú commands are a little bit tricky. When you work with kids in the clinical setting, you use commands all the time. Simple things like: “open your mouth”, “say ah”, “follow my finger”, etc are all commands. The tricky part of Tú commands in Spanish is that the affirmative (+)…

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Hace cuanto & cuanto tiempo hace que

2 Medical Spanish Ways To Say “For How Long” & “How Long Ago” in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: How to use “¿Cuánto tiempo hace que… ?” and “¿Hace cuánto que…?” Examples in the clinical setting to start using these phrases Here is the “For How Long” and “How Long Ago” in Spanish lesson that I taught on YouTube and to our Facebook…

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High blood pressure and hypertension in Spanish

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to have high blood pressure and hypertension conversations in Spanish: Presión alta e hipertensión. Here is the High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish that I taught to the Facebook group: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see all of our lessons and get…

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Media Use in Children and Adolescents – Anticipatory Guidance in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to talk about media use amongst children and adolescents in Spanish: Consumo de medios, tiempo de pantalla y redes sociales. In this lesson, I teach you how to discuss the following in Spanish: Common social media, TV and screen time vocabulary. Risks…

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Anticipatory Guidance for Weight Loss and Weight Management in Spanish

Weight Loss and Management – Anticipatory Guidance in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to talk about weight loss and management anticipatory guidance in Spanish: Orientación temprana para controlar peso y evitar obesidad. Last week, we started this “Orientación temprana” topic talking about anticipatory guidance for diabetes. This week, we talk about weight loss and management…

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2 Medical Spanish Pronunciation Rules

2 Medical Spanish Pronunciation Rules to help you ACE medical Spanish words

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn two easy rules for making sure you’re pronouncing medical Spanish words properly. These 2 medical Spanish pronunciation rules apply to all Spanish words as well, and they’re especially great for all of you learners who are learning new vocabulary through self-study with your…

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Family medical history in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Taking Family Medical History in Spanish

Family Medical histories in Spanish are an important aspect of gaining a patient’s complete medical history. In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: Vocabulary for family members in Spanish Additional vocabulary for hereditary illnesses in Spanish Common questions regarding family history in Spanish Here is the Medical Spanish lesson on…

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7 Easy Phrases for Communicating Treatment Plans in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – 7 Easy Phrases for Communicating Treatment Plans in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn 7 easy phrases for communicating treatment plans in Spanish and being able to talk about them with your Latino patients. These 7 easy phrases include: Talking about future plans Explaining steps or instructions the patient must take Explaining things the patient has to…

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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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Top 10 Hospital Procedures in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – How to Explain Top 10 Hospital Procedures in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson teaches you how to explain the top 10 hospital procedures in Spanish to your Spanish speaking patients: 10 procedimientos hospitalarios más comunes. For each procedure, I discuss what the procedure is for. In this medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to explain the following hospital procedures in…

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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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Numbers in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Numbers, Dates & Vital Signs in Spanish for Patient Intake Forms

This free Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how to express numbers, dates and vital signs in Spanish: Números, fechas y signos vitales en español. Numbers in Spanish form an integral part of the basic patient intake, and it’s crucial to be able to understand large numbers for checking patients in. In…

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Patient intake questions in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Patient Intake Questions in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how to ask Patient Intake Questions and talk through patient intake information in Spanish: Preguntas para Ingresar al Paciente. In this lesson you’ll notice that talking through basic patient demographic information on your intake forms requires a good command of numbers and requires special focus…

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How to ask Have you ever questions in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – How to ask “Have You Ever…?” questions to your patients in Spanish

Have you ever is a great phrase that gives you insight into your patient’s history with a given problem or his/her medical history. This free Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how to ask questions to your patients using the Have You Ever… in Spanish: ¿Alguna vez ha….? In this lesson you…

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Palliative care in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Talking About Palliative Care in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through initial conversation around palliative care in Spanish with your Latino patients: Atención paliativa. Palliative care is a delicate topic as you speak with patients with severe illnesses and you definitely want to make sure you’ve got language support with you as you are discussing…

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Discussing Signs and Symptoms in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Talking through Signs and Symptoms in Spanish with your patients

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through the different signs and symptoms in Spanish your patient could have when they see you in the clinic. In this lesson you will learn about: Two important Spanish verbs you need to learn in order to talk about signs and symptoms in Spanish. Useful…

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Discussing Headaches in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Discussing Headaches in Spanish

This Free Medical Spanish 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…

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Assessing Child Abuse and Neglect in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Questions and Phrases to Assess Child Abuse and Neglect in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how assess child abuse and neglect in Spanish. This is a delicate topic requested by a community member who wanted to know the best vocabulary to talk about child abuse and neglect in Spanish with Spanish speaking parents (and children) in a respectful way that…

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Chest pain in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – How To Talk About and Evaluate Chest Pain in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking about and evaluating chest pain in Spanish: el dolor de pecho. Here is the Medical Spanish lesson I taught to the Facebook group: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see all of our lessons and get the latest videos right away! Download Chest Pain in Spanish Notes TODAY…

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

This free Medical Spanish 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 Empezamos…

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How to talk to children in Spanish

Learn 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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How to Talk Through a Gynecologic Exam in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – How to Talk Through a Gynecologic Exam in Spanish

El examen ginecológico | The gynecological exam in Spanish This Medical Spanish lesson includes all the vocabulary and common phrases you need to talk through the gynecologic exam in Spanish. We cover high frequency Spanish vocabulary for female exams including, verbs, female anatomy, common tools and supplies for GYN visits and useful phrases. Here…

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