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Conditional verbs for polite requests in Spanish

Video Viernes – Medical Spanish Conditional Verbs and Patient Conversations

This Video Viernes lesson focuses on learning how 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…

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Numbers in Spanish

Video Viernes: Numbers, Dates & Vital Signs in Spanish for Patient Intake Forms

This Video Viernes 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 this lesson…

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How to ask Have you ever questions in Spanish

Video Viernes – 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 Video Viernes 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 will…

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Discussing Signs and Symptoms in Spanish

Video Viernes -Talking through Signs and Symptoms in Spanish with your patients

This Video Viernes 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

Video Viernes – 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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Assessing Child Abuse and Neglect in Spanish

Video Viernes – Questions and Phrases to Assess Child Abuse and Neglect in Spanish

This Video Viernes 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

Video Viernes – How To Talk About and Evaluate Chest Pain in Spanish

This Video Viernes 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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Medical Spanish – Irregular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish for Healthcare Context

This Video Viernes 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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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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Video Viernes – How to Talk Through a Gynecologic Exam in Spanish

El examen ginecológico | The gynecological exam in Spanish This Video Viernes 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 is…

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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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Video Viernes – 4 Tricky Medical Spanish Words You Need To Know About

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 Video Viernes lesson focuses on understanding the different meanings of these 4 tricky medical Spanish words, that way you can use them properly…

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Discussing diagnoses in Spanish

Video Viernes – Discussing Diagnoses in Spanish

This Video Viernes 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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Video Viernes – How to talk through the Labor & Delivery process in Spanish

This Video Viernes lesson focuses on talking through the Labor & Delivery process in Spanish to your Spanish speaking patients. Here is the Labor & Delivery in 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…

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Video Viernes – Talking About Cultural Competency in Healthcare

This Video Viernes 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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Video Viernes – Explaining the Painful Shoulder Exam in Spanish

This Video Viernes lesson focuses on explaining the painful shoulder exam in Spanish to your Spanish speaking patients. Here is the Painful Shoulder Exam in 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 Painful Shoulder…

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Video Viernes – Conversación en el hospital México de Costa Rica

Medical Spanish Listening Comprehension Activity In this lesson you can: Watch the video Read the script Review key vocabulary Take a listening comprehension quiz at the end! En este Video Viernes, entrevistamos a Susana, quien trabaja en el hospital México, de Costa Rica. Este hospital debe su nombre a la colaboración que…

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Video Viernes: Entrevista a médico pediatra sobre el sistema de salud en Granada

Medical Spanish Listening Comprehension Activity In this lesson you can: Watch the video Read the script Review key vocabulary Take a listening comprehension quiz at the end! En este Video Viernes, entrevistamos a una doctora en Nicaragua, para comentar un poco sobre el sistema de salud del país. Ella es pediatra y…

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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 Vídeo Viernes 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 Video Viernes 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 Video Viernes 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

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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nurse building confianza with her patients

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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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,…

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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…

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Responsible Use of Medical Spanish & 3 Signs you may need a tune-up!

It’s tempting to assume that your medical Spanish is “good enough”… The fact that you can “get by” with Spanish in social contexts doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be relying exclusively on yourself with your Spanish-only patients. Unless you’ve spent some time digging into proper medical terminology and some standard ways of…

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