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 do
- Expressing “to need to” in Spanish
- Expressing “to should” in Spanish
- How to say “be able to” and “can” in Spanish
- Giving polite instructions using “please”
A lot of these phrase you can actually find in another lesson called: Pharmacy and Dosing Instructions in Spanish.
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Frase #1: Ir + a + infinitivo = Futuro
This is the most common way to use the future tense in Spanish. Most people don’t use the technical future tense conjugation. Instead, they prefer to use the Spanish form of “go to” or “going to”. Therefore, we need to know how to conjugate the irregular verb “to go” in Spanish.
Ir = To go
|Yo: voy||Nosotros: vamos|
|Él/Ella/Usted: va||Ellos/Ellas/ Ustedes: van|
Examples of how we use this future tense in Spanish:
- Yo voy a informar a su proveedor de atención primaria / I’m going to inform your primary care provider.
- Mi asistente va a llamar a la farmacia cerca de su casa / My assistant is going to call the pharmacy close to your house.
- Nosotros vamos a consultar con su seguro sobre las opciones / We are going to talk to your insurance about your options.
- Usted va a hablar con su familia sobre sus deseos / You are going to discuss with your family about your wishes
Frase #2: Hay que + infinitivo = one has to / one must
The style of using “hay que” in Spanish is culturally acceptable: it’s indirect but it’s also an instruction, so you avoid saying that the person has to do something while still emphasizing the importance of the instruction you are giving to them.
Frase #3 Tener que + infinitivo = “to have to”
In this case, “Tener que” is a direct instruction in Spanish
Frase #4: Necesitar + infinitivo = “to need to”
If you want to back off the obligation level of doing something, then you can use “to need to” in Spanish 😉
Frase #5: Deber + infinitivo = “to should”
“Deber” or “deber de” it’s an instruction in the middle between a recommendation and an obligation, and the difference lies in the emphasis you add to the sentence.
Note: “Dejar de…” is used when talking about stopping any vice whereas “parar de” is stopping any other activity.
Frase #6: Poder + infinitivo = “can” / “be able to”
To explain things people can do or are able to do, use the verb “poder” + infinitivo
Note: Even though “ahora” means “now” in Spanish, the fact is “ahora” could mean this week, at some point today or even anytime this month, however, the word “ya” doesn’t have that much range so using “ya” it’s recommended if you want to transmit the urgency of doing something right now.
Frase #7: Favor de + infinitivo = “please”
This the most polite way of giving instructions because you are using “please” at the beginning of the sentence so it sounds like you are asking a favor
Práctica – Vocabulario útil
These vocabulary will be useful for you in a lot of different scenarios so it’s recommended to memorize these words
- Call: Llamar a….
- Check: Chequearse
- Consult with: Consultar con
- Continue with: Continuar con
- Discuss / Speak: Hablar (“Discutir” means to argue)
- Do a test: Hacer(se, le) la prueba
- Go to: Ir a
- If you experience: Si experimenta
- If you feel: Si siente
- If you have: Si tiene
- If you notice: Si nota
- If you think: Si piensa
- Monitor: Monitorear
- Return: Regresar / Volver
- Stop (action): Parar
- Stop (vice): Dejar de
- Take Note / Write down: Apuntar
- Take: Tomar
- Use: Usar
¡Gracias POR aprender español conmigo!
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