Quote from getmethisnownurse
I wish all these people coming to the US would attempt to learn English.
the overwhelming majority DO. However, say you learned french,
doing your medical care, or your banking, or buying a home,
while conversing in another language, in a foreign country,
can be a frightening prospect. Many of those words, will be words you are not familiar with. Even my english speaking patients often interrupt me, "Pancreatitus? What all does THAT mean?"
I do not look down on people who are living in the USA, but, are not yet adept enough with our language---which is one of the most difficult to learn, as it has so so many ways to spell and pronounce any given word----------at all. No reason to cop a judgmental attitude, who knows why they came here? or how long they've had to learn the language? It takes a long time to be comfortable enough,
to properly discern another language
spoken at what always seems a very fast pace
with various accents by various staff members and new, unfamiliar words
when you are a stressed out patient in an ER.
Many immigrants arrive in USA to escape wars, crime areas, or poverty you can't imagine. There's not a lot i wouldn't do to protect my children, and if being judged as "not trying" by some nurse in an ER is a price to pay for getting my kids out of a war zone, yes, i'd pay that price.
ps---i don't even get honked off to "Press 1, for english" either.