Spanish Anyone? - page 2

I have been trying to learn Spanish to help talk care of my Spanish speaking patients more effectively. However, I can't seem to find an appropriate reference book to help me. Does anyone know of... Read More

  1. by   Uptoherern
    The problem with only learning basic medical stuff in spanish, is that once you tell the patient something in spanish, they ANSWER in spanish (usually very fast)...and I then have no idea what they just said! ha
  2. by   MPHkatie
    Is a very excellent book for learning spanish in the health care context. I took 3 yrs of spanish in high school, and refreshed witht his. One of the most important phrases I learned is "I need you to please speak slowly and use easy words, because I only know a little spanish" I'm one of the few who actually speak enough spanish to tell a patient we are putting in an IV catheter or a urinary one. I'm desperately trying to learn french so I can go to AFRICA soon, but it is not so easy to pronounce the words.
  3. by   1ernurse
    I do speak fluent Spanish after living in Ecuador for 10 years and what gets my goat is that everyone knows it and even if I have a full patient load I get dragged all over the ER to translate. If they had a differential for bilingual nurses it would help....
  4. by   Vikingkitten
    Quote from LerRN95
    I have been trying to learn Spanish to help talk care of my Spanish speaking patients more effectively. However, I can't seem to find an appropriate reference book to help me.
    Does anyone know of one that is geared toward the medical profession. I would like one that has tapes/CD that actually pronouces the words. With out that, I can't be sure I am saying it correct.
    The U.S. Army has a great book for quick reference, called the "Medical Multilingual Phrase Book" that has a boatload of languages and common medical phrases/words/terminology ....etc. Should still be available through Paladin Press, or they will know who has it now. I used it many times all over the world.
    The military and State Dept. currently use the "Rosetta Stone" series, but they are quite costly (I've heard in the $350 range per), but Berlitz
    is more affordable and has been around forever.
    Other than learning to speak the language of this country, I hope this helps.
    Last edit by Vikingkitten on Jun 16, '08

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