Does anyone have these same problems? - page 2

First thing: I can't spell well at all. How am I suppose to write all this information down for others to read. Plus you can't scribble something down because at the hospital (where I will be... Read More

  1. by   Nurse-o-Matic
    [QUOTE=mattsmom81]Here's me frequently:

    Me: Can you repeat that please?
    Foreign doc/nurse: AhhhsidTin Muffin din cudgom
    Me: I'm sorry but I don't understand you. Please repeat more slowly.
    Foreign nurse/doc: (Screaming) Sumatta nuengless!! Sumattatu!

    Somehow I can figure THIS one out and I reply: "Is this what you think you are speaking? English?" [QUOTE]

    So funny!!!!
    I have had a few foreign professors in the past (some math courses) where I have conversations such as the one you listed above. Usually the prof would end up angry when we asked for clarification. So scary to think of working with a doc and trying to get accurate patient details...
    Last edit by Nurse-o-Matic on Jun 1, '04
  2. by   mitchsmom
    I don't know how I would handle that from a foreign born coworker!!! Even though I was a language major in school the first time around and I love different kinds of people, I have a hard time with hearing people who speak unclearly (English too). To me it is extremely pompous and rude to get mad and yell when you are the one speaking unclearly. I think that if you are smart enough to attend med or nursing school, then you are smart enough to make yourself reasonably understandable. And yes I've been in foreign places where I have been in the same shoes. If you have the unusual accent then you have the burden of making an extra effort to overcome that obstacle and you are the only one to be frustrated with (but these people are taking it out on everyone else). Big peeve of mine.
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Jun 1, '04
  3. by   bbear
    Here's what you do:

    1. Tell the doctor to either learn English or go back to the country where he came from to practice medicine.

    2. Then clean out your locker and start looking for a new job.

    3. Once you start your new job, repeat step 1.

    LOL It doesn't matter where you work, you're going to run into this problem sooner or later. Just don't be embarassed to ask people to repeat themselves.

    Now, I've got one for you--

    Are managers at fast food restaurants twisted, sadistic people by nature or what? Why is it that they put the person who speaks the least English on the drive-thru window? Surely it has occurred to them at some point that this is a position that will involve a lot of communication with primarily English-speaking customers. So it can't be an accident. They must be doing it on purpose just to get my goat! Well, the jokes on them. Whenever it happens to me now I just place my order in Pig-Latin. Turnabout is fair play.
  4. by   TLC RN
    Can't you just tell them something like..."I apparently understand English as good as you speak it"
  5. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from bbear
    Here's what you do:

    1. Tell the doctor to either learn English or go back to the country where he came from to practice medicine.

    2. Then clean out your locker and start looking for a new job.

    3. Once you start your new job, repeat step 1.

    LOL It doesn't matter where you work, you're going to run into this problem sooner or later. Just don't be embarassed to ask people to repeat themselves.

    Now, I've got one for you--

    Are managers at fast food restaurants twisted, sadistic people by nature or what? Why is it that they put the person who speaks the least English on the drive-thru window? Surely it has occurred to them at some point that this is a position that will involve a lot of communication with primarily English-speaking customers. So it can't be an accident. They must be doing it on purpose just to get my goat! Well, the jokes on them. Whenever it happens to me now I just place my order in Pig-Latin. Turnabout is fair play.
    Aaaaaahahhaha! I have to try the pig latin thing next time that happens to me at Burger King! LOL:chuckle

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