Simple Spanish Phrases?

  1. What are some simple phrases that are beneficial for everyone to know in the medical field? I am making a quiz for my site, and suggestions would be helpful!

    You don't need to translate, unless you absolutely want to. lol

    Here are the ones I have already.

    1 How old are you?
    2 What is your name?
    3 How are you feeling?
    4 Do you have pain?
    5 I will be your nurse.
    6 Where do you have pain?
    7 Do you need something for pain?
    8 Do you want to walk to the bathroom?
    9 May I help you?
    10 Is your ride here?
    11 When was your last menstruation?
    12 On a scale from one to ten, how bad is the pain?

    http://www.nursingjourney.com/medical_spanish_quiz.html

    Any help is appreciated.
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  3. by   JentheRN05
    Quote from Fun2Care
    What are some simple phrases that are beneficial for everyone to know in the medical field? I am making a quiz for my site, and suggestions would be helpful!

    You don't need to translate, unless you absolutely want to. lol

    Here are the ones I have already.

    1 How old are you?
    2 What is your name?
    3 How are you feeling?
    4 Do you have pain?
    5 I will be your nurse.
    6 Where do you have pain?
    7 Do you need something for pain?
    8 Do you want to walk to the bathroom?
    9 May I help you?
    10 Is your ride here?
    11 When was your last menstruation?
    12 On a scale from one to ten, how bad is the pain?

    http://www.nursingjourney.com/medical_spanish_quiz.html

    Any help is appreciated.

    I really could've used a little more spanish knowledge this last week. Had a Hispanic patient and although I knew enough to get through some things (like dolar = pain - not sure if it's spelled right though). I have been researching medical to english to spanish and still haven't found a good program. If someone knows of one that's either free or next to nothing it would be appreciated.
  4. by   jnette
    In the back of some drug books you might find a page or two of basic Spanish phrases often used in the medical field. I know this is true of my Nursing 2005 Drug Handbook by Lippencot.
  5. by   Regina66
    Try studyspanish.com. I get on this site alot and its FREE.
  6. by   QuilterLPN
    There are a ton of spanish phrases in the back of Taber's medical encyclopedia.


    Try there!
  7. by   angelac1978
    one that I have picked up working as a student x-ray tech is asking women of childbearing age if they are pregnant. The phrase is "embarazada?" and I ask it in a questioning tone with my hand over my lower abdomen. There is a list of questions and body parts in my department so when we do have Spanish speaking patients, it is not too hard to communicate. I just wish I had paid more attention in my 4 years of high school Spanish.

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  8. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from Regina66
    Try studyspanish.com. I get on this site alot and its FREE.

    Thanks, I'll look at that.


    Are you pregnant? I should have thought of that question, or Could you be pregnant? What type of birth control do you use? (Of course, I would have to have the patient write it down, if possible b/c I wouldn't be able to understand all of their reply. lol)
  9. by   babynurselsa
    I have also used www.dictionary.com
    they have a translation section for several languages. I would type in what info I needed to convey, especially things liek discharge instructions.
    I do see many of these medical books but have yet to find one that was really applicable to Nursery or NICU.
  10. by   suzanne4
    Be careful with just learning the phrases. You need to be able to understand what the answer is that you will get. It is not always helpful to be able to ask a few things....many times it will thought that you understand Spanish and you will be stuck with trying to figure out the answer when it is given so quickly.

    Simple example, if you ask the patient is they are having any pain, you need to be able to understand what they are telling you about how severe the pain is, where it is located, etc.
  11. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Very good reply. For myself, I have had 3 years of high school Spanish class, and 3 semesters of college spanish courses.

    I just need to work on comprehension of Speedy Gonzalez! I need una-palabra-a-una-vez. lol (One-word-at-a-time)

    Quote from suzanne4
    Be careful with just learning the phrases. You need to be able to understand what the answer is that you will get. It is not always helpful to be able to ask a few things....many times it will thought that you understand Spanish and you will be stuck with trying to figure out the answer when it is given so quickly.

    Simple example, if you ask the patient is they are having any pain, you need to be able to understand what they are telling you about how severe the pain is, where it is located, etc.
  12. by   GingerSue
    just checking the back of my health assessment book:

    let me feel your pulse. (Dejerme tomarle el pulso)

    did you faint? (Se desmayo?)

    do you have ringing in your ears? (Le Zumban los oidos?)

    take a deep breath (respire profundo)
  13. by   Ado Annie
    For those times when the answer you get is in Spanish and you know a few words, but can't "hear" that fast...

    habla mas despacio, por favor

    or even, if desperate:
    escriba, por favor
    ?
  14. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Thanks GingerSue!

    mom2twinboys, thank you! I just say,
    "Por favor, No habla rapido!" lol Now I know better. hahaha

    Quote from mom2twinboys
    For those times when the answer you get is in Spanish and you know a few words, but can't "hear" that fast...

    habla mas despacio, por favor

    or even, if desperate:
    escriba, por favor
    ?

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