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  1. Hi, everyone!

    I hope to start the LPN program here as soon as it starts up again.

    For now, I am studying medical terminology, some basic spoken Mandarin Chinese, some Spanish, and human anatomy and physiology, all on my own.

    I hope to someday become an RN after I am done with the LPN training. I dream of becoming a traveling nurse, going around the world to work.
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  3. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses! Where are you from?

    I'd love to take some language classes, but just haven't had the time yet.
  4. by   sayyes2christ
    Don't worry about not having the time to take language classes. I'm not taking language classes, either. I am studying everything completely on my own until classes start this fall, just me with books and tapes, mostly books.

    On some days when I get really busy, I just focus on learning one word that day. If I could learn even one word each day, then I would know 365 words in one year!

    I say that one word again and again to myself throughout the day. And, on other days, I review the previous words I have learned.

    (Putting your "word of the day" on a flash card that you could carry in your purse or pocket might help.)

    Of course, there are days when I learn a lot more than one word. But, I do try to learn at least one word each day.

    I hope this idea helps. If not, then please don't worry about it. :spin:

    Quote from manna
    Welcome to allnurses! Where are you from?

    I'd love to take some language classes, but just haven't had the time yet.
  5. by   sayyes2christ
    Sorry, I forgot to say where I'm from!

    I'm from Washington state.

    Sorry about that. I haven't had my coffee yet this morning.

    Quote from sayyes2christ
    Don't worry about not having the time to take language classes. I'm not taking language classes, either. I am studying everything completely on my own until classes start this fall, just me with books and tapes, mostly books.

    On some days when I get really busy, I just focus on learning one word that day. If I could learn even one word each day, then I would know 365 words in one year!

    I say that one word again and again to myself throughout the day. And, on other days, I review the previous words I have learned.

    (Putting your "word of the day" on a flash card that you could carry in your purse or pocket might help.)

    Of course, there are days when I learn a lot more than one word. But, I do try to learn at least one word each day.

    I hope this idea helps. If not, then please don't worry about it. :spin:
  6. by   scrubs70
    Welcome to allnurses, great to have you aboard
  7. by   sayyes2christ
    Thanks, folks, for such warm greetings!

    I will write more when I get back from my very, very busy day. It is unbelievable how PACKED my schedule is today! wow

    Just don't think I've forgotten or am neglecting you!
    Quote from scrubs70
    Welcome to allnurses, great to have you aboard
  8. by   Tx-top nurse
    Good Luck with getting in, and welcome to the family.. I'm new too, but I look at this site as family because everyone is always so nice and helpful.
    I have learned alot from the forum and I am sure you will too. I am also learnig a language, (Spanish)..
    And is it ever difficult, but I enjoy every minute of it...
    welcome to allnurses
  9. by   sayyes2christ
    So, how far along are you in your Spanish studies? Are you studying medical Spanish? If you would like, you may private IM me, and I will give you my email contact info. We could practice together.

    I am right about advanced beginning level. I can't seem to progress to intermediate because--no tengo amigos nada que se hablan espanol (I have no friends who speak Spanish).

    I am learning Spanish because in many parts of the US, there is a great need for health professionals who speak it, as well as in many Latin American countries.

    I am learning spoken Chinese (not the characters--I will start on those later) with Pinyin (uses our alphabet, with special markings to indicate whether a vowel's pitch goes up, down, dips, stays a high pitch, or is neutral) because I love the Chinese people, language, and culture. And, I hope to someday visit the poor areas of China as a nurse when I hopefully one day become a traveling RN.

    (Even Pinyin is hard enough. The word "ma" can mean "horse," "mother," "hemp," or "to scold" depending on what pitch you use to say it. There are SCORES of measure words--not as simple as Spanish's "el" and 'la." And, one uses a different type of measure word for each type of noun. For example, "zuo4" is used for artistic buildings, "jia1" is used for commercial buildings," and "ben3" is used for bound books. Don't worry if you get these confused. There are probably hundreds of other measure words out there. lol There are MANY words that sound so almost alike. But, in Mandarin, I don't think they conjugate their verbs. Therefore, they say, in Mandarin of course, "I see, he see, she see, we see, they see," etc. So, the verbs end up being relatively easy. SOMETHING about Mandarin must be easy! lol)

    I will probably specialize in Oriental languages. Call me crazy. lol

    Quote from Tx-top nurse
    Good Luck with getting in, and welcome to the family.. I'm new too, but I look at this site as family because everyone is always so nice and helpful.
    I have learned alot from the forum and I am sure you will too. I am also learnig a language, (Spanish)..
    And is it ever difficult, but I enjoy every minute of it...
    welcome to allnurses
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    WElcome to All Nurses!!!!
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from sayyes2christ
    no tengo amigos nada que se hablan espanol
    Hey ! I don't even SPEAK Spanish, but I knew what THAT said !!!
    Dang, I'm GOOD !!! Guess I'll get out my books and give it a shot, eh?

    Don't think I could get into the Oriental languages... Russian, Italien, Spanish, yes.

    Already fluent in German and French.. two years of Latin... so if I can throw in another one or two, what the heck, right? :chuckle

    And WELCOME to Allnurses, say yes !
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    welcome! all the best in school.
  13. by   Tx-top nurse
    My first semester Spanish class. I found out that your more likely to get the job if your bilingual here in Texas. Have a two minute spanish speech next week Working on present tense and past tense right now..
    email is great..
  14. by   sayyes2christ
    I'm impressed! Not bad for not speaking Spanish! Guess u know more Spanish than you thought!

    Yes, you really should get out your books and give it a shot!

    Wow about being fluent in German and French! How did you do that?

    If you can at all help it, don't learn Chinese. It is HARD, HARD, HARD!

    At least Italian, Spanish, and French use similar alphabets and have some common words, even words that are similar to English. And, they tend to be at least somewhat phonetic. So, if you picked up Italian or Spanish when you already know French, you might just find the language study to be relatively easy due to the similarities. But, just make sure to not get Italian and Spanish confused with French and with each other!

    Russian at least uses an alphabet.

    With Chinese, I could spend my ENTIRE LIFE studying it and yet still not really master it! I'm having difficulty, and I haven't even started on the characters yet!

    Oh, yes, and when I do start on the characters someday, I'll be learning the simplified version first (traditional comes a bit later on), while the local Chinese church uses traditional. I visited their church once here. I compared some basic simplified characters with their traditional ones. It got very confusing.



    Quote from jnette
    Hey ! I don't even SPEAK Spanish, but I knew what THAT said !!!
    Dang, I'm GOOD !!! Guess I'll get out my books and give it a shot, eh?

    Don't think I could get into the Oriental languages... Russian, Italien, Spanish, yes.

    Already fluent in German and French.. two years of Latin... so if I can throw in another one or two, what the heck, right? :chuckle

    And WELCOME to Allnurses, say yes !

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