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Monday, April 6, 2009

Bridging the Gap: Basic Spanish keywords

When you're caring for a Spanish-speaking patient, sometimes it isn't necessary to translate an entire sentence. Instead, you may be able to use one keyword or phrase to convey information to your patient.

- please - thank you - yes - no - maybe - sometimes - never - always - date - signature - good-bye

por favor gracias sí no quizás or tal vez a vecas nunca siempre fecha firma hasta luego or adiós

Source: Medical Spanish Made Incredibly Easy!, 3rd edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

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