Spanish On The Job For Heathcare Workers - 338 pages
This handy reference by Living Language belongs on the desk of doctors, nurses, hospital managers, emergency responders, and all other health care industry professionals. 338 pages of Spanish words and phrases assembled specifically for the professionals of the health industry. All in all, you get over 2500 words and phrases in the book. And this book boasts Cultural Notes for handling issues that are sensitive to your Latino patients.
A special feature that sets this book apart is the cultural notes it has throughout. These notes alone are worth more than the price of the book because they help make clear communication, reduce misunderstanding, and prevent possible offense. Some examples of what you''ll learn from cultural notes include things like how Latinos regard health care pros, the appropriate use of the informal word for you (tu). How to deal with elderly Latino patients, connotations of the topic of mental illness in the Latino world, when an interpreter may be needed. Also, smoking, alcohol, and how these are regarded in the Latin world.
While not specifically a grammar book, you get a lot of grammar information here, both from a special section at the front of the book, and sprinkled throughout the pages as important tips. Here are some examples of the grammar tips you''ll see:
- How and when to use the familiar/informal address - and how and when to use the formal address when speaking Spanish.
- Shades of meaning - some words have very similar meanings, and these different shades of meaning that exist between groups of words are explained in tips throughout the book.
- The correct order of writing a date in Spanish (which by the way is day, month, then year.) is included in a tip too. And many more...
In addition to the grammar tips, there is a type of grammar overview located at the start of the book. This is not comprehensive, just intended to give you the essentials. Some of the topics included here are - the alphabet, Spanish pronunciation, numbers, some basic common Spanish phrases, and valuable cultural information.
Let''s take a look at the book''s organization and layout. What kind of information you can expect to find? -- how is it presented? The book is laid out into 9 major sections with letters A thru I. And each of these have sub-sections - and a few of the sub-sections are broken down into even more detail. As far as the main sections are concerned, first there is an essential Spanish type of introduction, then the book goes on to present the Spanish you''ll need according to all the different patient interaction scenarios and situations. For example there is a section for the Initial Patient Exam, for a patient interview, assorted medical procedures, with sub groups for the assorted parts of the body they relate to. There''s a section for talking about the patient prognosis. The patient follow up. There''s a section on Emergency Medical Procedures and treatments.
And the way the phrases of all these sections are presented is like this: first is the English, then the Spanish, then there is a phonetic spelling of all the Spanish so you know exactly how to pronounce the phrase. The final section of the book is a reference section. It contains a glossary of grammatical terms and grammar summary. Also, a tense formation guide, Spanish English glossary, and an index.
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