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These medical Spanish lessons are based on common clinical encounters and interviews with real patients and providers. The premium audio lessons available at docmlly.com are interactive. We review the key vocabulary and grammar as we practice interpreting the essential phrases between English and Spanish.

Medical Spanish Podcast Molly Martin, MD

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These medical Spanish lessons are based on common clinical encounters and interviews with real patients and providers. The premium audio lessons available at docmlly.com are interactive. We review the key vocabulary and grammar as we practice interpreting the essential phrases between English and Spanish.

    The Vestibular System in Spanish

    The Vestibular System in Spanish

    In today’s lesson, we discuss the vestibular system in Spanish. This is the second free lesson in our Spanish for Vertigo series.  The first free lesson in this series introduces Spanish for the evaluation of vertigo. In our member lessons, the physical therapist obtains a complete history regarding the patient's vertigo. She asks about the situations in which the vertigo occurs, the duration, associated symptoms, potential provocative factors and the patient's medications.In this second free lesson introducing Spanish for the treatment of positional vertigo, the physical therapist explains that she thinks the patient's vertigo is caused by a problem in her vestibular system. Access member lessons: Physical Therapy in SpanishLEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE



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    Diálogo3:07After performing the oculomotor examination to rule out central lesions, the physical therapist explains that she thinks the patient’s dizziness comes from a problem in the vestibular system.T: OK, parece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.P: ¿Qué es eso?T: El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano. El sistema vestibular le indica la posición de su cabeza. Voy a hacer algunas pruebas en las cuales voy a poner su cabeza en diferentes posiciones para comprobar lo que le está pasando.P: Me suena bien. Me gustaría saber lo que me está causando los mareos.RepasoSer por causa de3:49T: OK, parece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.los mareos / el mareodizzinessser por causa deto be caused byel sistema vestibularvestibular systemLos mareos son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibularThe dizziness is caused by a problem in your vestibular systemexperimentarto experiencelos mareos que está experimentandothe dizziness you are experiencingParece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.It appears that the dizziness you are experiencing is caused by a problem in your vestibular system.El sistema vestibular6:00P: ¿Qué es eso?T: El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano. El sistema vestibular le indica la posición de su cabeza.¿Qué es eso?What is that?We use QUÉ when asking about the definition of something. Learn when to use QUÉ vs CUÁL in questions with the verb SER.el oído internoinner eardetrás debehindel tímpanoeardrum, tympanic membraneencontrarseto be / to find oneself (in a certain state or location)El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano.The vestibular system is located in the inner ear behind the eardrum.indicarto indicate, to tell,

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    History of Allergic Reaction and Covid Vaccines in Spanish

    History of Allergic Reaction and Covid Vaccines in Spanish

    This is our 11th and final free lesson covering Spanish for the Covid vaccines. Nine of these lessons are included in our free podcast and are available to all on our website. Check out all our free lessons covering Spanish for COVID-19.In this lesson, we practice using the word “antecedentes” to explain Covid vaccination and monitoring in people with a history of allergic reaction. In the upcoming member lesson, we will practice vocabulary and phrases for describing an immediate allergic reaction in Spanish.The primary purpose of these lessons is to practice useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases when discussing vaccination against Covid-19. When speaking with patients, you should always use information provided by current trusted medical sources. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE



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    Who should not get the vaccine?History of allergic reaction to vaccine or ingredientAllergic to an ingredient Monitoring after vaccination Monitored on site for 15 to 30 minutesHistory of allergy to another vaccineEveryone elseImmediate Allergic Reaction DefinedReferencesRelated LessonsQuiz















































    Who should not get the vaccine?2:11¿Quién no debe ponerse la vacuna?Cualquier persona con antecedentes de una reacción alérgica inmediata a la vacuna o a alguno de los ingredientes de la vacuna no debería recibir la vacuna.Cualquier personaAnyone, any personlos antecedenteshistorytener antecedentes deto have a history ofuna reacción alérgica inmediata an immediate allergic reactionHistory of allergic reaction to vaccine or ingredient3:39Cualquier persona con antecedentes de una reacción alérgica inmediata a la vacuna Anyone with a history of an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccinelos ingredientesingredientsalguno de los ingredientes de la vacunaany of the vaccine ingredientsCualquier persona con antecedentes de una reacción alérgica inmediata a la vacuna o a alguno de los ingredientes de la vacuna…Anyone with a history of an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine or to any of the vaccine ingredients…… no debe / debería recibir la vacuna… should not receive the vaccine* Both DEBE y DBERÍA mean “should.” DEBE conveys an obligation (i.e. “you must”), whereas DEBERÍA conveys a suggestion. But don’t sweat the difference because it is subtle. Si tiene antecedentes de una reacción alérgica inmediata a la vacuna o a alguno de los ingredientes de la vacuna, no debe / debería recibir la vacuna. If you have a history of an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine or to any of the vaccine ingredients, you should not receive the vaccine.Allergic to an ingredient 6:17Si eres alérgico al polietilenglicol o al polisorbato no deberías recibir la vacuna.ser alérgico / ato be allergicel polietilenglicol polyethylene glycolel polisorbato polysorbateSi eres alérgico al polietilenglicol o al polisorbato… If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate…… you should not get this/the vaccine. … no deberías recibir esta/la vacuna.In the upcoming member lesson,

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    Protection after Vaccination in Spanish

    Protection after Vaccination in Spanish

    This is our 10th lesson on the Covid vaccines. Eight of these lessons are included in our free podcast and are available to all on our website. Check out all our lessons covering Spanish for COVID-19.Do you need 2 doses of the vaccine?How long does protection last? My Spanish teacher from the San Pedro Spanish School, Elizabet Cortéz, provides the answers in Spanish. OJO: She answers the first two questions with respect to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.The primary purpose of these lessons is to practice useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases when discussing vaccination against Covid-19. When speaking with patients, you should always use information provided by current trusted medical sources. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE



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    Do I need 2 doses? To get an injectionEs preciso que > subjuntivoExpressing time between dosesTo schedule an appointment Protection after first doseWhen am I protected? Puede (ser) que > subjuntivoMore data > More phrasesHow long does protection last? Reinfection Within a period of timeWe need more dataReferencesRelated LessonsQuiz













































    Do I need 2 doses? 2:33For this question, Eliza addresses the patient as tú, indicating that she has established a relationship with the patient and therefore, she feels comfortable using tú rather than usted.Pregunta 1¿Necesito ponerme dos dosis de la vacuna?Sí. Para recibir la protección adecuada de la vacuna, es preciso que te apliques dos dosis de la vacuna con 3 a 4 semanas de diferencia entre las dosis. Por eso, antes de recibir la primera dosis deberíamos programar tu próxima cita para recibir la segunda dosis.To get an injection3:16ponerse¿Necesito ponerme dos dosis de la vacuna?aplicarse Es preciso que te apliques 2 dosis de la vacunarecibir Deberíamos programar tu próxima cita para recibir la segunda dosis.la protección adecuada adequate protectionpreciso necessaryEs preciso que > subjuntivo3:53Es preciso que te apliques dos dosis de la vacuna con 3 a 4 semanas de diferencia entre las dosis.You should received 2 doses of the vaccine 3 to 4 weeks apart. * We cover this use of the subjunctive in our free lesson: Quiz #2 – The Subjunctive in Noun Clauses  Spanish Grammar members, see: Subj05 Influence Emotion and JudgmentsExpressing time between doses4:09con 3 a 4 semanas de diferencia (entre las dosis)3 to 4 weeks apartcon 3 a 6 semanas de diferencia (entre las dosis)3 to 6 weeks apartTo schedule an appointment 5:13programar/agendar tu próxima citato schedule your next appointmentDeb...

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    Vaccination After Covid Infection and More in Spanish

    Vaccination After Covid Infection and More in Spanish

    This is our 9th lesson on the Covid vaccines. The 8th lesson was a member-only lesson. Take a free quiz on the latest premium lesson.In this lesson, my friend and Spanish-English interpreter, Sonja Um-Siri, asks the following questions in Spanish:Can you get the coronavirus from the vaccination?Should you get vaccinated if you’ve already had Covid.Should people with preexisting conditions get vaccinated?My Spanish teacher from the San Pedro Spanish School, Elizabet Cortéz, provides the answers in Spanish. Finally, we will practice a statement regarding risk vs benefit of vaccination. As we go through these questions and answers we will learn a lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and grammar. I hope you enjoy. More Lessons on Spanish for COVID-19The primary purpose of these lessons is to practice useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases when discussing vaccination against Covid-19. Much of the discussion refers to the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna and the information regarding all the Covid-19 vaccines may change as we learn more. Therefore, when speaking with patients, you should always use information provided by current trusted medical sources. LEVEL - ADVANCED



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    ¿Me puedo contagiar de coronavirus?Porción inofensiva del virusYa me he contagiado de CovidRefuerzo a su sistema inmunológico Tengo una enfermedad preexistenteSon los mayores beneficiadosBeneficios y dañosReferencesRelated LessonsQuiz











































    ¿Me puedo contagiar de coronavirus?2:08Pregunta 1¿Me puedo contagiar de coronavirus al vacunarme?No es posible contagiarse de coronavirus a través de la vacuna porque la vacuna solamente contiene una porción inofensiva del virus. No contiene el virus.vacunarse to get vaccinatedcontagiarse de / infectarse deto become infected with¿Me puedo contagiar de coronavirus al vacunarme?Can I get coronavirus from getting vaccinated?al vacunarme from getting vaccinated* We often use AL + INFINITIVO to say, WHEN/UPON DOING SOMETHING. In the lesson, How the Covid Vaccines Work in Spanish – Premium, we used AL PRESENTAR ESTA PROTEÍNA to begin a sentence with: BY PRESENTING THIS PROTEIN. And here, we are using AL INFINITIVO to say, FROM DOING SOMETHING.a través de throughNo es posible contagiarse de coronavirus a través de la vacunaPorción inofensiva del virus3:59inofensivo / aharmless… porque la vacuna solamente contiene una porción inofensiva del virus. No contiene el virus. … because the vaccine contains only a harmless portion of the virus. It does not contain the virus.Check out the lesson, How the Covid Vaccines Work in Spanish – Premium, to explain how the messenger RNA vaccines work in Spanish.

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    Recommendations after Vaccination in Spanish

    Recommendations after Vaccination in Spanish

    This is the seventh of a series of discussions in Spanish about the new COVID-19 vaccines.In this lesson, we practice discussing the importance of following the recommendations to stop the spread of the coronavirus even after vaccination in Spanish. Then, we practice those recommendations in Spanish. More Lessons on Spanish for COVID-19Members: All lessons on the Covid Vaccines can be found here: The Flu – MembersThe primary purpose of these lessons is to practice useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases when discussing vaccination against Covid-19. Much of the discussion refers to the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna and the information regarding all the Covid-19 vaccines may change as we learn more. Therefore, when speaking with patients, you should always use information provided by current trusted medical sources. LEVEL - ADVANCED



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    ¿Puedo volver a la vida normal?Aunque y evitarEvitar la propagación del virus Parecen ser más transmisiblesLas recomendacionesUse mascarilla que cubra la narizEvite las multitudesManténgase a 2 metros de distanciaLavarse las manosEn la próxima lección para miembrosRepaso: Pregunta y respuestaReferencesRelated LessonsQuiz









































    ¿Puedo volver a la vida normal?1:52Pregunta:¿Puedo volver a la vida normal después de vacunarme?Respuesta: Aunque la vacuna evite que usted se enferme de Covid, no sabemos si evita que usted transmita el virus. Por lo tanto, es muy importante que usted siga las recomendaciones para evitar la propagación del virus.  Y como algunas de las nuevas variantes del virus parecen ser más transmisibles, es aún más importante que sigamos estas recomendaciones.Use mascarilla que cubra la nariz y la boca.Manténgase al menos a 2 metros de distancia de los demás.Evite las multitudes.Lávese las manos con frecuencia.Aunque y evitar2:39Aunque la vacuna evite que usted se enferme de Covid, no sabemos si evita que usted transmita el virus.evitarto preventenfermarseto get sicktransmitirto transmit or spreadAunque la vacuna evite que usted se enferme de Covid…Even if the vaccine prevents you from getting sick with Covid…Aunque la vacuna evita que usted se enferme de Covid…Although the vaccine prevents you from getting sick with Covid…* Here, we use AUNQUE + SUBJUNTIVO, to express a POSSIBILITY.* We use AUNQUE + INDICATIVO to express a CERTAINTY. * We cover this use of the subjunctive in our free lesson: Quiz # 4 – The Subjunctive in Adverbial Clauses. Spanish Grammar members, see: Subj14 How and Where* EVITAR, acts as a VERB OF INFLUENCE and is followed by the subjunctive.* We cover this use of the subjunctive in our free lesson: ...

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    New Variants and Covid Vaccines in Spanish

    New Variants and Covid Vaccines in Spanish

    This is the fifth of a series of discussions in Spanish about the new COVID-19 vaccines.  In this lesson, Elizabeth Cortéz, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala, discusses vaccine effectiveness against the new variants of coronavirus. In an upcoming lesson, we’ll discuss how it is important to continue following the guidelines even after vaccination.More Lessons on Spanish for COVID-19The primary purpose of these lessons is to practice useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases when discussing vaccination against Covid-19. Much of the discussion refers to the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna and the information regarding all the Covid-19 vaccines may change as we learn more. Therefore, when speaking with patients, you should always use information provided by current trusted medical sources. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE



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    ¿Me va a proteger de las nuevas variantes?Es normal que un virus mutePuede que disminuyan la efectividad Mutaciones afectan a una parte del componente Reconocer este componente en su conjunto Vacunas de refuerzo Mantener su protección¿Qué tan efectiva es la vacuna?ReferencesRelated LessonsQuiz







































    ¿Me va a proteger de las nuevas variantes?2:09Pregunta: He escuchado que el virus ha mutado. ¿La vacuna me va a proteger de estas nuevas variantes del coronavirus también?Respuesta: Sí, es normal que un virus mute a medida que se propaga por la población. Puede ser que las nuevas variantes disminuyan la efectividad de la vacuna, pero no es probable que la hagan totalmente inefectiva. Esto se debe a que la vacuna presenta un componente del virus a nuestro sistema inmunológico y las mutaciones suelen afectar sólo a una pequeña parte de ese componente. Por lo tanto, nuestro sistema inmunológico continuará reconociendo este componente en su conjunto, y a su vez, será capaz de combatir el virus.En caso de que la efectividad contra las variantes sea muy baja, los científicos están desarrollando nuevas vacunas de refuerzo. Por eso, puede ser que usted necesite otra inyección en el futuro para mantener su protección contra el virus. Es normal que un virus mute3:13Sí, es normal que un virus mute a medida que se propaga por la población. mutar to mutateWe use the SUBJUNCTIVE following the IMPERSONAL EXPRESSION, “es normal que” because it expresses a judgment over what comes next. Es normal que un virus mute. * We cover this use of the subjunctive in our free lesson: Quiz #2 – The Subjunctive in Noun Clauses. Spanish Grammar members, see: Subj05 Influence Emotion and Judgments.propagarseto spreada medida que se propaga por la población as it spreads through the populationPuede que disminuyan la efectividad 4:09Puede ser que las nuevas variantes disminuyan la efectividad de la vacuna pero no es probable que la hagan totalmente ...

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