Learning Spanish: A Lesson for Life and for Health Care

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New book by Murnez Blades teaches Spanish to health care professionals.

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Making the effort to speak another’s language is an expression of caring. It builds trust. If the patient trusts the caregiver, he is more likely to follow instructions.

Forbes recently published a story exploring the benefits of learning a new language, stating “learning a language is for life, not just for business.”

Murnez Blades, a bilingual educator with more than 40 years of teaching experience, believes learning a language can be for both business and pleasure. She recently authored a self-teaching Spanish book for health care practitioners.

“Medical Spanish Mix and Match: Easy Spanish for Health Care Professionals” by Murnez Blades is a language resource for health care practitioners seeking a how-to guide for communicating immediately in Spanish and for building additional communication.

“Making the effort to speak another’s language is an expression of caring. It builds trust. If the patient trusts the caregiver, he is more likely to follow instructions,” Blades said.

The book contains:

  •     Practice exercises and answers
  •     Bilingual tables for mix-and-match sentence building
  •     A bilingual clinical history structured for yes/no responses
  •     A bilingual intake exam
  •     A bilingual translations in word groups for further language acquisition
  •     Conversations using first-responder questions

“Having gone on medical mission trips to Mexico, I realized the need for caregivers to be able to communicate in Spanish,” Blades said.

The book is intended for medical professionals who wish to learn Spanish, or Spanish translators interested in developing medical terminology. Chapters also include information on communication and respect in Hispanic culture.

About the Author

Murnez Blades earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. She currently teaches at Goldenwest College, in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Brittany Harness
bharness(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com
317.602.7137

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