Pronto Spanish for Healthcare
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Pronto Spanish for Healthcare

Helping Medical Professionals Bridge the Communication Gap with their Spanish-Speaking Patients
2.8 (2 ratings)
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 33 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Pronounce over 500 basic and medical Spanish words and phrases
  • Have a small talk conversation with a patient
  • Learn specialized medical vocabulary, body parts, organs, common symptoms and injuries, and pain descriptions
  • Use Spanish to register, examine, and discharge a patient
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  • No previous language requirements for the course. Students can be absolute Spanish beginners!
  • Students need to have a willingness to learn a new language!

Pronto Spanish for Healthcare seeks to bridge the communication gap between English and Spanish speakers in a medical facility setting. This course is ideal for students, medical professionals, medical administrators, and front office staff. 

Students will build their Spanish vocabulary commonly used in medical facilities through videos, click-n-learn vocabulary lists with audio, language tips, flashcards, and Spanish conversation ideas to practice with your family, friends, and colleagues. While there are only two hours of official lectures, you will have lots of downloadable resources to practice you new Spanish vocabulary at your own pace on their the computer  - or if you prefer, on paper with good old fashion flashcards!

This course allows you to pick and choose what you want to learn in the order you want to learn it.  Already know the Spanish Fundamentals? Then move right into the vocabulary for healthcare! First time taking Spanish? Then spend more time in the Spanish Fundamentals section.

Pronto Spanish for Healthcare is designed to increase your Spanish vocabulary - not make you fluent in the language or have you focus on complicated grammar structures.  It is designed to give you lots of relevant words and phrases you can use from Day 1 in your job. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anybody - medical students or seasoned professionals - wanting to improve their communication with Spanish-speaking students.
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:44


¡Hola! My name is Tara Bradley Williams and I’m going to be your “profesora” for Spanish for Healthcare! I have spent many years in the classroom as a Spanish teacher, from teaching children to adults. I have also been teaching occupational online Spanish courses, such as Spanish for Teachers and Spanish for Health Care, for over 10 years.

This course will not cover everything you would ever like to say, but it will cover the basics to provide you with vocabulary to set up a foundation. This Spanish course focuses on building your medical vocabulary - so you’ll be learning lots new words and phrases that you wouldn’t find in a “normal” Spanish class.

I am thrilled that you are here and THANK YOU for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community. I work with this community every day and I cannot tell you how thankful they are for people like you who know just a few words to make them feel more welcome as they themselves struggle to improve their English. Once again - THANK YOU! Or should I say, ¡GRACIAS!

Preview 01:44
Spanish Fundamentals: The Basics
8 Lectures 24:59

More Greetings - Más Saludos

Conversational Phrases - Frases de Conversación

Survival Words - Palabras Necesarias

Numbers/Números 0-9

Numbers/Números 10-1000

Find a friend, co-worker, or family member to help you start practicing these new words and phrases. Practice with the interactive flashcards and games (click on the links) and read through various practice ideas that you will help you retain the vocabulary words and phrases.

Your Turn to Practice!
Spanish Fundamentals: More Interactions
8 Lectures 20:05
Questions - Preguntas

Registrations - Registraciones

Receptions - Recepciones

Directions - Direcciones

Time - La Hora

Months and Seasons - Meses y Estaciones

Days of the Week and Date - Días de la Semana y la Fecha

Practice your new vocabulary with links to interactive Flashcards and games. Then grab a partner and try practicing these new vocabulary words and phrases in "real life"!

Your Turn to Practice!
Spanish Fundamentals: Just Good Vocabulary to Know!
6 Lectures 16:06
Colors - Colores

Family - La Familia

Personal Characteristics - Características Personales

Clothing - Ropa

Likes and Dislikes - Gustos y Disgustos

Time for you to grab a friend (or even some alone time) and practice what you have learned in this section by putting to use your new vocabulary in practical situations.

Your Turn to Practice!
Spanish for Healthcare: General Medical
6 Lectures 20:33

In this section, you will learn common “Job Titles,” such as Doctor, Nurse, Receptionist, Surgeon, Specialist, as well as many more.

Job Titles & People - Títulos de Trabajos y Personas

Is your worksite so complicated that even you get lost?  In this next session, we will learn the common locations in at typical clinic or hospital.  Focus on the areas that your patients often have a hard time finding or ask for directions.

Places in a Medical Facility - Lugares en las Instalaciones Médicas

For obvious reasons, knowing body parts is very important to communicate about an Accident, Illness, or Family Emergency.

Parts of the Body - Partes del Cuerpo

Like body parts, knowing the names of essential organs is crucial for proper communication between patient and healthcare staff.

Organs - Órganos

In this section, you will learn insurance terms, such as being able to ask if somebody has insurance, what kind of insurance, and for their policy and group numbers.

Insurance - Seguro

Your Turn to Practice!
Spanish for Healthcare: Exam and Care
8 Lectures 23:04

Learning about somebody’s medical history often requires asking a long list of questions.  In this section, learn how to ask if your patients currently has or have had a variety of diseases and medical conditions.

Medical History - Historial Médico

The Examination - Examen Médico

What would you say in the case of an emergency, such as a work accident or serious medical condition?  In this section, we will learn such phrases as:

Are you hurt?

Can you move?

Call an ambulance!

Calm down!

What happened?

These expressions, along with others, will assist you in communicating with Spanish-speakers in the case of a medical emergency.

Emergencies & Common Injuries - Emergencias u Heridas Comunes

In this lecture, you will learn basics actions and commands you can say to a patient, such as "turn over", "open your mouth", and "stand up".

Actions & Commands - Acciones y Mandatos

In this section, you will learn the phrases used to describe many different kinds of pain, such as burning pain, throbbing pain, and sharp pain.

Pain - Dolor

Care - Cuido

Your patients are not necessarily "healed" when they leave your facility. In this section, learn phrases that will help them improve once they leave your care.

Discharge - Dar de Alta

Your Turn to Practice!
Study Materials
4 Lectures 01:03

Download the files, cut out to make flashcards, and practice the vocabulary by units.

Make Paper Flashcards - Spanish Fundamentals

Download the files, cut out to make flashcards, and practice the vocabulary by units.

Make Paper Flashcards - Spanish for Healthcare

These are the same interactive vocabulary lists you found in each "Your Turn to Practice" Lecture. This time, however, they are all together!

Digital Flashcards & Games - Spanish for Healthcare

These are the same interactive vocabulary lists you found in each "Your Turn to Practice" Lecture. This time, however, they are all together!

Digital Flashcards & Games - Spanish Fundamentals
2 Lectures 02:19

¡GRACIAS! Thanks for taking the course! I hope that with some of the words and phrases you learned in this course combined with some of the English skills of the Spanish-speakers you come into contact with, the language barrier can begin to be bridged and people feel welcomed.

There are many more situations that were not covered here. Hopefully you have at least the beginning phrases to start out the sentence and then you can find the vocabulary for your specific need. There are lots of great translation sites out there, but my all-time favorite is  Type in your word in English and see what you get back. The best part about this site is if you scroll to the bottom, you’ll see questions from people all over the world who wanted to know how to say something. Native-speakers from Mexico to Peru to Spain will answer how these are said in their dialect. You can also use Google Translate, but know that while the translations are getting better, they are often a bit “off”. So just use this with a bit of caution.

Thanks once again for taking this course. I’m so thrilled that there are people out there that would take the time to reach out and learn another language to facilitate better communication!


About the Instructor
Tara Bradley Williams
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872 Students
3 Courses
Pronto Spanish Founder

I learned early in my life that I want to spend my days doing something I love. I discovered a love of the Spanish language in college when I studied abroad in Spain and since then, have built my life - not just my career - around sharing my passion and breaking down the communication barrier.

In 2002, I co-founded Pronto Spanish Services with my husband. Together, we created experiences and products that would improve language learning. It has morphed tremendously over the years. Pronto Spanish started out by providing Spanish Weekend Immersions and weekday conversational classes in Madison, WI. As we developed our own materials for these weekend immersions and courses, we then started to package them into the ¡A Conversar! series. 

The more I taught adult students, the more I realized the need for occupational Spanish. Most adults were not coming simply to learn Spanish for the sake of learning Spanish. Rather, they were coming for a specific purpose and mostly, it was work-related. So I developed courses and materials specifically for the workplace, such as Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Spanish for Constructor Workers, etc. Almost 10 years ago, our conversational and occupational Spanish courses moved all online and we have continued to grow partnering with several leading online providers.  

Much of my time, however, is still in the classroom. I continue to teach Spanish and ELL (English Language Learners) in the K-12 public school classroom as I just enjoy the students and using my Spanish - the one passion that always grounds me.