Archive for January, 2009

Volunteer Projects

Medical Professionals Donating Time

Spanish for Medical Volunteers

November 2008 – Several nurses got together to help a cause for the poor, in the Los Angeles area. A food drive was organized by nurses, and each week they were able to collect several boxes full of food. It was a great team effort all around, which we had about 8 people volunteer for the project, and mostly nurses and nurses aides. All the food collected was donated to the LA Food Bank. Afterwards, the volunteers kept on with the project, they organized more food and clothing handouts to the homeless, in Skid Row. This has become almost a monthly effort by the team. Spanish for Medical would like to say thank you to the nurses trying to make a difference, not just in the working environment, but also on their spare time.

See our parent company blog on some of the volunteer projects the staff has done.

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Stories of Professionals in the Medical Field


Finding Learning a Language Beneficial

Gabriela Zervo –Certified Nursing Assistant (Romania)

Gabriela Zervo or “Gaby” was born and raised from Romania and arrived in the USA Sept of 1999. Upon arriving in the country, she did not speak any English what so ever. When she first arrived she knew the medical field was the only way to go for a secure job. With her determination, her first step into the medical field was to learn the language of English, which took her about 8 months to get to intermediate level, at the local community college. After having enough skills to communicate in the environment, she then started to apply for the Certified Nursing Assistant School, it took her about 2 months to finish the program. Soon after she received her certificate, she then started applying for Skilled Nursing Facilities. On her first few months in the job she was getting a lot of practice speaking English with patients. But as she continued on in the field, she found out that she would also need to learn another language, Spanish. Coming across many Spanish speaking patients, families, and some staff, she found out how language barrier made it more difficult to complete a job effective and efficiently. Having multiple patients with her job responsibilities made it very challenging for her. Then she decided she needed to expand her skills level and made a big effort to not only study English but to also learn Spanish. She started watching Spanish TV Channels with shows on Telenovelas, game shows, and watched soccer. At work, she would ask for assistance with translating words into Spanish, and always carried a handy Dictionary. Little by little Gaby was able to develop her medical terminologies, and communication. Learning the language she grew more confident and was able to work without any barriers, which in turn help her dramatically with time management. She also got to know her patients well by communication, which made her feel very good about her work in general. Ultimately, she grew an acceptance to her huge transition from her home country-Romania to the USA.

Currently in 2009, Gaby plans to go higher with her education in nursing, at the same time plans to also enhance her Spanish skills. She is already fluent in English, but having a stronger Medical Spanish background will definitely help her better, possibly even finding better job opportunities by speaking 3 languages.

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Spanish for Medical

Spanish for Medical



10) Convenience “Mobile Medical Spanish Courses” within Los Angeles region. Our teachers can go on-site (hospitals/clinics) or off-site.

9) Experience – We have been offering our services since 2003. Our Academic Director has been teaching for more than 10 years, and has extensive credentials for Spanish Education. Plus our teachers have plenty of teaching Spanish.

8) Friendly Native Spanish speaking teachers

7) Great feedback from past clients (Under the direction of our Academic Director Laura Zayas – See Testimonials page “Client’s love our service”

6) Affordable pricing compared to big companies i.e. Berlitz

5) Classes are divided into sessions about 1-2 hours per week. No cramming, no grading, no college type of atmosphere.

4) Its Fun and enriching

3) NOT A BIG COMPANY, which puts a lot more attention into the program

2) We provide customized Medical Spanish courses for almost any medical professional in different departments.

1) We have our own course materials, and it’s customized! (See our Intro Kit, plus our newly written Manuals, Flash cards, posters, CD’s, free access to podcast, and videos)

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Soon Medical Spanish Online courses (video conferencing), downloadable study materials, and many more!

Spanish for Medical – New Regional Medical Spanish Course

Spanish for Medical

January 1, 2009

Spanish for Medical

Medical Spanish Courses In Los Angeles Region

Customized For The Health Care Industry



PO Box 29637

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Notice of Expansion On Our Medical Spanish Program

Medical Spanish Courses

This day is our official launch of additional Medical Spanish programs in Los Angeles Region. Part of the Spanish for Medical Regional Department. Directed by Russo Mutuc and Laura Zayas. The course offered will be customized for each specific department in the health care industry. Along with already produced materials from Medical Spanish Manuals, poster-sized color drawings, vocabulary flashcards, audio CD’s, and soon online Inter-active content.


Section IA: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers beginning language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions
Spanish IB: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers beginning language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions
Section IC: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers beginning/intermediate language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions
Section IIA: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers intermediate language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions
Spanish IIB: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers intermediate language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions
Section IIC: (7 lessons)
Curriculum covers intermediate/advanced language skills
Students should be finished in approximately 14 sessions

(Spanish I)
Section IA
Lesson 1: Basic Greetings, Questions & Expressions • People
Lesson 2: Objects • Interrogative Words • Articles
Lesson 3: Colors • Verbs Es y Son (Is and Are)
Lesson 4: Numbers • Days/Months/Seasons
Lesson 5: Pharmacy • Money • Pronouns • Verb Necesitar (Need)
Lesson 6: Human Body• Verb Tener (Have)• Use Tener to
express aches/pains/conditions and tell age
Lesson 7: Personal Characteristics • Medical Staff Positions • Adverbs • Descriptive Adjectives • Verb Ser (Be)

Section IB
Lesson 8: Family Members • Possessive Adjectives • Physical Descriptions
Lesson 9: Time • Activities
Lesson 10: Basic regular –AR Verbs • Conjugation Important Words to create Sentences
Lesson 11: Other regular –AR Verbs • Irregular –AR Verbs
Lesson 12: Regular and Irregular –ER Verbs:
Querer (Want) • Poner (Put) • Hacer (Do)• Conjugation
Lesson 13: Regular and Irregular –IR Verbs • Conjugation
Lesson 14: Verb Review

Section IC
Lesson 15: More objects • Adjectives to describe Objects • Position of Objects
Lesson 16: Hospital Chores • Words to describe frequency
Lesson 17: Places in the Hospital • Directions • Location • Feelings
Lesson 18: Clothes • Toiletry Items • Demonstrative Adjectives/Pronouns
Lesson 19: Foods • Difference between Ser and Estar • Difference between Para and Por
Lesson 20: Present Progressive
Lesson 21: How to Express future using ‘Ir’

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