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Hot off the press: Tarascon Medical Translation Pocketbook

Posted Oct 15 2009 10:04pm

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At my residency alma mater Harbor-UCLA, my friend Dr. Tim Horeczko (pediatric EM fellow) co-wrote a medical translation pocketbook guide with Dr. Ross Donaldson. I wish I had thought of the idea. This guidebook is so convenient, because doing a 3-way translation through a telephone service every time you have a basic question is a pain. What if you just wanted to ask "Are you having pain right now?" It makes sense that we should have a basic list of commonly-used questions/phrases in various languages.

In this reference, common words, questions, and phrases are translated into 17 languages including: Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Check it out!

Just as an example, I took some quick snapshots of the phrase "Do you have pain?" in French, Hindi, and Mandarin. It's hard not to chuckle at yourself when you pronounce these words aloud using the phonetic guide.

French


Hindi


Chinese Mandarin
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