Collocations in American English

Common American English Collocations–Word That Go Together

Collocations are two or more words that go together in an expression, such as fast food, pay attention, or happily married. Collocations make our vocabulary richer. They make it easier to express ourselves without overusing words such as very, nice, or beautiful. In this posting, I discuss some common American English collocations. There will be …

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Bien vs. Bueno vs. Buen in Spanish: When To Use Them

Bien y Bueno/a son unas de las palabras que suelen generar confusión cuando estás aprendiendo español: ¿Cómo saber cuándo usar “bien” y cuándo usar “bueno/a”? En este artículo explicaremos su significado, usos y ejemplos. It’s the same problem we have in English with good and well. Native English speakers and those who are learning English …

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Upper respiratory infections in Spanish

Upper Respiratory Infections in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to talk about upper respiratory infections in Spanish: Infecciones de las vías respiratorias superiores. We will be talking about: Respiratory symptoms / Síntomas respiratorios Related Anatomy / Anatomía relacionada Examination and analysis / Exámenes y análisis Questions to rule out causes / Preguntas para descartar …

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Por vs. Para Spanish Grammar Lesson and Por and Para teacher lesson guide

Understanding Por vs. Para in Spanish and When to Use Them

If you’ve ever had trouble saying “for” in Spanish, you’re not alone! Although POR and PARA in Spanish may both be translated as for in English, they cannot be used interchangeably in Spanish. IN THE FREE POR VS. PARA SPANISH GRAMMAR LESSON DOWNLOAD YOU WILL ¡APRENDER! Learn the difference in uses between the Spanish prepositions POR and …

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“I Don’t Get it.” 20 most common uses of the verb GET in American English

When you listen to conversations in English, you will hear the verb to get in many different contexts.  It is one of the 100 most common words in the English language. The verb to get is used so often, in so many ways, that most speakers don’t even notice when they use it more than …

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At Home Learning & Working through COVID-19 School Closures and Stay at Home Orders

Working at home and At Home Schooling through COVID-19 School Closures and Stay at home orders

Home Schooling through COVID-19: Stuck at home trying to figure out how to work productively and support your kids’ learning at home? In this video Rory & Leslie Foster share some tips from their 19 years of working from home to help you stay productive, healthy & sane :). We also interview 2 amazing home …

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Spanish for Teachers – 5 Idiomatic Expressions in Spanish

How often do you use idiomatic expressions in your Spanish conversations? Do you know some “dichos” en español? Whichever your native language is there are so many colloquial / idiomatic expressions that we sprinkle into our everyday conversations. Think about the last animated conversation you had with a friend… “Hey James, I’m over the moon …

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Spanish for Educators – Commands & Classroom Management in Spanish

In this Spanish for Educators lesson, you will learn how to give commands in Spanish. When we think of common classroom management phrases used in the classroom, many of them are in the command form. Let’s jump in… In this Spanish for Educator lesson you will learn: Repaso de los mandatos: A review of how …

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Tú Commands in Spanish

Tú Commands in Spanish for Healthcare and Clinical Interactions with Young Patients

Medical Spanish Tú commands are a little bit tricky. When you work with kids in the clinical setting, you use commands all the time. Simple things like: “open your mouth”, “say ah”, “follow my finger”, etc are all commands. The tricky part of Tú commands in Spanish is that the affirmative (+) command is formed …

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Usted Commands

Usted Commands for Medical Spanish in the Clinic

Giving instructions, suggestions and requesting things is a daily aspect of working with patients. In order to say something like: “sit down, please”, “follow me”, “wait here for a moment”, “breathe deeply”, “breathe normal”; you have to use the command form in Spanish. So in this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to …

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Teaching Online through Coronavirus COVID-10 School Closures

Teaching Online Through Coronavirus COVID 19 School Closures

Abruptly, one day you’re teaching your students face to face and the next you’re faced with the daunting challenge of teaching your students online. Where do you begin? How do you even start to think about teaching online? We have some tips and tricks for you as you are facing this new reality. Teaching and …

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Spanish for Educators – 3 Steps to Implement Redirective Language

In this Spanish for Educators lesson, you will learn three steps to implement redirective language or “lenguaje redirectivo” in your classroom. Here are the 3 Steps to Implement Redirective Language in Spanish lesson that I taught on YouTube and to our Facebook group: Download the 3 Steps to Redirective Language in Spanish Notes TODAY In our …

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Spanish for Educators – Redirective Language “El lenguaje redirectivo”

This is the first lesson of a new series called “Manejo de aula” (Classroom Management). This Manejo de aula series focuses the Spanish you need in order to manage behavior, rules, expectations, etc. in and out of your classroom. The objective of this lesson is learning how to redirect disruptive behaviors in your classroom using …

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2 Medical Spanish Ways To Say “For How Long” & “How Long Ago” in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: How to use “¿Cuánto tiempo hace que… ?” and “¿Hace cuánto que…?” Examples in the clinical setting to start using these phrases Here is the “For How Long” and “How Long Ago” in Spanish lesson that I taught on YouTube and to our Facebook group: Download the …

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Medical Spanish Transition Words

36 Medical Spanish Transition Words to Use in The Clinical Setting

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how 36 Medical Spanish Transition Words Notes TODAY: Palabras de transición para español médico. In this free Medical lesson you will learn: What is a transition word Types of transition words Examples to be used in the clinical setting Here is the 36 Medical Spanish Transition …

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Medical Spanish Adverbs of Location, Frequency & Manner

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to say use some medical Spanish adverbs of location, frequency and manner: adverbios de ubicación, frecuencia y manera en español médico. In this lesson you will learn: What an adverb is Adverbs of location in Spanish (The sloth lives up in the tree) Adverbs of …

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Discussing Coronavirus in Spanish

How To Talk About Coronavirus in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to talk about the Coronavirus in Spanish with your patients: Cómo hablar sobre el Coronavirus en español. In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: Characteristics of the Coronavirus How it is transmitted Symptoms and Treatments Vulnerable populations How to prevent the infection Here …

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Spanish for Educators – Does my Child Qualify for Special Education?

In this free Spanish for Educators lesson you will learn how to respond with a simple answer en español to this common parent question: ¿Mi hijo califica para recibir educación especial? Su reto profesional: To be able to explain to parents / guardians what special education means and how to determine if their child qualifies for …

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Media Use in Children and Adolescents – Anticipatory Guidance in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to talk about media use amongst children and adolescents in Spanish: Consumo de medios, tiempo de pantalla y redes sociales. In this lesson, I teach you how to discuss the following in Spanish: Common social media, TV and screen time vocabulary. Risks associated with viewing …

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Spanish for Educators – Talking About 13 Disability Categories in Spanish

In this Maestro Miércoles lesson you will learn how talk about 13 disability categories in Spanish with parents and guardians: 13 categorías de discapacidades. Su reto profesional: use this new vocabulary to talk about these disability categories in Spanish with parents / tutors who are interested in discussing special education for their children. In this lesson, …

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Spanish for Educators – Spanish for Parent – Teacher Conferences: How to Support Kids at Home

In this free Spanish for Educators lesson we are talking about Spanish for Parent – Teacher Conferences: Reuniones de padres y maestros. The objective of this Spanish lesson is for educators to learn the appropriate vocabulary to answer the most common questions you get from parents and guardians. In this case, these questions are related …

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Vaping and smoking cessation in Spanish

Smoking, Vaping & Tobacco Cessation in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to talk about smoking, vaping, and tobacco cessation in Spanish: Fumar, vapear y dejar de usar tabaco. In this lesson you will learn: Tobacco-related vocabulary Tobacco risks for unborn babies Tobacco risks for babies and children Risk factors to start using tobacco Stop smoking / …

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Spanish for Educators – Conversation Starters for Talking to Spanish Speaking Students

In this Spanish for Educators lesson, you will learn 10 Spanish conversation starters to uncover the personal and educational backgrounds of your Spanish Speaking students. This beginning of the school year topic was suggested by an amazing ESL teacher Lauren. She realized 5 weeks into the school year she needed to discover her student’s educational …

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Motivational Interviewing in Spanish

Motivational Interviewing in Spanish

The first thing to learn is the different terms used in English and Spanish: Motivational Interview is Intervención Motivacional. In some Spanish speaking regions is also acceptable to say Entrevista Motivacional. These intervenciones motivacionales help people to control and talk through their own behaviors in order to be able to improve their own health and …

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Spanish for Educators – Communicating your class schedule in Spanish – “Specials” and Class Subjects

Teachers in our Spanish for Educators community speak up and we love it! Following your suggestions about the vocabulary you need to master in the classroom, we have developed this lesson about communicating class schedules in Spanish including the “Specials” and class subjects. This lesson will help you address this topic correctly with your Spanish …

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Weight Loss and Management – Anticipatory Guidance in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to talk about weight loss and management anticipatory guidance in Spanish: Orientación temprana para controlar peso y evitar obesidad. Last week, we started this “Orientación temprana” topic talking about anticipatory guidance for diabetes. This week, we talk about weight loss and management but focused mostly …

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The Growth Mindset

Spanish for Educators – The Growth Mindset in Spanish

In this Spanish for Educators lesson, you will learn how to talk about the growth mindset in Spanish: La mentalidad del crecimiento. As teachers, we never stop learning! And as great teachers we try new things, fail, learn from those, adjust and try again. Many educators are the definition of the growth mindset. However, deep …

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Spanish Anticipatory Guidance in Diabetes

Giving Spanish Anticipatory Guidance in Diabetes

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to cover the main details about anticipatory guidance in diabetes – and doing it in Spanish: Orientación temprana para diabetes. In this free medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to give anticipatory guidance in diabetes and discuss the following: How to talk about the …

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Thinking in English– 8 Ways of Developing Fluency without Translating

Thinking in English will help your language skills to grow. It is possible to teach yourself to think in a second language. In this posting I talk about 8 ways to teach yourself to think in English. The download at the end will summarize these ways and give you some questions to think about. Why …

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2 Medical Spanish Pronunciation Rules

2 Medical Spanish Pronunciation Rules to help you ACE medical Spanish words

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn two easy rules for making sure you’re pronouncing medical Spanish words properly. These 2 medical Spanish pronunciation rules apply to all Spanish words as well, and they’re especially great for all of you learners who are learning new vocabulary through self-study with your own books and …

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Numbers in American English–How to Express Quantity

Numbers mean the same thing in every language. How we talk about numbers varies, however, from language to language. It even varies among countries that speak the same language. For example, British people  express some numerical concepts differently than Americans. In this posting I talk about expressing numbers in American English. There will be many …

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Family medical history in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – Taking Family Medical History in Spanish

Family Medical histories in Spanish are an important aspect of gaining a patient’s complete medical history. In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: Vocabulary for family members in Spanish Additional vocabulary for hereditary illnesses in Spanish Common questions regarding family history in Spanish Here is the Medical Spanish lesson on How to Take …

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Punctuation in American English–Marks to Make Your Meaning Clear

Punctuation marks are marks to make your written meaning clear. You may have learned something about British punctuation.  Some of the rules for American punctuation are a little bit different. In this posting I talk about the American rules for 11 common punctuation marks: period (.), question mark (?), exclamation point (!), comma (,), quotation …

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7 Easy Phrases for Communicating Treatment Plans in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – 7 Easy Phrases for Communicating Treatment Plans in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn 7 easy phrases for communicating treatment plans in Spanish and being able to talk about them with your Latino patients. These 7 easy phrases include: Talking about future plans Explaining steps or instructions the patient must take Explaining things the patient has to do Expressing “to …

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Synonyms and Antonyms in English

Synonyms and Antonyms in English–Growing Your Vocabulary

Synonyms and antonyms are important to understand as you learn English. Knowledge of synonyms and antonyms will help your English vocabulary to grow. In this posting I talk about 10 common, easy words in English–words that you probably use every day. I talk about synonyms and antonyms for each of these words. There will be …

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Learn Modal Verbs in English

Aprender inglés – 6 tipos de Modal Verbs: Verbos modales en inglés

Los Modal Verbs o verbos modales son verbos especiales en inglés ya que funcionan un poco diferente a los demás verbos. ¿Por qué? No se les añade la “s” en la tercera persona en singular. Muchos de ellos no tienen tiempo pasado. Son usados como verbos auxiliares y luego se añade la forma base del …

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