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en At the doctor   »   es En la consulta del doctor

57 [fifty-seven]

At the doctor

At the doctor

57 [cincuenta y siete]

En la consulta del doctor

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I have a doctor’s appointment. (Y-) t---- u-- c--- c-- e- d-----. (Yo) tengo una cita con el doctor.
I have the appointment at ten o’clock. (Y-) t---- l- c--- a l-- d--- (d- l- m-----). (Yo) tengo la cita a las diez (de la mañana).
What is your name? ¿C--- e- s- n-----? ¿Cómo es su nombre?
Please take a seat in the waiting room. Po- f---- t--- a------ e- l- s--- d- e-----. Por favor tome asiento en la sala de espera.
The doctor is on his way. Ya v---- e- d-----. Ya viene el doctor.
What insurance company do you belong to? ¿A q-- c------- d- s------ p-------- (u----)? ¿A qué compañía de seguros pertenece (usted)?
What can I do for you? ¿E- q-- l- / l- p---- a-----? ¿En qué lo / la puedo ayudar?
Do you have any pain? ¿T---- a---- d----? ¿Tiene algún dolor?
Where does it hurt? ¿E- d---- l- d----? ¿En dónde le duele?
I always have back pain. Si----- t---- d---- d- e------. Siempre tengo dolor de espalda.
I often have headaches. Te--- d---- d- c----- a m-----. Tengo dolor de cabeza a menudo.
I sometimes have stomach aches. A v---- t---- d---- d- e-------. A veces tengo dolor de estómago.
Remove your top! ¡P-- f---- d--------- l- p---- s-------! ¡Por favor desabroche la parte superior!
Lie down on the examining table. ¡P-- f---- a-------- e- l- c------! ¡Por favor acuéstese en la camilla!
Your blood pressure is okay. La p------ a------- e--- e- o----. La presión arterial está en orden.
I will give you an injection. Le v-- a p--------- u-- i--------. Le voy a prescribir una inyección.
I will give you some pills. Le p---------- u--- p-------- / t------- (a-.). Le prescribiré unas pastillas / tabletas (am.).
I am giving you a prescription for the pharmacy. Le d-- u-- r----- m----- p--- l- f-------. Le doy una receta médica para la farmacia.

Long words, short words

The length of a word is dependent upon its informative content. This has been shown by an American study. Researchers evaluated words from ten European languages. This was achieved with the help of a computer. The computer analyzed various words with a program. In the process, it used a formula to calculate the informative content. The results were clear. The shorter a word is, the less information it conveys. Interestingly, we use short words more often than long words. The reason for this could lie in the efficiency of speech. When we speak, we concentrate on the most important thing. Therefore, words without much information mustn't be too long. This guarantees we don't spend too much time on unimportant things. The correlation between length and content has another advantage. It ensures that the informative content always remains the same. That is to say, we always say the same amount in a certain period of time. For example, we can use a few long words. But we can also use many short words. It doesn't matter what we decide: The informative content remains the same. As a result, our speech has a consistent rhythm. This makes it easier for listeners to follow us. If the amount of information were always varied, it would be difficult. Our listeners couldn't adapt well to our speech. Comprehension would thus be made difficult. He who wants the best chance of being understood should use short words. Since short words are better comprehended than long ones. Therefore, the principle goes: Keep It Short and Simple! In short: KISS!