Daily Tip 19 – Words

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind…” This is a very fine quotation by Rudyard Kipling. It is, I think, very interesting to explain the context. It is from a speech he made to the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1923. Here, he is using the metaphor of comparing…

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Daily Tip 18

In English one of the most common verbs is “get”, and can have very different meanings depending on the context but in a health and medical setting there are two very important idioms: get better and get worse. Get better means to improve, recover one’s health. For example, ” I had a bad cold, but…

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Confusing words 1

This is another new section, and it is entitled “Confusing Words”. One of the most important things when writing or when speaking is using the correct word, and especially in a scientific and medical setting. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and even for native speakers but when, as in the case of many of…

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Daily Tip 17

  Today’s tip is a quote by Hippocrates, ” Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain comes joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations….. All these things we endure from the brain.” And is used by Gavin Francis in his excellent new book ” Adventures in Human…

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Daily Tips 16

Another false friend!!! In English “educated” means to have culture; to be cultured. However, in Spanish “educado” means to be polite and courteous. Normally being cultured and being courteous go together but NOT always!!

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Daily Tips 15

Confusable words are quite common in English, and here is one that I see being confused very often. To administer means to deliver treatment. In the first image the mother administers the treatment to her son. To administrate is to manage or to director affairs of a business or an institution, etc. In the second…

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Daily Tip 14

False Friends are common between many languages but between English and Spanish they are even more so. Here is one for you! Lecture in Spanish is Conferencia, clase, whereas Lectura in English is Reading

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Daily Tip 13

Another acronym, and a very common one – ENT stands for Ear, Nose and Throat and the ENT specialist is the same as an Otolaryngologist. Have a great day

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Mikhail Bulgakov

It’s Friday, the end of the week for most, and perhaps you have a busy weekend ahead  or not. For those who would like to curl up and read a good book then I wish to suggest that you turn to Mikhail Bulgakov. He is another Russian writer, and like Chekhov, another Russian Doctor/ Writer….

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Social Media in Medicine

  On Friday 15th May at 4pm in the COMIB in Palma de Mallorca Annalisa Manca ( Educationalist in Medical Education) and Jonathan McFarland ( Medical English Coach) will be continuing their popular and informative series of workshops dedicated to Social Media in Medicine. This one is entitled “Social Media for Professional and Academic Development….

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