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If elephants could write, they'd use their trunks. The Trunk is a collection of articles with advice on language, learning and communicating better in English at work.

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What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Understanding patients who are native speakers of English can be challenging for health professionals who are non-native speakers.

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In follow-up visits, healthcare professionals need to ask questions that focus on what’s been happening with the patient since the last appointment.

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Deciding which verb is the right one can be confusing.

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What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Here are some reminders for when you’re telling patients what they need to do.

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When talking about something as important as illness, patients expect to see a doctor, physio or therapist who has a good command of English.

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Muddling up ‘remember’ and ‘remind’ is another common confusion.

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What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

You’ve got the specialised, job-related language down pat (mastered).

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How confident are you using skeleton words in English?

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Where’s my Visa card?

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Do you sometimes feel that writing confidently and comfortably in English for work will never happen?

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How’s your revising going?

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Making time to revise is an important part of up-skilling.

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I’ve found that working in 12-week spurts is very productive.

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Have you ever been in another country when you’re not feeling well and are stuck for words to describe what’s wrong and what you need?

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What are your reasons for not writing more in English?

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Mixing up these two and adding an S in the wrong place happens a lot.

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What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English