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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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Category: Healthcare EnglishWriting in English

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

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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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

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

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

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but can two negatives make a positive?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

How do you make a snowball?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Another common confusion is the difference between the verbs rise and raise.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

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

From a patient’s perspective, dealing with health professionals who communicate well can make a huge difference.

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Who hasn’t left a medical appointment feeling only half understood?

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Describing pain is sometimes hard enough in your own language, but a language barrier makes it even harder to be sure the right message is getting across.

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