Carlos Pava Show: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:51 cost prohibitive too expensive
2:04, 2:07 Big Rapids, MI...Ferris State University a public university with over 14,000 students
2:34 immersion being totally surrounded (in this case: by English)
3:04 It turns out... It somehow ended (or resulted) in this way...
4:15 G.P.A. Grade Point Average is calculated in many American schools with these value assignments (from high to low): A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, E (or F) = 0 points.  A perfect academic record of all A’s is a 4.0 average (pronounced “four-point-oh”).
5:00 interpreter someone who changes spoken words from one language into another language
6:31 healthcare provider herself 1) healthcare provider = person who works in healthcare: nurse, medical technician, physician, physician’s assistant, nurse clinician, etc.  2) herself = emphasis that SHE also is one of these people
7:05 discrete skillset specific collection of abilities
8:07 mandated ordered, required
8:19 language accommodation making room for language needs, allowing for language
8:42 dispatch to send out
8:51 frill something fancy, something extra
9:57 disparities unequal differences in resource distribution
10:07 language barrier when language blocks or hurts communication
10:23 disposition the natural mindset of a person or organization
10:35 grave very serious 
11:11 preventative care medical care for people before they get sick so that they won’t get sick
11:35 builds up accumulates, adds up more and more
11:37 acute care serious care that needs immediate attention
11:51 HIPPA 1996 medical law that offers strict guidelines for patient privacy regarding health information
12:19 technical procedures many things done in a medical setting: x-rays, laser treatment, surgery, radiation, biopsy, and many more
12:38 ethics rules for good and proper behavior
13:40 modules segments (or units) of learning material
14:12 drawing to a close coming to an end, getting ready to finish
14:46 delegate to assign tasks to different members of a team
15:35 core expertise basic (or central) knowledge and skills of one’s job
15:57 Carlos has worked for over 15 years helping provide medical communication across languages.
16:10 vulnerability weakness, being in a situation of risk or harm

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.