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Monday, October 29, 2007

Who Needs English?

Reminds you of those pictures on the cash register keys at McDonald's, doesn't it?

A language barrier can be frustrating enough when you're trying to get tech support for your computer from someone 10,000 miles away, but the limited English skills of some immigrants to the U.S. can be deadly during emergency situations.

To prevent misunderstandings and speed up their care, many hospitals and ambulances are spanning the communication gap by using a large board with pictures on it. Patients merely need to point at the pictures that represent their medical problem (such as pain or breathing trouble) and the part of the body that's affected. They can also point to the name of the language they speak so a translator can be called in quickly.

(Source: CNN)

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