Penn study shows telemedicine offers a barrier for those who don’t speak English

She had tried to call a city health clinic to get asthma medicine for the teenage girl, but was directed to set up a medical appointment through video chat — a big hurdle, as the family lived in a shelter and had no high-speed internet. What’s more, the instructions were in English, and the woman, an immigrant from Guatemala, did not speak the language well.

As with so many other aspects of life during the pandemic, the field of health care has shifted the bulk of its interactions to computer screens and mobile phones — the practice known as telemedicine. It can be an effective substitute for an in-person visit, except when patients lack the necessary technology or have trouble using it.

In a group of 2,940 patients scheduled for outpatient cardiology visits between March 16 and April 17, those who spoke limited or no English were half as likely as English-speaking patients to “show up” for their video or phone consultation.

Income also appeared to play a role in access to care. People from zip codes with a median household income below $50,000 were half as likely to use video to see the doctor when compared with zip codes with a median income above $100,000. Instead, they opted for a consultation by phone call, said Penn cardiology fellow Lauren A. Eberly, one of the study’s authors.

Medical appointments via phone call are far better than none at all. But the addition of video may allow physicians and nurses to gain more insight into a patient’s condition, Eberly said. They can see patients’ pill bottles, for example, ensuring that they have an adequate supply and are not taking medicines that might interfere with each other.

The clinic already provided translation services during video consultations, but arranging them was a cumbersome, multi-step process that had to be set up in advance, said cardiologist Srinath Adusumalli, the study’s senior author. The center’s tech wizards are developing a new platform that will allow patients to select the appropriate language on the spot, he said.

As for those with limited internet access, Penn has applied for funds to help patients obtain broadband coverage, and also is exploring the possibility of installing telemedicine kiosks. These units could be installed at a grocery store or a recreation center, with a curtain or door for privacy, Adusumalli said.

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Learn English meaning of ‘apple pie a la mode’ – Apple Pie a la Mode

Romeo:  Grandmama’s apple pie a la mode.

Romeo:  Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it.

Dominique:  I can’t do it with the ice cream, though, so I guess that wouldn’t make it a la mode, right?

Romeo:  You can’t do apple pie with ice cream?

Dominique:  No. Because I like to eat my apple…

Dominique:  Actually, I am.

Romeo:  Oh! Well, then there it is there. Yeah, you’re missing out. I mean, at least you can have the home-baked apple pie with the crust and…

Dominique:  Oh yes!

Romeo:  I know, right? Just sliced up real nice and just warm…

Dominique:  The Granny Smith apples… so delicious!

Romeo:  Yeah, yeah. I mean, whose other apples would you want?

Dominique:  Some people use the red apples.

Romeo:  That’s so wrong.

Dominique:  It is.

Romeo:  That’s just apple pie a la rude.

Dominique:  Totally disrespectful.

Romeo:  I guess what I’m saying is… Would you like to go meet my grandma and have some apple pie?

Dominique:  All right! Let’s do it.

Romeo:  It’s a date.

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Learn English meaning of ‘student loans’ – Student Loans

Kelsey:  Hey Andy, I have great news! I just got approved for an income-based repayment for my student loans.

Andy_H:  That’s fantastic! Well, I’m really glad that you’re making headway on getting those payments paid!

Kelsey:  Yeah, I’ve been having a lot of anxiety over getting them paid off, and even with this repayment plan, I still have a bit of fear about it.

Andy_H:  Well, you know, I understand where people can get really anxious about needing to pay off their student loans, but take me, for example. I understood that, when I was young I needed to go to college, which was a huge expense but instead of looking at it as some kind of necessary evil, I focused on how this was an investment in my future.

Kelsey:  You know, I do agree with that. I really value the education I got. I just wish I didn’t have to work two jobs right now to pay it all off.

Andy_H:  And I feel you, sister. I am working my tail off, but when I think of where I am right now, it really makes me happy that there were these kinds of establishments that allowed me to borrow money so that I could get an education, even if they are really expensive.

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Alexa, I want to learn English: Pearson India launches MyPedia Alexa skill to help enhance English vocabulary – The Financial Express

To get started say “Alexa, open MyPedia”, or simply “Alexa, I want to learn English”.To get started say “Alexa, open MyPedia”, or simply “Alexa, I want to learn English”.

Amazon Alexa has become the new destination to learn English, literally. Early this week, digital learning firm Pearson India introduced an interactive skill on Amazon Alexa for students and learners of all age groups to learn English. The Pearson MyPedia skill offers a collection of engaging stories coupled with fun facts, trivia, quizzes and rewards. The interactive format of the skill can help improve English vocabulary, listening, speaking, comprehension, and storytelling. To get started say “Alexa, open MyPedia”, or simply “Alexa, I want to learn English”.

The MyPedia skill is designed to enhance the interest of students in the English language. The stories used in the skill can inspire them to be authors and be imaginative while writing in English. The skill’s simple voice interface can enable students to learn in an interactive manner, at their own pace. The MyPedia skill can be accessed on all Amazon Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart displays, as well as the Alexa app for smartphones.

In the current lockdown situation, as students spend more time at home, the MyPedia Alexa skill can help them make the most of this unique learning environment. It provides a holistic approach for students to build their language skills from home, for greater goals outside academic achievements.

“Our teams are constantly working to add new features and experiences so that the Alexa voice service is more relevant and useful for users. The combination of interactive learning and the simplicity of voice interactions with Alexa will make this (Pearson MyPedia skill) a fun experience for users of all age groups,” said Puneesh Kumar, country manager for Alexa Experiences and Devices, Amazon India.

MyPedia Reader is a story book, a guide and a game book for learners to enable them to be more imaginative while writing their stories in the English language. It shares rich and diverse stories by students stemming from their own experiences, issues and aspirations. The stories are selected by celebrated authors and educationists which are narrated through students’ viewpoint and perspective. It will prompt the students to ‘think critically’ and ‘write creatively’.

The story book is also available in Amazon Kindle store which you can purchase and read at your own leisure.

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Learn English meaning of ‘squirrels’ – Squirrels

Jessica:  Andy, I keep seeing squirrels everywhere. I don’t know if it’s the weather shift or what’s going on, but they are so adorable.

Andy_H:  Well, Jessica, I’ve seen a lot of squirrels. I’ve seen plenty in America: black squirrels, grey squirrels, thin-tailed squirrels, bushy-tailed squirrels.

Jessica:  Wow!

Andy_H:  They can be really intelligent and fascinating, and they can also be a real pain sometimes.

Jessica:  I didn’t know there were so many different types of squirrels!

Andy_H:  There’s a multitude in America, depending on where you live. And in fact, there are a bunch of squirrels living in a tree in my backyard, and they have no hesitation throwing nuts down at us while we sit down and try to enjoy a picnic.

Jessica:  Yeah, they aren’t very predictable. We have a big tree in our backyard, too. And sometimes, they’re antisocial and leave us alone, but sometimes, they’ll run right up and bother us. But they are really cute. I just need to remember not to reach out and pet them.

Andy_H:  You definitely don’t want to do that. They will act on instinct, and they may hurt you.

Jessica:  Oh, that is true! Thanks for the warning.

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Learn English Meaning of ‘Staycation’ – Staycation

Gary:  Are you looking for an exotic destination?

Jessica:  Maybe, I just, I really want something mellow and fun… some swimming, sunshine. I just want to expand my horizons.

Gary:  That sounds exhausting!

Jessica:  Are you a homebody?

Gary:  I’m just tired. I’ve been working so much!

Jessica:  See, you should get out on the road. Go explore!

Gary:  I actually think I need a staycation.

Jessica:  Really?

Gary:  I just want to stay at home, mellow out, maybe watch some Netflix.

Jessica:  I know travel can sometimes be hectic, but if I plan it, I promise you’ll like it better than staying at home. It’ll be relaxing. You can still feel mellow. But it will be nice. You can clear your head and go on an adventure.

Gary:  I think I want a Yoga vacation where I can staycation.

Jessica:  There you go. I’ll find a nice secluded retreat!

Gary:  That sounds really relaxing.

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Learn English meaning of ‘winter blues’ – Winter Blues

Andy_H:  Man, me too, Gary.

Gary:  Yeah?

Andy_H:  You know, I’ve been so sluggish lately. I think I might be suffering from SAD

Gary:  No! Really?

Andy_H:  Yeah, seasonal affective disorder. It’s just been really changing my mood and my energy.

Gary:  After work, I come home, and I just feel depressed. I want to take a nap. It’s hard. I wake up in the morning, and it’s dark out. And I just think, “Where’s all the light?” I need the light. I want to wake up to the sun. I want to feel recharged and energized.

Andy_H:  You know what I’ve been doing?

Gary:  No.

Andy_H:  Believe it or not, I have been coming home, and I am so apathetic… I can’t decide whether to make dinner or just try and sleep it off… I have actually bought a sunlamp, and I have it shine on me in an attempt to try to lift my mood.

Gary:  Has it worked?

Andy_H:  I think so….

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Learn Spanish with Olga. My new page. #Spanish #languages – authortranslatorOlga

Hi all:

Those of you who follow my blog know that I have recently completed a course to qualify as a language teacher. The director of the course suggested told me that they were always looking for Spanish teachers (I hope they might need people when language schools open again, fingers crossed!), and I’ve been trying to get organised since I completed the course.

Recently I shared the first video of a series I hope to create covering basic Spanish topics, and I have also added a page to my blog with a variety of resources for those interested in learning the language. I decided to share the page today here as a post (also because I’m reading a fairly long book, so I have no new review to share), with a link to the actual page, so you can check it regularly, as I intend to keep adding more videos and resources.

Here it is:


Hello everyone!

In case you don’t know me, I’m Olga and although I’m originally from Barcelona (Spain), I moved to the UK for work reasons (I was a doctor and wanted to specialise in psychiatry) in 1992 and spent there over 25 years. During those years I did plenty of things: I worked as a psychiatrist (in a variety of specialities, mostly forensic psychiatry), I studied (a BA and a PhD in American Literature, an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice), I wrote and published a number of books (in English and Spanish) and also translated the books of quite a few authors into Spanish and English.

A couple of years ago I returned to Barcelona to support my mother, started volunteering at a local radio station and for a couple of years taught English Composition online at the University of the People. That experience made me realise that I’d like to teach languages, and in March 2020 I completed a course and obtained the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. With the pedagogical insights gained from the course, and as a native speaker fluent in English, I thought I could help English speakers interested in improving their level of Spanish, especially those eager to become more fluent, to practise what they have learned and brush up on their studies, those working on presentations or specific projects they would like a hand with, and people who want to communicate with the locals in a variety of situations. If you think you might be interested in that, we can chat about it in more detail. Just get in touch with me.

I am preparing a series of short videos with some basic topics, and I’ll share the links here as they become available. You can also check the following resources if you are interested in learning Spanish.


Instituto Cervantes (Plenty of materials, from courses to articles on all kinds of topics. A well-known institution with offices all over the world.

Video ele (A whole course based around videos)

Tu escuela de español (Elena Prieto offers regular videos in her YouTube channel. There is also a Premium option)

Tio Spanish (You can also test your level and that allows you to choose level appropriate activities).


RAE (Diccionario panhispánico de dudas). The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is the official institution tasked with creating the official dictionary and revising and updating the grammar. There are many other options, including other kinds of dictionaries, available on their website:

Many thanks, good luck, and keep learning!

And here is the link to the page, so you can bookmark it for future reference:

Thanks so much for reading and watching, and if you’re interested, remember to like, share, comment, and leave me suggestions for future videos as well. Ah, if you check the video, you’ll find a link to the presentation as well. ♥

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6 Ways to Fast Track Learning French in Paris « HiP Paris Blog

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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France has a notorious reputation for being a country where you need to speak the language to survive. It has its quirks even when language isn’t a barrier!

I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but I personally believe that Paris is starting to outgrow its image of snooty waiters whose demeanor changes the second you utter the word “hello” (or poorly pronounce “bonjour”). And yet, there is no doubt that learning a bit of French is going to be worth your while – and not just to ward off the haughtiness of waiters. Learning French offers deeper insight into the culture, and also widens the scope of people with whom you can interact. If nothing else, I can also confirm that rattling off a couple phrases in French is going to massively impress your friends and family back home!

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

While you might wish you could download a language as easily as the emoji keyboard, there just is no getting around it: The only way to learn a language is through time, hard work, and giving yourself permission to sound like a bumbling fool in front of strangers. For me, I had no choice but to stammer my way through six months of sub-par French in front of my colleagues before it started to click.

Although there is no silver bullet when it comes to learning French (I’ll get back to you when Elon Musk invents a language brain implantation), there are certainly some things you can do to speed up that agonizing-but-necessary learning curve. Here are some of activities to fast track your French:

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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1. French Lessons

An obvious activity that will help you improve your French is, well, French class. You can chose to enroll in an official class, like those offered at the Alliance Française, ICP, or the Sorbonne, or opt for private lessons. The Mairie de Paris offers affordable options, but there is (unsurprisingly) often a waiting list for these ones.

I have tried both formal and private classes, and have found that each has its own perks. A group-style class will offer more structure, which will appeal to those who need to brush up on their grammar (and don’t we all?), as well as provide the opportunity to practice speaking in front of large groups of people (something I have personally always struggled with). Private lessons are great for those who already have the fundamentals of grammar sorted and just need practice speaking the ear off a poor, long-suffering tutor. You will also be able to iron out any tricky grammar challenges unique to you (*cough* subjunctive!).

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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2. Complementary Classes

You don’t need to enroll in a language class in order to learn a language! One of my favorite ways to practice French is by taking a local yoga or group fitness class. So long as it’s not a class that is completely beyond your skill level – Istruggle enough with Zumba classes in English, so I would certainly avoid them in French – you will be able to follow simply based on the teacher’s demonstration. At the same time you will open yourself up to a whole new world of vocabulary: chien tête en bas, chat-vache à quatre pattes. La classe!

Not the sporty type? No problem! Once again, the Mairie de Paris offers classes at reduced prices in a range of different topics. Why not practice your French at the same time as learning photography or drawing?

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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3. Language Exchanges

There are a host of free language exchanges and meet-ups available online, either through sites such as Exchanges Linguistiques, or events posted on I have never tried any of the language-based meet-ups, but I have heard good things from those who have.

Personally, I like to take any opportunity to organize language meet-ups with people I meet in real life, or even with friends of friends. When I’ve been interested in language exchanges, I’ve made a point of talking about it within my existing network – it i usually doesn’t take long for someone to pass you the details of a friend who is looking to brush up on their English. And this way, at least you have some common ground to start the conversation.

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

4. Dating

Ah, dating! Although I am now happily off the market, when I first arrived in Paris I was an independent woman in a new city where I knew virtually no one. Dating was just one of the activities I was open to in an effort to meet new people. And I soon found that my French was vastly improving!

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French


Before any date, I told myself that even if I had a crappy time I could at least look at it as a free language class, which was good motivation to put myself out there! Although many of them turned out to be disastrous, it was certainly a more interesting learning environment than a sterile classroom.

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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5. Volunteering

Volunteering can be a lovely way to brush up on your French while giving back to the community. You can find postings for volunteering opportunities at Maison des Associations, or through Restos du Coeur, Oxfam France, or SOS Helpline.

6. Consuming French Media

A common piece of advice I have received from language teachers is to constantly surround myself with the language. This could be by leaving the TV or radio on, or by watching French films regularly. Personally, I like to listen to French podcasts (if there’s one good thing to come out of the lack of phone connection in the metro…). Favorites include Change ma vie by Clotilde Dusoulier and Generation XX by Siham Jibril.

HiP Paris Blog writer gives you her tips to fast-track your French

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Learn English meaning of edutainment – Edutainment

Andy_H:  I just came back from visiting my cousins, and you wouldn’t believe how they’re learning nowadays.

Kelsey:  What do you mean?

Andy_H:  Well, they were showing me this really cool game that they had on their iPad, and it was teaching them history lessons about the Mayflower.

Kelsey:  Are you saying that they’re using video games in the classroom setting?

Andy_H:  I absolutely am! So, what they’re doing is gamifying, or using gamification, to make education a lot of fun.

Kelsey:  You know, it does sound very interesting. I’m just a little skeptical that it’s too much focus on entertainment and not on instruction.

Andy_H:  Whatever way a kid is going to learn, they’re going to learn that information. But do you want to just shove it down their throats with a textbook, or do you want to let them play?

Kelsey:  Yeah, you know, it’s very interesting. I think they might be onto something.

Andy_H:  I think so as well. And, you know, this immersive style of teaching is a real hallmark of millennials.

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