Language barrier




 
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Language barrier
 
November 13th, 2012  
Trooper1854
 
 

Topic: Language barrier


Language barrier
Did an emergency call to an elderly gentleman with severe stomach pains.
He was an Italian chap and his spoken English was poor.
So, I thought I would put my language skills to use and speak Italian to him.
I speak pretty good Italian and I asked questions in Italian but he kept answering in his mangeled English.
This went on all through the twenty minute trip to A&E.
When we arrived, he had a "Light Bulb" moment.
In Italian he exclaimed; "But you can speak Italian!"
"Yes sir, I can, and have been for the last half an hour."
"OOOh, I wondered why I could understand you so well!"
November 13th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trooper1854
Did an emergency call to an elderly gentleman with severe stomach pains.
He was an Italian chap and his spoken English was poor.
So, I thought I would put my language skills to use and speak Italian to him.
I speak pretty good Italian and I asked questions in Italian but he kept answering in his mangeled English.
This went on all through the twenty minute trip to A&E.
When we arrived, he had a "Light Bulb" moment.
In Italian he exclaimed; "But you can speak Italian!"
"Yes sir, I can, and have been for the last half an hour."
"OOOh, I wondered why I could understand you so well!"
Soooo, it was one of those moments....
November 13th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
I'd be tempted to hit him over the head with a bed pan.
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Language barrier
November 13th, 2012  
Capt Frogman
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I'd be tempted to hit him over the head with a bed pan.
Or suffocate him with a bed sheet!

Good job I'm not a paramedic eh!
November 14th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by Capt Frogman
Or suffocate him with a bed sheet!

Good job I'm not a paramedic eh!
I'd be tempted to hit him over the head with a bed pan.



Opa Brit and CF- you guys would have made wonderful paramedics- the casualty will reach the hospital with real injuries... !
November 14th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by viper2007
I'd be tempted to hit him over the head with a bed pan.



Opa Brit and CF- you guys would have made wonderful paramedics- the casualty will reach the hospital with real injuries... !
In the RAF on rare occasions I drove the ambulance, be it domestic or crash. The patching up was the task of the medic and or the doctor on board. It was fun on blues and two's though when I got the chance.
November 14th, 2012  
Capt Frogman
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
It was fun on blues and two's though when I got the chance.
Welcome to my world!

You wouldn't get away with it these days.
November 14th, 2012  
Trooper1854
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I'd be tempted to hit him over the head with a bed pan.
Only one thing wrong with that plan, bedpans are made from papiere mache now
Oxygen cylinders on the other hand, have excellent stopping power!
November 14th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
It was fun on blues and two's though when I got the chance.
I remember them days back in Germany, the locals would drive their car in to a ditch so the didn't hold you up, it's a big no no to impeded a vehicle on blues and twos.
November 14th, 2012  
Capt Frogman
 
 
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Originally Posted by The Highway Man
I remember them days back in Germany, the locals would drive their car in to a ditch so the didn't hold you up, it's a big no no to impeded a vehicle on blues and twos.
Shame we don't get the same reaction in the UK!
 


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