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IF YOU ARE AN EXPAT, AND ENGLISH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE , HAVE YOU HAD TROUBLE WITH IDIOMS?

TROUBLE WITH IDIOMS. After finishing medical school in Louvain Belgium, I came to Schenectady, NY in the US to do my internship. My knowledge of English was what I knew from my high school language classes. this translates into “very little practical knowledge”. At first I struggled but caught on fast (I had to). What did not come so fast was my understanding of the use of idioms. In earlier blogs I related my embarrassment with “pain in the neck” and “prick”. Here is an other one which at the time gave me a red face but now after so many years makes me chuckle. Anne and I lived in a small apartment close to the hospital and got by on a small, very small, salary (this was the late fifties). So did all the other interns. Therefore our entertainment consisted of pot-luck weekend evenings at each other’s apartments on a rotating basis. When it was our turn to host the get together we had told our friends to come around 8:00 pm. In Belgium this means arrival at the earliest around 8:15 or even later. Of course this is quite different in the punctual American culture. That evening the bell rang at 8:01 with the arrival of the first guests. I opened the door, sat them down, started the background music and offered them a drink, as other guests arrived. While they all were sipping their wine, whiskey, or soft drink, someone asked where Anne was. She was still getting ready, not expecting any one until sometime after 8 pm. I told them “Anne is taking a douche.” Now, a douche is actually the French word for shower and is also commonly used in the Dutch language, but of course in the English language that word has quite a different meaning. When I told everyone quite innocently, that Anne was taking a douche, people’s mouths fell open and I could see on their faces the disbelief and hidden thoughts …”what kind of party is this going to be?” A similar confusion occurred toward the end of our stay in Schenectady, when the student nurses, many of whom had befriended Anne, who was now in her first pregnancy, told me that they were planning to give her a baby shower. They asked me not to say anything and keep it as a surprise. However, I felt compelled to warn Anne that she was going to receive a gift of a shower for the baby, rather than a bath. I felt that I needed to prepare her for this unusual gift, as I knew that babies in Belgium are washed in a small bath and not in a shower. Of course we had a good laugh when we realized our misunderstanding. And so it goes!! If you want to read more and similar experiences you can read my book “Crosscultural Doctoring. On and Off the Beaten Path. You can download it for free from Smashwords at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161522. Our just google: Crosscultural Doctoring. I would love to hear about similar experiences from people, medical or non medical, around the world who have had difficulty with english idioms.  
DR William LeMaire
about 3 years ago
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Grawemeyer Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Grawemeyer Awards /ˈɡrɔːmaɪər/ are five awards given annually by the University of Louisville.[1] The prizes are presented to individuals in the fields of education, ideas improving world order, music composition, religion, and psychology. The religion award is presented jointly by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Initially, the awards came with a bonus of US$150,000 each, making them among the most lucrative in their respective fields. This cash prize increased to $200,000 beginning in 2000. Beginning in 2011 the award amount dropped to $100,000 after the fund for the prize lost money due to a drop in the stock market.  
en.wikipedia.org
about 3 years ago
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Education in Robert Owen’s new society: the New Lanark institute and schools

contents: introduction · beginnings · the institute · infant schooling ·schooling and adult education · curricula ·civics and environment · dancing, music, drill · happy children · further reading and references · links · how to cite this article  
infed.org
about 3 years ago
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Music May Soothe Anxiety, Pain From Postinfarction Angina in HF

"Our study showed that music can be used therapeutically," said one of the investigators, noting that this is just part of "la dolce vita," or living the good life.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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Sharing and Skinning Furry Things — Songs or Stories

If people giving anaesthetics are still using a bunch of different techniques, it’s fair to assume that all those options have their own pros and cons. You could argue that’s true for most of anaesthesia but this post is going to look at one situation and one option: airway endoscopy and spontaneous breathing. It’s by…  
prehospitalmed.com
over 3 years ago
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Putting health inequalities to music

The first session of the project, a collaboration between the Grand Union Orchestra, Community Music (an organisation encouraging children to get involved in digital music), and the epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, was held on 23 April in London. Musicians and …  
feeds.bmj.com
over 3 years ago
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PHARM Podcast 137 Mass Gathering Medicine with Dr Matt Friedman

Hi folks. I chat to Dr Matt Friedman about mass gathering event medicine! We discuss public health issues related to these events and treating stimulant toxicity in the prehospital setting. We mention excited delirium and use of ketamine sedation Show notes Mass Gathering Medicine Summit 2016 April 21-22nd NYC Raves and Saves: Massive Music Festivals…  
prehospitalmed.com
over 3 years ago
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Popular Music Often Takes Negative View of Aging

Music can powerfully influence mood, and for older people, the negative depictions of aging in most popular music can be a downer, researchers say.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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Yahoo - login

Best in class Yahoo Mail, breaking local, national and global news, finance, sports, music, movies and more. You get more out of the web, you get more out of life.  
us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com
over 3 years ago
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Pop songs 'derogatory about growing old' - BBC News

Pop records set a bad example by portraying ageing and old people in a negative light, a study in a nursing journal says.  
bbc.co.uk
over 3 years ago
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Cell Cycle, Mitosis & DNA Replication Song

Days Of Our Lives Project Song: "The Central Dogma Song".  
youtube.com
over 3 years ago
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Through Music, Memories Return

Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory, Inc., describes his organization and its mission to bring personalized music to long-term care facilities to improve the quality of life of elders.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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GP is suspended after prescribing zopiclone for patient to give to neighbours

A GP who prescribed 28 zopiclone sleeping pills to an elderly patient to push through the letterbox of neighbours who allegedly played music and sang late into the night has been suspended from the medical register for three months.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 3 years ago
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Disabled musicians create music from brainwaves - BBC News

Four members of a Paramusical Ensemble, who are unable to talk or move, are using ground-breaking technology to create music with the power of their minds.  
bbc.co.uk
over 3 years ago
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research methodology and biostatistics - YouTube

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.  
youtube.com
over 3 years ago
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Online music videos 'expose teens to smoking and drinking' - BBC News

Online music videos are heavily exposing teenagers to positive depictions of smoking and drinking alcohol, new research suggests.  
bbc.co.uk
over 3 years ago