A group of expats living in San Ramón, Costa Rica is polishing their Spanish skills with a new program to help non-Spanish speakers learn what to do during a medical emergency. Since many ambulance drivers and medics in Costa Rica don’t speak English, a few important Spanish phrases can go a long way to saving a life. A recent Tico Times article illustrates.
It’s an emergency: “Es una emergencia”.
I need an ambulance: “Necesito una ambulancia”.
I don’t know what’s wrong: “No se cuál es el problema”.
Pain or ache: “dolor”
Heart attack: “ataque cardiaco”
Injury: “una herida”
Headache: “dolor de cabeza”
Throbbing pain: “un dolor constante”.