Lost Your Pants In Translation

, , , , | Working | August 10, 2018

(It’s my first day at a sleep clinic and, despite that I am one of the few non-bilingual technicians, they gave me a patient who ONLY speaks Spanish. Luckily, my supervisor is aware of this and is going to translate for me.)

Me: “Okay, sir. These wires go on your legs, so please slip them through your shirt and pants until they come to a little below your knees.”

Supervisor: *translates in Spanish*

Patient: *drops pants, then stands there expectantly*

Me: “…”

Supervisor: “…”

Me: “What… What did you tell him?”

(I don’t think the language barrier was the only communication malfunction.)

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