Thursday, 22 September 2011

Subliminal Learning

BBC iplayer Health Check programme
As an expat living in Poland, i've found that a cheap, easy and convenient way to learn Polish is to simply turn the radio on and let my subconscious do the work.  I just let it play in the background whilst i'm busy washing mushrooms or lazily surfing the web.  There have been many social occasions when i have found myself producing polish words and phrases without knowing where they came from. "Juz teraz w kinach!", which translates as "in cinemas now!", you don't know how many times this one can come in handy!  Or one of my favourites, "dziś będzie 22 stopni", "today it will be 22 degrees".  Incidentally if a patient's temperature is 37.2°C, then we say, "the patient's temp is 37 point 2 degrees".  Saying "celsius" at the end is optional.

For those of you who are serious about improving your medical English, then why not give the BBC radio iplayer a go?  It's here that you'll find health check, a weekly radio programme that explores topical subjects related to health and medicine.  You can also download podcasts of previous episodes from the BBC Health Check podcast page. So, what are you waiting for?  Just click play, carry on with what you were doing and let the mind expansion commence!  Enjoy.