KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation

Terminology Tips for Students

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Consider this your beginner’s guide on looking up terminology as an interpreter. While geared especially towards medical interpreters, much of the information I share can be applied across interpreting disciplines.

In the video you’ll find above, I discuss the basic terminology resources I share with my students when teaching medical interpretation and show what each resource is best used for. Students interpret many different languages, therefore these resources are not specific to Spanish but all of these resources can be used by Spanish interpreters.

Resources & Tips Discussed in the Video

Jump to different sections of the video!

Below you’ll find all the resources I mention in the video, as well as links to be able to jump to those points in the video. You can also visit the video’s page on YouTube to watch it there.


  • 0:00 – Intro and note about languages of lesser diffusion
  • 1:36Wordreference for Medical Interpreters
  • 4:53Tureng (idioms, slang, regionalisms) for Medical Interpreters
  • 6:32Term Gallery (thesaurus, context) for Medical Interpreters
  • 9:26ProZ Term Search (technical translations) for Medical Interpreters
  • 12:36 – Know Your English Dictionaries! American, Australian, or British?
  • 14:22 – Latin American Spanish Resources for Medical Interpreters
  • 18:34MSD Manuals (Translated Medical Articles) for Medical Interpreters
  • 21:09Linguee for Medical Interpreters
    • Tip: Searches existing translations (good and bad) across the web. Use with caution and always cross-reference with other sources!
  • 23:38Wikipedia (TITLES) for Medical Interpreters
    • Tip: Find an article, scroll down, and click on the language in the lefthand menu. These translations (of ONLY THE TITLES) may not always be 100% correct, but can certainly give you some good leads of where to start searching for the most correct translation of the term in your target language(s).

Important Note on Studying Terms

Spaced Repetition is Your BIGGEST Ally!

Spaced repetition is the practice of studying something at regular intervals so it stays in your memory for a longer period of time.  Check out this 2-minute video explaining the concept!


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KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation

Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

I am a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI-Spanish) through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). I work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. I also specialize in mental health interpretation. Click here to read more about me.

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