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23. A Story About Saving Lives

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Episode 23: A Story About Saving Lives

Nivel de inglés: intermedio a intermedio alto
Acento: inglés británico con acento venezolano

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, escucharemos la historia de Daniel, un cirujano, que nos cuenta sobre su año trabajando en urgencias en un hospital rural en Venezuela. Mientras lo escuchas aprenderás expresiones útiles como mind-blowingto handle y el significado de to make a call en inglés.

Para los médicos recién graduados, un año fuera de la ciudad es una ocasión para poner en práctica todo lo aprendido en la universidad. Pero, trabajar en una zona rural de Venezuela, también presenta sus desafíos. ¡Escuchemos su alucinante historia!

Transcripción del Podcast

Bec: Today’s story is about saving lives. Daniel, nuestro protagonista, es cirujano y también mi pareja. Hoy Daniel nos relata una historia de su año trabajando en las urgencias de un hospital rural en Venezuela. Para los médicos recién graduados, este año fuera de la ciudad, es una ocasión de poner en práctica todo lo aprendido en la universidad. Pero trabajar en una zona rural de Venezuela también presenta sus desafíos.

Daniel: We were there to take care of the emergency department. We were in our early twenties. Whatever you can imagine a population needs. We were supposed to handle all of it.

Bec: Daniel takes us back to one night in the Emergency Department – the ED as he calls it. It’s busy. There’s a small team of doctors and nurses doing what they can, with the limited resources they have, to help a long line of patients. At this point, a pregnant woman arrives and she’s about to give birth – esta a punto de parir. Daniel needs to do his best to deliver the baby and save his life. Let’s listen to Daniel’s story to hear what happens next.

Antes de empezar, veamos algunas de las palabras y expresiones que escucharás durante la historia de Daniel:

1.Firstly the plains – the plains, which South Americans refer to as – los llanos – is a big area of tropical grassland in Venezuela. The plains are filled with nature and a lot of farming happens there. In today’s story, you’ll hear Daniel talk about his family coming from the Venezuelan plains.
2.Next, shift – the word shift has a few meanings in English. It can be used as a verb meaning a change – cambiar o desplazar or a noun – un cambio. It can also refer to a period of work. For example we can see that in the hospital Doctors work 3 shifts: morning, afternoon and night – que los médicos tienen 3 turnos en el hospital: la mañana, la tarde y la noche. Shifts.
3.Next to handle. Handle is another English word with many meanings. To handle something could mean to manage something. We often talk about handling a problem or handling a situation. Or to handle can also mean to touch – en español sería agarrar o sujetar. Handle can also be used as a noun to mean a tool to grip something with, like a bike handle or a door handle. Handle
4.Luego viene to be bothered by – This expression, to be bothered by uses the passive tense. We use it when someone or something is annoying or worrying us. For example, I could say that I am bothered by the noise outside or that I am bothered by the news I watch on television. If I bother someone, this means that I annoy someone.
5.And finally to make a call – To make a call has a literal translation which is to llamar a alguien. But in this case, you’ll hear Daniel talking about making a call which means here to make a decision – tomar una decisión. Por ejemplo se puede decir the doctors made the call to move the patient to another room.

Antes de comenzar el episodio, queremos advertiros que esta historia contiene una descripción de un natimuerto.

Aprovecha al máximo este episodio visitando acingles.com/podcast para bajarte la transcripción, la ficha de vocabulario, y un test de comprensión. Que por cierto, te ayudará mucho si te estás preparando para un examen oficial de inglés. OK let’s get into the story…

Daniel: I’m Daniel. I’m from Venezuela. A beautiful place. It’s pristine. It has a bit of everything. The sea, deserts, mountains and the plains, which is actually where my family’s from. So I’m also a bit of a ‘Latin Cowboy’ you’ll say. I had a horse with a saddle with my name. It was cool for a few photos but I never really got into it. Instead I decided to become a doctor and I think it’s all because at a very young age, I’ve been fascinated by the human body. All the things that it does for you, that you’re not even aware of or didn’t even have to think about is mind-blowing. And that curiosity, that awoke something inside of me and I wanted more.

I got into med school so that was thrilling and ah… once you finish med school if you want to work in the country you have to, by law, work one year in a rural area. Your options actually could be pretty damn cool because you could go to paradise for work. You could go… There are these, like these amazing islands in the Caribbean that that’s true paradise, it’s called Los Roques. So unfortunately I didn’t get that. That was my first option and I got a second option that actually wasn’t too bad actually it was a nice coast in the Miranda state and I finally moved out with a friend. We had this nice duplex near the beach. We had a pool, a tennis court. It was actually very nice. The job… not so great.

Bec: Daniel was in his early twenties when we began working in the Emergency Department of this beautiful area of Venezuela. He was excited to live away from home but he quickly realised that the job was going to be more complicated than he had imagined. Most of his patients were living in poverty meaning they had very little access to necessities like education, medicine and even food.

Daniel: We were there to take care of the emergency department and it was a 24-hour shift and we needed to do one every 5 days for a year and there was supposed to be some sort of a supervisor in the area of some sort of local law enforcement if needed which never happened. We just got our certificate like yesterday we are probably in our early twenties… 23 years old and we are dealing with people with very serious heart conditions or lung conditions and it was a non-stop schedule. It was a continuous flow of patients… of all sorts with all sorts of emergencies. We were taking care of newborns, children, injured, pregnant, whatever. Whatever you could imagine a population needs we were supposed to handle all of it.

On every shift will come a pregnant woman giving birth. So you have to put this into like the situation is… it’s a population which is, like every developing country, the birth rate is quite high. It’s hard because some of these women are quite young so they are teenagers. We had a woman come in. She was due already. We couldn’t tell the weeks, she couldn’t even tell us her date of birth and it’s tough, man. It’s always little resources and you’re doing everything it takes because the need is huge. It’s immense. It’s everywhere and in a rural area it’s worse because their options are way limited.

This pregnant lady, woman, had maybe eight or nine kids already. She had contractions and there was no heartbeat and after a few pushes I’ll say, it didn’t take that long, she gave birth to a non-breathing, no heartbeat, blue baby. I caught the baby and I just gave the mum the sad news. Apparently she had too many kids so she wasn’t really bothered by that and we just wrapped the baby in just whatever we had at the time which I think it would have been newspaper or some old papers somewhere there, put it in a plastic bag probably and just took it to what was supposed to be in the biological waste bin for later disposal.

Bec: As a doctor, Daniel needs to help the person most in need. After this patient had given birth to a stillborn baby he could no longer help her or the baby. So after taking care of the situation as best he could, he moved onto the next patient in the waiting room.

Daniel: I get a call, someone comes to me, to look for me in the ED and was like Doctor, can you come and I found inside the bin, this baby was having a heartbeat! His chest was moving and he was trying to breathe. And that’s when I was like, holy cow! Now it’s a life-and-death situation that it requires like the world to turn to help this baby to make it, you know and we did and we try sorry if we could and we managed to take that baby into the nearest, biggest regional hospital which it was like a 4.5 hour drive which I took with him on a non-medical ambulance because it’s the only one we could find in the area and with the threat of this driver over like… if we take this vehicle you know the whole area will be without an ambulance for at least 12 to 20 hours and you have to make that call and you say yes.

Bec: With that, Daniel jumped into the ambulance, which he described to us more like a van with a siren. It was just him and the baby in the backseat. He carried the basic supplies necessary in case the baby stopped breathing, but it’s a long four and a half hours to the hospital.

Daniel: You’re back there in the baby carrying like this sort of bag with all these IV drugs that you’re going to just stab the baby if suddenly he stops breathing or if he goes into cardiac arrest or whatever. And that’s all you can do. You have no nurse. This is just you and the baby and you get to him the baby over to real doctors! I told you I felt a huge relief. I was really scared for the life of the baby. I was willing to do whatever was necessary. I have deep respect for this human being because it showed me that when life wants to happen, it just does. Our hearts were at ease knowing that we did everything we could and somehow, for some reason it worked! That was, in a way, a very mystical experience because that being just lived because of its own will! It’s a small moment, a tiny reflection and then you realize you still have at least 10 to 9 hours of your shift so you jump back in the car and go back.

Bec: And just like that, Dan drives another 4,5 hours back to work. Since his time working in Venezuela, Daniel has worked around the world in countries like Spain, Switzerland and Australia, which is where we first met! Daniel and I, along with our daughter Zoe, currently live happily in Barcelona, Spain. These days, Daniel’s work as a surgeon focuses more on repairing broken bones, and less on delivering babies.

Thank you for being here and listening to this story … . Si te gusta este podcast, suscribete. Y si quieres decirnos qué te ha parecido esta historia déjanos un comentario siguiendo el link en la descripción del episodio. If you are interested in listening to the story of how Daniel and I met, you can go back to Bec’s Story, the very first episode of Into the Story. Ok that’s all for today. Until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

Quote of the episode

‘We just got our certificate like yesterday we are probably in our early twenties... 23 years old and we are dealing with people with very serious heart conditions or lung conditions and it was a non-stop schedule.’

Daniel

Test de compresión

Daniel's story

Significado de "to make a call"

Hoy veremos el significado de to make a call en inglés. La expresión to make a call tiene dos significados. To make a call significa literalmente llamar a alguien por teléfono pero también puede significar tomar una decisión.

A continuación, veremos la diferencia entre to make a decision y to make a call, ya que es bastante curiosa. Por un lado, la gente suele decir to make a decision en contextos cotidianos en los cuales hay tiempo para sopesar los pros y los contras. Diríamos por ejemplo: I need to make a decision about what course I want to study at university o let’s make a decision about what to cook for dinner tonight.

Por otro lado, to make a call implica un cierto nivel de presión y supone que hay que elegir entre dos opciones. Igual que una expresión muy similar, a close call, que hace referencia a una decisión difícil. En inglés, podríamos escuchar a los comentaristas hablando de a close call cuando tienen que declarar una tarjeta amarilla por una falta de un jugador. También utilizamos a close call en una frase tal como The man survived the car accident but it was a close call. Aquí it was a close call significa que el chico había estado muy cerca de la muerte.

En la historia de hoy, escuchamos a nuestro protagonista Daniel hablando de la rápida decisión que tuvo que tomar al solicitar la única ambulancia de la zona para poder entregar su paciente, un recién nacido, al hospital regional. Veamos el significado de to make a call en este contexto:

‘we managed to take that baby into the nearest, biggest regional hospital which it was like a 4.5 hour drive which I took with him on a non-medical ambulance because it’s the only one we could find in the area and with the threat of this driver like… if we take this vehicle you know the whole area will be without an ambulance for at least 12 to 20 hours and you have to make that call and you say yes.’

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22. A Story About Making Tutus

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Episode 22: A Story About Making Tutus

Nivel de inglés: intermedio alto
Acento: inglés británico

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, escucharemos a Polly hablando de su talento por la moda y cómo descubrió por casualidad una carrera nueva haciendo los tutús platos, ¡el típico tutú de ballet! En este episodio aprenderás expresiones útiles en inglés sobre la moda y el diseño como fancy dress, sew y el significado de dress up.

Nuestra protagonista nos relata cómo se enamoró de la moda jugando con la ropa del armario de su mamá cuando era pequeña y cómo tomó la decisión, muchos años más tarde, de apuntarse a un curso de diseño de tutús platos. Nos contará las maravillas y los retos de terminar sus estudios creativos. ¡Escuchemos su historia !

Transcripción del Podcast

Bree: En este episodio te traemos una historia sobre cómo cambiar una carrera profesional para seguir una pasión haciendo tutús. Si aún no lo sabes, los tutús son esas faldas que llevan las bailarinas de ballet. Escucharemos a Polly hablando de su talento por la moda y cómo descubrió este nicho de nichos, los tutús.

Polly: And I think a lot of people when they put a tutu on just they start acting all silly and like dancing and you know it’s just a really fun piece of clothing.

Bree: Polly talks about playing with her mother’s clothes and falling in love with fashion when she was younger. Many years later, she rediscovers her creative side in Barcelona and we’ll hear how she decides to do a pancake tutu making course. But everything is not always easy for Polly, who still has a lot to learn about sewing and balancing her hobby with full-time work. How does she manage to do it all? Let’s listen and find out.

Antes de empezar, veamos algunas de las palabras y expresiones que escucharás durante la historia de Polly:

  1. Firstly, to dress up. This phrasal verb, to dress up has 2 key meanings in English. The first meaning refers to putting on nicer or more formal clothes for a special event. For example, you can dress up to go to the party, arreglarse para ir a una fiesta. The second meaning of dress up involves putting on costumes and pretending to play a character, disfrazarse. In today’s episode, Polly speaks about dressing up in her mother’s wedding dress for her birthday party. To dress up.
  2. Next, fancy dress. Fancy dress is another fashion related expression. We use the term fancy dress or costume to refer to special clothes worn to parties or special occasions, un disfraz. You might get invited to a fancy dress party or costume party or you could wear fancy dress during the week of Carnaval celebrations. Fancy dress.
  3. To sew – to sew, significa coser en español. Ojo que se escribe S-E-W, pero se pronuncia sew. You’ll hear this verb a lot throughout today’s episode. We can talk about sewing tutus or using a sewing machine. To sew
  4. Siguiente, to stick out. To stick out is a phrasal verb that can mean 2 things. If someone sticks out from the crowd, it means that they are very noticeable or obvious, que destaca entre toda la gente – to stick out. It also can be used to mean sobresalir or asomarse. We’ll hear Polly use stick out to describe the style and shape of her ballerina tutus. To stick out.
  5. And finally, fulfilling. Fulfilling is an adjective that we use to talk about situations or experiences that make you happy and satisfied. En español decimos algo que te hace sentir bien, algo que te llena, fulfilling. Por ejemplo, teaching English is fulfilling or in Polly’s case designing tutus is very fulfilling.

Aprovecha al máximo este episodio visitando acingles.com/podcast para bajarte la transcripción, la ficha de vocabulario, y un test de compresión. Que por cierto, te ayudará mucho si te estás preparando para un examen oficial de inglés. OK let’s get into the story…

Polly: My name is Polly, Polly Apple and I’m a tutu designer. I grew up in a small village called Great Ayten which is in North Yorkshire which is in the northeast of England. I always loved dressing up from a very young age. I used to dress up in anything I could find. My favorite costume, I think it was my mom’s wedding dress. It was quite a classic, white lace, long sleeved and I actually convinced her to customize it for me. For my, I think it was my 6 or 7th birthday party and then it became part of our dressing up box.

Bree: Polly grew up and moved away from that small idyllic village in England to Barcelona where she started teaching English. She was enjoying this career in teaching, but she found herself being pulled towards the world of fashion, atraída por el mundo de la moda.

Polly: I just seem to attract as friends, performers and singers and musicians and actors and after a while they started asking me to help them to choose clothes for that performance to dress them. Basically because they like what I used to wear when they saw me out at parties. So that is how it started really. It was my 30th birthday coming up.

Bree: When planning her 30th birthday, Polly got inspired by that fancy dress party she had when she was 7 years old. But this time she wasn’t going to wear her mother’s wedding dress, she had something else in mind…

Polly: I had decided that I really really needed to wear a tutu but I couldn’t find a tutu anywhere like a tutu style skirt and I thought I needed to make my own tutu skirt but I had very basic sewing skills and no sewing machine. So I organised a pre party which was to make your own costume to then wear to the main party and we all just felt like we wanted to, to make something that we couldn’t find in the shops. Umm so we were customizing loads. I had no idea about fashion making skills which are required and involved in making clothes so I just kind of threw together some pieces of fabric. What I did was I draped it around myself and then a friend pinned it and that is where I sewed in a zip. It was as simple as that! And of course that doesn’t actually fit very well but it was good enough for me, especially with the tulle which I then put on top which kind of adds volume and hides any mistakes. It basically made me realize that I gained a lot more satisfaction out of actually creating, designing and making clothes rather than just choosing them. It basically inspired me to start training myself up as a seamstress.

Bree: To train to become a seamstress, una costurera, Polly realized that she needed to do some official training. And so, she went back to school.

Polly: I would ride my bike to school at 8 in the morning and then I’d be there studying all morning and learning pattern making skills and sewing skills and then I would either ride my bike or get on a train and teach English from lunch time until 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock at night sometimes and I was doing that 5 days a week pretty much. I wanted to be a costume designer. I wanted to work for the theater and design the costumes for plays. That’s what I dreamed of doing. And my teacher actually asked me to do that. She, my teacher in the course worked in many famous theaters in Barcelona and she actually asked me to be her assistant but unfortunately you know I spent a few weeks oh my gosh it’s really happening this is amazing I’m going to start working in the theatre. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. So yeah that was, that was really tough and it was quite disheartening. I carried on teaching and I carried on doing my, my own projects.

Bree: At this point in the story Polly went home to English to visit her family. Her sister was expecting a baby and Polly wanted to be there to help. However, the baby was taking her time, se estába tomando su tiempo, and Polly was waiting around for her niece to be born!

Polly: My sister said to me all go off and do something fun like you don’t have to hang around here waiting and so I was like okay and I started to look at courses. The course that I found was a pancake tutu creation course so learning how to make a classical ballerinas pancakes tutu which are the ones that really stick out. It was just like, I know that I want to do this course. This is the course that I have been dreaming of doing my whole life and that was an amazing course. The tutu is definitely the item of clothing which just makes me so happy and I think a lot of people when they put a tutu on just they start acting all silly and like dancing and you know it’s just a really fun piece of clothing. Then I reached out on social media and said look, I’ve just done this course and I want to practice.

Bree: As luck would have it, por suerte, a friend of Polly’s knew a girl named Sarah, a 15-year-old ballerina from Scotland who was living in Barcelona.

Polly: And we started working together, designing her dream tutu. It was such an amazing project. It was very difficult. I was still working as an English teacher so I couldn’t dedicate all of my time to the tutu and they needed hours and hours of work. I mean it depends on the tutu but we’re talking a minimum of 40 hours. So I did a lot of research into the character that she was going to be. She was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and I realized that there are actually quite set kinds of rules as to the colour of the tutu and the decoration and the kind of things like how it should look. I also like with Sarah worked with her dance teacher to make sure that we were meeting the criteria.

Bree: She went to see Sarah performing in Sleeping beauty wearing the tutu that Polly has spent countless hours creating.

Polly: I was very just feeling very very proud of myself and of her as well. It was just, it was just lovely to see her up on stage dancing and something that I had made for her. It was very satisfying, very fulfilling. I had this calling, I could tell, but it was difficult because I was already in another career but I’m so glad that I did it. My next project is actually with a friend he was in a very similar position in terms of design and clothing and creating. We are planning on setting up a shop and a studio so we will actually have a space where I will be able to fully embrace tutu creation and making.

Bree: To this day, Polly still has that very first tutu she made hidden at the back of her wardrobe. She explains that that first tutu was the start of something really special!
Polly lives on the coast near Barcelona with her family where she plans to open her own shop and sewing studio with a friend. Their mission is to encourage a more sustainable attitude towards fashion, by selling vintage clothing and creating tutus using recycled, organic or upcycled fabrics. We can’t wait to see what Polly creates next!

Thank you for being here and listening to this story about making tutus. Si te gusta este podcast, suscribirte. Y si quieres decirnos qué te ha parecido esta historia déjanos un comentario siguiendo el link en la descripción del episodio. Ok that’s all for today. Until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

Quote of the episode

‘The tutu is definitely the item of clothing which just makes me so happy and I think a lot of people when they put a tutu on just they start acting all silly and like dancing and you know it's just a really fun piece of clothing.’

Polly

Test de compresión

Polly's story

Significado de dress up

Hoy nos centraremos en el significado de dress up. To dress up or to dress yourself up es un phrasal verb que tiene varios significados en inglés. Cuando alguien se viste elegante para un evento especial como una fiesta o una boda, diríamos en inglés they got dressed up for the wedding. El significado de dress up en inglés puede ser confuso para muchos alumnos que confunden el significado del phrasal verb to dress up con la expresión to get dressed que se refiere a vestirse.

Por otro lado, dress up también significa disfrazarse. Por ejemplo, I am going to dress up as a zombie for Halloween. Además usamos esta expresión para hacer referencia a jugar a disfrazarse. Podríamos decir my sister and I love to play dress ups. De hecho, en este episodio escuchamos a Polly usando la expresión dress up para recordar de su infancia jugando a disfraces con la ropa vieja de su madre. El significado de dress up en la siguiente frase hace referencia a disfrazarse. Veamos cómo Polly usa la expresión dress up en su discurso:

‘I always loved dressing up from a very young age. I used to dress up in anything I could find. My favorite costume, I think it was my mom’s wedding dress. It was quite a classic, white lace, long sleeved and I actually convinced her to customize it for me.’

 

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