I decided to take the Canopy Learn course because I was curious and thought it would be a good review for me as a professor teaching medical Spanish myself! It certainly was. I liked the format: having listening exercises included where you hear native speakers talking, a good variety of vocabulary and grammar review. I loved the telenovela! I actually looked forward to what was going to happen next – I was really caught up in the whole thing! Learning languages – if you’re a beginner – is not very interesting. You have to memorize a lot: conjugations, vocabulary…. It’s like learning the piano, I think. You just have to practice those scales and move on with it! But, I think the program makes it enjoyable and the information is immediately relevant: you can use it right away. I think the Canopy Course is a really positive course to take.
— Arthur J. Engler, PhD, RN. Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing
I would absolutely recommend Canopy Learn because I think it’s the most high-yield Spanish course for medical Spanish. It’s everything that you need without having to wade through a bunch of unrelated Spanish vocabulary. I don’t really need to know how to order a meal or find a bus stop. I need to be able to communicate with my patients and understand what they’re saying back. It’s nice to have something so perfect for our profession. And I think that it’s also nice because it’s an interactive website. The training course is pretty easily accessible and you can go back and look up lessons and refresh what you need to look at.
— Lian Quach, DO Candidate
The Canopy Speak application puts people at ease and respects the fact that their language is not my first language. After that, I feel like it helps the whole encounter. [The patients] know I can fall back on this. They know that I bothered to open up the app and they’re comforted by that. Healthcare is always a high stress environment…
— Michael J Walz, MD, University of Minnesota
Typical example for Canopy Speak: it’s 2am and I have a Spanish-only speaking patient. I use the Anesthesiology portion of the app to convey simple phrases of what I’m doing...keep them in the loop. There are in-person interpreters and interpreter phones we use, but those are not readily available in the OR... If I’m putting a mask on their face, I can give them clarity: I’ll explain pre-induction, what an oxygen mask is... drugs I’m going to give, and why I’m giving those drugs, what’s about to happen next. When they’re waking up after anesthesia, there’s an emergent portion as well: “open your eyes”,“keep calm, procedure is completed.” That’s where I find it helpful: when I’m about to do a procedure or something to the patient, to make them more comfortable.
— Sang O, DO, Anesthesiology Tucson Arizona