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5 questions for a health professional about writing in English

What do people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

Ulrike is a GP in Germany with patients who need medical certificates in English for travel and applications.

  1. How do you feel about writing in English?
    Frankly, I don’t like it. Speaking in English is easier for me.

  2. What’s the hardest thing about writing in English?
    I’m slow. That’s one problem. And when the patient is sitting in my office waiting for the certificate then I have pressure and I can’t think and so I make stupid mistakes. That’s another problem.

  3. How do you overcome this?
    Templates! I met a writing coach who suggested we prepare models for the different certificates like exemptions for vaccinations or travelling with medications. That is a wonderful idea.

  4. What are your writing goals?
    Use my templates so that writing certificates in English is easier and faster.

  5. What’s your advice for others who need to write in English?
    Please find someone who can help you with your problem. The money is worth it because you will write better and save time. You will also have less stress, which is good for your health.

See what other health professionals say about writing in English here, here and here.

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