Explaining Alveoli and Blood Gases in Spanish

Alveoli and blood gases in SpanishWelcome to our third free audio lesson covering Spanish for COPD.  In the last premium audio lesson, the doctor explained the progressive nature of COPD and the need for regular pulmonary function testing. In this lesson, you will hear the doctor explain alveoli and blood gases.  After the dialogue, we’ll review the description of alveoli and name the main blood gases in Spanish.  Finally, if you would like to master everything the doctor said in Spanish, we cover it all in the next lesson for Medical Spanish members.

This a more advanced lesson and members can log in and read along with the transcript. You can use the timestamps below to skip around the lesson and review.


Table of Contents

  • 1:18 Dialogue
  • 1:58 Describing Alveoli
  • 2:41 Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide
  • 3:29 Closing Comments

Alveoli and Blood Gases

1:18 >>>
Access the full transcripts and the interactive audio member lessons that accompany each free lesson. Login or click here to become a premium member.



Let’s sum things up with a brief audio quiz!

(las) bolsitas de aire
little air sacks

al final de las vías respiratorias
at the end of the airways


(el) oxígeno

(el) dióxido de carbono
carbon dioxide

I’m going to Guatemala!

You can follow along at…

I will be joined by my friend Sonja, and we will be recording interviews and working on new clinical dialogues!

Want to learn more?

Related Lessons

We have covered respiratory symptoms, smoking history, and inhaler use in prior lessons.

Patient Information from the CDC

Become a Member

In the premium lessons, we practice all the key vocabulary in this dialogue and then we will put that vocabulary to use as we interpret the dialogue between English and Spanish. This lesson is part or our full-access Medical Spanish Membership.

Sign up to become a premium member!

Already a member? Access the premium audio lesson series: Spanish for COPD

Lessons with Ángel

Ángel Bahena is a Spanish teacher and a critical care RN. He helped me with the Spanish for this series and played the role of the doctor. You can take one-on-one lessons over Skype with Ángel. Ángel is originally from Mexico.

Special Thanks

…to pulmonologist Dr. Yaron Goldman who reviewed the clinical dialogues and advised us regarding essential information to cover at a patient’s first visit for COPD.

¡Gracias por escuchar!

The lessons offered at docmolly.com are a fun way to practice medical Spanish. They are not intended to teach medicine or provide medical advice. These lessons are intended to improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients, but they are not intended to substitute for a qualified medical interpreter.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Find what you're looking for.

Click a button below to search our lessons.