Learning the Chief Complaint in Spanish

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In this lesson, we will learn how to ask the patient's chief complaint in Spanish. 



  • 1:07 What's wrong?
  • 2:27 How do you feel? What do you feel? 
  • 3:38 How are you?
  • 4:21 Point to the problem? 

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What is wrong?

el consultorio 
doctor’s office, clinic

¿Que le trae al consultorio hoy?
What brings you to the clinic today?

¿Cuál es el problema?
What is the problem?

¿Qué le pasa?
What is wrong?

la molestia
discomfort, physical concern, trouble

¿Qué molestia tiene hoy?
What concerns do you have today?

¿Qué me cuenta?
What do you have to tell me?

¿Cómo le puedo ayudar?*
How can I help you?
* This is located in a subsequent section in the audio lesson. 

How / What do you feel? 

We use the reflexive verb SENTIRSE to express HOW we feel

We use the non-reflexive verb SENTIR when expressing WHAT we feel. 

¿Cómo se siente?
How are you feeling?

¿Cómo se ha sentido?
How have you been feeling?

¿Se siente bien?
Do you feel well?

¿Se siente mal?
Do you feel sick?

¿Siente dolor en la pierna?
Do you feel pain in your leg?

How are you?

¿Cómo está?
How are you?

¿Cómo ha estado?
How have you been?

¿Cómo le va?
How is it going?

¿Cómo le ha ido?
How’s it been going?

Localizing pain

¿Tiene dolor?
Do you have pain?

Señale dónde tiene dolor.
Point to where you have pain.

Señale dónde tiene el problema.
Point to where you have the problem.

Señale dónde tiene la molestia.
Point to where the trouble is.

¿Dónde le duele?
Where do you hurt?

Señale dónde le duele.
Point to where it hurts.

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