This is a blog to help attorneys better communicate with their Spanish speaking clients. In the last few entries, we have been learning sentences for the initial interview in a personal injury or workers’ compensation case. In the last post, we learned the question, “Do you have the discharge papers from the hospital?” When your client says “Si”, you have to follow this up with the obvious next question- “Can you show them to me, please?”
In Spanish: “Me los puede mostrar por favor?”
This question is interesting because it shows you how direct and indirect pronouns are used in Spanish In this question, the first word is “me” which is used to indicate that you want your client to show the paperwork “to me.” The next word is “los” which is the pronoun “them”, indicating the discharge papers. In Spanish, we can put these pronouns at the front of the sentence and get them out of the way quickly.
The next word is “puede” which means “you/he/she can”, or in our question “can you?” The root word is “poder” which means “can” or “to be able to”. “Mostrar” means “to show”. Remember that, in Spanish, a verb is generally left in the infinitive if it immediately follows a conjugated verb. “Por favor” means “please’.
Let’s listen to Lucy Pardo deliver this corollary question:
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If anyone offers you their paperwork in either of the following circumstances, I recommend that you politely decline.