European nurses helped to understand East Lancashire dialect

Blackburn Citizen: European nurses helped to understand East Lancashire dialect European nurses helped to understand East Lancashire dialect

NEWLY-recruited European nurses are being given extra help to settle into life at East Lancashire’s hospitals - including help to understand the local dialect.

Their English colleagues have been helping the new recruits understand typical phrases such as ‘make us a brew’, ‘am-a-get’ and ‘I’m starved’.

Meanwhile bosses at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General have launched an improved training programme, which covers everything from the hospitals’ key values to cultural life outside London.

Italian Greta Veneruz, 23, who now lives in Blackburn, said: “We learnt English like how people speak in London and when we came here it didn’t sound the same.

"It was difficult to understand words like ‘but’, ‘much’, ‘blood’ and ‘bath’, and there were other phrases like ‘I’m starved’, which means I’m cold.

"We’ve been trying to learn them because it’s important that we understand everything, so we don’t make a mistake.”

Her compatriot and new housemate Giuseppe Valenzano, 24, added:

“When I came here in the first week it was very difficult with the language but now I feel more confident. The nurses and patients are good at helping us.”

A national shortage of nurses has prompted East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to draft in about 30 international staff, mainly from Italy, Portugal and Romania, having already recruited heavily in the UK.

This came after NHS inspectors identified significant gaps in the workforce last year.

Gianina Bratu, 31, is one of the more experienced nurses to make the switch, having worked for about six years in Romania.

She said: “I have been learning English for seven years and have always wanted to come here. I am a positive person and really want to make a difference.”

Stephen Mahon, clinical skills tutor, said: “We have a rich history of employing international nurses here in Blackburn.

"We are aiming to dispel the assumption that these nurses will find it impossible to work here because of language barriers.

"They are competent graduate nurses who have a great breadth and depth of knowledge and experience.”

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9:51am Sun 1 Jun 14

Izanears says...

The American Express TV ad says that if you fall ill abroad, they will find a doctor that speaks English. I would suggest that it would be much better if they found a doctor in this country who could speak English!
The American Express TV ad says that if you fall ill abroad, they will find a doctor that speaks English. I would suggest that it would be much better if they found a doctor in this country who could speak English! Izanears
  • Score: 80

10:03am Sun 1 Jun 14

wilddog says...

the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job! wilddog
  • Score: 74

10:44am Sun 1 Jun 14

fuschia says...

They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town
They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town fuschia
  • Score: 70

11:43am Sun 1 Jun 14

wilddog says...

fuschia wrote:
They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town
Dont matter about local lingo, its still english! If the nurse does not understand the local lingo they ask ask the person to explain it? Not hard really! Imagine! Brummie nurses, Glasgow nurses, welsh nurses, London nurses,etc ec etc, All have local dialects but you have to cater for english!
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town[/p][/quote]Dont matter about local lingo, its still english! If the nurse does not understand the local lingo they ask ask the person to explain it? Not hard really! Imagine! Brummie nurses, Glasgow nurses, welsh nurses, London nurses,etc ec etc, All have local dialects but you have to cater for english! wilddog
  • Score: 61

11:45am Sun 1 Jun 14

WhatTheWaterGaveMe says...

I work at RBH but I'm not from the Northwest. Can I get lessons to keep up with the other staff and the patients?
I work at RBH but I'm not from the Northwest. Can I get lessons to keep up with the other staff and the patients? WhatTheWaterGaveMe
  • Score: 64

12:53pm Sun 1 Jun 14

coates warder says...

how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children
how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children coates warder
  • Score: 71

12:53pm Sun 1 Jun 14

trajan says...

Eee thas nowt rong wee ya stop thi mitherin!!!
Eee thas nowt rong wee ya stop thi mitherin!!! trajan
  • Score: 72

2:23pm Sun 1 Jun 14

kosmic karma says...

Ey up..Been in'trade fur yonks. Did all fettling. Ready fur knackers now.
Train and employ local people.
Ey up..Been in'trade fur yonks. Did all fettling. Ready fur knackers now. Train and employ local people. kosmic karma
  • Score: 64

3:49pm Sun 1 Jun 14

martra1964 says...

The reason for the Italian nurses is they are paid on a lower pay band,simple has that.
The reason for the Italian nurses is they are paid on a lower pay band,simple has that. martra1964
  • Score: 54

4:58pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

WhatTheWaterGaveMe wrote:
I work at RBH but I'm not from the Northwest. Can I get lessons to keep up with the other staff and the patients?
If Your very good you might even qualify for a map to find your way round but don't forget to PAY FOR YOUR CAR PARKING or you may lose some perks LOL !!
[quote][p][bold]WhatTheWaterGaveMe[/bold] wrote: I work at RBH but I'm not from the Northwest. Can I get lessons to keep up with the other staff and the patients?[/p][/quote]If Your very good you might even qualify for a map to find your way round but don't forget to PAY FOR YOUR CAR PARKING or you may lose some perks LOL !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 54

4:59pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
HERE HERE
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]HERE HERE ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 59

5:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
HERE HERE
or is it HEAR HEAR
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]HERE HERE[/p][/quote]or is it HEAR HEAR ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 60

5:24pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Steven11 says...

Tha wat.
Tha wat. Steven11
  • Score: 56

5:35pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven11 wrote:
Tha wat.
Think that might be Urdhu Steven LOL
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Tha wat.[/p][/quote]Think that might be Urdhu Steven LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 53

5:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

wilddog wrote:
fuschia wrote:
They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town
Dont matter about local lingo, its still english! If the nurse does not understand the local lingo they ask ask the person to explain it? Not hard really! Imagine! Brummie nurses, Glasgow nurses, welsh nurses, London nurses,etc ec etc, All have local dialects but you have to cater for english!
We all Have similar problems in TAXIS and buses (sometimes in the post office and paper shop not forgetting Spar can we have free Lessons ??
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: They're not teaching them English they're being taught our local lingo which can be very different in different areas of England and even in Lancashire it varies from town to town[/p][/quote]Dont matter about local lingo, its still english! If the nurse does not understand the local lingo they ask ask the person to explain it? Not hard really! Imagine! Brummie nurses, Glasgow nurses, welsh nurses, London nurses,etc ec etc, All have local dialects but you have to cater for english![/p][/quote]We all Have similar problems in TAXIS and buses (sometimes in the post office and paper shop not forgetting Spar can we have free Lessons ?? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 52

5:40pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

coates warder wrote:
how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children
NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL
[quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children[/p][/quote]NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 49

6:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

keybo5 says...

I remember not long ago a nursing sister at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary casualty department being reprimanded for saying to a patient,"come with me **** i,ll get you sorted".Real Lancashire talk.How times change eh!
I remember not long ago a nursing sister at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary casualty department being reprimanded for saying to a patient,"come with me **** i,ll get you sorted".Real Lancashire talk.How times change eh! keybo5
  • Score: 48

6:56pm Sun 1 Jun 14

BlackburnEyes says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
coates warder wrote:
how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children
NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL
You show me an east Lancastrian willing to be a nurse willing to wash ars*s and wiping s*it and lend a comforting ear for 25k a year...you only need to go into the town centre on a Friday night to see the compassion in the blackburn society....don't knock those trying to earn a crust and not sign on for it....truth is the 'young' are quite willing to waste away because the welfare state pays them a tax free salary simple maths.....
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children[/p][/quote]NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL[/p][/quote]You show me an east Lancastrian willing to be a nurse willing to wash ars*s and wiping s*it and lend a comforting ear for 25k a year...you only need to go into the town centre on a Friday night to see the compassion in the blackburn society....don't knock those trying to earn a crust and not sign on for it....truth is the 'young' are quite willing to waste away because the welfare state pays them a tax free salary simple maths..... BlackburnEyes
  • Score: -38

7:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

BlackburnEyes wrote:
ConcernedOssy wrote:
coates warder wrote:
how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children
NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL
You show me an east Lancastrian willing to be a nurse willing to wash ars*s and wiping s*it and lend a comforting ear for 25k a year...you only need to go into the town centre on a Friday night to see the compassion in the blackburn society....don't knock those trying to earn a crust and not sign on for it....truth is the 'young' are quite willing to waste away because the welfare state pays them a tax free salary simple maths.....
Quite right,but usuallly exorbitant training costs absorb any cash that could be made available to pay nursing staff a living wage then maybe the job would attract more staff from within the U.K. I have been involve dwith many traning contractors who really exploit the system this is why I am so critical
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnEyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: how about investing in nurses courses in east lancs as this is not happening its cheaper for the goverment to get them abroad but how long will it be when there is no trained staff at all in this area. its a disgrace.whatever happened to invest in our future and our children[/p][/quote]NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE SILLY and NOT VIABLE !!!! LOL[/p][/quote]You show me an east Lancastrian willing to be a nurse willing to wash ars*s and wiping s*it and lend a comforting ear for 25k a year...you only need to go into the town centre on a Friday night to see the compassion in the blackburn society....don't knock those trying to earn a crust and not sign on for it....truth is the 'young' are quite willing to waste away because the welfare state pays them a tax free salary simple maths.....[/p][/quote]Quite right,but usuallly exorbitant training costs absorb any cash that could be made available to pay nursing staff a living wage then maybe the job would attract more staff from within the U.K. I have been involve dwith many traning contractors who really exploit the system this is why I am so critical ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 47

8:26pm Sun 1 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

keybo5 wrote:
I remember not long ago a nursing sister at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary casualty department being reprimanded for saying to a patient,"come with me **** i,ll get you sorted".Real Lancashire talk.How times change eh!
Says mire about the person who reprimanded her!
[quote][p][bold]keybo5[/bold] wrote: I remember not long ago a nursing sister at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary casualty department being reprimanded for saying to a patient,"come with me **** i,ll get you sorted".Real Lancashire talk.How times change eh![/p][/quote]Says mire about the person who reprimanded her! blackburne67
  • Score: 41

8:28pm Sun 1 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

trajan wrote:
Eee thas nowt rong wee ya stop thi mitherin!!!
:)))
[quote][p][bold]trajan[/bold] wrote: Eee thas nowt rong wee ya stop thi mitherin!!![/p][/quote]:))) blackburne67
  • Score: 35

9:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Shane says...

wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
I assume you're unemployed?
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]I assume you're unemployed? Shane
  • Score: 42

9:11pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Shane says...

wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
I assume you're unemployed?
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]I assume you're unemployed? Shane
  • Score: 41

10:01pm Sun 1 Jun 14

kapalski says...

Doesn't I'm starved actually mean I'm hungry, where on earth do you get I'm cold from? Don't think they are learning particularly well, I expect it's not an English person teaching them!
Doesn't I'm starved actually mean I'm hungry, where on earth do you get I'm cold from? Don't think they are learning particularly well, I expect it's not an English person teaching them! kapalski
  • Score: 37

12:50am Mon 2 Jun 14

Steven11 says...

Shane wrote:
wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
I assume you're unemployed?
No but I assume you are you **** !
[quote][p][bold]Shane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]I assume you're unemployed?[/p][/quote]No but I assume you are you **** ! Steven11
  • Score: 37

12:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

you may not be Lancashire by birth, but know you have the local lingo, when you keep saying, innit.
's true, innit?
you may not be Lancashire by birth, but know you have the local lingo, when you keep saying, innit. 's true, innit? woolywords
  • Score: 26

12:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Izanears wrote:
The American Express TV ad says that if you fall ill abroad, they will find a doctor that speaks English. I would suggest that it would be much better if they found a doctor in this country who could speak English!
Only the Americans, a land that is chock-a-block with immigrants, could contrive such a term.
And just which one of those Americans, can spell honor, labor, or color, in the correct, English way?

Am glad that you are not old enough to recall the race riots...where sitting on the wrong seat on a bus, could get you jailed.
Where shops had signs about, 'No Coloreds'.
Or, where being an outright racist, like being a member of the Ku Klux Klan, is enshrined in the laws of the land.
Say what you like, but I do like what we have here in the UK, our 'Little England' and it's disappearing terms, as you are going to miss us, when we are gone.
Wooly, is going the way of the Mammoth.. extinct.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: The American Express TV ad says that if you fall ill abroad, they will find a doctor that speaks English. I would suggest that it would be much better if they found a doctor in this country who could speak English![/p][/quote]Only the Americans, a land that is chock-a-block with immigrants, could contrive such a term. And just which one of those Americans, can spell honor, labor, or color, in the correct, English way? Am glad that you are not old enough to recall the race riots...where sitting on the wrong seat on a bus, could get you jailed. Where shops had signs about, 'No Coloreds'. Or, where being an outright racist, like being a member of the Ku Klux Klan, is enshrined in the laws of the land. Say what you like, but I do like what we have here in the UK, our 'Little England' and it's disappearing terms, as you are going to miss us, when we are gone. Wooly, is going the way of the Mammoth.. extinct. woolywords
  • Score: -29

9:23pm Mon 2 Jun 14

wilddog says...

Shane wrote:
wilddog wrote:
the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job!
I assume you're unemployed?
Never been unemployed, why? you got a better job offer? Perhaps a job where i have to explain the story in the paper to you as you dont understand it? Alreet, i,ll take it!
[quote][p][bold]Shane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: the local language is English! If ya dont speak it, then ya should not be in the job![/p][/quote]I assume you're unemployed?[/p][/quote]Never been unemployed, why? you got a better job offer? Perhaps a job where i have to explain the story in the paper to you as you dont understand it? Alreet, i,ll take it! wilddog
  • Score: 28

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