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Professional

I am a M.D., M.P.H. student at a large university in the northeast US, graduating in 2015. I am engaged in Public Health activism and quality improvement initiatives, which I will continue alongside my future clinical practice in primary care. My undergraduate degree is in Biology.

Philosophical

I am a scientist who sees a necessity for the existence of an Unmoved Mover. Through logical argument, this has led me to a firm faith in the God of the Bible. I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ from the gospels, but do not associate with any denomination or church, as I have been repeatedly disappointed in how many of them distort His words to fit what they want to believe. Small group Bible study is the best model for learning and discussing faith.

Political

I support universal health care and political finance reform, with a robust revision of our political and economic policies that allow for the profound inequities within this nation.

I believe that the only solution to the issue of abortion is to promote contraception and aggressively address the socioeconomic stressors underlying the reasons why women decide to terminate pregnancies. Economic distress, limited healthcare access, employment instability, childcare unavailability, and domestic abuse are the primary reasons cited by the vast majority of women seeking abortion. When Christians demand abortion be illegal, but are unwilling to follow the commandments that Jesus gave on loving one another as oneself, caring for the poor, redistributing wealth to those in need, humility, avoiding excess... their hypocrisy causes others to reject Christ. Pseudo-Christians could be the greatest reason for atheism in this country.

The debate over abortion is similar to the war on drugs, which has failed astronomically - because it put its efforts into making drugs illegal and enforcing its legality, rather than investing all effort into solving the problem at its roots: the factors that influence the consumption of drugs in the USA. As the ravenous consumers of drugs, what right do we have to attack the producers and distributors of what we eagerly spend billions of dollars to ravenously consume?

Linguistic

I am a native English speaker married to a native Spanish speaker. I have been fluent in Spanish for 13 years, a Certified Healthcare Interpreter for 5 years, and initially came to Stack Exchange to continue refining the fine details and nuances of the language. Prior to learning Spanish, I had studied French for 9 years. More recently, I have begun to study Japanese.


Jun
10
comment Is there a software utility available that allows simultaneous reading of Spanish and English material?
I've done this a ton of times, and I agree it'd be nice to have a utility like this - but I haven't found one either. I became deft with Alt-Tab and PageDown. It does a good enough job. To note, many Biblical translation sites have two translations side-by-side, so the potential is there.
Jun
10
comment How do native speakers speak the correct pairs of words when they speak fast?
+1. I've been fluent for 13 years, but I still find myself having to compromise and do a partial "d" at times - especially when speed is most important, like when I'm interpreting. But I have actually practiced this quick d so that it sounds as good as it can under these circumstances, and with time it's gotten close to the real thing. But slowing down doesn't sound bad, so don't be afraid to slow your speech when necessary. Clarity is usually preferred to speed.
Jun
10
comment why i always bite my tongue when speaking spanish 'd' in the sentence
I agree - learning phonetics is all about repetition of the sounds until the movements are smooth. I've nipped my tongue before as well with "t" at first :) Also, listen to how it sounds if you alter the position a little. Like Rorok below mentioned, I think that your tongue may be protruding more than necessary in order to render the "d" sound.
May
7
revised How do you say “coming” in Spanish?
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May
7
answered How do you say “coming” in Spanish?
Apr
22
revised Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?
edited to reflect roy.fourson's good explanation on the lack of direct translation
Apr
13
awarded  Student
Apr
12
comment “Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?
Excelente! Lo buscaba en la RAE pero no lo encontré. Me enseñas por favor cuales terminos usaste en la busqueda en lema.rae.es/drae? Asi me ayudaras a mejorar mis tecnicas investigativas :)
Apr
12
comment “Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?
I agree, I would generally use "No soy sabrosa" or the other, but I was curious about the conjugation. Thanks!
Apr
12
awarded  Scholar
Apr
12
accepted “Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?
Apr
12
awarded  Supporter
Apr
12
revised “Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?
Added the same question in Spanish and moved one line upwards. Did not change content.
Apr
12
awarded  Informed
Apr
12
asked “Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?
Apr
11
comment Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?
Good point, Adriano! I edited my answer to reflect that.
Apr
11
revised Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?
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Apr
10
awarded  Teacher
Apr
10
awarded  Editor
Apr
10
revised gustar: “I like the cat” vs “The cat likes me”
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