GP south-east of St-Leonard-de-Noblat

Anyone know of GP south-east of 87400 St-Leonard-de-Noblat, English-speaker would be a huge advantage?

Looking at the map there doesn’t seem to be much of anything SE of st L de N - les pages jaunes are probably your best bet.

I understand why you might prefer and English speaker… but this could reduce your options.

Many Doctors do speak English or have some understanding… but are loathe to advertise that ability.

Ask around… neighbours/Mairie/wherever… possibly someone will be able to point you in the right direction…

good luck

That’s because they prefer to give a diagnosis in French, then there is no ambiguity for them. They might do some of the social chat in English, but not the important stuff. If you need help (and many of us do) one way is to ask them to write everything of importance down - then you can look it up afterwards. There are some good French/English medical dictionaries. Also, look words up beforehand so that you can explain symptoms etc - if necessary write it down and hand it to the doctor if you are not sure about pronunciation. Alternatively, is there someone you know who is bilingual who can come with you?

OH and I go in together when it’s for him. He speaks better than I do - his grammar is better - but doesn’t hear well. I (usually) hear and understand most.

We are just very grateful that 2 new clinics have opened in our local town and we now have a goodly number of doctors, when three years ago things were looking pretty grim in terms of number of MT. I recommend not putting that extra level of constraint on that they should speak English.


That made me smile Sue… you haven’t seen our MTs handwriting - how on earth the pharmacie know what’s on his prescriptions, heavens knows :slightly_smiling_face:
Plus point though, he speaks good English.


I agree with what you say… and never meant to suggest otherwise…

I am merely pointing out that one can miss out on finding a good Doc, if one puts too much emphasis on their ability to speak English. :roll_eyes:

Being armed with a good French/English medical dictionary was a great help when we first arrived… :slight_smile:

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I often wonder what the response from England would be if someone asked for a French speaking doctor (actually i can imagine what it would be)


Doctor, accountant, solicitor et al. we are in France after all.

La révision constitutionnelle du 25 juin 1992 a ajouté l’alinéa qui institue le français comme langue officielle de la République. :wink:


Whether it’s to do with Docs… shops… wherever …I warn folk to be careful what they say in English…

“Please don’t be rude, ungracious/whatever, thinking it will not be understood.”

One good thing about covid… I don’t go into crowded hypermarkets etc, so no longer hear loud English voices complaining about something…


For hospital services - as discussed previously on SF (though I think it’s been a while) - if we had a French national who did not speak sufficient English we would book a translator.

So, although you scepticism as to the chance of finding a French speaking doctor fluent enough to discuss a patient’s treatment is probably correct your assumption that it is “tough luck” on the patient’s part is not.

Actually, some French hospitals do make a great effort to ensure that a Brit understands what is going on… if at all possible.

There will be a nurse/orderly/someone within the hospital, who does speak English (at whatever level) and they will be asked to translate/explain… if at all possible.

or they will call on a friendly, local Brit who does speak French … :wink:

I’ve seen it happen in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Haute-Vienne… but can’t speak for elsewhere.

of course, this was before covid… I’ve no idea what the hospitals are doing these days.

Which is laudable, but (at least for outpatient clinics) the NHS will book a translator every time, we try to avoid relying on family/random staff members - though, of course, it happens a lot especially for inpatient stuff stays where it’s harder to have a translator on tap.

There is the age old problem of “if English is your first language, what 2nd language do â€‰you learn?”. As a language it is spoken by more than any other (though Mandarin is close) so, with about 1.13 billion speakers (380 million or so native) a person plucked at random is much more likely to speak it than French (280 million, of whom 77 million are native speakers).

Outpatient clinics… one can take a friend… and many I know… do just that.

It is not easy to compare one country with another… when the systems etc are so very different… in fact it’s not fair to do so (in my opinion).

I was told a couple of years ago that English was becoming “the language” in the teaching hospitals… how true this is … and how it cascades down… I don’t know…

It’s better than nothing but often the “friend”'s English (or, presumably, French) does not extend to medical terms.

Worse is trying to interview a woman where the religious norms are that they are subservient to the menfolk - going through a male family member can severely distort the information that you get.

I’m talking about Brits who don’t speak English.

Of course, other nationalities have their own areas of concern.

In France, one is expected to be responsible… not to expect the State to pay for this and that…

In Health matters, this is why there is Top UP Insurance.

There might well be an aspect where a Translator can be paid by the Mutuelle/Top Up…
but it would be at the cost of the Policy Holder/patient

You can learn several - anyone can, you don’t have to be a linguist. I find it difficult to understand how people can be monoglot if they ever come into contact with speakers of other languages (which everyone does one way or another) - it really isn’t the norm to be monoglot in most countries in the world.

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Oh, I agree - I think learning even one language, especially in the context of another country’s culture (I’d argue you’ll never fully understand the language without also understanding the culture) makes you much more appreciative of diversity overall.

Unfortunately the uptake of 2nd languages at GCSE is falling significantly in the UK - down 45% since the early 2000’s

This “Times” article spells out our poor performance in even more detail - 32% of young Brits are confident to read or write in more than one language, compared with 79% in France.

So much for “global” Britain :rage: