Mavro Inc., the creators of a series of medical Spanish guides, appear to be packing their ratings with phony recommendations from friends and flaming those who criticize them. Their medical Spanish apps are also available on the Android platform. How are they rated? As of late Saturday July 24, 2010, their ratings are 5 stars (43 ratings), 4 stars (none), 3 stars (1 rating), 2 stars (1 rating), and 1 star (1 rating). The final one star was my own rating! Do you believe they have really earned these ratings? The latest written review on the App Store, the one that is rated el nÃºmero uno when you sort the Customer Ratings by Most Helpful is a flame against me and the rating that I gave them. A so-called customer who calls himself "Dr. Edwards (UTSW)" writes: (I use italics to show what this "Dr. Edwards" writes.) First of all, let me give you some examples of how bad the Spanish is in MAVRO apps: EXAMPLE ONE: "Is your vision blurred?" MAVRO translation: "Tiene la vista borrosa o nublada?" What the MAVRO translation says: "Is your view blurry or cloudy?" The mistake that MAVRO makes, probably because they used a machine translation program, is that vista means view, not vision. Here is how you would say it properly in Spanish: Â¿Tiene usted visiÃ³n borrosa o nublada? EXAMPLE TWO: "Shrug your shoulders." MAVRO translation: "Encoja sus hombros." What the MAVRO translation says: "Cripple your shoulders." The mistake that MAVRO makes, and this is critical for medical professionals to understand, is that when you refer to your own body, you use reflexive verb forms. Here is how you would say it properly in Spanish: "EncÃ³jase los hombros." For what it's worth, the creators of these Mavro Inc. apps also don't appear to be literate in English. For example, take this sentence from their blogspot website: http://mavroinc.blogspot.com (Note that the boldface text in this paragraph above is from their website, and was not added by me.) So there you have it. An application developer (MAVRO Inc.) that appears to be competent in neither Spanish nor English is attempting to teach English speaking health professionals how to communicate with their Spanish speaking patients in emergency medical situations. And do you think "Dr. Edwards" is a real doctor who is using this app? Give me your opinion, and while you are at it, go to the App Store and do something about the lopsided ratings and recommendations that have been given to this obviously incompetent iPad application. Also, while you are at it, read my review at the App store itself, in which I show how one of MAVRO's translations attempted to say, "When was your last bowel movement?" The MAVRO translation ends up meaning "When was the last time that I [the doctor or nurse who is asking the patient] defecate?"