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Location of the Week: The Great Blue Hole, Belize


The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest Sea Hole in the World. The hole is 1000 feet wide and 412 feet deep.

It is a popular destination for divers. The types of fish divers can expect to see are midnight parrot-fish, Caribbean reef shark, bull shark and hammerheads,

Claim to fame: Jacques Cousteau named it as one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world. It is also part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System which is a World Heritage Site (of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

One for the Bucket List!

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Location of the Week: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil.

The area is composed of large sand dunes making it seem like a desert but it is not. At the beginning of the year the park is subject to a lot of rain and due to the sand dunes, the water is collected and this creates the mini lagoons.

If visitors wish to see (and swim!! in) the Lagoons, the best time to visit is between July-September when they are filled.

Horse Guards Parade - London

Location of the Week: Horse Guards Parade, London

The Queen is fortunate enough to have two birthdays every year. Her actual birthday falls on 21 April but her official birthday falls today the 11 June this year.  The sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated by the Birthday parade which is also know as ‘Trooping the Colour’ and if their actual birthday falls outside of Summer they would have another birthday in the summer so there would be a higher chance of sunshine for the parade.

‘Trooping the Colour’ is a display by the Queen’s personal troops, the Household Division and it takes place on the Horse Guards Parade. Over 1400 officers and men, 200 horses and over 400 musicians from 10 bands all playing together.

Her Majesty the Queen travels in an open top carriage along the parade route from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall and then the Horse Guards Parade for the ceremony. Once it’s over the Queen travels back to the palace and goes out onto the palace balcony for a fly past by the Royal Air Force.

 

7 French Phrases for Euro 2016

7 French phrases you need to know for Euro 2016

With Euro 2016 kicking off later today, millions of fans will descend on France for a month long Summer of football. But how good is your French? We’ve put together a list of 7 phrases that will help you during your time in France…

1. Bonjour / Bonjour. S’il vous plait… (Hello / Hello, please…)

Probably the phrase you are most familiar with. You will either use “Bonjour” to greet somebody or use “Bonjour. S’il vous plait” if you are asking for something.

2. Parlez-vous anglais ? (Do you speak English?)

If you’re not confident mastering the French language, using this phrase could make communicating that little bit easier, as long as the other person has a good grasp of the English language.

3. Où est le stade de football (Where is the football stadium?)

This is a phrase I think a lot of visitors to France will need to use during Euro 2016, so don’t forget to write this one down.

4. Je cherche le bus/train/métro. Où est l’arrêt le plus près? (I am looking for the bus/train/subway. Where is the nearest stop?)

To get to the football stadiums, you will probably need to catch either a bus, train or subway and finding the nearest stop will be a lot quicker if you know how to ask to locate it.

5. Une bière s’il vous plaît / Deux bières s’il vous plait (One beer please / two beers please)

During a football tournament, beer is usually the drink of choice, so remember this one.

6. Merci (Thank You)

Another phrase you are probably very familiar with and will be another common phrase you use many a time during Euro 2016.

7. Au revoir (Goodbye)

Don’t forget to be polite! Saying Au revoir is a formal and polite way of saying goodbye.

Do you have any more French phrases which could be useful for Euro 2016? We would love to hear them. Remember, you can always use our Free Translation Tool, for any phrases you wish to know.

If you are interested in learning French as a language, why not learn online with FreeTranslation.com? Click here for more details.

 

 

 

#badtranslation: The best translation mistakes from May

#badtranslation: The best translation mistakes from May

We are looking back at some of the funniest translation mistakes to be featured on our Facebook page in May. Take a look at what can happen if you don’t get a translation right…

Please make your way to the ‘down’ floor…

down-floor

 

Stop! Don’t entry here…

one-way-route

 

Don’t waste the waste…

waste

 

Would you drink it?

pet-sweat

You can see how a translation mistake can have hilarious consequences. Don’t let that happen to you, get a free quote for professional translation today.

Have you spotted any other #badtranslation? Share them in the comment section below. Happy translating!