The Laguna Colorada - Bolivia

Location of the Week: The Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada, or the Red Lagoon, is a salt lake in the southwest of the Altiplano of Bolivia, close to the country’s border with Chile.
Located at an altitude of 14,000 feet, it contains white islands of borax deposits (soft crystals); while it’s red color is attributed to the variety of red sediments and algae thriving in the salt water.

The air temperature is below freezing, however the site is stunning, set amongst volcanic rocks and often blue skies. The lake is also home to a large variety of birds and animals like flamingos, pumas and foxes.

Meteora, Greece

Location of the week: Meteora, Greece

Fancy visiting the “middle of the sky”? Meteora in Thessaly, Greece is a must-see, although it is not for the acrophobic!

With six monasteries built on natural sandstone rock pillars, Meteora consists of unique and huge columns of rock that offer breath-taking views and an incredibly rich history dating back 23,000 years ago.

Most people explore Meteora by foot and can take guided tours around the site and hike up to visit the monasteries. With two towns nestled next to Meteora, there is plenty of accommodation and other sites to see – you can even climb to the top of one of the Meteora rocks and try to spot your hotel if you’re staying nearby!

International Flags

Happy International Translation Day 2016

It’s time to raise a glass to translators across the world! Since 1953, when the International Federation of Translators decided to declare 30 September International Translation Day, the translation community has come together to celebrate.

Every year there is a theme for International Translation Day and this year’s theme is ‘connecting worlds.’ Translators help break down language barriers and open up the world to everyone and I couldn’t think of a better theme for the day.

Over the course of a year, a translator will typically translate between 300,000 to 1,000,000 words – definitely a reason to enjoy today, you deserve it!

Raise a glass

Giving back on International Translation Day

As I mentioned, the theme for International Translation Day 2016 is ‘connecting worlds’ and nobody does this better in a time of humanitarian crisis than ‘Translators without Borders.’

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Translators without Borders, it is a non-profit organization ‘that aims to close the language gaps that hinder critical humanitarian efforts worldwide.’ They have done fantastic work over the years including the Ebola crisis in West Africa and in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

“On International Translation Day Translators without Borders recognises the important role that translators play in connecting people everywhere to vital information. The translation profession contributes to empowering communities worldwide by giving them access to knowledge in a language they can understand.” 

Aimee Ansari, Executive Director of Translators without Borders

This International Translation Day, we want to give back to the industry and the amazing work Translators without Borders is doing every single day. That’s why for every visit to our dedicated Translators without Borders webpage on International Translation Day, we will donate €1.*

Click here and we will donate €1 to Translators without Borders>>

*SDL will donate up to €500 to Translators without Borders.

Oktoberfest 2016: 5 German phrases you need to know

Oktoberfest 2016: 5 German phrases you need to know

The 183rd Oktoberfest is underway! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Oktoberfest, it is a beer festival and travelling funfair, which usually lasts for 16-18 days.

One of the most popular songs played in the beer tents at Oktoberfest is ‘Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkei’ which translated into English means ‘A toast to cheer and good times.

If you are considering attending Oktoberfest in Munich this year, here are 5 phrases that will be useful for you:

1. Zwei Bier, bitte (Two beers, please)

This phrase is one of the most common you will use during your time at Oktoberfest (because one beer is never enough.)

2. Wie heißt du? (What is your name?)

During Oktoberfest, you will meet people from across Germany, Europe and the rest of the World, so it’s good to know who you are speaking with.

3. Welches Zelt gefällt dir am besten? (Which is you favorite tent?)

With a vast amount of large and small tents at Oktoberfest, you can show off your knowledge of the language by asking what their favorite tent is.

4. Prosit (Cheers)

Don’t forget to say ‘Cheers’ before you take your first sip of your Mass Bier, which is 1 Litre in total.

5. Ich hätte gerne… (I would like…)

When you are deciding what beer (Bier) , Brez’n (pretzel), or Knöd’l (dumplings), use this phrase to let your waiter/bartender know what you would like.

So now you have some basic phrases to use at Oktoberfest, it’s time to grab your lederhosen and enjoy the festivities. But be quick, this year’s Oktoberfest ends on 3 October 2016.

If you would like to find more German phrases to use at Oktoberfest or throughout Germany, visit our website to use our free translation tool.

Schönen Tag noch!


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Location of the Week - Pamukkale

Location of the Week: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale translated means ‘The Cotton Castle’ which is truly fitting for this stunning location.

The terraces of Pamukkale are made up of sedimentary rock, deposited by mineral rich water from the hot springs which gives it the gorgeous color.

It looks like a location you would find in the Antarctic with it’s snow like terraces. However, not all of the terraces are sparkling white colour, some of the minerals falling bring colors.

At the top of pools are the ruins from the city of Hierapolis and some of these ruins are in the bottom of the springs!

In 1988 Hierapolis- Pamukkale was made a World Heritage Site.