Do you speak Spanish?

8 Spanish phrases to use this Summer

The Spanish language is growing at a phenomenal rate. It is the second largest language in the world behind Chinese and the USA now has more Spanish speakers than Spain itself. It is predicted that 500 million people speak Spanish around the world, with this figure set to rise to 600 million over the next 35 years. With more and more tourists visiting Spanish speaking countries ever year, it is always helpful to learn some of the local language.

Are you travelling to a destination this summer where Spanish is the national language? We’ve compiled some simple and easy phrases to learn before your vacation:

Hola – Hello

Buenos dias/tardes/noches – Good morning/afternoon/evening

Cómo está? – How are you?

Gracias – Thank you

You can ask someone if they speak English simply by saying ¿Habla inglés? To say you do not speak Spanish, no hablo español.

La ceunta por favor – Can I have the bill please?

One to show your partner how much you care : Te amo – I love you.

And finally, it’s not a holiday without an ice cold beer: Dos cervezas por favor – Two beers please (because nobody wants to drink alone)

Can you suggest any more Spanish phrases to learn before you travel abroad? 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 Spanish as a language, why not learn Spanish online with FreeTranslation.com. Click here for more details.

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Location of the Week: Windsor

To celebrate the Queen turning 90 and spending her birthday at Windsor Castle, we have made Windsor our location of the week! Windsor is in the English county of Berkshire.

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Windsor Castle
An official residence of the Queen (If you see the flag flying then the Queen is home).

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and It’s been the family home for kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years!

There are free guided tours of the Castle Precincts and also free Multimedia tours of the Castle available in  English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin

Highlights of the castle:

The State Apartments: Events for Royal family members still take place here

Queen Mary’s Doll’s House: The largest & most famous dolls house in the world with not only intricate parts including a fully stocked wine cellar & library  but it also boosts electricity, running hot & cold water, lifts and flushing lavatories!

The Semi-State Rooms: Used by the Queen for official entertaining (open Sept-March)

St George’s Chapel: There are at least 3 services a day which visitors to the castle can attend (closed on Sundays)

Changing of the Guard: The ceremony usually takes place at 11:00 within the Castle grounds Mondays to Saturdays from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. There is no Changing the Guard on Sundays

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Changing of the Guard (Outside the Castle)
This a must see if you are planning a trip to Windsor and it’s free! What better way to celebrate the queen’s birthday than seeing the Queen’s guards.  The guards march from Victoria Barracks to Windsor castle at around 10.45am and then march back from Windsor Castle to the Barracks around 11.25am.

Information: April – July, daily and August – March, Alternate day. Check the army website for more information: http://www.householddivision.org.uk/changing-the-guard-calendar

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Other places to visit on a trip to Windsor include Windsor Great Park, Windsor Race Course and Feeding the Swans/ducks near the River. You can even do something a little different and go on a Windsor Duck Tours where the tour starts off on land and then the tour continues in the River.

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Countries of the Commonwealth

As we celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th (yes, 90th) birthday, we thought we would take a look at the Commonwealth and the countries she presides over. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth for over 64 years? Pretty impressive.

When it comes to languages spoken in the Commonwealth, English is the official language and most countries will speak it as a first or second language. However, other languages are spoken including many indigenous dialects, meaning the number of languages spoken in the Commonwealth is in the thousands.

To learn more about the countries which make up the Commonwealth, take a look at our infographic below. Could you name all 53 member states?

If you are looking to translate or learn a language, don’t forget to visit our website.

Countries of the Commonwealth Infographic

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Location of the week: Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas

Step back in time and experience the historic district of the Stockyards, located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is also known as ‘The City of the Cowboys’ because most of the people wearing cowboy boots and hats, actually work with cows.

The Fort Worth Stockyards are the last standing stockyards in the US.

There are many things to do and see whilst in “Cowtown” including the twice-daily cattle drive (shown in the main image), watching the Stockyards Championship Rodeo every Friday & Saturday night, visiting Billy Bob’s Texas: the world’s largest honky tonk, go for a ride in a stagecoach or just simply immerse yourself in the food and shopping. Plus it’s the best place to find a steak!

There are many special events on throughout the year: http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/Events.aspx 

 

17 years of FreeTranslation.com

17 years of FreeTranslation.com

Back when the internet was picking up steam, but before the dot-com bubble burst, FreeTranslation.com was the only translation site to offer automated translation services to anybody who happened to land on its dreary homepage. It’s okay, they were all dreary –it’s not a surprise the bubble burst.

Here’s a screenshot of the 1999 version of FreeTranslation.com when there were only nine pre-selected language pairings available.

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Not exactly aesthetically pleasing but let’s remember that webpages in the 1.0 days were not there to win beauty competitions.

As the year 2000 came to an end, following the Y2K scare and the dot-com fiasco, FreeTranslation.com got a facelift and discovered advertising.

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In 2001 the site went through two changes, both of which brought in the familiar green branding following its acquisition by SDL. The language offering remained limited, but at least the second version was pretty clean, even by our modern standards. What do you think?

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By 2002, the SDL brand was becoming more prominent and the importance of professional translation services was reflected in the Click2Translate banner on top of the page. The Translation Tool was also given a few upgrades; the language drop-down menu added two new pairings, Norwegian and Portuguese, while site visitors could now copy or clear the text in the box with one click.

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In 2004, the page expanded its scope with the addition of the Desktop Translator tool, which enabled translation within Outlook and Word. The site was also used to showcase SDL’s core business offerings for global companies.

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By the end of 2005 we had two major updates: The layout improvement and the new language pairings, bringing the total to 17. The name change sent a clear message “Free2Professional Translation” SDLs core Professional Translation offering was highlighted in the branding itself, just in case anyone forgot.

A quick note on the design though: at the time most monitors were set at a 1024 x 768 resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio, so this design made perfect sense. Keep in mind, too, that previous layouts were made for even lower resolutions, like 640×480 or 800×600 – I know!

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Ten years ago, in 2006, the focus shifted from the translation tool to our Professional Translation service which kept our translators busy. There were also 19 language pairings on the translation tool at this time.

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One year later, in 2007, FreeTranslation was pretty much the same, except…can you spot the differences?
A more familiar header and logo replaced the previous design as the site went back to its roots. No more “Free2Professional Translation”. Good move; FreeTranslation does sound better.

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2008 saw the comeback of the translation tool as the focal point of the site. On hand were also some of the additional translation tools offered via Platinum Club membership, the now outdated premium service offered to anybody who signed up on FreeTranslation.com.

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Quite a busy looking site, a little something for everyone back then.

Finally, a revolutionary update! Gone is the single window Translation Tool in favour of the now ubiquitous source and target window approach. This late-2009 update also included updated language pairings and a more expansive offering on the rest of the site with links to other translation tools, SDL services, and language learning.

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Well, outside of some very minor changes, the FreeTranslation design remained virtually unchanged for over three years, until 2013. While you can’t see the source and target box in this screenshot (just imagine two boxes, side by side, instead of the error message) you’ll notice the ‘look and feel’ has been updated to reflect an internet world where product focus and user friendliness take center-stage.

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A new, corporate-themed design with mostly the same functionality came into play in 2014 and it remained unchanged until…TODAY. “Before” and “After” below.

Before (2014):

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After (2016):

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Seventeen years in the making and it has come a long way. Born before Google Translate, Microsoft Bing, Facebook, and Twitter, FreeTranslation.com has experienced the evolution of web design almost from the very beginning. We expect this long history to continue; FreeTranslation.com will be around as long as we continue to build relationships and grow businesses all over the world.