Amber Translations Blog
News, views and thoughts from the Amber Translations Team 


Tuesday 10th November 2015
Making new friends...
The Ilminster 4Networking group met as usual today at the Monks Yard Conference Centre. With new additions to the group today, it was a great opportunity to talk about Amber Translations language services to a new audience.

And jump for joy, I met a qualified, certified Spanish and French Translator with a specialism in technical instruction manuals. 


Tuesday 27th October 2015
Thank you for your support - drop by for a cuppa

We know that many of our translators and interpreters live far away but if you are local or happen to be near by, we would be delighted to see you to celebrate together another successful year at Amber Translations and to thank you for your support. 

When and where?......
Wednesday 9th December 2015
Pop in any time from 2p.m. to 4 p.m.
Amber Translations' offices - 49-50 East Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3NA 

 Looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday 27th October 2015
Cuban request...
Here's a first - a request for a Cuban translation.

Cuban, of course, is a variety of the Spanish language. It is not hugely different from the Spanish spoken in mainland Spain but it does contain some vocabulary, grammatical structures and pronunciations that are quite different from Castilian Spanish.

Cuban Spanish has been influence by the Spanish spoken in the Canary Islands due to the considerable number of people travelling from the islands to Cuba.

Cuban Spanish is one of the most difficult forms of the Spanish language and is also heavily influenced by the blending of Spanish and Caribbean cultures. 

For more information, visit



Tuesday 20th October 2015
The 'cruiser' returns
Sally's first day back in the office following a week on the high seas - Venice, Kator, Corfu, Rome, Monte Carlo and Genoa. 

"None of it improved my Italian, Greek or Montenegrin but I did make sure I wore Amber colours at every opportunity!"...



Sally Bennett in Amber colours

"Cheers, from Monte Carlo"


Monday 28th September 2015
Hot Legs Liene 
Liene ran brilliantly in the Taunton 10k Race yesterday.
Howabout these stats: time 42 minutes and 35 seconds, 7th women to cross the line overall, 1st in her team - the Bishop Henderson School Team - and 57th out of 552 runners.

Liene Penny Runs the Taunton 10K Race



Pretty impressive. Well done Liene!
And congratulations to all those amazing - if not a little crazy - runners in the glorious #Taunton sunshine yesterday.



Monday 21st September 2015
Sally is enjoying cups of coffee and plenty of chat...

Early mornings must pay off! I have been attending some really interesting #4Networking breakfast meetings. Not only am I meeting lots of people and making new friends but as there are so many experts at each gathering, I am learning more about the wide range of businesses in Somerset and gaining practical knowledge from the presentations given each week.

I was given an interesting tip before my 40-second Amber Translation introduction opportunity. A regular visitor suggested I describe an application for my service. I always think it's obvious but when I mentioned that we translate websites, leaflets and instruction manuals I received a comment from the floor - "oh I never considered leaflet translations before" ... It just shows how important it is to be absolutely clear with our message. Good tip!


Wednesday 16th September 2015
A little jump for joy...a jolly nice recommendation received this morning

“We recently required some significant translation work to be done on a large document with a very short turnaround time (24 hours). Amber Translations not only met our tight deadlines but exceeded our expectations in terms of quality, speed and price. I would highly recommend them and will certainly be using their services again in the near future.”
Marcus Mimms, GM – Global ATS Limited   


Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Interpreters and Translators - make your applications stand out
We are always pleased to receive applications from interpreters and translators who would like to join the Amber team. The competition can be tough when applying to companies offering your services, the standard ever higher so make your application shout louder! 

Here are some ideas:

1. Research the company to whom you are applying so that your application is relevant
2. Construct a really good covering letter - email and post the hard copy addressed to a named contact
3. Make your CV short and concise, no more that two sides of A4 - companies need to learn about your skills as quickly and easily as possible
4. Include your qualifications and relevant experience
5. If you have a specialism - technical, medical, legal - don't forget to mention it
6. Avoid gimmicky subject lines when emailing - simple, direct : 'German to English Translator' ;  'Lithuanian Interpreter - medical specialism'
7. Make sure you include a mobile number and email address

We look forward to hearing from you.  Without our wonderful interpreters and translators, we would not exist!


Wednesday 19th August 2015
Coffee and brownies

We were thrilled to welcome our Romanian interpreter who visited us this afternoon bearing coffee and chocolate brownies - thank you Andrei!

Andrei Niga Romanian Interpreter visits Amber Translations


Wednesday 29th July 2015
Thought for the day...

LOCALISATION – what is it? The word is used widely and I think most understand its meaning generally, but it is quite hard to put it into words.Localisation refers to something nearby or local but it is used in the same context as ‘globalization’ which refers to something worldwide.Localisation is more than a language ‘translation’. It is like rewriting the message to include the cultural environment. So whilst the language skills have to be excellent, so too does the understanding of the culture – in other words, localisation is translation with a cultural twist and to succeed in a foreign market we must... ‘Think global and act local’. 


Friday 10th July 2015
A bit confused with the day of the week!

It's Friday - not Wednesday, when we usually post our latest News. 
.... And today, we are pleased to welcome young Amie Ward to the A Team. Amie pops in during here uni breaks to support the A Team with data inputting. She is as quick as a flash!

Amie Ward assists Amber Translations with data inputting


Wednesday 24th June 2015
A new video coming soon...

To demonstrate our voice over service, BizVidz, a local film and animation company, has edited a Somerset County Council video to assist families in Somerset whose first language is not English. It is delightful footage and already on our Facebook Page. Have a look and tell us what you think!  It will be here on our website very soon! 


Wednesday 17th June 2015
Somerset in Business Trade Show
We had a really great day meeting old friends and making new. No one can say Somerset is a sleepy county - the energy and enthusiasm was palpable at this exciting event.


Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Somerset in Business Trade Show
Tomorrow Amber will showcase its products and services at the Somerset in Business Conference - Thursday 4th June from 9a.m. Do pop along to chat to Liene and Sally at Junction 24 Ltd at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Market Way, North Petherton, TA6 6DF.


And a bit of office gossip..

We can now unveil our new A Team Member - Charlie Barker. 

Charlie received the shiny Long Service Medal from Somerset County Council after 38 happy years from office junior to senior administrator managing an £8 million budget. He is a man with a 'can do' attitude, is a spreadsheet genius and has a great sense of humour. We love him already!


And he put his own desk together... with the help of the boss!


Wednesday 27th May 2015
And at number 9...
Is Danish!

Danish is a North Germanic language and is spoken by over six million people. The sound system of Danish is complex and unusual so it is a very difficult language to learn. It does not sound anything like the written version.

 ...Love Danish Pasries!

The first time I heard Danish spoken at length was when the Danish drama, 'Borgen' came on to our screens. I then visited Denmark and was obviously surrounded by the language. Interestingly, though, the Danes speak brilliant English - and probably other European languages too. 

Did you know that LEGO is actually Danish; there are no mountains in Denmark so bike riding is never uphill and that there is no word in Danish for 'please'?

Let us know any of your interesting Danish facts on our Facebook Page. .   We would be delighted to hear from you!



Wednesday 13th May 2015
What are the Top Ten Most Difficult Languages to Learn?

Amber is immersed in the of world languages – it our business and we love it. But what are the most difficult languages to learn? From research, I have discovered a Top Ten list as released by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Office. At Number 10 – would you believe is French?

French is an official language in 29 countries. The ‘difficulty’ will depend very much on the learner’s native language. French is a Roman language so if you are Italian, Portuguese or Spanish, French may seem less of a challenge. What do our language specialist think? Do let me have your comments!  Parlez-vous français?  


Thursday 16th April 2015
Destination Budapest - Sally prepares for take off
I'm off to Budapest for a few days so of course I had a look at some interesting facts about this beautiful and historic city.

Budapest is hot... Literally! Budapest has more thermal springs than any other capital city in the world. An amazing 70 million litres of thermal water rises to the surface daily.

Budapest is home to the third largest Parliament building in the world covering 18,000 square metres and has 691 rooms, 12 miles of stairs and is 315 feet high.

Budapest has the oldest subway-line in mainland Europe - after London, Budapest has the oldest underground system in Europe

Budapest has the second largest synagogue in the world - and largest in Europe - the Donay Street Synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 in Neo-Moorish style.

Budapest is mad about art and culture - with more than 40 theatres and over 100 museums and galleries.

Budapest has one of the largest music festivals in the world - the Sziget Festival takes place in August.

As you would expect - Budapest is the largest city in Hungary and home to 20% of Hungary's population.

Hungarians love food - and so do I so I look forward to sampling the spicy flavoured stews and casseroles and in particular the famous Hungarian Goulash.

Hungarian is one of the 24 official languages of the European Union and like Finnish and Estonian, it belong to the Uralic language family.

További hírek Mikor visszatértem ....!


Thursday 2nd April 2015
A Polish Easter Table of Lovliness...

A Polish Easter – Easter Sunday – Wielkanoc – is a festive Christian holiday in Poland when homes come alive with breakfasts to celebrate the most important religious holiday of the year. Many people paint Easter eggs (pisanki) which are taken to be blessed at churches holding special services on Easter Sunday. 



The festive family table is laid out with delicious and colourful treats such as Easter eggs, an ‘Easter lamb’ made from cake or sugar, sausages, boiled eggs, horseradish soup and bacon.

What are YOU eating this Easter Weekend? Do let us know your family traditions - visit our Facebook Page and chat to us about your Easter plans.

Thursday 2nd April 2015
The road to happiness is paved with chocolate....

Have we hit ‘election info overload’ yet? Perhaps, perhaps not – and we still have a month or so to the big day – 7th May - in case you had forgotten.

Information, news, views, interviews and debate surround us - television, radio and on all digital platforms. We can't escape!

We probably all want the same thing, broadly speaking:- good schools, health care, a safe place to live, even, perhaps, a little more money in our pockets etc…    But it is the language used by the politicians that will determine much of the outcome - words, body language, intonation and delivery.

When attempting to influence and win hearts and minds,language is everything.  As in the words of Nelson Mandela:

 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart”.

Let us hope for a bright future for everyone in our country,whoever wins the day, but in the meantime, have a Happy Easter and I reckon that the road to happiness is paved with chocolate…..

 Visit our Facebook Page and let us know how you will be spending your Easter Weekend.

Happy Easter!

Pascua feliz!

Gëzuar Pashkët!

Честит Великден!


Priecīgas Lieldienas!

Wesołych Świąt!

Feliz Páscoa!

ਹੈਪੀ ਈਸਟਰ!

Paște Fericit!

Христос Воскрес!

Pascua feliz!

From the A(mber) TEAM... 


Wednesday 25th March 2015
Don't Tell I, Tell'ee
Whirr be gwain to? Tiz getting dimpsey, so commin yer an wet thee's whistle. Yer, which o they jars is owern? Thicky ones yourn, inner? Dang I, if there ain't a gurt big wapse innun!

....a little taste of the language of Somerset! Although, I don't think we need an interpreter on this occasion as I think I can just about translate this by guessing:


Don't Tell Me, Tell Yourself....
Where are you going to? It's getting dark, so come in here for a drink. Hey, which of these glasses is yours? This one is yours, isn't it? Darn it, if there isn't a great big wasp in it!


Any improvements on that interpretation?...Pop a comment on our Facebook Page!



Wednesday 4th March 2015
What if English is not your first language? - school news...

Somerset County Council continues to offer financial support to Somerset Schools, including totally FREE support for Early Years, for translation and interpreting services. Independent Schools can also access the service.

The service is a great help for all families where English is not the first language spoken in the home. Research reveals that at least one in seven children in Schools and Nurseries do not use English as their first language. It is understandable, therefore that parents may worry about how their child will cope in school. Apart from accessing the professional support of interpreters and translators through the school, parents can also assist their children by giving the teacher lots of background information about the family:- past education, likes and dislikes of the child and by showing interest in the child's day to day activities at school.

It is quite amazing how quickly children pick up the English language - particularly younger children. 

Do contact us directly for details to access the school support or for personal interpretation, translation or cultural information: 0845 9000 048 or


Thursday 19th February 2015

We still have places on our forthcoming workshop: 'Introduction to Interpreting'. This workshop is not only very informative but it is great fun. Lead by Anil Lee, the workshop is extremely useful for those new to interpreting as well as more experienced interpreters. Do look at the video to hear from past students and book your place. 

If you have friends or family members who may be interested in the workshop, do pass on the information: Introduction to Interpreting Workshop, Friday 1st May 2015 - see our Courses Page for full details and how to book.


Wednesday 11th February 2015

Interesting little snippets about Bulgaria:

Did you know that the oldest country in Europe is BULGARIA and it has not changed its name since the country was first established in 681 AD. 

Sophia is the capital and the city was founded 7000 years ago – so it is the second oldest city in Europe. Bulgaria comes third in the list of countries with most valuable archaeological sites discovered on their territories, beaten only by Greece and Italy.

Over 15000 Thracian tombs have been discovered in Bulgaria and most of them haven’t yet been explored.

Wine has been produced in Bulgaria since the Stone Age and today its wines have a world-class reputation.



Bulgarians express approval by shaking their heads rather than nodding – could cause some confusion!

The famous Bulgarian rose oil is used for making the world’s most expensive and popular perfumes and one gram of rose oil is produced from 1000 blossoms.

On 1st March, Bulgarians exchange ‘martenitsas’ – small pieces of adornment made from red and white thread to symbolise good health and happiness. I must diarise that date!

The Bulgarian folk song: ‘Izlel e Delio Haydutin’ (I hope I've got that right…don’t know the tune though...) has been flying around space together with Bach’s and Mozart’s greatest works since 1977 when Voyager 1 and 2 probes left the Earth.

Bulgarian yogurt is apparently the best in the world – due to the unique Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria.

Almost a third of Bulgaria is covered in forest and there are over 40 mountains so it’s a great destination for mountaineering and skiing.

The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle.

Techy facts...
Mark Zuckerberg’s grandfather was Bulgarian and the first computer in the world was built by John Atanasoff,  of Bulgarian descent.  The first digital wristwatch was invented by a Bulgarian engineer,  Peter Petroff.

The Cyrillic alphabet was invented in the 9th century by Bulgarian monks, Cyril and Methodius.

An estimate from the early 21st century claim over 30,000 Bulgarians live permanently or temporarily (as students and workers) in London alone. The 2001 UK Census recorded 5,351 people born in Bulgaria.

We did not come across figures for Somerset but know several Bulgarian families in and around Taunton and Sally went to a Bulgarian wedding last year!


Wednesday 4th February 2015
New date for the next Interpreter Workshop: Friday 1st May 2015 at Somerset Sight, Taunton. All the details are on our Courses Page so do have a look and if you need any additional information at all, telephone us on 0845 9000 048 or email There is always something new to learn about and in addition, these workshops provide an opportunity to meet other interpreters - oh - and have a jolly nice lunch, too! We would be delighted to see you on 1st May. 


Wednesday 21st January 2015
First little post for this shiny new year - I don't like to mention any 'bad' news, but we were disappointed not to have run the Interpreter's Workshop on 15th January as planned but we will have a new date in the Spring, so as they say, "watch this space"!

Did you know we also publish our News on Facebook? Do look us up and join in the conversations, like our posts and most of all, please Like our Page.

And finally, just so you know - the 2015 A Team is the same happy gang: Liene at the helm, Gill as her right-hand lady and Sally keeping up the marketing chatter.

We look forward to being of assistance to you during the coming months.... Happy, healthy 2015.


Monday 3rd November 2014
Amber will be attending the Best Practice Day on Tuesday 4th November. This is a splendid opportunity to meet the team at the Pre-School Learning Alliance and other interested parties who support children with English as an Additional Language.


Thursday 16th October 2014
Confirmed date for the next Introduction to Interpreting Workshop is 15th January 2015. Full details are on our Courses Page. Places are limited so do contact us early if you would like to join us!


Wednesday 15th October 2014
The big news for today's posting has to be our new website which has given Amber Translations a fresh and new look to its already eye-catching brand. We hope you enjoy visiting the site and if you have news and views relevant to Amber Translations, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Anne Frank