Happy holidays! This year the Translators International family has grown as we joined Venga Global and we are happy to share this post with traditional foods from our team’s home countries!

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The language of love – it’s the one language that can’t be translated…

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, some of us may already be secretly planning spectacular date nights or getting gifts for that special someone. Here in The Netherlands, we usually surprise our partners or crushes with flowers, cards, romantic candle-lit dinners, or even teddy bears holding little hearts. Classic, but not very imaginative.

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It’s finally here: December, the most magical month of the year. In the Netherlands we start off the festivities with the feast of Sinterklaas (a figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children). After all the gifts have been unpacked and our bellies have been filled with chocolate letters and Dutch pepernoten (tiny biscuits), we start preparing for the next holiday: Christmas.

We light up our homes with candles, wreaths, and beautifully decorated trees. We might visit a Christmas market, where, after a few rounds on the ice skating rink, we warm up with some hot cocoa (or mulled wine for mum and dad). For us Dutch folk, it’s not December without all of this. However, chances are that very few people outside of Europe will know who Saint Nicholas is or what pepernoten taste like – but they will have unique December traditions of their own. Read more

Picture of an American and British Flag

It is something that most – if not all – of us non-native English speakers have struggled with at some point in our lives: the differences between British and American English. Whether we are trying to use the right words ordering our food during our holiday abroad in the US or UK, or typing an email and trying to remember if we’re supposed to write “centre” or “center”, “analyse” or “analyze”, “colour” or “color”.

While these differences may seem obvious for native speakers, for us non-natives, they are sometimes downright confusing. Luckily for us, there are plenty of websites out there explaining the differences in spelling. However, the differences between both languages are not limited to spelling – if only it were that easy. Read more

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Eindhoven and the Dutch Design Week

The Dutch Design Week is an annual event that takes place in Eindhoven towards the end of October. With more than 100 venues throughout the city, the organization facilitates expositions, debates, and networking events and brings more than 2500 designers together. Combining the industrial character of Eindhoven with the strong presence of both the Design Academy and the University of Technology in the city, the event emphasizes innovation and experimentation.

Design Perron and Translators International

For the third consecutive year, our premises, which we share with several companies,  have been the host of the Design Perron for the Dutch Design Week. Read more