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Long distance love – It knows no bounds.

Millions of people all over the world are in long distance relationships. Statistics show that over 15 million international lovepeople in the USA alone consider themselves to be in a long distance relationship. This proves that it can and does work for many people.

So what are the benefits of long distance relationships? Surely the distance can be used as an advantage at times? Here are the top 3 reasons why long distance love can make for a successful relationship.


When you don’t see each other often, communication is imperative. It shows you are thinking about the other person, and it makes you feel physically closer. The plethora of options available to us in the 21st century is mind boggling; email, Skype and WhatsApp are just some of the free services that enable us to keep in touch with loved ones. Being in a long distance relationship ultimately improves your communication skills and you learn to replace quantity, with quality.

When you spend a lot of time together, sometimes you can just say what you are thinking without applying any kind of filter. If something comes in to your mind, it is really hard not to say it out loud and these unconsidered words can often be the source of arguments. One gift that distance gives you is time; it seems infinitely more acceptable to pause on the telephone than it does in a face-to-face conversation. Taking a moment to reword your thoughts in to something considered and constructive will certainly help avoid conflict.


Long distance relationships provide both of you with a large amount of freedom. You can see friends in the evenings, spend weekends with your family and you can really enjoy life in the way a single person might. You don’t feel bad for staying out late and your other half doesn’t make you feel bad for enjoying yourself. Just ensure you make time to communicate. To have a successful long distance relationship you need to find a way to lead separate lives, yet still stay optimistic about each other and your future.

Quality Time


On average, long distance lovers live 125 miles apart, and see each other twice a month. This is sure to vary from couple to couple as the reasons for being apart are infinite but it illustrates that once again, quality is more important than quantity. You tend to plan your time together to ensure maximum enjoyment, making dinner reservations and planning activities that you know the other will like.

There is actually no evidence to suggest that long distance relationships are more likely to fail than any other relationship so why not give one a go. For help communicating across borders or seas, visit to see the range of translation services available.



Shrove Tuesday

Pancake UKSo it’s Shrove Tuesday, the day before the official start of Lent. As many Christians give up something for the 40 days before Easter, we see many people around the world tucking in to pancakes and rich foods before the fast begins tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday.

Today is certainly a good day for indulging, whether you are religious or not. So let’s see how this tradition varies around the world:

UK – Here in the UK Shrove Tuesday is more commonly known as Pancake Day. These tasty treats conveniently use up rich foods such as milk and eggs, things that are traditionally given up for Lent. Typical fillings include lemon juice and sugar, jam, and melted chocolate. However, it is always wise to start off with a few savoury ones to avoid the dreaded sugar rush!

Poland – In Poland, Shrove Tuesday is known as Sledziowka (sledz is Polish for herring) and they eat herring cooked in various different ways. People often have parties that end at midnight to symbolise the start of Lent. There are also some delicious doughnuts eaten, however this is traditionally on the Thursday before Shrove Tuesday.

Herring Poland

Brazil – In Brazil people celebrate Mardi Gras. Typically carnival celebrations happen over 3-4 days and finish on Ash Wednesday. It is a chance to celebrate and indulge before Lent begins. The most famous carnival is in Rio, Brazil where people dress up and Samba around the streets. 2 million people head to Rio each year to witness the infamous carnival and enjoy the atmosphere and culture, not to mention the flamboyant outfits.

carnival brazil


Sweden –  In Sweden Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday) is celebrated. They traditionally eat tasty pastries, and a bun called a Fettisdag buller. It is similar to a butterfly bun, as a section is cut out of the top and the hole is filled with delicious marzipan and whipped cream.

Fettisdag buller

Whatever tempts your taste-buds we hope you enjoy your Shrove Tuesday celebrations, and if you are taking part in Lent, we wish you the best of luck!

I Love You… The Top 5 Languages of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world. In South Korea women give chocolate to men on February 14th, in Finland you remember your friends as well as your loved ones, and in Italy a common gift is a small, chocolate-covered hazelnut that conceals a romantic message.

To get you in the mood for cupid’s arrival, over the past few weeks we have been Tweeting I love you in various languages.

Here’s how to say  I love you in our top 5 languages of love.

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1. Perfectly Persian - من شما را دوست دارم pronounced Tora dost daram 


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2. Seductively Swedish - jag älskar dig




3. Lovingly Latvian - Es Tevi milu 





4. Tantalizingly Turkish - Seni seviyorum





5.Romanticly Russian - Я тебя люблю pronounced Ya tebyA lyublyU


Whether it’s for that special occasion or you’re just feeling romantic, here at Live Translation, we will help you get the message across to that special person.

Send a Card to a Friend Day

There is nothing more exciting than receiving a card in the post and reading a special message that has been written just for you. Even more so when it isn’t a special occasion! It is such a lovely gesture; you know that it is personal and it shows that a special effort has been made.

With the invention of emails and texting, communication has been dramatically accelerated. However, the messages we send using technology have become less sentimental and more corporate.

file0001872467778What better way to show you are thinking about someone than to send them a card, today we celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day to inspire you to send a special message to a special someone.

So if you want to tell a friend you appreciate them, you miss them or just want to let them know that you were thinking about them, then today is the day!

Do you have a friend that lives abroad? Why not make that extra special effort and communicate in their language? Head to for speedy, affordable translations.

Sochi, 2014 | Winter Olympics

Who would believe that almost 2 years have passed since the London 2012 Olympics? Tomorrow, 2300 miles east of London, the winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia. Situated about half an hour from Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea, Sochi is Russia’s largest resort city and is twinned with the British town of Cheltenham.

Cool Runnings

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the highlights will certainly be the Jamaican 2 man bobsleigh team competing. The support from the crowd will certainly be electric!  Their journey to Sochi has not been without drama, due to bad weather their plane was diverted and they missed their connecting flight. They have now safely arrived at the games, but their luggage and equipment is currently somewhere between JFK and Sochi! They plan to borrow equipment if theirs doesn’t arrive in time, the 2 man bob will certainly be one to watch. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?

New Arrivals

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the inclusion of 12 new events that will make their debut in Sochi, 2014.

Team Events: Biathlon relay, Figure skating, Luge

Men’s and Women’s: Ski halfpipe, Ski slopestyle, Snowboard slopestyle, Snowboard parallel slalom

Women’s: Women’s ski jumping

Team GB will be represented in only 3 of these disciplines; the Figure Skating team event and the Ski and Snowboard slopestyle. It will be great to see team camaraderie within figure skating as at the moment couples from the same country have a strong rivalry. It could be interesting to see how teams get on or conflict when their scores are aggregated!

Slopestyle is a competitive event for freestyle snowboarders and skiers. Athletes will be slopestylescored after descending a 655m course consisting of rails and a variety of jumps. This is certainly a high octane event so why not tune in and cheer on Team GB!

 May we wish all the competitors Удачи! (good luck) and if you need a hand with any Russian translation, you know where we are!