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Christmas abroad? Essential (and non-essential) festive translations for every destination!

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As we put up our decorations at Comtec Translation’s central offices, we’re taking a lighter look at the world of translation. A growing trend for this time of year is to jet off for Christmas abroad to celebrate the festivities in style. So for those of you who are getting away this season, we’re checking out some of the global holiday hot spots and offering some fun and festive phrases to help you get by with the locals.

The idea of holidaying abroad at Christmas when the stresses of shopping, cooking, family feuds and bad weather are looming is a favourable idea for many. Reports suggest that more people are taking festive trips than ever before – and for longer (ABTA).

So where are we all going?

According to Skyscanner, sunny Spain is still the most popular festive destination of choice. But nowadays British jetsetters are becoming much more adventurous, with flight searches showing that China is up by 55%, Sri Lanka up by 41% and Thailand up by 21% for December 2013. Long haul favourites such as Mexico and the Caribbean are still just as popular too, having the perfect climate for tourists wishing to avoid the cold, wintery weather.

But the biggest increase in searches has been for Iceland, which is up by a massive 95%. ABTA have also recorded a 14% increase of people wanting to travel to Lapland to see Father Christmas and witness the spectacular Northern Lights, reinforcing the stats that Brits want experience-led breaks at this time of year.

Visits to Germany’s popular Christmas Markets are currently up by 9% and Germany is also a popular ski destination too, though perhaps not as much as France which tops the list for family-friendly resorts (TribeSports).

Your guide to getting by when you’re getting away for Christmas

Make friends with the locals with our helpful and possibly not-so-helpful words and phrases!

Off to see Santa in Lapland, the Northern Lights in Iceland or the Christmas Markets in Germany? We’ve got your translation requirements covered…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Finnish: Iloista joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

German: Frohe Weihnachten und ein glueckliches neues Jahr!

Icelandic: Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár!

Brrrrr. It’s cold today!

Finnish: Hrr. Onpa tänään kylmä!

German: Brrrr, es ist echt kalt heute!

Icelandic: Brrrrr. Það er kalt í dag!


Finnish: Kippis!

German: Prost!

Icelandic: Skál!

I’ve eaten too much turkey and I think I need elasticated salopettes

Finnish: Olen syönyt liikaa kinkkua, tarvitsen varmaan väljemmät toppahousut

German: Ich hab zuviel gegessen, ich platze gleich aus allen Nähten

Icelandic: Ég hef borðað of mikinn kalkún og þarf teygjanlegar smekkbuxur

Oh no! I’ve lost my gloves

Finnish: Voi ei! Olen hukannut käsineeni

German: Oh nein – ich hab meine Handschuhe verloren!

Icelandic: Ó, nei! Ég hef týnt hönskunum mínum

Escaping to the sun? Whether Spain or Mexico, consider us your handy Spanish phrasebook…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Spanish: ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo!

Can you pass the sun cream?

Spain: ¿Me pasas la crema solar?

Mexico: ¿Me puedes alcanzar el protector solar?

Do you want a kiss under the mistletoe?

Spanish: ¿Quieres un beso bajo el muérdago?

Look! It’s Santa on a Jet Ski!

Spain: ¡Mira! ¡Es Papá Noel en una moto acuática!

Mexico: ¡Híjole! ¡Es Santa Claus en moto de agua!

I can’t believe you forgot to pack my present in your suitcase, I feel devastated so I’m off to the bar

Spain: No me puedo creer que te hayas olvidado de meter mi regalo en la maleta. Me voy al bar a que se me pase el disgusto.

Mexico: No puedo creer que olvidaras poner mi regalo en el veliz. Estoy desolado, me voy al bar.

Have fun and be safe, wherever you may be jetting off to!

From all of us at Comtec Translations, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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