Reggae Island of the Caribbean

Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494. The Taino Indians inhabited Jamaica for centuries and were gradually exterminated. The island is situated in the Caribbean Sea and is 391 miles east of Central American mainland.

Slavery and sugar were two of the most valuable commodities that Jamaica had for 150 years. Spanish Town was the former capital of Jamaica.The Spanish named the town Santiago de la Vega and remained the capital until 1872 when the city of Kingston was named the capital. Queen Elizabeth 11 is the head of state, the Jamaican have given her the title of Queen of Jamaica. The Queen is represented in Jamaica by a Governor General who is nominated by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. The major towns are Spanish Town, Negril, Ocho Rios, Kingston, and Montego Bay.

At the western tip of the island is Negril the most laid back resort with its 7 mile long beach. In the sixties the American flower children discovered Negril. The affluent landowners were worried about Negril becoming a Hippie Haven. This town is famous for is sunsets, cliff jumping water sports and Rastafarian culture.

Ocho Rios is well known for its nightlife, and has a laid back attitude. Ocho Rios is a popular tourist destination once a sleeply fishing village. Ocho Rios is also known as the home of Dunn s River Falls. It is a popular attraction that is visited by thousands of visitors each year. Dunn’s River Falls cascades down approximately 600 feet into the sea. Fed by springs located in the hills above, visitors take pleasure in climbing the falls as the water rushes around them.

The capital Kingston is the heart of the island and the largest English speaking city in the Caribbean. It has the seventh largest natural harbour in the world with the sea to the south and the St Andrew Mountain in the north.

Montego Bay is sheltered by Doctor s Cave Beach with clear turquoise waters and one of the most famous beaches on the island. It is best know for it duty free shopping and cruise line terminals at its Free Port.

Bob Marley the reggae musician was born here and was highly respected. The legend of Bob Marley comes alive as you walk through the village of Nine Miles, his birth and final resting place. Ian Fleming also lived in Jamaica.

The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions have a more temperate climate. Some regions on the south coast, such as the Liguanea Plain and the Pedro Plains are relatively dry rain-shadow areas.

Douglas Scott

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Free Online Translation Services – What Are They?

In order to use these services, you must choose the language combination from a list and copy and paste your text that you need translated into the translation document. Within the time it takes you to click your way through, your translation is available. Once your translation is on the screen, you can easily copy and paste that text into the original document. However, caution must be used when doing this because when you translate an English phrase or sentence into any other language, there may be words that are not necessary in the requested language. Therefore, when you translate the phrase back into English again, it might not make sense. For instance if you are trying to translate the phrase “It is very cold outside today” from English into Spanish, the translation will look like this “Es muy frio fuera de hoy”. This makes sense. However, if you take that same phrase in Spanish and try to translate it back into English, the result will be “Is very cold out of today”. This doesn’t really make sense in English.

In order to make sure your translation is precise and accurate, it is best that you use the least amount of words possible. Long sentences or complex phrases are difficult to translate and the result might not be an accurate translation. If you are not using correct grammar or punctuation, this may also affect your results. For example, if there is a sentence in which a period is missing, the computer might assume that your phrase is actually that long. Therefore, the result might come back that you have entered a phrase or combination of words that we cannot translate.

Avoiding words that end in “ed” or “ing” can cause the computer to inaccurately translate the text. For example, the word “jump” is able to be accurately translated while the word “jumping” is considered to be too broad. Using this type of “machine translation”, or better known as MT, might not be the best way to go if you are using the translated text in any other form than informal.

In order to complete a big job, you may have to do this multiple times, taking up valuable time and resources that could be spent on accomplishing another equally important task. In this case, employing the help of the translation service might be an option for you. Of the many translation services, there are typically nominal fees to have a human operator accurately translate your project. If the project is going to be presented as part of a business presentation, you’ll want to let the service know this as many languages have formal and informal inflections that can present your information in different ways. In order to get the most from a translation service, make sure it is clearly defined the purpose for which you are seeking their assistance.

If you need to have something translated immediately, the free translation services are not really the ideal option. There are services that are available for a fee that will “chat” with you online to interpret for you. These are not that affordable and should only be used if it is absolutely necessary.

Kevin Dark

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Travel To Spain For Language Immersion Programs

Learning to speak Spanish is very beneficial today, particularly if you will be spending time in Spanish speaking countries whether for business or pleasure. One of the most convenient ways is learning Spanish online. There are several method options available, and many online programs allow you to learn without ever leaving your home. The money spent and time invested will be well worth it. Speaking Spanish can also give you an advantage in the job market since often prospective employers are, often, especially interested in bilingual employees to help communicate with the Spanish speaking clients and customers.

There are many websites offering at home Spanish courses. Some are even free, though the websites charging a fee usually have more resources and a more thorough program to help you learn the language faster. But, there is no harm in trying a free site at first. You can always find an alternative online course f you do not feel you are learning at a good pace.

The largest organization for teaching the Spanish language is the Instituto Cervantes. It is a public instituted that was started in Spain in 1991, but it is now on four continents. The organization aims to promote the teaching of the Spanish language as well as the Spanish culture throughout the world. The courses offered cover vocabulary, grammar, phonics and spelling as well as the Spanish culture, diversity among those Spanish speaking countries and socio-cultural issues. The program at the Instituto Cervantes is a great way to learn the Spanish language.

Online is a good way to learn the basics of the Spanish language, but immersing yourself in the language is the best way to become fluent. By traveling to a Spanish speaking country, you can not only practice speaking and understanding the language but you can also experience the culture, food, traditions and history of the area. There are language immersion programs available throughout the world. Many programs are available in cities such as Madrid or Barcelona in Spain, though programs are available in many Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Language immersion programs require that you live in that country for a pre-designated period of time. The courses are offered in groups or one-on-one instruction and often include afternoon and evening activities outside of the classroom. You will have time to travel on your own which helps you gain confidence in your speaking skills by interacting with Spanish speaking people in the market, stores or restaurants. Choices for accommodations vary from staying with a host family to sharing an apartment with another student. There are benefits to both. A host family enables you to interact and experience the culture continually, while sharing an apartment gives you the opportunity to study with another student.

Peter Wilson

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Sun, Sea, Sky, And Nerja: Why Travel To Nerja, Spain Is A Must

No tour of Europe is complete without an interlude in Spain. Whether you are touring Europe for the summer or are simply there for a week, Spain is one country you should include on your itinerary. Watch the running bulls of Pamplona. Party the night away on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Gape in wonder at the old masters gracing the walls of centuries-old museums in Barcelona and Madrid. Study the impressive architecture of Valencia and Seville. Or, commune with sun, sea, and sky in the little town of Nerja.

The vibrant little coastal town, Nerja, lies at the foot of the Sierre Almijara, Andalusia. Here, mountains plunge straight into the crystal clear sea and coastlines jut proudly against an backdrop of sea and sky.

What is there to see in Nerja?

If there is one thing Nerja overflows with, its beauty. It has the best climate in the whole Costa del Sol, and as you walk through the town, you will encounter sights that will take your breath away. It has miles and miles of verdant countryside and strips upon strips of pristine beaches. The town has remained miraculously untouched by highrises and skyscrapers, and there are very few holiday lodging options available save for villas. The villas in Nerja, Spain may not be able to hold a candle to the opulence of European hotels and resorts, but they are scenic and historic. The town itself retains much of the flavor and spirit of its traditional village atmosphere. In fact, tucked behind the mountains of Nerja is a beautifully preserved, white-washed village of Frigiliana, which shows very little traces of the passing of centuries.

At the heart of Nerja is a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff. Called the Balcony of Europe, the promenade offers a sweeping view of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches that lie below. On it had once stood a great Moorish castle.

Staying at Villas in Nerja, Spain

The best way to experience the quaint charms of this picturesque little town is to get your own villa. Whether bought or rented, villas in Nerja, Spain will give travelers like yourself an authentic taste of all things genuinely Spanish. The villas in Nerja, Spain are representative of the village’s charming architecture and would, thus, give you a sampling of traditional village life at its simplest and most historic.

There is a wide selection of villas in Nerja, Spain for those who need a home, whether temporary or permanent. Many of these come with panoramic views of the sea. A one-bedroom apartment can accommodate two people and go for $350 to $500 a month. A spacious four-room villa may command $335 a week during off peak seasons and $737 during peak seasons.

Many sites online give you the option of renting villas in Nerja, Spain directly from the owners themselves or through an agency. A quick look at sites like will yield useful information about the villas in Nerja, Spain, including pricing, location, and apartment details.

In the end, though, it doesn’t matter which booking option you choose. What matters is that you sojourn in Spain. Spain is a must for the adventure seeker, the wine sipper, the history aficionado, and the art connoisseur.

Cassie Herts

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Tom Hanks en Univision “Despierta America”: Hanks does the weather

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Tom Hanks doing the weather segment on Univision’s “Despierta America” with co-host Chiquinquira Delgado on 6/21/2011. Tom was on the Spanish language show to promote his new movie “Larry Crowne” to the Hispanic market in the US.

Larry Crowne is in theaters July 1, 2011

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10 Common Spanish Phrases

Leave your favorite Spanish phrase below in a comment! ¡Abrazos!

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“George Lopez” Why You Crying? Part 1/8

George Lopez: Why You Crying? captures a live performance by the stand-up veteran and sitcom star. Much of the material focuses on his family and the foibles of Hispanic culture

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Fair to Midland – A Wolf Descends Upon the Spanish Sahara (with Lyrics)!/pages/fair-to-midland/8586959263
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This is the song “A Wolf Descends Upon the Spanish Sahara” by Fair to Midland. Long name, amazing results, literally. Seriously though, this song has one of the best choruses I’ve ever heard. I know, I laud every song on this album for having the best this or the best that, but that’s only because it’s an amazing album by an amazing band

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Malaga, Spain Is A Beautiful Place To Visit

If you have decided to travel to Malaga, Spain, prepare to be busy. There is so much to do in and around this Costa del Sol town that you will never lack for something to do. The weather in this area is typically Mediterranean; hot summers and mild winters. The most popular time for vacationers is summer, but a visit to this area is lovely any time of year.

If you do want to travel during the busy summer months, make sure you book your flight, your hotel, your car rental well in advance. If you wait too long, the availability will be less and you may have to pay more for what you want. Car rentals are available both at the airport or in the city. If you decide you don’t need a car, (or if you wait too long and find you can’t rent one because it is summer) you can hire a car just to take you to and from the airport.

You will have a number of attractions to visit in Malaga. One of the most interesting is the Citadel or Alcazabo. This is the largest fortress in Andalucia, built during the eighth through the eleventh centuries. It is next to the Castle of Gibralfaro, another interesting site. At the Citadel, there are two museums, one of them a very fascinating archaeological museum. Anyone who enjoys history should make this stop.

Malaga, like most old Spanish cities, has a castle. Its Castle of Gibralfaro was constructed in the fourteenth century. You can take a tour of the castle and be further steeped in history. Make sure you take in the lovely view of the city and the port from the ramparts of the castle. Since they are right next to each other, a day or afternoon spent at the Citadel and the Castle is a worthwhile one.

The next stop should be the Cathedral of Malaga. Construction of this landmark was started in 1528, but stopped and started again over the next two centuries. It came to a final stop in 1783 when there were no more funds to continue, and one of the towers is still not finished, to this day. One of the most interesting things about this cathedral is that since the construction spanned so many eras, many different styles of architecture are seen in this one building.

The Archaeological Museum of Malaga has a considerable collection of Gothic and Greek art, as well as the ruins of a ancient Roman Amphitheater. Don’t miss the Museo de la Ceramica; pottery and ceramic works from all eras are on display here.

After you and your children have soaked up all this history and culture, it may be time to reward them with a visit to the Tivoli Amusement Park. This is a very popular tourist attraction, with rides for children of all ages as well as daily shows, and botanical gardens to tour.

Clinton Maxwell

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Translation Cannot be "word for Word"

At first, you might think ithat translation only consists of translating one language, word for word, into another language, but in fact it’s more complicated than that.

For example, in French they say ‘Donnez un coup d’oeuil à ce fichier de données’, which means, if translated word for word ‘Give a blow of eye to this file of givens’. Of course, in reality it means ‘Have a look at this data file’.

So the idioms of the language have to be taken into account, in both directions, because there are phrases in English which, if translated word for word, would produce the same sort of ‘blow of eye’ nonsense as that shown in the previous paragraph.

You have probably seen the various instant computer translation systems which are available on the Internet. Those systems do produce some sort of translation and it is often enough to understand more or less what the original writer wanted to convey, but of course that sort of translation could never be used for any business or profession where clients are to read the translation concerned. This is because the computer does not know the context of the translation. One example of this is the headline “Nut Screws Washers and Bolts”. Does this refer to mechanical hardware or to a mentally deranged person entering a laundry, raping the laundresses and escaping? The context is all-important in translation.

The way that the subject is approached is also different in another language. In Latin languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc., actions and even solid objects are often alluded to in an abstract manner, whereas in English, the concrete word is preferred – we like to call a spade a spade.

When translating a website or a brochure which contains photos or drawings, it is often necessary to take the number of words into account. German uses less words than English, and Spanish uses more words than English, so the translator has often to rework the page-setting to produce a professional page.

All these questions and many more besides are dealt with by a professional translator.




John Hadfield

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