Dose of Ships Anyone?


I’ve been in sunny Portugal for the last week; a great antidote for the winter blues (and greys). As always, the food was fresh and delicious but sometimes the menu translations left something to be desired. (Not that I would be any better if I had to translate a British menu into Portuguese.)


Have you worked out yet what a ‘dose of ships’ could be? It took us a while to realise this meant a ‘portion of chips’. We had to visit the Portuguese section of the menu where we saw ‘batatas fritas’ – fried potatoes – before we got it. Given that we’d just been cycling for a couple of hours in the countryside, that dose of ships was very welcome, along with the splendid chicken salad we chose.  And it’s always good to have a laugh . . .


Getting It Right

It all reminded me that if you want to a) look professional and b) not baffle your customers and c) not risk your product being returned, then it’s very important to get it right for your customers, wherever and whoever they are.


Here at Accutranslate, we are acutely aware that our translations need to be impeccable. Our native English speakers and our translators work together to ensure that our translations are correct for what is being conveyed. Machines can’t do this, neither can someone who has a modicum of the language needed. Translation is a complex, time-consuming job – and it’s worth it every time for every business, however small or large

Our Clients

View Testimonials

Sending out the right message

Accutranslate offer a wide range of translation and interpreting services. We have extensive experience of translating and interpreting in both the private and public sectors.

Good translation and interpreting is essential in commercial, legal and medical situations. Accutranslate's discreet and professional translators and interpreters offer experience in the legal, healthcare, sports and medical sectors. We offer a quality service while maintaining affordability.

Work is carried out by native speakers in their home country, and every piece is quality checked and proofed in the UK by our own translation team, ensuring Accutranslate can maintain the high quality of our translations.