November newsletter: football vocabulary, pochemuchka & the importance of MFL in schools

Welcome to the LEaF newsletter

Good morning from a cold, dark and wet Yorkshire! If you are suffering from similar weather, hunker down and treat yourself to five minutes off. Our latest newsletter has all you need to distract you from the wintry chill… This latest newsletter covers it all: from football to the British royal family.

But first, an announcement: Here at LEaF Translations, increasing our positive impact and inspiring those around us to do the same is one of our main motivations. We are extremely proud to announce that from now on, we will be planting 20 trees for every new client we work with. We are super excited to have reached this landmark. Read all about it below and find out how you can start planting trees yourself – whether you are a business owner or an individual looking to make a difference. At a time when there is so much bad news around, all we can do is keep taking steps in the right direction, and try to inspire as many people as possible to do the same.

Lucy – Founder of LEaF Translations

Football vocabulary 101

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With the World Cup well underway, we decided to combine our love for the sport with our love for language so we have put together a guide on football vocabulary and idioms in English and five other European languages. Whether it could be helpful for your business and marketing or you’d just like to learn something new to share this football season, check out the blog post for more.

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Word of the month

We love this Russian word that is used to describe someone who asks too many questions.​​​​​​​​
It originates from the children’s book Alyosha Pochemuchka which tells the story of a young boy who always asks ‘why?’.​​​​​​​​


  • We are very excited to announce our new planting trees initiative: for every new client, 20 trees will be added to our Ecologi forest. At LEaF Translations we strive to leave a positive impact on our planet and this is a great way to do that. Read our blog to find out more.
  • The King visited York earlier this month for the first time as monarch and so of course the LEaF Translations team had to head down to experience the historic day. Head to our Instagram to check out the pictures.
  • If you are curious to understand the Native Speaker Principle and how it affects translation, click here to read one of our very first blogs which covers this topic.

What do you think?

In last month’s poll, we asked you:

How important is it to teach MFL at school?
Very           Quite         Not at all

100% of you agreed with us that it is very important to teach MFL at school, which was just brilliant to see.

It was great to read some of your opinions on the topic:
– This is one of the things that we have lost sight of in education.
– The earlier children are taught languages the better. (I’m sure many of the linguists reading wish they had started at a younger age!)

Head to our Instagram Highlights and LinkedIn for this month’s poll:

This month we have another grammar poll for you and we’re curious to see the results.

Fill the gap: “The athlete trains _____ from 8am to 9am”

1) Everyday         2) Every day

These two options can’t be used interchangeably as they often are. Make sure to come back next month to find out the grammar rules.

Introducing: Fresenius

Fresenius is a global healthcare company, based in Germany, offering high-quality products and services for dialysis, hospitals, and outpatient treatment. Over recent months, we have been translating a number of their German blog articles into English.

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About the Author


Kitty Trewhitt is a translation project manager at LEaF Translations. She oversees each phase of the translation project and keeps in contact with both the client and linguists throughout the process. Besides managing our projects, Kitty also translates and proofreads texts from French and Italian into English, as well as creating LEaF’s monthly newsletter and managing the company social media accounts.