Forget three, FOUR is the perfect number (aka: Buon compleanno, Rainy London website!)

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February has started and with it, so has a period of excitement: we’ve left behind all worries about fulfilling our NY’s resolutions , Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, Carnival celebrations are now in full swing worldwide (in my hometown, too!) and the list is long. February is also the month of my birthday (yay!) and in recent years, for Rainy London it’s been the…. season of contests, too!

You may remember this or this from past year. Fun, uh?

As the website turns 4 years old this week (YES… 4! ), I’d love you to join me for celebrations and be in for chance to win:

– the now legendary Rainy Cup

– the handy Rainy Oyster Wallet

and because I like you ALL so much,

– a brand new badge, too!

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(Also see them here or here)

So, let’s play with the number 4, shall we?

Here are the rules:

1) Just name 4 of your FAVOURITE THINGS ever in the entire world, ONE OF THEM being Rainy London of course.

I’ll help you with an example: I love raspberries, focaccia, designer bags… and Rainy London.

2) Post your entry on Rainy London Facebook Page or by using @rainylondon on Twitter.

Your 4 things can be anything, even people. And if you fancy it, document your entry with pictures, links or nice videos.

The most creative set of 4 favourite things shall win!

CONTEST ENDS: 16th FEB 2013. The winner will be revealed at the #LdnTweetUp on the same day – but you do NOT need to be there 🙂

*Buona fortuna!*

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The unmissable ‘Oh, I really need a cuppa now’ Competition! (AKA: Rainy London’s website is almost 3) !

Oh well….Rainy London’s website* will be soon 3 years old! – I know! Time flies indeed! As I’ve had loads of good comments for our cute Rainy’s cups – btw: thanks for that, folks! – I’ve decided it’s time to run a new competition for you to win one.

HOW TO JOIN? Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy:

1) follow @rainylondon on Twitter or like us on Facebook – now!

2) take a walk down your memory lane and look for the funniest thing ever happened to you.  

It can be a translation- or non-translation related fun fact, a weird request from a client, simply an epic foot in the mouth or a hilarious sentence/quote/idea you overheard somewhere – that brought you the conclusion: ‘Oh I really need a cuppa now’.

Just make sure it’s true and even better if you experienced it yourself. And also, you can use any media that reinforce your point! Just send that episode/story/joke/idea in and end it with ‘Oh I really need a cuppa now’ to be in for ONE of these gorgeous cups! (for how to use, see below – the truly Italian way).

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My dear colleague @erik_hansson once posted a funny story on FB that made me LOL and read more or less like this:

Client: Can I have this text translated from Swedish into English?
Erik: But this is Finnish.
Client: Does it make any difference?
I’m sure at this point Erik thought:  <Oh I really need a cuppa now>

Well, I hope it’s all nice and dandy – and clear…

So, get cracking on it and keep entries coming on Twitter (using the #RainyCuppaComp hashtag; on Facebook, just mention Rainy London using “@” on your post) Of course, e-mails are more than welcome too: info[AT]rainylondontranslations[dot]com The coolest, funniest, most entertaining entry will get a sweet Rainy Cup delivered at home 🙂
And remember, the comp ends on Wed 8 Feb.

Well, ready, steady, …COFFEE! And the spread the love!

<<<<<FOR AN ITALIAN VERSION OF THIS POST, CLICK HERE!>>>>>>

* With the precious help of @artscode / @cocorino, Rainy London’s website will hopefully undergo major works for a revamping this year… so stay tuned!

How do you write e-mails? A few golden rules for the perfect business correspondence (and a bit of fun)

I’ve always loved drawing but then the passion for languages took over somehow and even though my Art teacher was all excited about the possibility my parents would agree to send me to an artistic high school, that never happened and… you know what I did instead.

Unfortunately, I was extremely good at reproducing still natures and portraits – pretty classic, in the end – but never put my back into comics.

Funny comic strips are the best, some can be so entertaining! And the Internet is an endless source of beautifully witty comics and, surprise surprise… based-on-true-story topics 🙂

The ones I am in love with right now are from The Oatmeal, a very cunning, extra funny website who will keep you entertained for hours and hours. I’ll go back to that in a sec. If you cannot wait, click here now!

But let’s keep on track… the title: how do you write e-mails?

E-mails are tricky, and especially in a business environment, good e-mail writing skills are certainly a plus.

The tone is of course more colloquial than a hard copy letter but still, scripta manent and when talking to clients, some of the golden rules are:

  • be polite – use the relevant Dear and Best regards, without being OTT though. Still, keeping in mind everybody likes a bit of nicety
  • always write a short subject – not a whole poem though, just the main point or a hint of the topic
  • always double-check the address before clicking ‘send’ – otherwise you’ll end up spending hours wondering why Mr. Smith didn’t get back to you just yet…
  • be careful with the CC – if you are a fan of mass e-mails, remember you may be invading other recipients’ privacy. The safest move? Go for the ‘mysterious’ but discreet enough BCC option
  • do not pack the e-mail body with bolds, CAPS or italics – even though in some cases these are useful to stress your point and
  • do not forget Caps and punctuation where required – so a good balance between this and the previous point
  • always have a clear, neat signature with your name, logo and so on (but make sure it is not too long or big, or people will go crazy looking for your telephone number…)
  • KISS (keep it short and simple or straightforward) yet professional – nobody likes an overwhelming amount of words in a random order or smileys all over the place
  • keep bullet point lists to a minimum (I think we are there now…) or you will come across as a bit too obsessed by order and A-Z lists ( = control freak?)

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Have a laugh at this http://theoatmeal.com/comics/email

Ciao ciao

Val

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