About Us

One of the most frustrating things about traveling abroad is the need to flip through translation books in order to communicate. Thus, the idea for Bottles In Translation was born on a summer vacation.

While Colorado high school teacher Steve Margolin was traveling through Europe one summer, he carried a travel dictionary with him. Steve’s Spanish left something to be desired, so the book was a necessity. After some time, however, Steve noticed that he kept using the same few phrases over and over.

How much is that? Where's the bathroom? Do you speak English?

Eventually, the idea hit him: what if the most common phrases were printed on the side of his Nalgene water bottle? He carried it with him wherever he went. Why carry both the book and the bottle?

Upon his return home, Steve created Bottles In Translation.