categories not adding

I am doing my first site and have 2 general Q´s:
1. Categories are not adding. I followed the manual to "add category" with category "Places" in English and "Lugares" en español and nothing happens - tried w Chrome and Safari multiple times
2. With the WPML translation plugin I can´t figure out how to replicate the entire site before translating posts 1x1, in other words in this theme Lorelei does WPML/WP have a way to keep the top side scrolling images and the posts before language translation so it looks identical in 2nd language - Spanish - before I translate the words.