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Mar 25 2013

Professional French translation services

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Every larger company will probably sooner or later encounter the need to expand their business or services into France, as it is the world’s fifth-largest and Europe’s second largest economy by nominal GDP. Furthermore, France is also the wealthiest nation in Europe and the fourth-wealthiest in the world. Whether you require a translation of your website, brochures or business documents, it will definitely need to be performed by a professional (preferably native-speaking) French translator. It is vital that your translator understands your technical jargon and is able to find the equivalent words in their mother tongue. Even in countries where English is widely spoken, the majority of customers prefer websites and other documentation in their own language.

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Mar 25 2013

Dialects and variations of French

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Aside from France French is spoken in different countries and regions all around the world. In France the generally used variety is Metropolitan French which is used in Paris and considered standard, although regional dialects or varieties such as Meridional French are also widely used. Other versions of the French language in Europe are Belgian, Swiss and Aostan French in Italy. French is also an official language in Canada (together with English). The two main dialects in Canada are Quebec French and Acadian French. A variety of French is also spoken in different parts of Africa and Asia. Different dialects make translations very difficult and may require the specific knowledge of a native speaker. When translating French the translator must always bear the target audience in mind and therefore make sure that the translation is culturally appropriate.

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Mar 25 2013

Problems with French translation

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Together with English French is one of the world’s most influential and important languages. It is used as an official language in many international organisations, for instance, in all of the United Nations agencies. In the European Union 129 million people claim to be able to speak French, of whom 72 million are native speakers and 69 million are second-language or foreign language speakers. From the linguistic point of view French is a very complicated and difficult language. It is very descriptive and idiomatic, what makes translations very demanding. When translating French, it is very important to also capture the style, register and cultural meaning of the original text.

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Mar 25 2013

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