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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