|For all of our French translation services, we offer the following:
- All French translators have a minimum Master’s level qualification in Translation and/or specialty.
- We never do French translations only; all of our translations include a full, independent proofread.
- All of our French translators and proofreaders are resident in their mother country; language changes rapidly and translators who live away from their mother tongue can lose currency in that language.
- Our French translation teams are organized by specialty. The translation of an engineering manual is very different from the translation of a hotel brochure. We assign projects to translators based on the content of the translation.
Compared to English, the French language can be described as verbose. This means that French tends to use more words than English. From a French translation perspective this means allowing greater space for the French translation than for the English original. While it will vary considerably according to content, expect expansion of around 15-20% for an English to French translation, and a similar contraction for the opposite French to English translation.
When translating a business card to French: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English script. Addresses can often be left in English as well; however, city and country names should be translated if the French equivalent differs from English. For instance: Belgium becomes Belgique and Switzerland become Suisse. The initials USA are understood as such and do not need translation.
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French speaking Population: 67 million people speak French as their first language. An additional 61 million speak it as a foreign language. In Europe, 28 million speakers have access to the internet.
French Search engines: http://www.cocorico.com/, http://www.francite.com/, http://www.wanadoo.fr/
French Character Encodings:
French Language Code: fr
French Charset: ISO-8859-1
Geographical Location: In Europe, French speakers live in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. French is also spoken in Canada, parts of the USA including Louisiana, and Maine, also in West Central Africa and Haiti.
Literacy Rate: Varies depending on the country. In Europe 99%, in Canada 97%, Haiti 52%.
French spoken Dialects: There are approximately 12 major dialects of French, most spoken in different countries.
French Currency: In Europe, France and Belgium both use the Euro. Switzerland, with its commitment to neutrality, has never joined the European Union and maintains its national currency, the Swiss Franc. In Canada, the Canadian Dollar (CDN) is used, and in Haiti, the gourde (HTG) is used. In Africa, various national currencies are used.
French Language Tips: French is a Latin based language and so closely tied to Spanish, and Italian in its use of grammar. Word order is a fixed subject-verb-object order similar to English. Nouns in French are divided into masculine and feminine and the adjectives are suffixed to match the gender of the noun. Many words have been brought over to English from French, making much of the vocabulary easy to understand for English speakers. For instance, la maison (house) is the precursor to the English word “Mansion” and “hôpital” became “hospital” when it was brought into English. French-speakers use the Arabic numbering system. In Europe the use of decimals and commas is opposite to the English version. For instance, ten thousand, nine hundred twenty three point four would be written 10.923,4. In Canada, the Americanized version 10,923.4 would be used.