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With a population of more than 64 million, according to the OECD, France’s economy is the fifth largest in the world in 2016. Being home to 32 of the 160 Top European companies, the importance of French economy and the French language cannot be further emphasized.

Spoken by about 354 million people across the globe, French is the third most spoken language in Europe, after German and English. It is also the official or second language in at least 55 countries worldwide and there are French speakers in far reaching places like Cambodia and Vietnam.

Today, French is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and one of the official languages of the African Union, the European Union, the Council of Europe, FIFA, the International Court of Justice, Interpol, NATO, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the International Red Cross, and the World Trade Organisation. It is the official language of the International Postal Union and the International Olympic Committee.

If that’s not enough to convince you that French is one of the most influential languages in the world, how about this: It is estimated that around 50% of English words actually come from French??!!

In addition, do you know that French, the language of romance, is ranked second just after English as one of the world’s top 10 most influential languages? When you talk about French, how can we forget Canadian French? In Quebec, French is the mother tongue of almost 80% of its population. However, québécois (Quebec French) is quite different from the French spoken in Europe.

Hence, if you looking to go global with your products and services, communicating in French is definitely important.

This is evident in judicial and main international and regional courts. The influence of French cannot be undermined, especially in its use in the journalistic, legal and academic worlds. In Africa, French is the language of trade, education and culture.

The French language is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. There is this interesting fact that during the French Revolution in 1793, 75% of the French citizens did not speak French as a mother tongue. Until the 19th century, French was more spoken widely in Holland and Germany than in some parts of France. There are also different dialects in each region of France.

As with translation of any languages, translation from French or into French is no easy task. For French, we are presented with multiple variations of the language. Not only are there differences in pronunciation, there are also variations in terms of grammar and cultural.

French is also a much longer language and most of the time, French translation tends to be 15-20% longer than the English source text.

The language of love also offers many variations in word order that do not make sense in English syntax. For many words, French and English both look very similar even though their definitions could not be more different.

All of those mentioned above are merely the tip of the iceberg.

There are much more things to consider than just getting someone who knows French to handle translation into English and from French.

The French language, with its subtle nuances and undertones, is very easy to bungle. One slight error in the word choice could all too easily make you sound highly rude and offensive.

Hence, it is very essential to get the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to French, French to English and French related language pairs translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you

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Contact us now at +65 6570 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.

Source:

https://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/fascinating-french-language-facts/

http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/French/French.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27948049

http://list25.com/the-25-most-influential-languages-in-the-world/

https://about-france.com/french/french-language.htm

https://www.upwork.com/hiring/for-clients/english-french-translation-challenges/

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