► Kiara's advice, translator at Cultures Connection

French-English Translation

Any translation into French involves different types of difficulties directly related to the language of Moliere. First of all, it is important to know the different national and regional varieties of the language: from the French in France to the French in Canada and even the French in Belgium, the accents and expressions are as numerous as they are varied. And then, false friends can be extremely misleading. These are pairs of words with the same root but that, over time, have acquired different meanings. Beware of these traps! For an optimal result, let professional translators take care of your French translation project.


French has a strong presence across the globe

Approximately 285 million people around the world speak French. It is the official language in 29 countries, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also one of the working languages of the United Nations and the European Union. Its widespread use make it indispensable for business, diplomatic and scientific agreements, conferences and meetings.

Variants of French exist in the countries where it is spoken. The French commonly in use in Quebec is very different than that spoken in France, both in terms of pronunciation as well as vocabulary and local expressions. The same goes for the French-speaking countries of Africa and those of Europe such as Switzerland and Belgium. Even within France itself, there are notable linguistic differences between regions.

Cultures Connection takes great care to interpret the linguistic particularities, expressions and cultural references specific to each target domain. Wherever you may be located, and whatever your industry, domain or target audience, relying on Cultures Connection gives you the confidence that your content is translated into relevant and high quality French.

Need your content translated into French?

Entrust your translation needs to Cultures Connection. We rely on a large network of translators in France and across the globe. For each project, we select competent professional translators who specialize in your industry sector or domain. In order to ensure truly localized content, our translators only translate into their mother tongue.

Our French translation services

Medical

In the highly specialized domain of medical and pharmaceutical translations, where each specialty requires experts with domain-specific knowledge, we offer professional translations for physician reports, medical devices, user information, internal documents, research papers, etc. Biomedical companies, healthcare providers, and research laboratories rely on our services with the peace of mind that they will receive high quality translations designed to reach French markets the world over.

Legal

Each legal system has its own set of specifics that only translators trained in legal translations and/or knowledgeable of those systems can understand and translate accurately and precisely. Our translators have mastered the intricacies of legal terminology and deliver professional translations of all types of legal documents including contracts, settlements, expert witness reports, certificates, terms of sale, etc.

Financial

French is the third most widely used language in the world of international business, after English and Chinese, and the third most widely used at English-speaking companies, behind German. There are many international corporations from France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada in the banking, finance, and investment sectors, an international presence that makes it an essential language in this domain.

Scientific

There are significant research and development investments in domains such as nuclear energy, aerospace, and biotech, in French-speaking countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. It is therefore hardly surprising that French is globally the third most widely used language in the world of science and academia.

Audiovisual

France and African French-speaking countries are big consumers of video and audio programs produced by media companies from North America as well as those from Asia, such as Japan, Korea and China. Our audiovisual translators are specialized in the fields of video games, film, on-demand video, and digital marketing, which ensures they can find the most appropriate vocabulary and tone for each type of multimedia content, whether they be movies, documentaries, marketing videos, educational programs, etc.

Business

France boasts the fourth highest number of transactions for services in the world, Canada has a thriving business sector, and Africa, home to half the world’s French-speaking countries, has a strong and growing presence in oil exports. Building business relationships at an international level requires translators who are professional and knowledgeable of specific business environments.


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Marketing

 

Marketing encompasses all of the means used by a company to influence the purchasing behavior of potential customers. The customer is at the center of this science, which aims to ensure his or her ongoing satisfaction. Having your marketing materials, websites, ad campaigns and other strategic tools translated into the language of your target market is an essential first step to reaching your business goals and sales targets.

 

International organizations

 

French, historically one of the world’s premier languages of diplomacy, is used as an official language in documents and speeches, and as a working language in international meetings, at transnational organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Our translators include specialists in international organizations and their structures, procedures and terminology, who are able to meet the high expectations of such bodies.

 

Websites and e-commerce

 

French is the seventh most widely used language on the Internet. Translating your website into French allows you to make your products available to a broader audience and thereby enlarge your pool of potential customers. It is well established that the best way to reach a foreign audience is to address them in their own language, and to adapt your message to the local culture (by drawing on the skills of content localization professionals).

 

Video games

 

The video game industry stands at the top of the global entertainment business, with total sales revenue of nearly 200 billion dollars. French speakers are one of the main consumers of video games, especially in France, where two-thirds of the population say they play video games. In addition, major players in the video game business are based in France, including Ubisoft and Gameloft, which helps explain the exponential growth in the need for translation services to and from French in this industry.