French is one of the world’s most important languages.  It is the official languages of many important international organisations, such as the Red Cross, and France is the third largest Internet economy is Europe.  It is inevitable that, at some point, a multinational business will need some form of French translation.  English to French translation can be very difficult, and certain problem can arise, even with professional language translators.

French is a very descriptive, idiomatic language.  This makes translations very complicated.  Not only must the translator be able to translate the words, they also need to capture the style, format and cultural meaning of the original document.  Only a profession translator with specific knowledge and experience of the French language will be able to do this.

The French language also has numerous specific dialects.  This can also make translations very difficult and will require the specific knowledge of a native French speaker.  While ‘Parisian’ French is the most commonly spoken and widely understood, if you are targeting a document at a specific market, you made need some knowledge of the specific dialects to make sure that the document is culturally appropriate.

Certain situations may arise where your document may need to be read by speakers of French-Canadian.  Although the two languages are very similar, it will not suffice to only have the document translated into ‘Parisian’ French.  A professional language translator should be able to translate a document so that it will be understood by French-Canadian speakers, taking the subtle variations of the languages into account.

 

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  • Thomas

    Hello, I agree with the statements above! As a non-native speaking French, I understand what it means to translate into French. This language is highly complicated and has an extraordinary style! In order to guarantee an accurate French translation, one should always consider to contact a professional french translation service. Only this way, fatal errors can be avoided.

  • Lea

    Apart from English, French may be the most influential language in the world, as it is widely used in many international organizations and conferences as an official language. Many of my friends choose to learn French as their second foreign language because they think it will help them in the job-hopping market and also they feel French is a noble language.

    It is true that French is a very descriptive, idiomatic language. Although French looks similar to English and many other European languages, it does not mean it is an easy language. On the contrary, it may be more difficult to search for an equivalent word in the target language.

    Another point is that although many people in the world claim they speak French, people in different parts of the world speak different French. This makes interpreting French even more difficult.