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Working with Gengo gives you access to thousands of certified translators who have years of translation and localization experience, as well as our intuitive platform and embedded quality tools. Our expert team can help you manage projects of any size to find a flexible, efficient and economical solution for your translation needs.
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English to French Translation
On the surface, English and French can appear to be very similar languages. Indeed, they have overlapping histories and borrow from each other significantly. Translating between the two, however, can pose some significant translation challenges. The two languages, for example, differ on multiple aspects of grammar. French assigns nouns a gender (affecting meaning) and uses its own syntactic arrangements, while English contains many unintuitive grammar rules that can be difficult to navigate. Only an experienced French translator with a keen eye for grammatical detail can be trusted to accurately overcome these linguistic obstacles.
Translators must also take into account the six registers of the French language. These registers refer to levels of formality, from literary language at the top to slang at the bottom. Knowing which register is appropriate for the intended audience and the ability to write convincingly in that register is key to successful English to French translation. In a similar vein, translators must also take into account the multiple global variations of French. While the language is generally mutually intelligible wherever it is spoken, if your translated content is to have maximum impact, local variations and differing cultural touchstones must be taken into account.
French translation tips
French Canadian vs. European French
When translating your content into either Canadian French or European French, you should decide early on which market you’re localizing for. French Canadian is distinct from the French spoken in France. Just because your content is localized into French doesn’t mean it will be understood by both audiences. As such, you shouldn’t make the mistake of using one language for both markets. Subtle discrepancies such as appropriate word choices (e.g. the term for shoes: chaussures v. souliers) can be a driving factor in forming quality relationships with customers.
Translation text expansion
French translations are often lengthier than their English counterparts, as translations from English into French require about 15–20% more words. This unique linguistic feature should be taken into consideration when localizing your website or app into French.
French language facts
French is a Romance language and part of the Indo-European language family. It is closely linked to other Romance languages such as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, with their common origins meaning they have borrowed from each other significantly in terms of vocabulary, grammar and conjugation over the course of their evolution. Despite close geographic proximity, the French language differs in many ways from the Germanic languages of Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.
- There are about 260 million French native speakers, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
- There are 29 independent nations where French is an official language.
- French is used by many international organizations such as NATO, the Olympics committee, the WTO, and more.
- French is the only language aside from English that is taught in every country of the world, with 100+ million students worldwide.
French, a global language
The upside of French being a global language is that it’s spoken by a large group of people. French is not only spoken in France, but also in Belgium, Canada (Quebec), Switzerland and by many countries in Africa. It’s the official language in 29 countries and spoken by an estimated 274 million people.
Although French is pretty similar in all regions, translators need to be aware of the differences. Famously, outside of France, the words for the numbers 70 and 90 are different. In France it’s soixante-dix and quatre-vingt-dix respectively. Outside of France they say the more simple septante for seventy and nonante for ninety. Gengo’s translators are native speakers and are aware of these subtle differences, which will appeal to your audience in any specific French language area.
French translation services
Gengo is a leading provider in professional English to French translation. Whether you’re looking to translate from French into English or if you’re looking for an English to French translation, no other LSP can provide high quality and fast results at such low rates.
When translating into or from French, it’s pivotal to work with qualified translators who are native speakers of the target language. With thousands of professional French translators on our platform, you’ll receive excellent quality, fast. In addition, we can create custom translator teams for your unique project, ensuring the best quality and consistency across projects.
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If you plan on expanding into French speaking markets, you’re going to need to translate all your content into French. Gengo supports French translation of a wide range of document and content types, including:
- French website localization
- French mobile app localization
- French game localization
- French product description translation
- Customer support translation
- Translate marketing copy, ads and social media
- Translate news articles and entertainment
- Translate travel listings and guides
- French document translation
- Translate emails, letters and more
Gengo’s French translators are experts in their field with years of professional translation experience under their belts. This is why Gengo is trusted by global companies like YouTube, Airbnb and Sony to translate content at high quality and lightning speed. Our innovative translation platform and global network of translators means that no matter the size or complexity of your French translation project, we are able to deliver on time, every time, with quality assured.
If you are looking to translate your English content not only to French, here are some more available languages:
- Japanese translator, see Japanese translation
- Spanish translator, see Spanish translation
- German translator, see German translation
- Portuguese translator, see Portuguese translation
- Dutch translator, see Dutch translation
- Italian translator, see Italian translation
- Chinese translator, see Chinese translation
- Arabic translator, see Arabic translation