Language Scientific’s French Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality French translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of French. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of French language services including:

  • French Translation (Medical and Technical)
  • Software and Mobile App Localization
  • Website Translation and SEO Optimization
  • Multimedia and eLearning Localization
  • Professional Interpreting
  • Linguistic Validation and Cognitive Debriefing
  • On-Demand Phone Interpreting
  • Multilingual DTP and Graphics
  • Corporate Technical Consulting
  • Multilingual Project Staffing

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

Language Scientific’s unique Accreditation Program for Technical and Medical Translators, along with a rigorous Quality Management System, ensures the quality standards that our clients have come to depend on. Language Scientific is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17100:2015 certified company.

At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

French Language Statistics/Facts:

French is one of the major languages worldwide, and has been called the language of diplomacy. French is included as an official language of the United Nations. It is estimated that there are about 270 million French speakers worldwide with 80 million that use French as a primary language and 190 million speaking French as a second language.

A total of twenty nine countries have declared French as their official language. Many of the 80 million native French speakers live in Western Europe and parts of Canada. French is the official language of France and is also spoken in Belgium, Switzerland, and some regions of Africa, Canada and the United States.

Although French is the predominant language spoken in France, many native speakers are familiar with English and may speak additional languages. The French language is derived from Latin and is one of many romance languages that are categorized under the Indo-European language class. Like Spanish, all French nouns have a gender, either male or female, which is a new concept for English speakers.

French Dialects:

Dialect Region
Metropolitan Paris and is considered the standard for French
Meridional Widely spoken in Occitania
Belgian Northeast of France in Belgium
Swiss Communities in western Switzerland
Quebec Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada and New England
Acadian New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Magdalen Islands and Maine
Maghreb African regions of Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia
Creole Louisiana and parts of Illinois and California

Countries Where French is Spoken

  • Algeria
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Madagascar
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Andorra
  • Djibouti
  • Mali
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Austria
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Martinique
  • Senegal
  • Belgium
  • French Guiana
  • Mauritania
  • Seychelles
  • Benin
  • French Polynesia
  • Mauritius
  • South Africa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Gabon
  • Mayotte
  • Switzerland
  • Burundi
  • Guadeloupe
  • Monaco
  • Togo
  • Cambodia
  • Guinea
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Cameroon
  • Haiti
  • Mozambique
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Canada
  • India
  • New Caledonia
  • United Kingdom
  • Central African Republic
  • Israel
  • Niger
  • United States
  • Chad
  • Italy
  • Philippines
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Comoros
  • Lebanon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Vanuatu
  • Congo
  • Libya
  • Réunion
  • Wallis
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Luxembourg
  • Rwanda
  • Futuna

French Speaking Country Data:

Country: France

Capital: Paris
Population: 67,106,161
Semi-Presidential Republic: President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuele Valls
Currency: Euro
GDP (ppp): $42,300
Unemployment: 9.7%
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Nuclear Energy, Chemicals, Agriculture, Electronics and Tourism
France produces more Nuclear Energy than Germany, Spain and UK combined

Country: Canada

Capital: Ottawa
Population: 35,623,680
Federal Parliamentary Republic: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Currency: Canadian dollar
GDP (ppp): $46,400
Unemployment: 7.1%
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic
Industries: The three major industries are manufacturing, services and natural resources. Focus on automotive, natural gas, oil, biopharmaceutical, chemical, food processing, banking, financial

Country: Haiti

Capital: Port-au-Prince
Population: 10,646,714
Semi-Presidential Republic: President Jocelerme Privert and Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles
Currency: Gourde
GDP (ppp): $1,800
Unemployment: 40.6%
Government Type: Republic with an elected government/ semi-presidential republic.
Industries: Textiles, sugar refining, flour milling, agriculture and cement. Tourism is the leading source of revenue for Haiti.

Country: Belgium

Capital: Brussels
Population: 11,491,346
Federal Parliamentary Democracy: King Philippe and Prime Minister Liberal Charles Michel
Currency: Euro
GDP (ppp): $45,000
Unemployment: 8.4%
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Democracy
Industries: Belgium’s economy is reliant on services, transportation, trade and industry. Focus on metal products, textiles, manufacturing, chemicals, oil, power, glass production, diamond cutting. Belgian industry heavily dependent on imports for raw materials.

French History

French evolved out of the Gallo-Romance dialects of Vulgar Latin spoken in Northern France. In the 3rd century, Western Europe (including Northern France) was invaded by Germanic tribes and the Franks settled in the area. The Franks had great influence on the language that eventually evolved into what is modern day French. Other area languages also had influence on modern day French. For example, vocabulary from Scandinavian nations was adopted around 1204 AD, with most of these words related to the ocean and contained nautical themes

French has been widely used as a language of diplomacy and governments for many years due to the expansion of France abroad. French was the language of the English parliament for 300 years due to the Invasion of England by William the Duke of Normandy. French remained the language of the English parliament until 1363. Prior to 1539, Latin had been the official language of France until King Francis I declared French the official language of the government. As France’s empire expanded so did the influence on many foreign countries as can be seen in various countries of Africa and somewhat in the Caribbean today.

The French Revolution spanned roughly a decade in the late 18th century and led to a restructuring of both political and social constructs in France. While the exact causes are disputed among historians, a few precursors are generally agreed upon. Among these include the age of enlightenment, a disproportionate balance of wealth, and the depletion of government finances. The French Revolution resulted in the abolition of Feudalism and led to the governmental transformation from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The French Revolution gave Napoleon Bonaparte the opportunity to increase the French Empire. His attempts at defeating many European countries were successful which increased the span of French culture and language. The reason parts of Louisiana speak French today is because Louisiana was claimed by French Canadian explorers in the 17th century. France, under Napoleon Bonaparte, sold a large portion of the now Midwestern states of North America to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

In the 19th century, French held the position that English currently holds today worldwide; one was not considered educated unless they were able to speak French. As other empires grew however, French has declined and many countries now use English as the language of diplomacy and commerce.

Since 1994’s “Toubon” Law, the French government states that French must be used in all government publications and that all print ads and billboards with non-French language must include a French translation. Additionally, French is compulsory for most workplaces, state-funded schools and parts of the media. This is problematic in the regions of France that have high minorities of foreign language speakers.

Haiti

Haitian Creole is spoken by the twelve million citizens of Haiti. Almost the entire population of Haiti speaks Haitian creole while between 5-10% of the population speaks French. Interestingly, while a small percentage of the population speaks French fluently, French is the language that is used in the Haitian school system. There is currently a dispute among Haitians on which language should be focused on more in the Haitian education system.

Haitian Creole is also spoken in the United States and on many of the surrounding islands of Haiti, such as the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Haitian Creole and French follow a similar lexicon but are grammatically dissimilar. The Haitian Creole spoken today more closely resembles 17th century French, a dialect most popular with the French lower class. Another difference between Haitian Creole and modern French is that there are no silent letters in Haitian Creole while silent letters are common in French.

Canada

French is spoken by approximately seven million Canadians and is the second most widely spoken language behind English. Both French and English are considered official languages of the Canadian government. The largest population of French speakers live in Quebec but French is also popular in other regions such as New Brunswick, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Despite the popularity of French in Canada, English is still the preferred native language for the vast majority of Canadians. In the colonization of the Americas by Europeans in the 16th century, many French explorers settled in areas of Canada leading to the French speaking communities that exist today.

Dialects of French in Canada, while different from the Metropolitan French spoken in France, are similar and thus generally understood by native speakers in both countries. When the British gained control of parts of Canada in the 18th century, a separation began between the French Canadian dialects and Metropolitan French. This change in the control of land centuries ago accounts for the linguistic differentiation and the formation of dialects that are spoken today.

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