The third most widely spoken language in the European Union, European French is more than just the language of France. With over 115 million native French speakers and 85 million more who have learned the language, over 200 million people worldwide can “parle français.” It’s one of the three working languages of the European Commission, one of the United Nation’s six official languages, and the third most popular language for webpages. So if your business is thinking about expanding into European markets, French translation is a good place to begin. Solid French translation services could be the key to opening up global profits that have previously been beyond your company’s reach.
French translation services specifically targeted at Canada
With all the talk of global growth, it’s easy to forget that many American businesses first international might be right in North America. Have you considered a French Canadian translation of your brand for your neighbors to the north?
As more American businesses look to expand into international markets, Canada remains a top choice for opportunities with low investment costs. The benefits of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) make products practically duty-free and the trade between Canada and the U.S. exceeds $1.6 billion daily.
Over 20% of Canadians list French as their mother tongue. And if you’re interested in doing business in Quebec, laws dictate that French is mandatory, and the fines for failing to meet this standard can be considerable. This is where Canadian French translation comes in.
In-country experts for quality French translations
At Acclaro, our language experts are native speakers who live in-country. So when it comes to French translation, we know the difference between “un bécyque” and “une bicyclette”, “un pitou” and “un chien,” and “il mouille” and “il pleut.” Paying attention to the difference between French in Canada and other Francophone countries means localized translation that’s current, seamless, and that sounds right to your French Canadian customers. It’s worth investing in quality French Canadian translation if you want your brand to be accepted by new French Canadian buyers.
More than just French translation
To connect with French-speaking customers, it’s the meaning that matters, and that includes the cultural norms and expectations of your target regions. Whether it’s a French translation targeted for France, Belgium, Switzerland, or Canada, or one that requires a broad appeal, our language experts use coordinated translation style guides, terminology databases and detailed processes to create high quality results. So get ready to say “bonjour” to your new markets in their native language. With recent projections predicting 500 million French speakers by 2025 (and 650 million by 2050), it’s a smart business move to consider French translation services.