English is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
French is also widely spoken globally. It is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form la francophonie (in French), the community of French-speaking countries. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organisations.
So it is no wonder that one of the most popular language combinations that we are required to provide translations for are from English to French and vice versa.
There are various types of English to French we offer as part of our French translation service, including:
English to French Legal Translation
With several highly competitive law firms, Paris is one of the most attractive marketplaces in Europe. More than 1,200 lawyers work for Fidal, the biggest French business law firm, and one of the top 100 law firms in the world in terms of revenue. The legal services industry in France had total revenues of almost $15 billion in 2010, and is expected to reach $17.6 billion by 2015. This makes English to French legal translation big business.
Our English to French legal documents translation is much more than simply taking the text printed on a document and translating it word-for-word. As they involve legally binding contracts, it is important the translators carrying out legal document translations on your behalf know exactly what they are doing and what is required of them.
This is why we only employ talented and experienced English to French translators with a range of skills who are able to provide great service. Of course, each law firm has its own areas of expertise and we understand your English to French legal document translation needs might be different.
English to French eCommerce Website Translation
The number of internet users in France is approximately 52.2 million, and internet penetration was nearly 80% in June 2012. The French also spend an average of 27.7 hours online per month. With 26.5 million digital buyers in 2012, France is the 3rd country in Western Europe with the highest number of online shoppers. As a result, the demand for high quality English to French eCommerce translations has increased substantially in recent years.
If you plan on taking your business international, you should carefully consider converting all your English marketing materials including your English website, your English social media content and all English marketing brochures into French.
Ecommerce in France keeps growing rapidly. In April 2013, the value of total digital sales in France reached $3.58 billion, compared to $3.14 billion for the same period in 2012.
You would also need to take into consideration the local French customs, cultural conditions such as the use of website layout, colour and your legal terms and conditions.
English to French Finance and Banking Translation
99% of French people have a bank account, and about 78 million bank accounts have been opened in France. More than 38,000 banking agencies exist in France, and 70% of French internet users have access to their bank account online. With a turnover of almost $143,000 million, the French group Axa is the world’s top insurance company. The world’s 2nd biggest group in the banking sector is the French BNP Paribas, with a global turnover of nearly $128,000 million Euros.
TranslateMedia is an established leader in financial translation services from English to French. We continue to enjoy success thanks to our efficient, professional approach when producing English to French financial translations. We have passed successive quality audits and in 2010 were ranked in the top 10 fastest growing digital media & technology companies in Europe. We make use of our own translation management technology that allows us to focus on delivering a top quality customer experience.
English to French Governmental & Public Sector Translation
There are many influential French organisations, especially in the sectors of transport, communications and energy such as the SNCF, the RATP Group (the parent company of London United Busways) EDF and La Poste are government-owned companies. The French public sector is highly organised and complex, and accounts for more than 6 million employees across different types of organisations. As a result, the demand for governmental and public sector translations from English to French is huge.
We have long-term relationships with various parts of government in various countries. We are very familiar with the whole tendering process and welcome requests to tender for English to French governmental or public sector translation work.
English to French I.T. Translation
With a turnover of about €113 billion, France accounts for 16% of the total European I.T. Market, particularly in telecommunication services where France is one of the leading countries in Europe. The biggest international French I.T. companies are Alcatel-Lucent, Vivendi, France Telecom and Gemalto. The French software industry is also big with global video game developer and publisher Ubisoft now ranked as the world’s third largest games developer with a turnover of nearly €1.1 billion in 2012.
We achieve very high quality English to French IT translations by hand-picking professional expert translators who have direct expertise in the relevant speciality. Then we examine the use of glossaries, implementing them through a Translation Memory system, in order to provide accurate English to French translations on time and within budget.
English to French Medical Translation
The Pharmaceutical industry in France is one of the business sectors which invests the most in Research and Development. In 2010, over $4.6 billion were spent on R&D, i.e more than 10% of pharmaceutical companies’ total turnover. About 1.9 million people in France work in the medical industry. As a result, demand for English to French medical translation remains high.
At TranslateMedia, we are members of the Association of Translation Companies and the American Translators Association, so when you choose our English to French medical and pharmaceutical translation services, you can rest assured you’ve chosen a company that prides itself on the quality and accuracy of its completed English to French translation projects.
English to French Market Research Translation
The Marketing industry employs more than 300,000 people in France. The biggest market research companies in France are Ipsos, GfK France and Médiamétrie. Ipsos is the 3rd global market research company by revenue.
Market research translation is essential if you want to survey users in other countries and markets. We employ experts in marketing and advertising to carry out our English to French market research translation in order to ensure the highest levels of accuracy and quality.
English to French Online Gaming, Sports Betting & Casino Translation
In 2012, nearly €990 million were spent by online gamers and €435 million were gained. The FFEJEL (French Association of Online Gaming Companies) includes the biggest French gaming, betting and casino companies such as La Française des Jeux, PMU, the Lucien Barrière Group and EurosportBET. Online Poker is the most popular online games in France.
We have a large market share in online gaming translation as a result on our ability to build teams that deliver English to French translations in a relatively short period of time. In terms of volume, our main English to French gaming translation work is translating English games for the French market.
English to French Defence & Security Translation
In France, the Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security (SGDSN) is in charge of assisting the Head of Government who’s responsible for matters of national defence and security. In 2013, approximately 285,000 French people were employed by the French Minister of Defence and its budget reached more than €40 billion in 2009.
The need for sensitivity from your English to French translation service provider is essential, particularly in the field of security, defence and counter-terrorism. We have in-depth experience translating sensitive documents from English to French, having translated and summarised highly confidential and sensitive materials for several organisations in the past.