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French is one of the most widely translated languages in the world (both into French and out of French). We work extensively with the French language and benefit enormously from having an office in Paris and French team.
Although this means that many of our French linguists are located in France, we also have a large number of mother tongue French translators and interpreters dispersed all around the world.
Our global Project Management presence and dispersed teams of French translators means that we can offer you real advantages where you have tight turnaround requirements.
French is one of the Romance languages and is articulated as a first language in France, Brussels and Wallonia in Belgium, the Romandy area in Switzerland, Monaco, the Acadiana area of the U.S. state of Louisiana, the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick (Acadia region) in Canada, the northern areas of the U.S. states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont in the New England region, and by many communities elsewhere. Other talkers of French, who speak it as a second language, are found all over the world, but the major numbers will usually be found in French speaking Africa. In Africa, French is normally found in Gabon which reports 80% fluency, followed by Mauritius with 78%, Algeria which has around 75% and Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal which both have 70% fluency. Approximations suggest French has 110 million native speakers and 190 million second language speakers.
The French language comes from the Italic spoken Latin language that was used in the Roman Empire, matching languages such as Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, Lombard, Catalan, Sardinian and Sicilian. Its relations in terms of likeness are the other languages that have been spoken in history in northern France and Belgium or the “langues d’oïl”, which French has mainly replaced. French has also been swayed by the Celtic language used in Roman Gaul and by (Germanic) Frankish used by post-Roman invaders. In the present day, and mainly due to France’s overseas empire, there are copious languages that are French-based creole including Haitian.
The French language is certified in 29 different countries, most of which make up la francophonie, also known as the community of French-speaking countries. It is also one of the endorsed languages of the United Nations agencies as well as a large number of standard and respected international establishments.
77 million people in Europe express French natively according to France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs figures. Overseas, the most French speakers are from Canada where it is 25% of the population, mostly located in Quebec, Belgium where 45% of the populace speak French, Switzerland with 20% of its populace and the small country of Luxembourg. The Ministry’s statistics also recognized French as the second most spoken language in Europe In 2013, behind German and in front of English. 23% of non-Francophone Europeans will have some capability in how to speak French, making the total around 145.6 million people in Europe. As a result of France and Belgium’s far-reaching colonial ambitions between the 1700s and the turn of the 19th century, French was planted in its colonies in Southeast Asia Africa, Polynesia,the Americas, the Levant and the Caribbean.
A demographic forecast led by the Réseau Démographie and the de l’Agence universitaire de la francophonie Université Laval, There will be roughly 500 million people speaking French by 2025 and a further 650 million people (or approximately 7%) of the whole world’s population by 2050. Other estimates carried out in 2013 have recommended that French speakers will reach 1 billion by 2060.
French is one of the many variations of Romance languages, meaning that it has its roots chiefly in Vulgar Latin, a language that developed from the Gallo-Romance dialects that were spoken in the north of the country.
From the beginning of the 17th century to around the 1950s French was the most significant language of peacekeeping and international relations. English has now taken over the role that French used to hold as after the Second World War the USA became a leading world power. Proof of this was that The Treaty of Versailles was also written in English as well as French.
French shares several structures of its grammar with most of the other Romance languages, including having only two grammatical genders, it has the expansion of grammatical articles from Latin demonstratives, the loss of Latin’s declensions and new tenses moulded from auxiliaries
Over the years, French declarative word has advanced into subject–verb–object order, but if the object word is a pronoun, it will usually precede the verb. Some types of sentences in the language do allow for it to require other word orders, reversal of the verb and subject like “Parlez-vous français ?” when posing a question when typical structure would be “Vous parlez français ?” Although both questions fundamentally mean the same thing but a rising inflection is continually used on both of them.
As stated before, French has continued as an extremely important diplomatic language, with it being one of the active languages of NATO, the UN Secretariat, and a large part of the Council of Europe, the important International Olympic Committee, it is used in the International Court of Justice, the important Organization of American States, going alongside its role for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development European Commission, The worldwide World Trade Organization, it is the official language of the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Space Agency and the North American Free Trade Agreement. It is also a language that is used in not for profit organizations such as the Red Cross, the Médecins sans Frontières, which do so much good work, as well as Médecins du Monde or Amnesty International.