Standard French versus Canadian French, Swiss French, Belgian French
French varies mostly in its spoken form from country to country. The colloquial language also varies (slangs, youth language, etc.), but for the rest, French is French.
An educated French native speaker will understand most of the nuances that are in use in the other French-speaking countries, even if certain expressions might cause amusement.
A typical example is the way natives say “towel” in Standard French versus in Belgium. In France, the word is "torchon”, while speakers in Belgium would use this word to describe a piece of cloth used to wash floors. One can easily see how a word chosen badly could bring unintended humor.
So, should you be targeting a Belgian audience, a Belgian translator will fit your needs better than a French or a Canadian one, and the same applies for each French-speaking market.
Nevertheless, for highly technical texts, for instance, the differences diminish, as most terms carry the same meaning in all the French-speaking countries. Most accept and freely use some English technical terms, while Canadians prefer to translate everything into French.
As you can see, the choice of the translator is quite important, whether you want to reach a French, Canadian, Belgian, Swiss or other audience. There are tens of thousands French-speaking translators around the world, but they will not all say “I can’t translate this text because it is meant for Canada and I’m not Canadian.”
Understanding the myriad national habits and nuances, and assigning the best qualified professional to your project, is what sets BeTranslated apart. Translation is a specialized industry and our aim is to provide the right solution 100 percent of the time.
BeTranslated will provide the right French translator for your needs
We will assign French translators with thorough knowledge of the source language and subject matter. Our skilled French translators will render your source text into a French document readily understood by all French speakers. We can also discuss our localization capabilities should you wish to target a particular market.
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