Competitively priced, lightning fast, 100% accurate, professional French translation services for your business
- Competitive prices starting at just £49 + VAT
- Famously fast turnaround, we won’t let you down
- Fully guaranteed for your protection
- Our most frequently requested language
- Over 1 million French words translated every year
Famously fast, guaranteed 100% accurate professional French translators and interpreters
Only the best French translators for you
Only the very best French translators and interpreters make it through our rigorous selection process so you can be sure the crème de la crème will be working on your project.
All members of our French team are highly experienced, qualified French language professionals who work exclusively into their mother tongue and who have both the linguistic and sector expertise you need for success.
For instance, if you have an English legal document you’d like translating into French, we’ll ensure your translation is undertaken by a native French translator who is an expert in the branch of law corresponding to its content.
Similarly, if you need a team of French to English Interpreters for your automotive conference in Paris, we’ll send you the best native English speaking interpreters with some ‘Va Va Voom’.
The right French dialect for your audience
Language is about making connections and the dialect used can be almost as important as grammatical accuracy.
That’s why we always match the regional dialect of French used to that which your target audience expects to hear.
Canadian French is very different to that spoken in, say, Lebanon which explains why we only use native French speakers from the region you are addressing so they can capture the vital cultural nuances which make a good translation into a great translation.
If you’re not sure which dialect you need, don’t worry, we’re here to help and will make sure your translation really resonates with your recipients.
Why Choose London Translations for your French translation?
French translation work accounts for over a third of our turnover and has been one of our top languages since we were founded in 2003.
Our existing clients are our best salespeople, why not see what they say about working with us before deciding which agency to choose?
Award winning British Standard quality
We take quality very seriously because we know you do too.
Of course all agencies say that, but we proved it in 2007 when we became the first UK agency to be awarded the British Standard EN15038 for Translation Service Quality – an award we’ve retained with flying colours every year since. We’re also ISO 9001 accredited.
Famously fast, because you’re in a hurry
A quick look at our testimonials page will confirm we’re used to delighting our clients with our amazing turnaround times.
‘Late’ is not a London Translations word – we’ll deliver on time, every time.
Money back guarantee
We understand that trust is a major part of business so we back our work with our no-quibble money back guarantee and are fully insured up to £10 million for your complete protection (We’ve had the policy for over a decade and have never had to make a claim).
An introduction to the French Language
French is one of the world’s most widely spoken Romance languages
In fact, it’s one of the world’s most widely spoken languages full stop. Hundreds of millions of people speak French worldwide, whether as their native tongue or as a second language. What’s more, francophones aren’t just found in European countries like Belgium and Switzerland – there are also sizeable populations of French speakers in North America and Africa.
For centuries, France was one of the world’s foremost colonial powers, building an empire big enough to compete with those amassed by the likes of Spain, Portugal and Great Britain. The gallic nation established colonies in the modern-day US and Canada, the West Indies, West Africa and Southeast Asia, which had a profound influence on local politics and cultures and has helped to ensure that French is still spoken in many places, even decades after independence was declared.
Nowadays, French is considered to be one of the most useful business languages in the world. Fluency in French opens up no end of opportunities for commerce, both in mature markets and developing nations. Of course, if you are not a confident francophone, you can always hire a talented French translator or interpreter to do the job.
Facts about the French language
You might be au fait with more French vocabulary than you realise. Deja vu, bric-a-brac, c’est la vie and agent provocateur are just a few of the French phrases and expressions that have entered the English language.
For a significant time in the middle ages, French was the language of the English nobility.
French was ranked second after Mandarin in a 2011 Bloomberg report on the most useful non-English languages for businesses, beating Spanish – not bad, considering that French has around 70 million native speakers and Spanish has more than 400 million!
When conducting a conversation in French, it’s important to remember that the language distinguishes between formal and informal personal pronouns. For example, vous is used to express deference, while tu is more familiar.
Where is French spoken?
Outside of France, French is spoken as a first language in parts of Switzerland and Belgium, in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick in Canada, in Haiti, and elsewhere. Africa accounts for many of the countries in which French is spoken as a second language, with high percentages of the populations in Mauritius, Algeria, Senegal and Cote d’Ivore reporting fluency.
French is also an official language for many international organisations, including all United Nations agencies, the EU and NATO.
Why is French important?
Just as French enjoyed a prominent position in the aforementioned Bloomberg rankings, it was named the third most important language for UK businesses – after Spanish and Arabic – in a recent report from the British Council.
France itself is one of the UK’s key trade partners, not to mention the second biggest economy in Europe after Germany. Some of the world’s biggest companies are headquartered in the country, such as AXA, Air France, L’Oreal, Michelin, Renault-Nissan and Pernod Ricard – major players in industries as diverse as insurance and aerospace, food and drink manufacturing and cosmetics.
Another industry important to the French economy is nuclear power, which accounts for approximately four fifths of all energy generated in the country. EDF, owned mostly by the French government, is the single biggest utility company and producer of electricity worldwide.
Finally, France is a phenomenally popular tourist destination, with tens of millions flocking to the country’s cities, resort towns and ski resorts every year.