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Intertranslations has developed an integrated recruitment and selection process for evaluating candidates applying for a French translator’s position. Our process is based on the DIN 15038 standards so that we can offer to our clients the best quality translation. We make sure to provide you with the services of professional and specialized French translators who have extensive experience in stylistic conventions (Interinstitutional Style Guide), vast knowledge of the source language they experts in the official French terminology required for each project.

The Vendor Manager Team is responsible for recruiting, evaluating and finally select the best translators in France. The Translation Evaluation Process involves several stages in order to identify and determine the level of competence of each translator for each language pair (e.g English into French, German into French, Spanish into French, Italian into French, Chinese into French, Russian into French etc.).

At Intertranslations, we recognize the importance of translator’s work for the successful execution of projects into French. This is why we follow this unique Translation Evaluation Process and why we constantly invest in our translators’ training and development. All our associates have access to reference documents, terminology resources and are trained in the use of any CAT tool necessary for project execution. It is our aim to build strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust in all of our business activities.

Our French translators are graduated from the most prestigious universities in France and therefore have received the best education in translation, specialized translation, conference interpreting, etc. Here you will find a non-exhaustive list of French universities that offer a master in translation:

  • Campus Fonderie
  • Institut de management et de communication interculturels (ISIT)
  • Institut de traducteurs, d’interprètes et de relations internationales (ITIRI)
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)
  • Université Catholique de l’Ouest
  • Université Catholique de Lyon
  • Université Charles-de-Gaulle – Lille 3
  • Université d’Angers
  • Université d’Avignon
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • Université de Cergy-Pontoise
  • Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
  • Université de Provence – Aix/Marseille
  • Université de Toulouse 2 – Le Mirail
  • Université d’Evry-Val-d’Essonne
  • Université d’Orléans
  • Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
  • Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Etienne
  • Université Lyon 2
  • Université Lyon 3
  • Université Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3
  • Université Paris 8
  • Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
  • Université Paris Est – Créteil Val-de-Marne
  • Université Paris Est – Marne-la-Vallée
  • Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre la Défense
  • Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier
  • Université Paul Verlaine – Metz
  • Université Rennes 2
  • Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
  • Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

Each one of these universities trains students to become professional French translators with all the skills and knowledge that it implies considering the French language history and its specificities.

About the French language

The French language, like every language, has its own history and its own technicalities that make it one of the oldest and most complicated languages in the world.

From the 17th century to the mid-20th century, the French language was considered as the preeminent language of diplomacy and international affairs all around the world. For more than 300 years, the French language was spoken only by the most educated and sophisticated people, as the very most tasteful and stylish trend that one had to wear. Today it has been replaced by English as the international language due to the emergence of the United States as a superpower. Nonetheless, French is spoken by approximately 220 million people globally, either as a mother-tongue (125 million people) or as a second language, and is the second-most studied foreign language in the world. It is the official language of 32 countries and has its own organisation: “La Francophonie”. Created in 1970, “La Francophonie” is an organisation of 56 countries that share the history and the humanist values of the French language. “Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 75 member states and governments (56 members and 19 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.”

Today, the French language remains the second-most used language in diplomatic and international relations. With English, it is the only language used in the following institutions: NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the UN Secretariat, the Council of Europe, the International Court of Justice and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It is also one of the few official languages of: the European Union, the European Broadcasting Union, the African Union, FIFA, ICUP, the International Hydrographic Organisation, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the International Political Science Association, Interpol and the World Trade Organisation.

French is the official language in 32 countries and 12 dependent entities. It is for example the official language of Switzerland, spoken in the area of Romandie. In Belgium, it is the official language of the Walloon area, but in fact, it is the most dominant on the entire national level. In the Americas, French is the official language of Haiti, while it is also the official language in France's overseas territories of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy, St. Martin, Saint-Pierre, Miquelon and Martinique, and an administrative language of Laos, Lebanon, Dominica and Louisiana and Maine in the U.S. In Asia, French is an administrative language in parts of Syria, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India. French is also an official language of Vanuatu and the territories of French Polynesia, Wallis & Futuna and New Caledonia. In Africa French is commonly used but is not the official language. This is due to the fact that France colonized a large part of the African continent in the 19th and 20th centuries and enforced both its language and its culture to the populations. When they gained their independence most African countries rejected every aspect of the French culture and therefore did not declare French as the official language even though a lot of their population was speaking it. The example of Algeria illustrates perfectly this paradoxical situation: a high percentage of the population speaks French fluently but because of the past of its country with France, the government has implemented numerous reforms in recent decades to improve the status of Arabic in relation to French, especially in education. Nowadays, around 30 countries in Africa are considered as “Francophone Africa” and the French language is commonly used, even where it is fought against.

As one of the precursors of the European Union, France is one of Europe’s economic leaders in numerous markets such as agriculture, defense and military fields, industry, energy, tourism, etc. which make it an essential market for every company in the world and especially for European companies. The EU is one of the most attractive regions in the economic world for companies. But as it has grown and welcomed more and more countries, the European Union has become its own best partner (60% of the European trade is done within the European Union). And as one of the most developed countries in the EU, France is an essential economic and trade partner for every country in Europe. It is without surprise then that numerous European companies settle in France, requiring French translation services in order to locate in the best way. Moreover speaking French is considered to be a requirement for many careers in specific fields such as art, cuisine or organisations, either governmental or non-profit international organisations, and being able to adapt to the French market and its needs starts with understanding the French language and all of its specificities.

French is a Roman language, descendant of the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire. It has changed a lot, evolving from its original form to the current French with the influence of the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and of the Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. The French language’s distinguishing characteristics include a great number of regional varieties and the use of accents (acute, grave, diaeresis, cedilla and circumflex) with phonetic, semantic, and etymological implications. French spelling, like English spelling, mostly preserves ancient pronunciation rules, making it difficult to deduce the spelling on the basis of sound. Therefore being a French translator requires acknowledgment of terminology and language specifications that only a native-speaker can perfectly master. At Intertranslations, we know that the translation of a French text, or of a text to French, is not a matter of routine. Every text has its own specificities and every company has its own requirements, and we make sure that every client receives the best quality French translation. In order to accomplish that, our project managers analyse the parameters of the client's business, the target audience and assign the texts to specialised translators in order to achieve timely delivery of top-quality translation projects.

At Intertranslations, we make sure that quality meets your deadlines.

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