Dialects & Regional Variations
At Art One Translations we provide top-notch French translation services. We have more specialists working in French than in any other language translating each year close to 1,000,000 words to and from French in a variety of specialized fields.
We have separate specialists to work in Parisian French and Canadian French. While some people may not realize it, the two dialects are radically different in certain ways. Differences in spelling, punctuation, and phrase construction distinguish the two dialects, meaning that French translations into the wrong dialect will not read as naturally to their target audience as their original text. Moreover, differences in idiom and phraseology can lead to misunderstanding between speakers of the two dialects, and they can even look ridiculous.
To understand the disparity between Parisian French and Canadian French, consider the expression “avoir le goût dérangé,” which means “to experience a strange taste” in Canadian French. A French speaker in Paris would be baffled if he heard the expression used, however, as it means, “to have a strange taste.”
“Il n’a pas le goût de sortir ce soir” means “he doesn’t want to go out this evening” in Quebec, but in France it means “he doesn’t have the taste to leave.” Similarly, while “parler à travers son chapeau” means, “to beat about the bush” in Quebec, it means, “to talk across one’s hat” in France, which is sure to strike people as odd, although not quite as odd as asking someone to get in the “char,” which means “car” in Quebec and “chariot” in France.
It is because of the considerable differences between Parisian French and Canadian French that our English to French linguists work in the country in which the dialect into which they translate is spoken: we use different linguists for Parisian French translations and Canadian French translations. Beyond assigning every French translation to a native speaker of French who is a specialist in the subject matter of the text being translated, we have a qualified linguist proof read every text to ensure that terminology is used consistently, resulting in an error-free text that reads as naturally as an original document.
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