Translations from French

Rely on professional translation of official documents, legal analysis, a business report or a few words in a product video.

French texts are always translated by vetted specialists in the specific field and quality is guaranteed by native speakers and processes certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 17100.

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Individual approach

Each request for French translation is processed according to the individual requirements of the client, within the agreed deadline and with preserving the appearance of the original text.

Unambiguous terminology

Clarity and consistency with professional terminology is a prerequisite for high-quality French translations. You can rely on the terminology in the translations to be in line with established practice and your own requirements.

Quality assurance

The quality of our services and processes is confirmed by the ISO 9001 quality management system and ISO 17100 translation services certificates. Your French translations are in good hands with us.

Professional translators

French texts are always translated by translators who are also specialists in a particular field. With hundreds of vetted translators, we cover areas ranging from avionics to life insurance.

Speed and flexibility

Thanks to our many years of experience and modern technology, we are able to involve several translators, revisers or native French speakers at the same time and translate large texts even at short notice.

Technology on your side

Modern translation support software recognises similar or already translated parts of the text. It creates a database from the translated French text in real time so that the same sentence does not need to be translated twice. Thanks to them, the French texts are more uniform and translated in less time.

Interesting facts about French
language and France

French is one of the most widely spoken languages with a rich history. It is spoken in more than 29 countries on 3 continents. It has a unique position in the world of literature and the arts, but it cannot be denied a prominent place in commerce and politics.

Interesting facts about French

  • It developed in the 9th century from Latin and Germanic and Frankish languages.
  • Together with Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian, it is one of the Romance languages.
  • It is an official language or one of the official languages in 29 countries around the world, most of which are in Africa.
  • More than 300 million people speak it, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world.
  • It is the language of diplomacy and one of the official languages of international organisations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF and the European Union, as well as the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and others.
  • For 93 million pupils, it is the language of their education. 51 million people learn it as a foreign language.
  • It is the fourth most used language on the Internet.
  • French words have made their way into other languages, e.g. hôtel, roman, parfum, bonbon, résumé, toilette.
  • The specific characters compared to Slovak are: à, â, æ, ç, é, è, ê, ë, î, ï, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ÿ.
  • If you are interested in a certificate, the French Ministry of Education covers the DELF (intermediate) and DALF (advanced) certificates, which are internationally recognised.

Countries where you can speak French

  • Europe: France, Monaco, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Andorra
  • America: Canada, Haiti
  • Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Lebanon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal , Togo, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Seychelles, Chad
  • Oceania: Vanuatu
  • Middle East: Lebanon
  • indian Ocean region: Mauritius

A short history of French

The territory of France was first inhabited by the Celts, who were defeated by the Romans in 52 BC. Over the centuries, it came under the control of the Franks, the Germans, and became a powerful empire under Charlemagne. In the Middle Ages, during the rise of the Capetian dynasty, France experienced a period of great prosperity.

The Renaissance created a space for great artistic and intellectual creativity. Notable figures of the time include King Francis I, the philosopher Michel de Montaigne, the writer François Rabelais, Queen Catherine de’ Medici, the writers Pierre de Ronsard and François Villon, and the mathematician Blaise Pascal. But France has also attracted travellers; during the Renaissance, the Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci and the Polish astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, among others, worked here.

In the 18th century, the country was shaken by the Great French Revolution. It marked the end of the absolutist monarchy and the death of the then monarch Louis XVI and his family. The ideas of republic and democracy were born: liberty – equality – fraternity. It led to the unification of France under a central government and helped to establish a unified system of justice and the abolition of the feudal system and the nobility. . It contributed to the modernisation of agriculture, industry and the development of trade. Napoleon Bonaparte comes to power. After its fall, the monarchy was restored for a short period, but it was again replaced by a republic, and it has remained so ever since: France is now a fifth republic.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the country experienced significant reforms, but also conflicts. It has been involved in both world wars, with fighting also taking place on its territory, causing significant damage and loss of life. During the Second World War, France is occupied until its liberation by the Allied forces in 1944.

Since the end of the Second World War, France has become a major player in building European integration. It was one of the founding members of the European Union and NATO. The French economy is the world’s 6th strongest economy in terms of GDP and the EU’s second largest. It is one of the leading in the world and France is visited by millions of tourists every year. It attracts people all over the world with its history, culture, literature, music and, last but not least, its cuisine.

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