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A member of the so-called ‘romance’ languages, French is the official language in 29 countries around the world and a second language in approximately 36 more.

It is believed that French is the second most used language for international communications after English and there are estimated to be around 76 million French native speakers and almost 235 million people who are fluent.

French is a widely used language in many organisations and is the primary or second language for the EU, United Nations, NATO, the International Red Cross, World Trade Organisation, the International Olympic Committee and many others.

40% of French speakers live in Europe, 35% in sub-Saharan Africa, 15% in North Africa and 8% in the Americas reflecting the rich imperial history of France.

Given its distribution in countries that have increasing populations, French is a growing language and is being spoken by more people every year.

There are a wide variety of different versions and dialects including Canadian French, Haitian French, Cajun French and Jersey legal French.

As a global and evolving language, French has imported many words and despite many attempts to ‘purify’ the language, words like ‘email’ and phrases such as “une to-do liste” have led to the coining of the somewhat derogatory phrase ‘Franglais’.

Whether you are looking for help with the standard form or a dialect, Teneo can help you with any of your French translation, interpretation and transcreation needs

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