Top 20 Most Requested Translations: English to French

February 19, 2018

French is one of the few languages spoken all over the world and is the sixth most widely spoken language after Arabic, English, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. There are currently over 270 million speakers worldwide and 29 countries use French as an official language.

 

Over several centuries, French was the language of diplomacy and international relations, and this legacy is still prevalent today. French is one of the working languages of the United Nations. It also plays a special role in sports, and is an official language for FIFA and the Olympic Games.

Top 20 Requested Translations


From our research and experience translating this language pair, we have found that the 20 most requested translations for English to French (France) are the following:

 

English

French

Hello

Bonjour

Goodbye

Au revoir

Merry Christmas

Joyeux Noël

Happy Holidays

Bonnes fêtes

Happy Birthday

Joyeux anniversaire

Happy New Year

Bonne année

Congratulations

Félicitations

What time is it?

Quelle heure est-il ?

Where is the bathroom?

Où sont les toilettes ?

My name is…

Je m'appelle…

What is your name?

Comment vous appelez-vous ?

Peace

Paix

Welcome

Bienvenue

Thank you.

Merci.

You are welcome.

Je vous en prie

Where can I find a hospital?

Où se trouve l'hôpital le plus proche ?

Where can I find a bank?

Où se trouve la banque la plus proche ?

Where can I find a good restaurant?

Connaissez-vous un bon restaurant aux alentours ?

Where can I find a taxi?

Où puis-je trouver un taxi ?

Where can I find an airport?

Où se trouve l'aéroport ?

 

There are other words that are commonly translated, like numbers and months, for content that includes things like dates and time.

Translations of 1 to 20:

 

One

Un

Two

Deux

Three

Trois

Four

Quatre

Five

Cinq

Six

Six

Seven

Sept

Eight

Huit

Nine

Neuf

Ten

Dix

Eleven

Onze

Twelve

Douze

Thirteen

Treize

Fourteen

Quatorze

Fifteen

Quinze

Sixteen

Seize

Seventeen

Dix-sept

Eighteen

Dix-huit

Nineteen

Dix-neuf

Twenty

Vingt

Months of the Year:

 

January

Janvier

February

Février

March

Mars

April

Avril

May

Mai

June

Juin

July

Juillet

August

Août

September

Septembre

October

Octobre

November

Novembre

December

Décembre

 

As our world continues to become more and more globalized, it's important to determine which countries or regions present an opportunity for your business or brand to grow and thrive. Part of determining which areas to expand into is understanding the languages of your target audiences. By being aware of the most commonly requested phrases for translation, you begin to understand how to communicate with your potential customers.

Further Cultural Resources from GPI

You may gain further insight into country specific cultural facts and related topics by reviewing some previous blogs written by GPI:

 

 

Please feel free to contact GPI at info@globalizationpartners.com with any questions about our translation services.  Also let us know if you have any interesting blog topics you would like us to cover in future blogs.

 

Sources:


http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/francophony-and-the-french-language/the-status-of-french-in-the-world/

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/francophony-and-the-french-language/

http://www.normandale.edu/departments/humanities/world-languages/french/40-facts-about-french

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/guide/facts.shtml

https://www.francophonie.org/Welcome-to-the-International.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language

https://www.britannica.com/topic/French-language

https://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2013/04/languages-diplomacy

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Marina is a native Spanish speaker from Rosario, Argentina with over 15 years’ experience as a certified English-Spanish translator and interpreter. She graduated with a dual degree in Technical-Scientific and Literary Translation and Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting from the Instituto de Educación Superior Olga Cossettini in Rosario. She has extensive experience with most well known CAT tools including the range of SDL tools such as SDL Trados Studio, MultiTerm, Wordfast, SDL Idiom WorldServer, Translation Workspace, XBench, etc. She has also served as a CAT Tool Instructor conducting an average of 50 courses and workshops for many associations, private institutes and conferences. Over the years she has provided Spanish language translation and interpreting for a multitude of translation agencies, Global Fortune 500 companies, Governments and NGO’s. When not working she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and movies with her family.