French – Français

Meet Jeanne, one of our French Translators. Jeanne is from Versailles and studied English at the Sorbonne, with a Masters in Translation at Durham University. She has over 10 years’ experience working with global institutions including the World Bank, the European Court of Human Rights and numerous businesses. Get in touch today to discuss your next French project!

French Around The World

French is the official language of 29 countries, with 270 million speakers worldwide. It is the language most commonly learnt in schools after English, and in 2011, Bloomberg ranked it the third most useful language for business, after English and Mandarin.

It has a long history as an international language of commerce, diplomacy, literature and scientific studies and is an official language of NATO, the European Union, the WTO, the International Olympic Committee and more.

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Translation: We recently handled a large project for a software company based just outside Rouen who’d released a major update to their flagship product and required 12,000 words of their user guide translated from French into English and seven other languages. Not only was the project delivered successfully, but the client commented that this was the least stressful translation project they’d undertaken since their first release!

Interpreting: We were able to provide two expert French interpreters for a two-day conference taking place in Paris last month at very short notice – the previous provider had unfortunately cancelled. After the event, the client credited both the professionalism and stamina of our interpreters. We also regularly provide French interpreters to the NHS, the Department for Work and Pensions and more.

Prestige Network is an award-winning Language Service Provider (LSP) founded in 1991. From our headquarters in Berkshire, we service clients across the UK including City institutions, legal firms, sports teams, the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions.

We cover translation, localisation, complex DTP, face-to-face simultaneous interpreting as well as telephone and video interpreting, transcription, voiceovers and non-spoken languages including BSL and Braille.

We manage a large pool of experienced, qualified linguists, enabling us to provide a top-quality service to clients, often within demanding timescales. All of our project management team are linguists with a real passion for language.

Our aim is that our clients recognise us as the best in the market, both in terms of quality, accuracy and value but also for our friendly, professional and customer-centric service.

We are externally audited every year and most recently passed the ISO 9001:2015 certification with flying colours.

All areas of the business were independently audited, with procedures assessed and compliance verified.

Selected highlights from the report are below:

Customer Satisfaction Rate: 97%
Fulfilment rate across all clients Interpreting : 93- 97 %
Fulfilment rate across all clients Translation: 97.83 %
On time delivery of translation projects: 98.89%

ISO:9001 certification means that commercial clients and public sector clients alike can rest assured that our quality management systems are best-in-class.

ENGLAND

1. Bedfordshire (Bedford, Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade, Sandy)

2. Berkshire (Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham, Abingdon)

3. Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe)

4. Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton)

5. Cheshire (Chester, Stockport, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Crewe)

6. Cornwall (Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Redruth, St. Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay)

7. Cumberland (Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, Keswick, Brampton)

8. Derbyshire (Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne)

9. Devon (Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock)

10. Dorset (Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth, Sherborne, Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury)

11. Durham (Durham, Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Washington)

12. Essex (Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, Southend, Colcheter, Harlow, Brentwood, West Ham)

13. Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury)

14. Hampshire (Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Newport)

15. Herefordshire (Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington)

16. Hertfordshire (Hertford, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Hatfield)

17. Huntingdonshire (Huntingdon, St. Ives, St. Neots, Ramsey, Yaxley)

18. Kent (Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich)

19. Lancashire (Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Bolton, Warrington, Barrow-in-Furness)

20. Leicestershire (Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth)

21. Lincolnshire (Lincoln, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Boston, Grantham, Stamford, Skegness, Louth)

22. Middlesex (City of London, Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Westminster )

23. Norfolk (Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Hunstanton)

24. Northamptonshire (Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough)

25. Northumberland (Alnwick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Morpeth, Hexham, Berwick-upon-Tweed)

26. Nottinghamshire (Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Retford, Southwell)

27. Oxfordshire (Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Henley-on-Thames, Carterton, Thame)

28. Rutland (Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore)

29. Shropshire (Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow)

30. Somerset (Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Wells, Glastonbury)

31. Staffordshire (Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Lichfield)

32. Suffolk (Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay)

33. Surrey (Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Brixton)

34. Sussex (Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham)

35. Warwickshire (Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon)

36. Westmorland (Appleby, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Kirkby Lonsdale)

37. Wiltshire (Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster)

38. Worcestershire (Worcester, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Malvern, Evesham)

39. Yorkshire

North Riding (Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby)

East Riding (Beverley, Hull, Bridlington, Driffield, Hornsea, Filey)

West Riding (Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax, Harrogate)

York (within the Walls)

WALES

40. Anglesey/Sir Fon (Beaumaris, Holyhead, Llangefni, Amlwch, Menai Bridge)

41. Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog (Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llanwrtwd Wells)

42. Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon (Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Conwy, Pwllheli, Porthmadog)

43. Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin (Carmarthen, Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandovery, Kidwelly, St. Clears)

44. Cardiganshire/Ceredigion (Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron)

45. Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych (Denbigh, Wrexham, Ruthin, Abergele, Llangollen)

46. Flintshire/Sir Fflint (Mold, Flint, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Connah’s Quay, Holywell, Buckley, St. Asaph)

47. Glamorgan/Morgannwg (Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Barry, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Neath, Pontypridd)

48. Merioneth/Meirionnydd (Dolgellau, Bala, Tywyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech)

49. Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy (Monmouth, Newport, Blackwood, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Tredegar)

50. Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn (Montgomery, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanidloes)

51. Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro (Pembroke, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Fishguard, Tenby, St. David’s)

52. Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed (Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Rhayader, New Radnor)

SCOTLAND

53. Aberdeenshire (Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Huntley, Ellon, Turriff)

54. Angus/Forfarshire (Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir)

55. Argyllshire (Inveraray, Oban, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Tobermory)

56. Ayrshire (Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Largs, Troon, Cumnock)

57. Banffshire (Banff, Buckie, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy, Dufftown)

58. Berwickshire (Greenlaw, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder, Coldstream)

59. Buteshire (Rothesay, Millport, Brodick, Lochranza)

60. Cromartyshire (Cromarty, Ullapool)

61. Caithness (Wick, Thurso, Halkirk, Castletown)

62. Clackmannanshire (Clackmannan, Alloa, Tillicoultry, Tullibody)

63. Dumfriesshire (Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar, Langholm, Gretna)

64. Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire (Dumbarton, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Alexandria, Kirkintilloch)

65. East Lothian/Haddingtonshire (Haddington, North Berwick, Dunbar, Tranent, East Linton)

66. Fife (Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St. Andrews, Cowdenbeath, Burntisland)

67. Inverness-shire (Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree)

68. Kincardineshire (Stonehaven, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Inverbervie)

69. Kinross-shire (Kinross, Milnathort)

70. Kirkcudbrightshire (Kircudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway)

71. Lanarkshire (Lanark, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Carluke)

72. Midlothian/Edinburghshire (Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg)

73. Morayshire (Elgin, Forres, Rothes, Lossiemouth, Fochabers)

74. Nairnshire (Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor, Ferness)

75. Orkney (Kirkwall, Sromness, Balfour)

76. Peeblesshire (Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton)

77. Perthshire (Perth, Crieff, Pitlochry, Callander, Blairgowrie, Rattray, Coupar Angus, Kincardine)

78. Renfrewshire (Renfrew, Paisley, Greenock, Johnstone, Port Glasgow, Barrhead, Kilmalcolm)

79. Ross-shire (Dingwall, Stornaway, Tain, Alness, Invergorden)

80. Roxburghshire (Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh)

81. Selkirkshire (Selkirk, Clovenfords, Galashiels)

82. Shetland (Lerwick, Scalloway, Baltasound)

83. Stirlingshire (Stirling, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Alva)

84. Sutherland (Dornoch, Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie, Lairg, Durness, Tongue)

85. West Lothian/Linlithgowshire (Linlithgow, Livingston, Bo’ness, Broxburn, Whitburn, Armadale, Bathgate)

86. Wigtownshire (Wigtown, Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Whithorn)

French Translation & Interpreting

History of the French Language

French is one of the Romance languages, meaning it descended from Latin, and evolved from Gallo-Romance dialects spoken in northern France. Forbes Magazine released an article in 2014 that argued that French could well become the ‘language of the future’, given the demographic prospects of Francophone Africa.

There are several major dialects of French spoken worldwide, most notably Canadian French, descended from Old French after settlers colonised the eastern shores. There is also a significant Francophone community in the state of Louisiana, where French has gained co-official status with English. In other former French colonies, including Vietnam and Cambodia, distinct pidgin varieties of the language have evolved.

Within Europe, there are significant differences in French spoken in Belgium, Switzerland and also northern Italy. Regional dialects within France are still strong, with the two biggest distinctions being Oïl and Occitan, from which most varieties descend.

Our French linguists are well versed in managing the differences between variants – use the link below to discuss your language requirements with us.

French Translation & Interpreting

More About Translation


Meet Dawn, our Head of Translation

Dawn has a degree in French & German with an MA in Translation Studies. She and her team take care of over 1,700 complex projects each year for clients ranging from City banks, law firms, film studios, sports teams, universities and more.

What Goes Into High-Quality French Translation?


We have a crack team of experts who will assess your documents on style, content, technical specialisms, etc. Your document is then loaded into project management software and sent to native-speaker translators selected specifically for your project.
Armed with tools including style guides, glossaries, high-tech translation memories and yes, old-fashioned dictionaries, our translators will get to work on your document, with an emphasis on accuracy and stylistic fit with the source document.
Once the final draft is submitted, your dedicated project manager begins the document review. As soon as this is signed off, the Client Services Delivery Manager prepares the documents for delivery in chosen format, including any design work necessary.

More About Interpreting


Meet Waheeda, our Head of Interpreting

Waheeda is our Interpreting Manager and heads up an amazing team fulfilling thousands of bookings a month. She is currently studying for an MSc in Social & Community Development and has a wealth of experience working in the Public & Third Sector.

The Interpreting Process


Get in touch with one of our sales advisors and talk us through your event. We’ll discuss different interpreting approaches and help you decide which is most appropriate to your event, and also provide any specialist equipment required.
Your French interpreter will have spent time studying any preparatory material you’ve provided and arrive at the venue in good time to liaise with your speaker(s).
Our language professionals will interpret accurately and efficiently, enabling effective communication between all parties. Please make sure to give us feedback afterwards as to how it went – we’d love to hear back from you.
Meet Olivier, one of our native French interpreters

Olivier moved to the UK from Marseilles almost 15 years ago. He has worked with Prestige for almost 10 years, and completes assignments for us in industries as varied as healthcare, law, banking and more. He holds a current DBS check and a basic security clearance for court interpreting.

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