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French Language Solutions

Volatia is a leading provider of professional French language translation and interpreter services. Whether you are in the United States or anywhere else in the World, Volatia is uniquely capable of bridging all of your French to English language and cultural barriers. 


The secret sauce is our proprietary technology, coupled with our vast network of qualified professional interpreters and translators.

Interpreter Services

Over 18,000 Interpreters are available ondemand. Simply download our app or call our language line to access interpreters in more than 280 languages, including American Sign Language, 24/7/365. You can also schedule an interpreter for an in-person meeting through terpX or by calling or emailing customerservice@volatia.com.

Translation Services

The effort of translating your written materials demonstrates your commitment to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of your business relationships. Volatia can help you turn every written message into the language your customers understand.

Interpreter Management Technology

Unleash your team with terpX, the most user-friendly and comprehensive Interpreter management and scheduling platform. This proprietary technology is designed with purposeful automations for organizations that provide or manage interpreter services ondemand.

DEI Consulting

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are no longer optional dimensions for any business. Volatia guides your organization to develop and implement a language access program that ensures equitable communications for your customers, workforce, vendors, and partners.

Solutions We Provide

24 / 7 / 365

Service Availability

99%

Annual Client Satisfaction Rating

280+

Supported Languages

10,000+

Clients

18,000+

Interpreters & Translators

19

Years in Business

Why Choose 

VOLATIA

European French


STANDARD/INTERNATIONAL


  • It is often referred to as Standard French or International French. Usually this is the dialect taught to those looking to learn French as a second language.


MARSEILLAIS


  • Marseillais French is considered unique due to its rhythmic intonations. It tends to be spoken very quickly. Every syllable is strongly noticeable, including a final “e,” so “France” becomes “France-er.”


BELGIUM


  • Even though there is a strong Dutch influence in the country almost half of the population in Belgium speaks French. The Belgian French accent is very comparable to the French accent due to the proximity of these countries.




North American French


QUEBEC


  • Vowels and nasal intonation are intense and It is where you will notice more the differences between Standard French and Québec French.

  • It is said that the pronunciation of Canadian French is more similar to that of the 17th century than the current French of France.

  • Occasionally the sound "e" at the end of the word is pronounced "a".


LOUISIANA


  • Louisiana French is three dialects as following: Colonial FrenchModern Louisiana French or "Acadian" French, and Louisiana Creole French.

  • It is a language that is a mixture between French and African languages and it has a very distinct sound from Standard French.

  • Now it’s believed that the Colonial and Acadian dialects have merged into modern Louisiana French but persist different from Louisiana Creole.


MISSOURI


  • It is the last remnant of the form of French once spoken widely in the region known as the Illinois Country, which was colonized as part of French Louisiana.




Asian French


VIETNAMESE


  • Vietnamese French is spoken in Vietnam and it has the largest French speaker’s population in Asia.

  • Nowadays, the number of French-speakers in Vietnam and the number of students taking the language decreased significantly.


CAMBODIAN


  • Cambodian French is still used as a second language in some schools, universities and government offices, but most of the business settings and younger generations choose to learn English.


LAO 


  • Lao French is the diplomatic language of Laos and Nowadays It is possible to notice a decline in the Lao French language after the country's independence.


INDIAN





African French


ALGERIAN


There are three characteristics that make this dialect unique:


  • What is most characteristic of Algerian French is the pronunciation of r. Some letters (like d, t, l and n) are different in many cases.

  • Algerian French is influenced by Arabic words and pronunciations.

  • It is the accent that sets this dialect apart from Standard French. Grammar and words are similar.




Caribbean French


HAITIAN


  • In spoken Haitian French words are spelled out in a different way. For example, the word ‘yes’ is ‘oui’ in Standard French and “wi” in Creole).

French Dialects

Greeting Norms


One popular greeting in French is the ‘la bise’ (kiss on both cheeks) and the most common conversational ways to greet someone in French are: Salut. (Hello; Hi.) Bonjour. (Hello; Good morning.) Bonsoir. (Good evening.)


When entering a shop or restaurant, you should always greet with a bonjour or bonsoir, depending on the time of day. When leaving, you should always say merci and bonne journée or bonne soirée.


Not greeting is considered rude. Respect is shown in verbal greetings by referring to the person as “Madam,” (‘Mrs’) “Monsieur” (‘Mr’) or “Mademoiselle”.  The formal form of ‘you’ is known as ‘vous’ . The informal address known as ‘tu’. Both of these words mean the word “you” in English.




Communication styles


French communication tends to be very direct because people are not afraid to share their opinions and argue for their positions. Sometimes this direct style of communicating is misunderstood as rudeness by other nationalities.




Personal space and touching


The French generally value their personal space. Touching during a conversation is acceptable only if you are familiar or have intimacy with the person that you are talking to.




Eye contact and gestures


Maintaining a direct eye contact is understood as a form of respect and It is considered to be extremely rude not to make it. In a restaurant for example If you want the check just make a writing gesture and they will get it.

Thumbs up means “okay.”

A circle with the thumb and forefinger means “zero.”

French Culture Reference Guide

  1. Belgium

  2. Benin

  3. Burkina Faso

  4. Burundi

  5. Cameroon

  6. Canada

  7. Chad

  8. Ivory Coast

  9. Djibouti

  10. France

  11. Haiti

  12. Equatorial Guinea

  13. Luxembourg

  14. Madagascar

  15. Mali

  16. Monaco

  17. Niger

  18. Rwanda

  19. Democratic Republic of Congo

  20. Senegal

  21. Seychelles

  22. Switzerland

  23. Togo

  24. Vanuatu

French is the official language of 24 countries. Of course, the French language is spoken around the world as a primary language by over 97 million people. As a world language that is spoken in many countries, more than 300 million people speak french on a regular basis. 

Countries Where French is the Official Language