English to African French Translation Services

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English is often considered the global lingua franca. Indeed, it is the most widely spoken language in the world and is often used as the language of international communication. Nonetheless, most of the world doesn’t speak English—only a mere 1.35 billion of the nearly 8 billion people in the world do. For example, in many African countries, people use French as a lingua franca instead. So, if you’d like to market your content to the more than 140 million French speakers in Africa, you’ll need a great English to African French translation service.

French spread to the continent when France colonized much of West Africa, and it remains spoken in many African countries today, which often need a lingua franca to facilitate interethnic communication among the countless ethnolinguistic groups that populate the land. Educated Africans from Francophone countries tend to understand Standard French, but less educated populations may have a difficult time with it. Instead, they’re familiar with local African French dialects, which incorporate a great deal of vocabulary and linguistic structures from the indigenous African languages of the region. To make your French-language content as accessible as possible to an African audience, turn to TranslationServices.com’s specialized English to African French translation team today.

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What exactly is African French?

With more than 140 million speakers spread across 34 countries, French is one of the biggest languages in Africa, and Africa represents the lion’s share of French speakers worldwide. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Madagascar boast the most French speakers. Most people in Francophone Africa speak French as a second language, but the population of native French speakers is growing in urban centers such as Abidjan. African French dialects differ from country to country—for example, Maghreb French is different from West African French—and we have African French translation experts who specialize in various African French dialects. 

 

African French dialects are characterized by their incorporation of vocabulary and even grammar from local African languages. In Abidjan, the local French dialect has borrowed various words from the Mandinka language and uses -là as a suffixed topic marker. In Kinshasa, the world’s largest French-speaking city, the local African French dialect is filled with loanwords from Lingala, with which it shares lingua franca status. Speakers frequently mix French and Lingala or switch between them mid-conversation. Evidently, then, translating into African French is a job for experienced African French translators only.

We can translate from English to African French for any type of content.

Here at TranslationServices.com, quality is our number-one mission. That’s why we’ve searched far and wide across Francophone Africa to find the best English to African French translators on the continent. From Abidjan to Kinshasa to Yaoundé, our team represents African French dialects from a wide range of countries, and, with specialized expertise in various additional fields, we can even navigate technical jargon effortlessly.

The most prestigious French-speaking universities in Africa, such as Senegal’s Cheikh Anta Diop University, Benin’s University of Abomey-Calavi, and Cameroon’s University of Dschang, use Standard French in instruction and publications, but translation into African French dialects may be necessary when conducting research surveys on the local populace or disseminating articles for the average person. 

Our English to African French translators will translate any academic material with pleasure. Our team is also here for businesses or content creators who wish to tailor their content for an African audience. Producing promotional and marketing content in African French shows an investment in the local population and can result in more traction among everyday locals. For books, poetry, movies, games, and other creative content, translating into African French can give your audience a more immersive and relatable experience. No matter what you need, our English to African French translators are here to help.

You can get started with English to African French translation services today—just get in touch with the details of your project.