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Crossing geographical and cultural borders

The French say “Santé” when making a toast, the Swiss say it when someone sneezes. You should also pay attention to who is inviting you to “dîner”: if the person is French, you’re being asked to dinner; if they’re Swiss, Belgian or Canadian, they want to meet for lunch. The French team at Diction is your competent partner for translation, editing and copywriting in the following four regional varieties:

  • Swiss French
  • Standard French
  • Belgian French
  • Canadian French

Whether your readers are from Marseilles or Montreal: wherever you are, choosing the right word is a matter of cultural understanding. Many influences from German and Italian can be found in Swiss French, such as “poutser” (from the German “putzen” – to clean) or “sans autre” (from the Italian “senz’altro” – without further ado). If someone from the French-speaking part of Switzerland declares “entrez seulement” (come in), a French person may not come in at all. The influence of English on Québécois is just as strong – here, unlike the European variants, it is becoming increasingly common to use the informal form of address. Calques (literal translations of words from other languages) are also entering the vocabulary, such as “le chien chaud” (hot dog), “vous êtes les bienvenus” (you’re welcome) or “le surtemps” (overtime). The French team at Diction doesn’t just work in all national varieties of the language, but across all our specialist areas as well: The automotive and rail transport industries, banking and finance, marketing and advertising, haute horlogerie and many more.

We can also edit in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, QuarkXPress and InDesign documents. We can even translate directly via your website’s CMS.

Feel free to contact us.

Diction in Vancouver

Diction in Canada
Overnight express service in Vancouver

You need a text translated overnight? Not a problem. A team of Diction employees is already working the night shift for you in Canada, so you really can count on 24-hour Diction assistance with all your projects.

References and case studies

Large-scale projects, multiple languages, tight deadlines – find out here how we successfully realise even the most complex language-related projects for our clients. And with the same dedication and commitment no matter how big or small the client.

AMAG

High-tech project management with the Diction portal

Viacar

A simple way to work with complex text formats

sigma from the Swiss Re Institute

Translation of a major insurance study

FAQ

Can I translate my text into French and send it to you for editing?

You certainly can. Our French native speakers will be delighted to professionally edit or proofread any text you translate. However, we always recommend having your documents translated by an experienced native speaker from our French team. This is because, even if your French is exceptional, our editors will still have a lot of work to do to ensure your text sounds natural and idiomatic. If the text is of a very high quality, having your translation edited could save time compared to having us translate it. Just ask us. You can rest assured that our translation agency will find the right solution for your French text.

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24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Just call us on +41 81 750 53 33
send us an e-mail at info@diction.ch
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Wondering why we don’t have an online order form? Take a look at our blog post (currently only available in German).

Place an order

We are available NOW – in person, no answering machines.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Just call us on +41 81 750 53 33
send us an e-mail at info@diction.ch
or use our simple contact form:

 

 

 

Please complete all fields marked with *.

Data storage*

Wondering why we don’t have an online order form? Take a look at our blog post (currently only available in German).

Place an order

We are available NOW – in person, no answering machines.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Just call us on +41 81 750 53 33
send us an e-mail at info@diction.ch
or use our simple contact form:

 

 

 

Please complete all fields marked with *.

Data storage*

Wondering why we don’t have an online order form? Take a look at our blog post (currently only available in German).

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