French voice-over production made simple
As an established French International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional French Voice-Over Service and French Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best French voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best French voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the French language
French is a Romance language, descended from the Vulgar (or vernacular) Latin brought into the country by conquering Romans during the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.
Early development of the French language was also influenced by the native Celtic language, Gaulish, as well as the Frankish language of post-Roman Germanic invaders.
The various dialects that evolved during the 9th to the 12th century – different enough from Latin by now to be considered a separate language – are known as Old French. Francien, spoken in and around Paris, became the prevailing dialect – and the basis for standard French – as the city grew in importance.
During the Middle French period (14th – 16th century), under the influence of the Renaissance, many Italian and Greek words were borrowed. In 1635 Cardinal Richelieu founded the French Academy to maintain the purity of the language as it moved into the Modern French period. Today the structure of Modern French remains comparatively close to Middle French.
From the 17th century onwards, the French language was taken out into the world with the expansion of the French colonial empire – notably to north and west Africa, and north America. Read more
Which countries have French as a national language?
French is spoken as an official language in the following countries:
Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Vanuatu.
It is also spoken officially in these dependent entities:
Aosta Valley, Clipperton, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Jersey, Guernsey, New Caledonia, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Walllis and Futuna.
French is an official language of all United Nations agencies.
How many people speak French as their first language?
It is estimated that around 110 million people worldwide speak French as their first language, with a further 190 million people speaking it as their second language.
In Canada approximately 25% of the population speak French (mostly in Québec, where 95% of the province’s population speak it as their first or second language). In Europe, 45% of Belgians and 20% of Swiss speak French. In Africa, the language is most commonly spoken in Gabon (80% of the population), Mauritius (78%), Algeria (75%), Senegal and Ivory Coast (70%).
Did you know…
- After English, French is the second most studied foreign language in the world, and the only other language to be taught in every country in the world. It plays an important role as a lingua franca, particularly in Africa.
- Historically, French was also the lingua franca of educated Europe, during the period when France was the continent’s leading power (from the 17th to 19th century). The Russian, German and Scandinavian courts all spoke French as their main language.
- There is much variation in accents and vocabulary across different regions of France. Many argue that the classic pronunciation of the language is that used in Touraine (around Tours and the Loire Valley).
- In some parts of France different dialects or native languages are spoken, such as Occitan (officially a French dialect) and Breton (a Celtic language with little in common with French). Up until the early 20th century it was actually declared treason by the French government to speak these languages.
The French economy
In nominal figures, France has the fifth largest economy in the world, and the second largest in Europe (after Germany).
Major industries include agriculture, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals and industrial machinery. France boasts 39 of the 500 biggest companies in the world, with Paris ranking as the second most important location in the world for company headquarters (after Tokyo). The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has its headquarters in Paris.
France has the third highest income in the world from tourism, with 75 million visitors a year.