5 Linguistic Differences Across French-Speaking Regions
When translating your content into French, it’s essential to account for linguistic variances across different French-speaking regions. The meaning of a French word in France, for example, could vary drastically from its meaning in Québec.
Failure to account for regional language differences could yield errors and inaccuracies in your content, which negatively impact your brand’s credibility. As French comes in different flavors, here are some examples of French words and phrases that vary in meaning across regions
There are key differences in how French speakers use punctuation, depending on their home region. In France, for example, a regular, non-breaking space is inserted before double punctuation signs ( : ; ? ! ). Meanwhile, in Canada, there is no space at all, except before the semi-colon. Belgium does not use any spacing, and in Switzerland, only a thin space is used.
2. Units of measurement
In France, the metric system is used. In Canada, the conversion to the metric system was technically adopted in 1970, but the imperial system is still widely used. To avoid misunderstanding from Canadian French-speaking audiences, some French regions use a dual approach, such as Metric (Imperial).
The way French speakers […]