The French Community in British Columbia Continues To Grow

The French Community in British Columbia Continues To Grow

The French Community in British Columbia The French community in British Columbia continues to grow and diversify every year. British Columbia has the fourth largest Francophone community in Canada. According to Statistics Canada in 2016, French is the mother tongue of over 70,000 British Columbians. There are more than 300,000 residents of the province who speak French in addition to English or another language. Francophones have contributed to the economic growth, intellectual pursuits, and political and cultural development of British Columbia. Structures are in place to provide several services to Francophones living in the province or thinking of moving there. It is possible to study, work and stay informed in French, as well as to access social services and health care. Many organizations are working hard to expand the Francophone and Francophile presence in B.C. One is the British Columbia Francophone Federation, the official voice of the province’s Francophone community. Their mission is to represent the Francophone community in British Columbia while preserving their linguistic and cultural heritage. Infographic: The strong French presence in British Columbia The Francophone community in B.C. is not only growing but also changing the overall Canadian population. This infographic will show you some interesting facts about the Francophonie in British Columbia: PDF Download The need for French translation services French is not only the mother tongue of many Canadians, but an integral part of the Canadian identity. If you want to successfully expand your business into the Canadian market, you need to understand the country’s linguistic variations and adapt your business to the local look and feel. By working with a trusted translation agency that is familiar...
Accurate Translation: Why is it Crucial Every Time?

Accurate Translation: Why is it Crucial Every Time?

The significance of accurate translation English is the most prominent language in the world. Many people ask why doesn’t everybody just speak English? Or how important is translation? The fact, however, is that not everyone can speak English. More importantly, language is much more than the communication of words. It is also an expression of a country’s culture, belief, and society. Translation facilitates effective communication among people who speak different languages through spreading information, knowledge, ideas, or messages. Therefore, it is crucial to produce a proper and accurate translation that correctly reflects a mirror image of the original text. When it comes to translation services, the quality and accuracy of the translation are always very important. Quality language translation narrows the gap in communication. A good translation enables companies to reach a global audience by talking in a language that their clients can understand. Accurate translation is critical to all aspects of any industry field. It requires double effort when it comes to medical translations, legal translations, or technical translations. If the official document is not translated accurately, it can cause catastrophic consequences such as loss of income and an organization’s reputation. Medical translations require high accuracy of all the medical terms, findings, recommendations, and instructions in the target document. Like medical translations, legal translations must also be completely error-free. Any small mistake in the translated copy can result in serious legal issues affecting the lives and freedom of people who use the document. How to produce a proper and accurate translation Accurate translation is an art and the translator is an artist. Besides following the rules of translation...
Why are French Translation Services so important in Canada?

Why are French Translation Services so important in Canada?

A significant presence of French translation services in Canada In one of our previous translation posts, we addressed Translation Services in Canada and we gave 7 reasons why you should have a multilingual website, but there are even more reasons to do so if you live in Canada. As many of you know, English shares the honor to be Canada’s national language with France. This would explain why French translation services rank among LingoStar’s most frequently asked for services. The French language is present in every Canadian province. It is the second language taught at school and the second most spoken language in Canada. It is also the mother tongue of more than 7.5 million Canadians (21% of the Canadian population). The English language and its 20 million speakers (58% of the Canadian population) is the most spoken language in Canada. Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto are the top English-speaking cities. There are even some French festivals like the Festival du Bois for example, who celebrate the French language. The advantages of being bilingual in French and English Given the importance of the French language in Canada, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that speaking French is advantageous, especially when it comes to job opportunities. It is a common misconception that French is only spoken in Quebec when in reality “Francophones” are in every province of Canada. Take British Columbia for example. Not only is the French community growing in B.C. but it also has the fourth largest Francophone community in Canada. This helps explain the need for French translation services. Speaking both English and French allows you...
Professional Linguists Behind the Scenes of the Film Industry

Professional Linguists Behind the Scenes of the Film Industry

What we’ve been up to! It has been a long time since we updated you on our on-going projects! At LingoStar, we like to work on a wide diversity of topics and we learn from each of them. All of our professional linguists are fully-qualified and come from different backgrounds. Therefore, we will always have a team member able to meet your needs. In this new blog post, we would like to especially highlight the role of languages in the film industry. We will also introduce you to some outstanding projects we recently completed. What is the extent of the language professionals involvement ? The film industry counts on a wide range of linguists. You might think first of dubbing and subtitling, which are obvious jobs for professional linguists in film. But there are some others you may not have thought about! For example, production companies hire localization professionals for movies made in other countries, or which have plots that involve different cultures. Indeed, even if the director might know the target culture, it is likely that the actors, screenwriters, costume designers, etc., need to be trained on the particular culture in the film for accuracy reasons. Behind the scenes, language specialists can play a big role, too! As professional linguists, we contribute! Currently at LingoStar, we are working on an interesting project for a film series where we play both the role of a tutor and translator. The characters in the series often have to speak Latin, which is very interesting to us as Latin is often referred to as a dead language, but in this project, we...
Free Certificated MOOCs everywhere!

Free Certificated MOOCs everywhere!

Can I study online for free? MOOCs are online classes that anyone can take on the internet. Before the internet, students could take classes remotely, meaning they did not attend the class in person. This was called “distance education”. The first ever distance education class was advertised in 1728 in The Boston Gazette. The ad read: a new method of learning – lessons mailed weekly. The professor was Caleb Phillips and he taught “Short Hand” which, indeed, was a method of abbreviated writing. Since then, people have not stopped finding innovative and convenient ways to learn. Although this started with limited participation mailed lessons, we now have ended up with Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest trend in distance education and learning. What are “MOOCs”? MOOCs are online classes available to people everywhere through open access on the internet. In addition, participation is unlimited so any number of people can take the same class. They can be on almost any topic. MOOCs often provide interactive education modules. Some MOOCs are worth academic credits, but most are not. Some may offer a certificate upon completion, like for instance, computer literacy. What MOOCs can I take? MOOC options are almost unlimited. Nowadays, there are so many online classes that it might be difficult to decide what to take. Options vary from the basics of digital photography, or arts and crafts like carpentry, however, you will find more complex topics like psychology, medicine or even physics and chemistry. Where do I find MOOCs of interest? There are many websites that offer them. Here is a list...
These Free Online Language Courses will make your life easier!

These Free Online Language Courses will make your life easier!

Free Online Language Courses Are you interested in learning a new language?  Learning languages has never been easier: Free Online Language Courses are here to help you make your dream come true. When thinking about learning a new language, we usually make up a list of excuses not to. One of them is “I don’t have the time to go to a language school”. There is also “I do not have enough money to pay for it”. This may have been true years and years ago, but not now. Thanks to technology and the Internet, all languages are at our fingertips! We are now able to study languages for free, online, at our own speed, and as many as we want.Yes, it’s true! There are many free online language courses that you can look up before deciding on one. Here we made a list of the four most popular free online language courses.   Read this information about the most popular and Free Online Language Courses: Website Pros Cons Languages Prices Duolingo   Duolingo itself is free.   Lessons go deep.   Speaking, writing, listening and reading exercises are equally balanced in each lesson and each language.   Good for long-term and committed learners.   Mobile app and website offer the same.   You can join clubs related to the language you are learning. Duolingo Plus, a more complete version of Duolingo, is paid.   Fast conversational skills are not developed, so it is not good for tourists trying to pick the language up before traveling.   There is no chat option to interact with native speakers. Spanish, French,...