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. This helps explain the need for French translation services. Speaking both English and French allows you to work anywhere in Canada. It is also possible to work in any French-speaking country around the world! Every continent has its French-speaking areas. It...
Website Launch as a Success: Tips for Launching a Website

Website Launch as a Success: Tips for Launching a Website

How to Start Your Website Launch A new year, a new website. But a new website launch is not a stress-free experience for the creator. Many questions and concerns come up, as there are a lot of elements to take into account when creating a new website: marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), analytics, design etc. In this blog post you will find useful tips to help you create an inviting and resourceful website! Keywords, Keywords, Keywords First of all, you should know that the following suggestions should be applied and updated regularly. Doing it just once before your website launch won’t be as effective. To start with, you have to think of the content of your website and the design. Who do I want to address? Is my content interesting and relevant enough for others? But most important and before writing any content, look out for the best keywords for every new blog post, and work with SEO. You want to go for balanced keywords that have a high rank in volume but a low rank in difficulty and competition. Selecting the right keywords is one of your most challenging tasks. They determine how good your website gets found. If your are interested in SEO and global websites, check out our last post about it! Design and Social Media As for the design, you should test it with browser emulators. See if it works well with major search engines like Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer, Safari and Opera. You also have to think about your potential clients, find a good strategy to get noticed by them and make your website...
Global Websites and SEO for Everyone

Global Websites and SEO for Everyone

Global Websites for International Audiences If you have a website, it surely is one of your priorities to make it to the top of the search engines. To achieve this, having an excellent SEO strategy is essential. How about expanding your website to international audiences? Do you have to adopt a similar strategy or does it have to be different? Have a look at this article to create global websites! The Importance of Search Engines SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a straightforward concept consisting in making sure a website is coming up on top of search engines for terms and sentences relevant to the website’s content. In other words, SEO allows the users to find the best websites on the web depending on their keywords in the said search engine. If you have a good SEO strategy, you are most likely to have a successful website! But what if you wish to expand your website for foreign language markets? Your Target Search Engine in a Foreign Country First, you have to ask yourself, can your website be in the target country’s language? You also must not forget to consider the culture of that country, their consumers and most importantly what search engines they use. Yes, Google is not the only search engine. Let’s take China for instance. The major search engine in China is Baidu. In Japan, it is yahoo. Another example, in Russia Google.ru isn’t the main research engine. It is Yandex, for the reason that the latter is built around the Cyrillic Alphabet. So of course, if you have, let’s say, a Chinese website, it would be...
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,...

British Accents | Dialects and Accents in the UK

Accents in the UK Are you from a non-English-speaking country and want to move to the United Kingdom? If you are and you have decided to go, you need to be aware of all the different British accents. Check out our article about how you can recognize British accents and get familiar with the different dialects and accents in the UK. English as a second language I am from Spain and in my country, when we are in school, we learn English as a second language. The English we learn is the general English (Received Pronunciation English) and many of us believe that this type of accent is the only one that exists in the UK. Then when we move to the UK for work or study, we realize that we were wrong. Depending on where you go, people speak with many different English accents. Check out our English voiceover services. We work with voiceover artists who record native British, American and Canadian accents. In the south, you will find the Received Pronunciation English, Cockney, estuary English and West Country. Further out, you find the Midlands English and Welsh English. And in the north, you will find the Northern England English, Geordie accent and Scottish English accent. Received Pronunciation English Currently I am living in the north, in Leeds to be precise, and I would like to point out the differences between the Northern English and the Received Pronunciation English. The Northern England English is spoken in the area of Manchester, Leeds, York and Liverpool. The features of this accent are: Non-rhoticity, except in some rural areas. The diphthong in words...