How to translate english phrases into french

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Translating English phrases may require the help of a professional translator. (France image by harmonie57 from

Using an online translator can help you quickly translate an English phrase into French so that you can communicate with French speakers, of which there are approximately 265 million, according to the "The World's Most Widely Spoken Languages" page of Cleveland, Ohio's St. Ignatius High School's website. Online translators are free, but their accuracy is not always the best. To translate the gist of the meaning, they are usually helpful. However, short phrases loaded with cultural meaning only an English speaker can understand can be difficult to translate into French. You may need a professional translator to help you, depending on your particular needs.

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    Type your English phrase into the "From" message field of an online translator such as Yahoo Babel Fish, Google Translate or Free Translation. Select the option that English is the language the text is written in next to the message field. Choose it from a drop-down menu or from a list of translation options. Do the same for the next message field, but select that you want to translate into French. You may also see a window that allows you to choose English-to-French as a translation option. Click the button that translates the text. You may see "Submit," "Translate," or another similar command to complete the translation.

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    Type your English phrase into the large text box on the left side of the Yahoo Babel Fish translation site. Choose "English to French" from the drop-down menu below the text box. Click "Translate." Babel Fish can translate up to 150 words at a time. Babel Fish also translates websites. Babel Fish can give you an overall gist of the text in French, but it is not known in general for its translation accuracy.

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    Select English as the language to translate from under the "Detect language" menu on Google Translate's website. Choose French as the language to translate into next. Enter the English phrase in the text box. Click "Translate." Google Translate can also translate documents on your hard drive. Google Translate is considered by to be one of the better online translators available.

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    Enter the text you want to translate in the left-hand text box on Free Translation's website. Select English as the source language and French as the language to translate into from the drop-down menus below the text box. Click "Translate." You can also choose to use Google's translation on this site or translate a web page.

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    Hire a translator if you need a higher-quality translation of an English phrase into French. Many freelance translators and translation companies make their services available online. Locate members of interpretation and translation associations, like the American Translators Association or a regional translation association, by looking up members on the associations' websites. These translators are likely to be certified and professionally trained.

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