Vocab Vendredi: French Words for Clothes Related Items/Terms

Hey! Another quick entry this week. In case you’ve ever wondered about making clothes in French, here are some lesser known French words for clothes and other fashion terminology you might come across:

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Vocab Vendredi: French University Courses

Hi all! I’m sorry for the radio silence recently – I got married in August, then went on honeymoon and work has been nonstop ever since! I’ve just got a quicky for you this week, from a translation I recently completed. Here are (some) of the abbreviations and French university course names:

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Vocab Vendredi: French Financial Terms

I’ve done a few translation jobs recently relating to finance and once again, I thought I would share the fruits of my research with you all! So here is a collection of French financial terms! Also, I have a six week series on my instagram called ‘Vocab Vendredi’ where I post an image relating to a French-vocabulary-based fact – check it out here.

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Office Background Noise: What I Listen to While I Work

As I am a freelance translator and work predominantly from home, it means I have complete control over what is playing to create my office background noise (actually a corner of my bedroom). Read on to find out more and let me know what you like to listen to!

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How to Translate: My Translation Technique

Bonjour tout le monde!

If any of you have ever studied translation at university or have experience working with/talking to translators, then you will know that translation technique is a hot topic! But how do you translate a text?

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Vocab Vendredi: Music

Bonjour tout le monde! I am very sorry for the lack of blog posts recently – if you follow me on instagram, then you’ll know that I have been on a cruise to Canada for the last two weeks. Nonetheless, in between visiting exciting cities and teaching French to the passengers, I have been keeping busy with some translations. One of the most interesting of my recent translations was about a music festival and I learned lots of new vocabulary (in both English and French!) which I thought I would share with you…

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Vocab Vendredi: French Furniture Vocabulary

I’ve been recently translating quite a few marketing documents for furnishings companies from French to English and found some of the vocabulary difficult…this is because sometimes words mean something different in this context (e.g.¬†confectionner¬†has nothing to do with sweets and actually means¬†‘to tailor’) and because sometimes there are very specific terms in both French and English which can be hard to find…bearing that in mind, I have compiled a list of French furniture vocabulary, which I hope might help anyone else translating similar documents!

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Dictionaries! Part Two: Best French Dictionary

For part one of the series, click here.

French

Now, I love Collins Easy Learning French dictionary as much as anyone who has completed a French GCSE this century, but once you get to ‘A’ level and beyond, you soon realise that you need something a bit meatier. Like with Arabic, I will start with a brief overview of the paper dictionaries I (occasionally) use, but, as with Arabic, I normally find that online resources save me time. So what is the best French dictionary out there?

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