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Whether you are working on an internationalisation project, setting up a business abroad, or exporting to the global market, being able to communicate without language barriers is crucial. This is why, whatever your field of activity (medical, financial, legal, industrial, marketing etc.), Optilingua will ensure that you benefit from the services of a specialist translator, who translates into their mother tongue. Our translation, interpreting and other language services are available in more than 100 languages, from the rarest to the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Translation of marriage certificates: Our tips
By Frédéric Ibanez, Specialized Business Translations
A wedding is always a reason to celebrate, but the authorities are naturally also interested in the event. A marriage certificate confirms that two people have entered into the bond of marriage. As with birth certificates and death certificates, marriage certificates are official certificates and are issued by regionally responsible authorities.
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Improprieties, clichés and other oddities of the French language
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
As with all languages, the French language has evolved in line with trends and cultural influences, whether on social networks, in the media or in everyday conversations. To decipher these linguistic trends and usages, Optilingua has put together a small overview of barbarisms, improprieties, clichés and other oddities and curiosities of the French language.   The improprieties of the French language Impropriety refers to the incorrect use of a word or expression. Here are some examples of common improprieties in French:
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Certified translation of a death certificate
By Frédéric Ibanez, Expert Technical Translations
When someone dies, there are many tasks for the bereaved to sort out. The inheritance must be settled and the relevant authorities must be informed of the death. A death certificate certifies someone’s death and shows the date and time of death and other information about the person such as their birth name, first name and surname. The certificate is filed in the General Register Office and it serves as proof of someone’s death for the family, for example if they need to give notice of termination of a tenancy agreement or for other obligations.
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Commonly used Spanish nicknames
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Spanish nicknames are used in everyday life by Spanish speakers and are an integral part of Spain's cultural identity. Are you planning to move to Spain or to take a trip there? To help you integrate perfectly into the country and speak like a local, here is our list of nine commonly used Spanish nicknames.  
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How do you translate English text into French?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Specialized Business Translations
Are you looking for the best way to translate text from English to French? In this article we summarise the different English-French translation tools and methods available, together with their advantages and limitations.  
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How can you reliably translate English text into Spanish?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Specialized Business Translations
Do you want to translate an English text into Spanish reliably and qualitatively? We take a look at the different methods of translation from English to Spanish, their advantages and disadvantages, to obtain a good quality, usable result.  
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Certified translation of a birth certificate
By Frédéric Ibanez, Specialized Business Translations
A birth is always a joyful event, but it has to be officially recorded. The birth certificate contains information on the place and time of birth as well as the sex of the newborn and the personal details of the parents. The records are held by a competent regional authority and the certified copies can usually be requested again and again for a fee. A birth certificate is required, for example, for weddings and is also often required for insurance purposes or for admission to examinations etc.
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Which African languages are spoken the most?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
The African continent is the second largest on earth, covering about 30 million square kilometres. About 1.2 billion people live in Africa and although about 2,000 indigenous languages exist, English, French or Arabic are spoken officially in many places. Africa's turbulent history with its colonisation is the reason for the use of European languages on official occasions. Nevertheless, people are now trying to cultivate their own language roots again, and in many regions they speak more than one language.
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Which Asian languages are spoken the most?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
With an area of more than 44 million square kilometres, the Asian continent is the largest on earth. About 4.5 billion people live in the 47 internationally recognised states in Asia and they speak over 2,000 different languages. The development and maintenance of the languages has been completely different from that on the European continent, where short distances between countries have encouraged mixing of vocabularies. On the huge continent of Asia, on the other hand, some languages have been able to develop and remain free of major outside influences over the centuries.
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Cultural differences between Spain and Switzerland
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
There are many cultural differences between Spain and Switzerland, although the Spanish community is one of the largest in Switzerland. In fact, the Spanish exodus began in the late 1950s and continued for the next three decades. Most Spanish emigrants left their country in search of work and many others were forced into exile after the Civil War. Many put down roots in Switzerland and found work in construction, industry or tourism.
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