French is widely considered to be one of the world’s international languages due to its widespread use in not only Europe, but in Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The language has over 76 million native speakers and over 274 million total speakers!
Due to France’s colonial past, the language of French has found its way to some kind of official status in 29 different countries. All these different varieties lend themselves to getting the right French language voice actor for your needs, as localizing in the French language can improve project accessibility.
French is also one of the oldest languages in the world today and is categorized as a Romance language. Like many other languages that belong to the Romance language, French originally evolved from Vulgar Latin but also from the Gallo-Romance dialects originally spoken in Northern France such as the Gaulish language that is now extinct. The result of this mixing of dialects and languages thanks to the Roman Empire, developed into what would later be known as Old French, and then Middle French throughout the ages. It would finally become internationally spoken as the Modern French we know today through hundreds of years of evolution as a language.
It wasn’t until colonialism that the French truly spread around the world as an international language. As it stands today, French is considered an official, primary language in 13 different nations. These are nations such as Benin, Gabon, Togo, Niger, DR Congo, among many others. However, French sees international co-official use from an additional 16 sovereign states including Canada, Madagascar, Belgium, Vanuatu, and Haiti, and many more.
This has given rise to many variations of French outside of France itself. There are 15 main variety groupings of French in the world, and some of these groupings have sub-varieties that have developed. Each one of these groupings will speak a differing kind of French from the other but will generally all be mutually intelligible overall. One of the best-known varieties is Canadian French which has an additional 5 differing sub-varieties of the language; Acadian French, Newfoundland French, New England French, Ontario French, and Quebec French. That being said there are varieties and dialects of French as far afield as Polynesia and India.
This provides a lot of scope for potential French language voice actors.
Voquent is all about getting the right vocal sound and the right voice actor for your project. When it comes to the French language outside of France itself, there are many options. We have designed our very own search tool which allows you to go into depth about exactly the type of voice you need; be it Canadian French or a more obscure variety like Mali French.
Every voice actor we work with is vetted for approval before they work on any projects with us. We do this to ensure they have the correct equipment to record clips to a high standard. The project manager we assign to every project will oversee this and even help you pick a voice if you can’t find what you need.
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