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See below, what kind of changes to the text might be expected for translations from French to Japanese or vice versa.

Translation differences

Translation from French to Japanese or vice versa entails certain changes in the resulting text. These changes are caused by the inherent differences between the languages. The following things in your order might be affected:

  • The layout of the resulting text
  • Time it takes to translate
  • Translation complexity

Among other factors, these parameters can influence the final price as well. The layout factor is especially important to those, who are interested in our DTP (Desktop Publishing) services.

Translating a document between French and Japanese — what to expect
Parameter To French To Japanese Difference
Writing systemLatin (French alphabet)Chinese character (Kanji logograms);
Kana (Japanese syllabary);
Different writing systems: drastic difference
Text directionleft-to-rightleft-to-right or top-to-bottom-to-leftDifferent
Characters per word (average)62Significant
Text length (characters)250% longer71% shorterSignificant
Overall differenceDrastic

Text length and document layout

The main factors influencing the length and layout of the translated document are:

  • Writing system of the target language
  • Writing direction
  • Word length
  • Relative lengths of the texts

Writing system

Japanese uses 2 scripts — Chinese character-based Kanji logograms, and Kana-based Japanese syllabary. Thus, the resulting formatting will be highly dependent on the script you need.

French, on the other hand, uses only one script, namely the French Latin alphabet.

Writing direction

French is read left-to-right, but Japanese — left-to-right or top-to-bottom-to-left. It means that, in the translated document, the order of the text and visual elements should be reversed. This is crucial for technical documents and visual instructions, and demands additional work from the DTP specialists.

Word length

Words in French are, on average, 6 characters long, and Japanese words are 2 characters long. This might result in lines of text not being distributed similarly between the source and the target text.

Text length

On average, documents translated to French are 250% longer than source texts in Japanese. On the other hand, Japanese texts are 71% shorter than their French counterparts. It means that some formatting differences are to be expected in the translated texts. Please note, that the actual visual length is also influenced by the font used.

Word order

Depending on your needs, the word order might be rather important for the translation. Things like slogans and brand names may convey an entirely different meaning, if their word order is changed.

The standard word orders of the languages are different. Various sentence structures may still be possible, but they might have a different meaning or change their style.

Dialects and varieties

French has 2 major varieties: Metropolitan, and Canadian. It is essential for you to choose, which form or dialect to translate to. This is because each variety, from the point of view of the other types, can feel unnatural, misleading, or plainly inappropriate for the text.

If you are not sure, which form to choose for your document, the safe choice is the more widespread one, or the one understood by most speakers. For French, it is the Metropolitan variety.

Translation complexity

Translation complexity is partially dependent on how closely the languages are related. The further apart the languages are, the more time and effort it takes to express an idea from one language in another one. As a consequence, it affects the price and time it takes to translate a document between French and Japanese.

The languages in question belong to different families — French is Indo-European, while Japanese is Japonic. It means that a relatively more skilled translator is needed for the job, especially if technical documents, e.g. patents, are in question.

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