As a result of our presence in the United States, ITC has developed a strong network of native English-speaking translators in the United States over the years. These linguists have been tested several times and are regularly evaluated. In addition, ITC project managers have put in place language guides to help translators comply with the specific rules for American English.

360 million

people have English as their mother tongue

54 countries

in the world have English as their official language

1,5 billion

people around the world speak English

History of the Language: Translation into American English

American English is quite a young language. It appeared in North America in the 17th century thanks to the British.

The language has evolved and adapted to different states and times. English has gradually taken an important place on the continent but also in the world, in various sectors such as the film industry or international trade.

Regional differences have arisen, resulting in differences in pronunciation, spelling and terminology that translators need to be aware of when translating, for example between American English and British English.

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Specific Features of American English

American English is often considered simpler when it comes to learning English. American English is the English that many hear the most because of its important cultural influence. Whether in film, music, literature or business, American English is often the language of international exchange.

New technologies have led to the invention of brand new English words, such as the verbs Tweet and unfriend. The same is true for some common nouns such as selfie, which was chosen by the Oxford English Dictionary as the word of the year in 2013. Merriam-Webster chose they as the 2019 word of the year. According to “The singular ‘they’ is a pronoun used to refer to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary.” In addition, in their article about the selection, Merriam-Webster explained, “English famously lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun to correspond neatly with singular pronouns like everyone or someone, and as a consequence they has been used for this purpose for over 600 years.” Modern English: 500 years old and still evolving!