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This article is for adults who want to know better the business terminology, the adults who want, maybe, gettig a French speaking job. They want to have more confidence as they work in a French oragnization, they want to get the delf, to get more fluency, Fench proficiency, to get fluency for working in a French organization.   

Here are some French business expressions

Many French business expressions can also be used in casual settings, so it is good to know the standard phrases so you can communicate in both type of situations. In this paragraph we go over some basic business sentences that you can use in French :

Je m’excuse du retard → I am sorry for being late
It is a very useful phrase, you can use it for whatever reason, you can manage to be on time for meetings or just coming late to the office.

You can also say :
Je suis désolé pour le retard → I am sorry for being late
It means the same thing but it is a little more casual

If you are asked to write a report and you want to know when it is due, you can ask
Quand dois-je rendre le rapport ? → When shoul I give the report ?

If you are a little busy at work and want to let your co-workers know, you can say
Je suis en train d’organiser un rendez-vous → I am in the middle of organizing meetings

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Here some business terms

Une entreprise → A company
Holding → Holding company
Société par actions → Joint stock company
Une société anonyme → Public limited / Listed company
Une filiale → Subsidiary
Concurrence → Competition
Concurrencer → To compete
Un concurrent → A competitor
Compétitif → Competitive
Compétitivité → Competitiveness
Entrepreneur → Entrepreneur
Entreprenarial → Entrepreneurial
Entreprenariat → Entrepreneurship
Freelance → Freelance
Travailleur freelance → Freelancer
Hiérarchie → Hierarchy
Hiérarchique → Hierarchical
Une fusion → A merger
Fusionner → To merge
Une action → share
Un actionnaire → A shareholder
Un détenteur d’actions → A stockholder
Une participation → A shareholding
Un syndicat → A trade union
Syndicat ouvrier → Labor union

Une analyse → An analysis
Analyser → To analyse
Un analyste → An analyst
Une campagne → A campaign
Faire campagne → To campaign
Croissance → Growth
Croître → To grow
Industrie → Industry
Industriel → Industrial
Industrialiser → To industrialise
Industrialisation → Industrialisation
Part de marché → Market share
Partage du marché → Market sharing
Opportunité → Opportunity
Les ventes → The sales
Un vendeur → A salesman
Une vendeuse → A saleswoman
Un vendeur → A salesclerk
Stratégie → Strategy
Stratégique → Strategic
Stratégiquement → Strategically
Une offre → Supply
Approvisionner → To supply
Un fournisseur → A supplier
Des fournitures → Supplies

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Un conseil → A board
Un budget → A budget
Etablir le budget → To budget
Budgétaire → Budgetary
Rémunération → Compensation
Rémunérer → To compensate
Un contrat → A contract
Un sous-traitant → A sub-contractor
Une action judiciaire → a legal action
Un litige → A litigation
Une poursuite judiciaire → A law suit
Un paiement → A payment
Retraite → Pension
Récompenser → Reward
Une prime → A reward
Gratifiant → Rewarding
Salaire → Salary
Indemnité de départ → Severance deal
Option d’achat d’actions → Stock option
Un processus d’entreprise → A business process
Une base de données → A database
Réduire ses effectifs → To downsize
Licencier → To lay off  
Délocalisation → Offshoring
Extraterritorial → Offshore
Externaliser → To outsource
Externalisation → outsourcing
Sous-traiter → Subcontract
Les frais fixes → The fixed costs
Projet pilote → Pilot project
Productivité → Productivity
Des économies → Savings
Réduction des dépenses → Economy
Prestataire de services → Service provider
Pénurie → shortage

Un avantage → A benefit
Avantageux → Beneficial
Une marque → A brand
Un consommateur → A cosumer
Consommer → To consume
Consommation → Consumption
Logo → Logo
Marketing mix → Marketing mix
Prix → Price
Etablir un prix pour → To price
Un produit → A product
Promouvoir → To promote
Promotionnel → Promotional
Point de vente → Point of sale

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Evaluer → To appraise
Evaluation → Appraisal
Une personne évalueée → An appraisee
Un évaluateur → An appraisor
Autorité → Authority
Authoriser → To authorise
Une autorisation → An authorisation
Qui fait autorité → Authoritative
Autoritaire → Authoritarian
Autonomie → Autonomy
Autonome → Autonomous
Déléguer → To delegate
Délégation → Delegation
Motiver → To motivate
Motivation → Motivation
Motivationnel → Motivational   
Motivé → Motivated
Encourager → To encourage
Un objectif → An objective
Un but → A goal
Une cible → A target
Le personnel → Le staff
Les employés → The employees
Les travailleurs → The workers
Un subordonné → A subordinate
Subordonner → To subordinate
Superviser → To supervise  
Une supervision → A supervision
Gérer → To manage
Une tâche → A task
Une mission → A duty

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Une infirmière / un infirmier → A nurse
Mon père est infirmer → My dad is a nurse

Officier de police / Policier → Police officer
Ce policier est trop méchant → This police officer is so mean
C’est un gentil officier de police → It is a nice police officer

Un employé de bureau → Office worker
Je suis employé de bureau → I am an office worker

Un ingénieur → A engineer
Ce serait sympa de se marier avec un ingénieur, non ? → Would not it be nice to marry an engineer ?

Un ingénieur → A engineer
Ce serait sympa de se marier avec un ingénieur, non ? → Would not it be nice to marry an engineer ?

Consortium (Groupement d’entreprises) → consortium

Coût → Cost
Les frais généraux → Overheads

Développement → Development  
Un développeur → Developer
En développement → Developing

Un prêt → A loan
Prêter → To loan

Une négociation → A negotiation
Négocier → Negociate
Un négociateur → A negotiator

Les pourparlers → the talks

La prospérité → prosperity
Prospérer → To prosper
Prospère → Prosperous

Une réserve → A reserve
Réserver → To reserve
Les recettes → Revenue
Richesse → Wealth
Riche → Wealthy

Un actif → Asset

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