Canadians, come on down: Bienvenue N.H. to offer French translation services

Published: 12/30/2018 3:58:23 PM

An organization geared towards making state businesses more friendly to French-Canadians has started offering translation services.

Bienvenue au NH (Welcome to New Hampshire) has existed since 2012, but has only recently been able to start offering free translations of menus, websites, and brochures into French for Grafton, Sullivan and Coos counties businesses.

Bienvenue program coordinator Abby Snarski said the organization recently acquired grant money that allows them to offer the services.

They also offer “Bienvenue Québécois” (“Welcome Quebecers”) window clings and training seminars to teach employees how to say general French phrases.

The services will be available through summer 2019.

French-Candians are a critical part of New Hampshire’s tourism economy. Plymouth State’s Institute for New Hampshire Studies estimates that nearly half a million Canadians visit the state each year, each spending an average of $250.

Bienvenue began as class project out of Plymouth State University in 2012. It’s partners include various North County chambers of commerce, Plymouth State, and the White Mountain National Forest Appalachian Mountain Club.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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