taille humaine

English translation: (is of) manageable size

08:28 Feb 24, 2012
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French term or phrase: taille humaine
Notre entreprise est à taille humaine et offre ainsi souplesse et réactivité. What does taille humaine means in this context?
narasimha
India
Local time: 06:32
English translation:(is of) manageable size
Explanation:
The "human" factor does not appear there, but I think this converts the idea correctly.
PS: Why "Mech. Engineering"?
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Herbie
Germany
Local time: 03:02
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Thanks to all. I found the answer elsewhere.
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3 +2on a human scale
Tony M
3 +1human scale
Mike Sadler
2(is of) manageable size
Herbie
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Carmen Lapadat

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taille humane
(is of) manageable size


Explanation:
The "human" factor does not appear there, but I think this converts the idea correctly.
PS: Why "Mech. Engineering"?

Herbie
Germany
Local time: 03:02
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 4
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Thanks to all. I found the answer elsewhere.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: The trouble with this is that I doubt most readers of the document would be expecting to 'manage' this company?! Unless, of course, this is from a prospectus trying to sell the company to a bigger group?
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taille humane
human scale


Explanation:
We are a human scale company... sounds a reasonable way of expressing it to me.
There are some examples on linguee


    Reference: http://www.linguee.fr/anglais-francais/traduction/on+a+human...
Mike Sadler
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:02
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agree  kashew
33 mins
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taille humane
on a human scale


Explanation:
"Ours is a company on a human scale"

I think this form of wording might be suitable; starting with 'ours', since they are clearly seeking to differentiate themselves from other larger, more impersonal companies. And 'on a human scale', as I believe it sits more comfortably that way.

Although it may not be a particularly natural way of expressing it in EN, I do think it is important to keep the 'human' idea, as that is clearly what they are seeking to highlight here.

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BTW, companies that make this sort of statement often do so for the very reason that they have been accused of NOT being!

Tony M
France
Local time: 03:02
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agree  Yolanda Broad
48 mins
  -> Thanks, Yolanda!

agree  AllegroTrans: a company with human beans? wot, no computers?
6 hrs
  -> Thanks, C! Sadly, I fear not; it usually just means not too many levels of hierarchy, everyone could know everyone else; though as I've said, it is often used by companies where that may not quite be the case, but they want you to think it ;-)
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Reference information:
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/french_to_english/business_commerc...

Carmen Lapadat
Romania
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Native speaker of: Native in RomanianRomanian

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agree  rokotas: As our colleague Carmen indicates, I also understand that it means that the company has a small, manageable size
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