What is the most popular language in your country?

Out of all the hundreds of languages and dialects there are out there, which ones are the most searched for? Who wants to learn what? We decided to carry out a study to find out. With the help of Google Trends as a measuring tool, we checked which languages are most searched for around the world in a selection of languages. The methodology is quite simple. We looked at data from 2011 to 2016 in the following countries: Continue reading →

French is the favourite language of bab.la users

After nine weeks of competition, the 64 languages of the bab.la Language World Cup have been arranged according to the number of votes received by bab.la users. The results are now live and we are excited to disclose them!

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This year, German took the third prize, and is on the podium for the first time in three years. The silver medal goes to Italian, which gathered votes from all over the world.

Finally, French is officially the preferred language of 2015. This ranking has been determined by almost 120,000 votes. The winning languages were English in 2013 and Polish in 2014.

The full ranking is available on bab.la.

The bab.la team thanks everybody who participated with enthusiasm and passion.

What is the hardest language to learn?

With over 10 million weekly visits, the bab.la community seems to be quite the bunch of language lovers! We were interested in learning more about the linguistic backgrounds as well as opinions of the people interacting with our site on a daily basis, and decided a survey would be just the thing to find out more about the bab.la community. Our hopes were to identify key statistics in order to share them and expand our resources on key areas where users either have difficulties or particular interest. With these findings we can better try to serve our user base, and you can see how others are similar or differ to you personally when it comes to languages with bab.la.

The participation was spectacular, almost exceeding the limit of total responses allowed! We are grateful for all of your participation and support with this research. If you are curious about the outcome too, here are the results! Continue reading →

Discover the Top Language Lovers 2015

The results of our yearly competition about language-related blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and YouTube channels are online! After almost 1,000 nominations and 55,000 votes, bab.la and Lexiophiles proudly present you with the lists of the Top 100 Language Lovers and the Top 25 for each category. You can explore the best online resources about languages clicking on the following button:
Top 100 Language Lovers 2015
Curious to know who made it to the Top 3?

#1 DW – Learn German, the official Facebook page of Deutsche Welle: here you can find interactive posts about the German language which will bring you a step closer to becoming part of the German-speaking community.

#2 Fluent in 3 months: Benny is the most famous language hacker on the web. He shares his tips on learning any language while he travels the world to explore new ones. His biggest piece of advice is that you should be ready to make mistakes!

#3 Easy Languages: an amazing YouTube channel hosting an international project about learning languages from the streets. Everyone can become a reporter and broadcast from their city. This method guarantees the creation of authentic and entertaining learning material.

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The absolute three winners receive fantastic prizes offered by our sister site Oxforddictionaries.com, including Kindles, yearly subscriptions to the website, and books from the VSI collection (Very Short Introductions). Apart from the prizes, taking part in Top Language Lovers is a huge source of pride for all bloggers, Facebookers, Twitterers, and YouTubers who feel the passion of their community supporting them in every stage of the competition.

Here at bab.la we are very happy about the outcome of Top Language Lovers 2015 and we look forward to the next edition. Keep sharing your love for languages!

The bab.la Immigration phrasebook is online!

New year, new phrasebook! Our new Immigration phrasebook is online.

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Browse the sentences which will help you relocating abroad: from registering in the city to opening a bank account; from enquiring about the best health insurance for you to applying for a loan. Are you enrolling at a university? Using our phrases will make you sound like a native! Would you like to ask some days off from work? Choose the best way to face your bosses among the possibilities presented in our phrasebook! We have also included more specific cases, such as buying a house and applying for disability benefits. And if you are taking your pet abroad with you, have a look at our pets abroad section.

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bab.la will make your expat life easier!

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Picture: Lal Beral, flickr

Welcome Greek!

bab.la’s array of languages and dictionaries keeps growing!

After finalizing the relaunch of our website with our last two products –  vocabulary lessons and tools & plug-ins – we are back to focusing on languages and we’ve been working pretty hard too!

So what has happened so far?

We launched www.babla.co.th – bab.la is translated in Thai, we are hoping to get the Thai-English dictionary out there very soon!

We have a brand new Polish-Russian dictionary

The Greek version of bab.la is online and the first version of the English-Greek dictionary is available.

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There are 12 million native speakers of Greek and roughly 2 million of Greek learners. We welcome you all to bab.la! We do hope we’ll be able to help you as much as possible with English (or Greek) learning thanks to our dictionary!

Have you tried out our Greek cuisine quiz yet?

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