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Get ready for the Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest in Munich already started a few days ago. Are you ready for the probably biggest party in the world? 6 million visitors a year cannot be wrong. Check your knowledge with our little Oktoberfest quiz:

Sprachen lernen - bab.la Sprachtest

Before the world cup is over…

… we just wanted to test your knowledge about football (soccer) – in order to properly prepare you for the world cup final on Sunday!

Sprachen lernen - bab.la Sprachtest

Heja Sverige!

It’s our third birthday today (drums…) and we are celebrating it with the launch of our 16th language: Swedish. I know that most of you speak at least a little Swedish (or have you never bought any new furniture at Ikea?). But now you can brush up your rusty Swedish with our English-Swedish dictionary and our German-Swedish dictionary.

And for all Swedish iPhone users we have a special treat: Check out the iTunes store and download the English-Swedish dictionary for free. Hope you enjoy the new dictionaries!

Andreas

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Welcome, 2010.

Dear fellow language lovers around the world,

A very warm welcome to the new year 2010! Warm is probably not the best way to describe the current temperatures in Germany. It is really chilly, actually.

While we are working on new products just sit back, relax and test your knowledge with one of our quizzes about the New Year around the world:

Sprachen lernen - bab.la Sprachtest

(Yes, I know, the test is one year old, but the questions are still up to date 🙂 )

Thomas

Merry Christmas and

a Happy New Year!

christmas-card-babla

Before you head home to spend some time with your family & friends, to eat some great food and to just relax we wanted to wish you Happy Holidays! One weekend of Christmas shopping left and then it’s sit back and relax time.

Thank you for helping us grow our business by sending us emails with cool new ideas, commenting on little bugs, suggesting improvements or just adding new words and quizzes to bab.la. You have made a tremendous impact! We hope to see you back next year!

Andreas

for the entire bab.la team

PS: If you are still sending out Christmas greetings and are tired of using the same text over and over again, how about writing Merry Christmas in another language? We have put together some personal greetings in our phrasebook (you can change the language on the top right hand corner).

Hüftgold, Abwrackprämie & Komasaufen

The German “Duden” – aka the prescriptive source for the spelling of German – recently published a new edition.

The Duden really sets standards when it comes to the German language: If a word is in the Duden, it is considered to be a German word, if not – then not.

So the Duden published its 25. edition… containing about135.000 words. By the way: The first edition contained only 27.000 words.

Well, among these 135.000 words are a few new entries, which are now considered to be “true German words”. But do words like “It-Girl” or “Bad Bank” or even “twittern” really sound  German to you? 😉

Anyway, we just wanted to make sure that we included the most important ones in our German-English dictionary. Ever wanted to know what “Hüftgold” means? Or “Komasaufen“? Or “Abwrackprämie“? Just check it out.

And if you happen to have a good translation for “it girl”, let me know. 🙂 Thanks.

Thomas