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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 →

Frozen Heart – Translation Strategies Revealed for Disney© Movie Titles

Other studies of movie titles have shown that translators can go a thousand miles in order to culturally adapt their translations to fit their audience; sometimes to the very extreme (cf. Brew 2008, 50FMTT 2011 and Mahan 2012). Ultimately the producers’ choice, this article nonetheless investigates translations of Disney© movie titles from English into the target languages German, French, Spanish, Russian and Swedish. The selection of target languages was made based on the number of speakers of the languages, but the access to native speakers to evaluate the titles was also taken into consideration. Both a quantitative and a qualitative analysis of the subject will be provided. Continue reading →

No matter how tense or moody, we tackle all the verbs at bab.la!

The bab.la conjugation tool has been growing quite nicely in the last few months. We started with Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese) along with German, English, Dutch and Polish a few years back. Those proved to be popular products as conjugation is usually one of the trickiest parts when it comes to learning a language.

English speakers may think that this is a joke; just add an ‘s’ at the third person singular in the present tense, some -ed for the past except for a few exceptions, all in all nothing undoable.

Fools! Not all languages are as minimalistic as English! Romance languages have different forms at all tenses and all persons. German can add endless syllables. (Have you met entgegengegangen?) Polish has even a different form whether the referred person is male or female. Conjugation is a nightmare.

Fortunately, bab.la is here and willing to wrestle in the darkness of conjugation to make it easy for you 🙂 Yes, that’s how hardcore we, language lovers, are!

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So we have added some more languages to our range of skills.

We now have Swedish conjugation. Did you know that Swedish conjugation is almost as easy as English conjugation? You should look into learning Swedish.

We then added Russian conjugation. Much harder than Swedish. You should ALWAYS have a look at it before writing anything.

Finally, our latest addition is the Finnish conjugation. If you think Finnish and Swedish are kindred language, think again! Finnish is completely different and looks like an alphabet soup.

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That’s it for now, but we keep on working and we will be adding more languages very soon!

~John

On the hunt for the most beautiful English word

A couple of days ago we started the search for the most beautiful English word. Our team agreed that cellar door couldn’t be the No. 1 choice. But how could we know which word is the most beautiful? So we decided to let the crowd decide – after all, we live in a democracy 🙂

We have set up a small website where you can vote for the most beautiful word. As we included more than 100.000 English words we figured that we need about 100 million votes to get a sound answer. We are currently at around 150.000 votes, so there is still a long way to go. Help us by giving your vote:

Search for the most beautiful word

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

Two Years, Twenty Two Dictionaries! दो साल, बाईस शब्दकोश

A few days after bab.la turned two years old, we bring you our twenty second dictionary! Our new Hindi-English dictionary is now online. We hope that our new dictionary will be of help to students and all language lovers. After all, every true language lover remains a student for life!

bab.la के दूसरे जन्मदिन के थोड़े दिन बाद हम आपको पेश करते हैं हमारा हिंदी-अंग्रेज़ी शब्दकोश! यह, हमारा सबसे नया शब्दकोश, हमारे लिये बहुत मायने रखता है। भारत की दुनिया में अहमियत ध्यान में रखते हुए, भारत की राष्ट्रभाषा का महत्व भी समझा जा सकता है। यह शब्दकोश बहुत लोगों के लिये काम आएगा यह हमारी आशा है, विद्यार्थीयों से लेकर सब भाषा प्रेमियों के लिये।

bab.la Hindi version

Radhika