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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 →

Foreign Languages and Trade

A recent study by Jan Fidrmuc (Senior lecturer in economics, Brunel University, London) and Jarko Fidrmuc (Professor of political economy, University of Munich) found that bilateral trade between European countries depends positively on the probability that two randomly chosen individuals, one from each country, would be able to communicate with each other in English.

OK, you might think, that sounds like a no-brainer, what’s the point?

The point is: The ability to communicate in one common language, say English, has a positive impact on trade. The two professors indicate that by bringing all European countries up to the level of English proficiency enjoyed by the Dutch could increase European trade by 70%.

70% !!! Hello? That is AMAZING !!!

A 70% increase in European trade – by improving English? That sounds like the best economic stimulus package I have seen so far.

No need for billions and billions of Euros, simply use for bab.la and start learning English by using the vocabulary lessons, the languages quizzes, the games, the dictionary… 😉

I should start writing a letter  to our German chancellor with the header “bab.la instead of billions” right away…

Have a good day,

Thomas