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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 →

On the search for the most popular language!

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular language is? It’s a recurring question we can rarely find an answer for. Is Portuguese more attractive than Spanish? Does Thai look more appealing than Hindi? How cool is Russian? So many beautiful languages out there but only one can be THE most popular. That’s why decided to run our bab.la Language World Cup 2013!

Loving Swedish. And Italian. And maybe Esperanto too.

We preselected 32 languages that will be put in pairs to face each other every day. The language that receives most votes gets through and is up to the next round. Until there is only one left: our World Cup Winner 2013!

How do I vote?

You can support for your favourite languages on the bab.la dictionaries or directly on the Language World Cup page. Spread the word around you to get the language you love go as far as possible and maybe even win! You can also support your languages via Facebook directly on the World Cup page. The official hastag is #blwc13

The contest is running from Monday 16th September on a daily basis until Thursday 17th October. We will then publish the results and the full ranking on the same page on bab.la

Stay tuned and come back every day to support your favourite languages!

Hei Norsk!

In spite of the biting cold and the icy wind of January we must endure here in Hamburg, we are working very hard and we have a new language for you to check on bab.la: Norwegian BokmĂĄl and its English-Norwegian (and vice versa) dictionary.
Come to think of it, Norwegian is a rather appropriate language to add in January 🙂

And so, if you are planning to go skiing to Norway, this could not come at a better time: find how to say ski jumping, make your own vocabulary lessons to learn how to order your food in Norwegian or have a break and take our quiz about how to flirt in Norwegian!

Unlike what you may think, Norwegian is not so hard to learn, especially for English speakers: similar roots, easy grammar and almost no changes in conjugation! What are you waiting for?
Well done Meri for all the hard work you put into the launch of our 24th language. We hope you enjoy using www.babla.no 🙂

Happy 2013 and may your resolutions include learning languages!