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All set for the world cup 2014 with bab.la!

It’s already been four years since South Africa and yet I can still hear the vuvuzelas echoing. Well, as we all know, the 2014 world cup is in Brazil, which, in all fairness, is THE nation representing football. If football did not exist, they’d invent it. And win all the time (Brazil has won the most championships so far)

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We can expect many exciting games to come this summer and you might be considering a trip to Brazil for the occasion. After all it is possibly the best time to ever visit Brazil as football is inherent to the Brazilian culture. So the first thing you need to know about Brazil:

Brazilians speak Portuguese. Not Spanish!

You may have known that, yet you’d be surprised how many people think it’s not the case. So having learned Spanish at school will be helpful whether you want to interact directly with autochthones (most Brazilians understand Spanish) or learn Portuguese, however it is not the official language! Don’t worry, Portuguese is not that hard a language and you can always use our English-Portuguese dictionary app to have the right words a few clicks away.

If you don’t feel like learning Portuguese in such a short time, you might run into some difficulties once there. Fortunately, bab.la saves the day again – we’ve prepared the perfect guide for you to survive through your Brazilian football trip! You will find all the information needed for accommodation, eating out or go shopping as well all the words needed to share your passion for football. Get ready to cheer, complain and insult in Brazilian Portuguese!

Find your football guide as a PDF to download here.

Boa sorte!

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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!