bab.la is a language project by Andreas Schroeter and Patrick Uecker. The idea has been on Andreas' mind for quite some time. During his high school and university years he lived in Canada, France, Sweden and the USA. He noticed that just knowing the exact translation often doesn't really help. You really need to "live" the language to come up with the right word. Andreas has been collecting dictionaries from different languages for a long time. Putting the things together was just a natural step: Starting a portal where language lovers can meet and exchange their ideas and learn languages from each other. Who is a better teacher than a native speaker who likes to share his knowledge? And Patrick is our language expert regarding Pascal, C++, Java, Prolog, LISP, SQL, PHP, JSP and ASP. Thanks to him and his language skills this portal is alive today :-)
What is bab.la?
The language portal bab.la is a free online platform for language lovers. We have 41 dictionaries for 28 languages, a language forum, vocabulary lessons, language games, quizzes, verb conjugation for 12 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, an internship platform and many other language-related products.
In April 2015 bab.la joined the Oxford Dictionaries family when Oxford University Press became our parent company. Oxford and bab.la share a vision and mission to deliver quality language-related content to a global community.
At bab.la, we are working to become the world's largest online dictionary. To achieve this goal our international and multilingual content team works hand in hand with the users, who can suggest words for the dictionaries and therefore improve their quality. From our office in Hamburg, Germany, we strive to maintain a high-quality language product by adding new entries to the dictionaries and evaluating those suggested by users.
We are always happy to hear feedback from you and whenever possible implement your suggestions to make bab.la a better, more efficient and more pleasant product for you to use. Don't hesitate to drop us a line! If you are enthusiastic about languages and want to work with us in Hamburg, check our Jobs page for more information.
bab.la in 10 points
1. A language portal available in 28 languages
2. 41 bilingual dictionaries
3. Billions of context sentences to illustrate our translations
4. Hundreds of language quizzes and games
5. Phrase books for traveling & business
6. Conjugation tables in 12 languages
7. A myriad of questions and answers in our forum
8. Vocabulary lessons for language learning
9. Internship offers all over the world
10. Thousands of language articles on Lexiophiles