bab.la Phrases

The bab.la Phrase Dictionary includes thousands of translations of common phrases and expressions. Our phrasebook features five categories with hundreds of different phrases. Each phrase has a situation description to help you with when to use a particular phrase.

 

The phrase dictionary includes thousands of common phrases divided into five main categories: Academic Writing, Business Communication, Applications and Résumés, Personal Correspondence and Travel. Within each category widely used phrases are grouped together according to the situation in which a phrase is used. The situation description helps you judge in which context to use the phrase.

The idea behind the phrases dictionary is to use it as a tool to help with formal writing or where it is expected to use a particular writing style. Rules for formal writing are quite strict, though often unstated and very difficult to learn as a non-native speaker. The most telling example is writing an academic paper or thesis, but also business proposals or letters are expected to have a certain style. Informal writing also has a particular style with a more personal or conversational tone. Instead of trying to translate a sentence into a foreign language word by word you can use this phrasebook to find the appropriate wording that a native speaker would have used.