The bab.la online dictionary is updated daily by a team of language lovers. We do our best to include new words every day. Our editors are always on the lookout for new terms: languages thrive with newly created words. An example of this are the trending terms that pervade social media channels and are used more frequently in daily conversations. We are also global citizens and use several languages in our daily lives. We apply this knowledge when adding translations to the bab.la online dictionary: we don't only add the most obvious translations, but also the colloquial meanings that you could run into when using the foreign language in practical situations. You can read our tips about living abroad in our magazine. There you will find hilarious examples of how we ended up learning German, one language misunderstanding after the other as well as useful information about how to use languages when starting your life abroad. As you have probably already figured out, our dictionary is not just a dusty book on a bookshelf: our dictionary is alive and growing every day, just like your language knowledge.
The bab.la dictionary editors are very familiar with the language learning process. Our team is multilingual and this characteristic is reflected in our approach to creating bilingual dictionaries. We know that when you are looking for a translation, the ultimate need is to learn the word and be able to use it in your everyday conversations in the foreign language. For this reason, we include much more information than just the translations: words are used in context. Practical examples of usage will help you acquire the words and integrate them into your vocabulary in the foreign language. Our dictionaries include example sentences for every translation. Synonyms will help you enrich your vocabulary and learn new ways of expressing the same concept. The similar translations show you other uses of the word. Finally, if you are learning a new verb, you can look up the complete conjugation: you won't be stuck with the infinitive form only! If you want to practice the new vocabulary in a fun way, you can play our language games (spoiler: Hangman is addictive!). If you are looking for more of a challenge and want to learn new facts in a foreign language, then you can explore a wide variety of topics with our language quizzes. Whether you are getting to grips with learning a new language or you already speak the language fluently, the bab.la online dictionary will suit your language needs.
Find the right translation
The bab.la dictionaries will help you find the right translation for any word in the foreign language you are learning. Our dictionaries offer a wide range of translations, from the general meaning to the most specific nuances. "How can I choose amongst all the possible translations?" you might be asking yourself. In the bab.la online dictionary, the translations for every word are grouped according to their meanings. You can read directly the box related to context most suitable for your translation. By different meaning groups, we mean different instances of usage of a certain word. Some examples are: colloquial, vulgar, regional, or related to a specific domain such as finance or business. With the bab.la online dictionary, you will become familiar with the different translations of the word you are looking up. If you need a quick basic translation, use the bab.la dictionary; if you are a language professional in need of some help with terminology, use the bab.la dictionary too.
A fast-growing online dictionary
At the moment, the number of bab.la online dictionaries is 44. But we are not stopping there. We are constantly improving the quality and the number of our dictionaries: rest assured, new language combinations and more dictionaries are coming up in the future. Our online dictionaries cover languages coming from all around the world. Here is a list of the languages divided by language families in which you can translate into: Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian), Germanic languages (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), Slavic languages (Russian, Polish, Czech), Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese). That's not all! If you want to translate into Hindi, Arabic, Turkish, Hungarian, Greek, or Esperanto (yes, we have an Esperanto dictionary too), then the bab.la online dictionary is the website to go to. What language are we including next? Stay tuned, we are always eager to add new languages and explore new language combinations in our multilingual online dictionary.