Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bab.La - Learn a Language Through Sports

Bab.La takes an interesting approach to learning a language. BabLa features a translation dictionary for seven languages including Chinese. The difference between Babla and many other language learning websites is in the categorization of terms. Babla features a large selection of words and phrases used in sports. Babla also offers more traditional translations. Babla is a new website so the selection of terms and categories of terms is not as extensive as other services, but it invites user generated content to expand the website.

Applications for Education
Babla's sports related words and phrases may be a tool for engaging reluctant students in the study of foreign language. The translation of Olympic terms to Chinese would be a nice complement to the study of Chinese culture or the Olympics in general.
The quizzes on Babla provide visual clues to students as they practice translations and vocabulary.