Top 16 Languages of the bab.la Language World Cup

Are you curious to know which languages made it to the 1/8 finals of the bab.la Language World Cup? Have a look at the upcoming friendly matches:

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It is a nice surprise to see that Nepali, Quechua and Northern Sotho made it until this phase of the tournament. We are excited to see what comes next for those languages!

Before you start voting, let us have a look at some curiosities about the participating languages.

Would you like to learn how to pronounce the Dutch alphabet? Try singing this song!

If you are studying German, this article about German specialities is a must-read: you will learn the meaning of words such as Radler, Spezi, Strammler Max, Kiba, Schorle and Spätzle.

Do you feel like learning some Swedish idioms? For example, Kasta pärlor åt svin literally translates into to throw pearls at pigs. It means that it is not worth giving something to those who do not understand the value of it.

French grammar can be tricky. Have you ever heard of homophones? They are words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings: a/à, la/l’a/là, s’est/c’est, ses/ces, sais/sait, sa/ça and not only. Explore some homophones in this article, and put your knowledge into practice with this quiz!

Would you like to learn more about the differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese? This article will guide you through this issue in seven steps! After reading it, you will be able to answer the following question: “Mouth wide open or not?”

If you want to find out the meaning of the most popular Russian words, you are in the right place. You will master all the nuances of words such as vodka, babushka, sputnik, and pirogi.

Check out this article to know more about the Spanish language: inverted question and exclamation marks, silent “h”, “ü” and much more!

Esperanto is the only constructed language taking part in the bab.la Language World Cup. For more information about it and about constructed languages in general, this article is highly recommended.

Italian is a language known for its beautiful sounds. If you feel like exploring the story behind some Italian words, you can flick through this post and learn more about the fanciullo, salsedine and sdrucciolevole.

Danish has no less than 16 vowel sounds, very long words such as “skinneskidtskraberrenseriassistentaspirant”, verbal phrases that can cluster also five verbal forms, and many more cool features.

Have a look here to discover funny Polish proverbs! An example?

Gość i ryba trzeciego dnia cuchnie”: A guest and a fish – both stink on the third day.

Do you love Scandinavian languages? Here is a list of ten good reasons to learn Norwegian. Did you know there are many words for “snow” in Norwegian? And that “Minoritetsladningsbærerdiffusjonskoeffisientmålingsapparaturene” is an actual word?

If you are reading this article, you probably master English 😉 Learning how to pronounce English sounds can be very difficult for non-native speakers. Challenge your pronunciation with the list of the ten most difficult English words!

It’s time to vote!

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