A few years ago the team behind BABADADA.com and their fellow contributors had an idea: Because pictorial (visual) dictionaries are the easiest way to learn a language, we put a better one on the internet. For everybody and virtually every language. For free. As simple as that.
How we work:
BABADADA.com lives from the ideas and the help of its contributors. Karina created the first set of pictures. Bart was the programmer of our simple application. Matthew translated the first set of words in english. And so we went on… language by language, device by device, dialect by dialect. What about you? Do you speak a rare dialect? Do you have wonderful ideas? Corrections?… we appreciate your help…
Why we do this:
First: We want to provide easy acess to learn the basics of a language for the less-fortunate all over the world. Because learning a language (for example english) means a better live in many cases. Especially within the education of children but over all for virtually everybody. As the costs of being online will further decrease sharply, being online also becomes a chance for merely everybody to learn a language – and a chance for you and us to help. We want to take this opportunity with our very easy to use and free approach – especially in places where books and other tools are unaffordable. Because learning a language often means a better life.
Second: BABADADA.com is a platform wich can very easily be exctended by every language and every dialect. Thus preserving a language or dialect is preserving a culture, BABADADA.com can become a kind of treasure chest for languages, dialects and nearly forgotten words your grandparents knew. Everyone who contributes a language by even just translating some words can keep its basics accessable for the next generations.
Third: BABADADA.com can also be used for third parties or businesses to provide a visual dictionairy within a corporate website (e.g. travel agency, touristic organisations), to use a visual dictionairy to increase the awareness of a brand while using own imaging (merchandising, reach, advertising) or to create any kind of application on the basis of a constantly enhanced and reviewed set of vocabulary, pictures, themes and languages. At the end of the day, this approach leads to more free pictorial dictionairies and additional funding to provide easy acess to learn the basics of a language for the less-fortunate. (Repeat this virtous circle above)
After all this is just a very simple easy-to-use tool for basic communication and learning, for travelling to foreign countries or educate children in a playful manner.
What has this got to do with you?
Did you ever forgot your toothbrush while travelling in france? How did you ask for one?
Do you have children who are learning a language? Do they like picture books?
Does your grandmother speak a fancy dialect you hardly know? Wich is about to vanish away?
Can you imagine less fortunate people, for whome just a some basic english skills could mean a better job?
Can you imageine children in less fortunate countires, who do not have proper acess to education but access to at least one cheap internet device?
Could you imagine to use, share or support BABADADA.com?
Or did you find mistakes in the application?
We are looking forward to your participation…
Babadada.com – every language at a glance
In the beginning babadada.com was just an idea. It came to live with the supportive help of freshlabs and it’s army of engineers. Today the team are fulltime admins, developers, translators and you as part of the community.
Babadada.com has been invented by just asking, why visual dictionaries are not online. it was developed by the nice people over at freshlabs.de with a first set of pictures drawn by artist Karina Marks. But that was just the beginning. just a blueprint of an idea. The real heart of Babadada.com are hundreds of little ideas to improve it, all the people who share it and most of all: Hours of hard work of our contributors The honour of making babadada.com really useful for many, is mainly due to them. Thank you, contributors :)
Become part of our team by supporting us: Translate your language or your dialect. Send us your ideas. Find a mistake. Or just spread the word…
Babadada.com – every language at a glance