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Happy Birthday Bab.la! – Celebrating TEN Years and TEN Days!

Happy Birthday Bab.la

Happy Birthday Bab.la!…

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than by passing on birthday congrats? Ten years and ten days ago, Bab.la launched the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition (amongst other important things).

About Bab.la: The language portal bab.la is a free online platform for language lovers and an online community of global citizens. We have 44 dictionaries for 28 languages, blog articles about life abroad, language games and quizzes, verb conjugation for 12 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, an internship platform and many other language-related products.

In April 2015 bab.la joined the Oxford Dictionaries family when Oxford University Press became our parent company. Oxford and bab.la share a vision and mission to deliver quality language-related content to a global community.

In 2017, bab.la launched its online magazine Living Abroad for young multilingual expats coming to grips with life in a foreign country.

Bab.la also gave us the Bloggers Abroad competition, the Language World Cup competition, and … as already mentioned … [drumroll] … the Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

Ten years. Talk about staying power! Each year Bab.la scours the internet for the best of the best, and then painstakingly has to decide which ones make the final cut. Ouch. That can’t be easy.

Bottom line, the competition serves as an inspiring platform for language lovers (via blogs, twitter, Youtube, and Facebook) to strut their stuff. And inspiring, it is.

I’ve always imagined that the criteria for entry into the competition is along the lines of “what have you done for the language world lately”. That’s how I look at it anyway. And with that in mind, each year I use the Top 100 LL Competition to spiff up WLT.

For 2017 it’s freebies for everyone (for details, check out Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition). I’ve also decided to share my new toy, Flashcards Deluxe!

WLT has a LOT of free audio files for download (recorded with a native speaker) but that still leaves people having to put in work before they can play. Fiddling files is an often mentioned bane of learning languages, so to make prep time less painful, I’m creating spreadsheet files to suck into Flashcards Deluxe (and Anki, if that’s your poison).

To see what I mean, go to HouseTalk: Learn Basic Thai Cleaning Instructions* (more will appear during the giveaway and after). And there you have it. Fiddle free files for 2017.

So bottoms up to Bab.la’s TEN years and TEN days! Thank you so much for inspiring me yet again!

Website (English): bab.la
Google+: +babla
Facebook: babla.languages
Instagram: babla.languages
Dictionary (En-Th): English-Thai
Twitter: @babla (great fun to be had here)

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017If you haven’t voted please click on the Top 100 Language Learning logo to your right. Thanks in advance!

Pssst… thanks also goes to clipartfox.com for their ten candle cake :)

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Please Vote THAI | 2017: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition

Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017

Pleeeeease vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition is here once again! If you want to get straight to voting, just click the logo to the right.

The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition, hosted by the amazing team from bab.la and Lexiophiles, is where WLT pits Thai against other languages such as English, Chinese, French, German, etc. Scary.

When the call goes out, almost a thousand blogs, twitter accounts, Facebook pages and YouTube accounts are submitted to the hardworking competition team who then whittle the count down to a mere 100 in each section.

This year five Thai resources made the cut: Language Learning Blogs (A Women Learning Thai), Language Facebook Pages (Learn Thai with พร, Thai Language Hut, Wondrous Thai), Language Twitter Accounts (0 Thai entries), and Language YouTube Channels (Adam Bradshaw).

Competition rules: You get one vote per section (for a total of four votes).

I hope you can help out as every vote for Thai puts the Thai language that bit closer to the top. Ta in advance!

And now for WLT’s FREE Thai giveaways…

In past Language Lovers Competitions I’ve celebrated with free draws but for WLT’s ninth year, I wanted to do something different. Instead of a select few winners getting free stuff, thanks to the sponsors below, everyone will be a winner.

PickupThai Podcast: Anki flashcard decks to go with select courses. Each lesson comes with two decks (Thai script and transliteration). Audio included in the decks.

Duke Language School and Arthit: One chapter from each of Duke’s Journey books (1-3) created by Arthit. Bingo-Lingo’s DLS String Method from Arthit’s Read Thai In 10 Days ebook. Audio downloads included with both.

Paiboon Publishing: Audio files for Benjawan Becker’s Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary lists (mentioned on WLT’s Thai Frequency Lists with English Definitions).

L-Lingo: 1000 top Thai words with sentences from their recent course update (English, Thai script, and transliteration). Audio downloads included.

Learn Thai with พร: Compilation of Wannaporn Muangkham’s popular series, 65 Thai Useful Thai Phrases You Won’t find in a Phrasebook. Audio downloads included.

Quick & Dirty Thai: I’ve also taken this opportunity to update Quick & Dirty Thai. And yes, audio downloads will be included here as well.

And there you have it – plenty of free stuff for everyone.

Please vote Thai…

Top Language Lovers 2017If you haven’t voted please click on the TLL (Top 100 Language Lovers) competition logo to your right. Thanks in advance!

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Help Nominate the Top 100 Language Lovers of 2017!

BAB.LA & LEXIOPHILES

For the TENTH year running, BAB.LA & LEXIOPHILES are hosting their inspiring Top 100 Language Lovers 2017 (#TLL17) Competition and need our help.

BAB.LA & LEXIOPHILES

Last year’s participants will be automatically nominated. Take a peek at last year’s competition here: TLL 2016.

The blogs and social media channels can be nominated in the four following categories:

Language Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, language enthusiasts and blogs by language professionals.
Language Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages dealing with language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lover communities, etc.
Language Twitter accounts: Twitterers who create and share content about languages.
Language YouTube channels: YouTubers vlogging about languages.

The nominations are open from from May 04–15. Voting starts on May 17 and ends on June 06. The results will be announced on June 09. Exciting stuff!

After placing last year, WLT has automatically been entered. But, if you know of any other blogs, Facebook pages, twitter accounts or Youtube channels, please show your support by nominating via the doc HERE.

HINT HINT … it’d be especially great if they have a Thai language focus ;)

If you have one of the language resources mentioned and are wavering about entering the competition, just let me say that it’s been great experience. This will be my eighth year participating and each year it has inspired me to improve WLT. Whether a new site design, additional guest authors, free downloads, giveaways and draws, all have made this site a better resource for learning Thai.

Good luck to everyone who is joining the competition this year – it’s guaranteed to be loads of fun!

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