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Oxford Dictionaries Acquires Multilingual Online Language Portal bab.la
20 April 2015
Oxford University Press (OUP) has acquired the online language portal bab.la, a multilingual dictionary and translation website, where language lovers gather online and use and develop translation resources for the world’s languages.
The bab.la site complements OUP’s own consumer website OxfordDictionaries.com. bab.la will expand on that experience, adding diversity to OUP’s portfolio to ensure it offers the best free dictionary presence globally, not just for English and English-speaking countries, but for multiple languages worldwide.
“We’re interested in serving up the best language experience,” said Casper Grathwohl, President, Oxford Dictionaries, “and for that you need rich, accurate content. When we looked at bab.la, we saw a company that shared our mission to support communities around the globe, working to maintain and enhance language. By bringing bab.la under the Oxford Dictionaries umbrella we’re in a much stronger position to promote the connection between digital languages, and serve up the best language experience for users around the world.”
bab.la will complement ODO’s content with its 39 dictionaries for 25 languages, a language forum, vocabulary lessons, language games, quizzes, verb conjugation for 11 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, and an internship platform among many other language-related products.
OUP plans to maintain bab.la’s offices in Hamburg with its team of editors and language specialists. “Keeping bab.la and its dynamic team intact, and in Germany, allows a complementary geographic presence to Oxford Dictionaries and creates a scale that opens up new partnerships and business model opportunities,” noted Grathwohl.
"It has always been bab.la's ultimate goal to provide the most useful content to language lovers around the world," said Patrick Uecker, Managing Director of bab.la. "We are delighted to be joining OUP, where the investment and expertise from the largest and most prestigious dictionary publisher in the world will take bab.la to the next level in achieving its goals of enabling users to share their love of language."