bab.la Now Translates Arabic, English German French and 14 Languages Via Twitter, Web and Mobile
Germany based language portal bab.la launched its Arabic version today. bab.la has free dictionaries for 28 languages, where users can use via the web and mobile but what is more interesting you can get any word translated by sending a tweet to @babladict.
To do that just enter the language abbreviation ( ex: En) space the abbreviation of the other langauge you want to have the world translated to ( ex: Ar, Fr, Gr ) then the word that you want it to be translated and hit send, in a few babladict will @ you with the translated word.
bab.la Twitter account says its supports 14 languages, I tested English to Arabic, French and German.
bab.la website seems also to offer more accurate English to Arabic translation than google translate
example the world startup goolge translated it into “بدء التشغيل” which means start running, while bab.la translation offered 2 Arabic words : البدء في التشغيل، ابتدائيّ the second one is the same as google but the first “new” or “initial” which is some how related to what the word startup means (I could not test german or french since I do not speak them). bab.la also offers Similar terms for the translated word in both Arabic and English. ( Bab.la failed to translate innovate to Arabic via its Twitter Interface)
Additionally on bab.la users can submit their own suggested translations. ”This is just the beginning as our portal is wiki-based. Users can suggest their own translations or complete existing translations” explains Egyptian Susan Karmal, project manager of the Arabic version.
The site also offers other services such as teaching materials games and professional translations service.
Arabic English dictionary, translation and learning is nothing new, Google has Gtalk bot Sakhr has web dictionary, iPhone app real time Arabic to english translator, Yahoo Maktoob iPhone app, and Arabic Pod has interesting Arabic learning podcatst, with videos and other things that are added since our last review about them.