WOTW (Website of the Week) #1: Babadum
WOTW (Website of the Week) is a forum series dedicated to showcasing some of the coolest language-learning websites out there. It updates weekly on Thursdays, and every week a new website is showcased. In general, I try to pick websites that are either a good tool for language learners, or a website that helps people improve existing languages.<h1>Facts</h1>
Teaches: Vocabulary, Listening, and Hiragana/Katakana (for Japanese only)
Languages Offered: English (American & British), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Japanese, Greek, Polish, Czech, and Lithuanian
Account: not necessary, but advised
Note: Vocabulary is the main focus of Babadum.<h1>What I Liked</h1>
only uses native language in settings and menu; Babadum is almost entirely in your learning language
good for visual learners
teaches specific vocabulary not in a lot of books, courses, etc.
a large selection of languages
fun and addictive
it can be played in a short period of time
unlike Rosetta Stone, its visuals are clear and easy to understand
uses recordings of native speakers instead of TTS engines
lack of timer
no way to select a certain topic that you need to work on
When I first saw this site a month ago, I didn’t think much of it. But now I’m hooked! With a variety of fun exercises, Babadum makes learning vocabulary easy. Any language learner will probably agree that vocabulary in a foreign language is quite daunting. There are so many words that pop up once in every 1000+ words, and they can be quite annoying because they make up a lot of the vocabulary. But Babadum presents vocabulary in a fun way, using visuals that are simple and fun. The visuals really help you associate a word in another language with what it represents, not simply the English word. Now you can finally know what a skateboard or basil or eyelashes are called in another language. It’s so useful because a lot of the time you find a new word on the occasion when you need to know it the most. Sometimes context just isn’t enough, and that’s where Babadum comes in. I played Babadum for an hour, and even though I didn’t retain all of the vocabulary on the first try, I remembered quite a bit of the vocabulary. The only thing is that I wish Babadum made a list of the words I got wrong, or at least showed them more frequently. It would really help me remember the words. Also, I felt no pressure to answer a question quickly. I like Timed Practice, so it would be nice to add an optional timer to Babadum. However, I still enjoyed Babadum, and I recommend it as a useful vocabulary tool.<h1>Rating</h1>
Usefulness: 5/5 stars
This really helped me with some vocabulary.
Enjoyability: 4.5/5 stars
Fun, but some may find it boring after a while.
Design: 5/5 stars
Simplicity and fun merge to create a well-made website.
Overall: 5/5 stars
Babadum is a great website in general.<h1>Images</h1>
I hope you enjoyed this review. Please upvote and say something in the comments section. What did you like/dislike about the review? Have you tried this website before? If so, what are your opinions on it? I’d appreciate any feedback.
Thanks for reading; stay tuned next Thursday!
Thanks! Another interesting and helpful post! :) By the way, if you ever find any resources related to Turkish I would love to hear about it!
My next website review will be about a website you can use for Turkish (and other languages) :)
That would be great. If you get any inclination I haven't seen the post drop me a nudge on my stream bitte. :)
I've heard of this website and tried it before. My only complaint is how finite it must be, though. It has a very good interface and learning way, but it said itself that it only has around 1500 words.
What are the benefits of getting an account? Does it just track your progress or accuracy with the vocab?
It allows you to get on the leaderboards. Other than that, I'm not sure. I'll have to look into it.
Excellent thread idea m.tastic! Just gave babadum a try and I really like it so far! Will definitely be helpful to strengthen my vocabulary in a couple of languages! Keep up the great work!
Does it have some sort of spaced repetition system, or are the words you're presented random?
I've been using Babadum lately. And I am so into it! I wonder if they'll ever expand the vocab list though. That would be so beneficial to beginners like me. I've heard that some of the vocab isn't as helpful as it could be. Maybe they could add more practical terms sometime :) Anyway, it's fun.
Does the page still work for you? It's been months since I have no access to the game and I have no idea why doesn't it let me in. It shows five dots turning endlessly in a circle and doesn't load anything else. Has it occurred to anyone else?
I just checked and it is working. Earlier today there was a problem but now it is back up.