Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Ba Ba Dum is a website that hosts 5 different games that help users learn up to 1500 words in 9 languages.
The mission of the Ba Ba Dum is to provide a valuable learning experience while remaining entertaining. The site is designed in a cartoonish style, making it appealing to users of all ages. One of the games hosted on the site is similar to the language-learning approach used by software such as Rosetta Stone. Ba Ba Dum says a word in a particular language, and you have to choose one out of four pictures that corresponds to the word spoken. Although the game is not quite as refined as it is on Rosetta Stone, Ba Ba Dum is completely free, which is a huge plus. The site currently offers games that help users learn American English, UK English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, or a combination of all the languages.
The site features four additional language-learning games, all of which are easy and fun to play as the Rosetta Stone-like feature described before. One game is similar to the first game, but depicts one picture and shows four possible answers for the correct corresponding word. Another game simply speaks the word and forces you to match the voice with the corresponding picture. The third game shows a picture and forces you to spell the word yourself. Other games on the site teach pronunciation and difficult-to-learn characters in languages such as Japanese and Russian. Overall, the site is both entertaining and informative, and it makes learning a new language (or languages) fun, exciting and, most importantly, free. The site could potentially benefit from better instructions or a more rigid structure for how to progress through the games, but for casual use it’s a great way to brush up on whatever language you’re trying to learn.