What does Babelfish mean? EN

We get many questions, as to why our language course in Berlin is called Babelfish. Here is a little explanation:

The Babelfish of Douglas Adams

The original Babelfish is a fictional creature from the very funny and sometimes absurd novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The Babelfish is described as a small, yellow, creature that can be inserted into the ears. In that moment, one can suddenly understand all the spoken languages.
The Babelfish is a symbiont that feeds on external brainwaves and whose meaning it excretes in the form of telepathic energy directly into the brain of the wearer.
The name Babelfish recalls the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and the ensuing Babylonian confusion of languages.

Babelfish as name for translations

In the meantime, the Babelfish has become a popular symbol for machine-based translation systems.
The popular internet translation service Babelfish named itself after the model from Adams’ novel.

Googling a bit will make you discover a lot of Babel Fish and little fish 🙂