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Revamped Italian Course on Babbel

Posted on April 20, 2010 by

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With the release of  new features last week you’re seeing a lot of new technology, but what about the actual language learning material, you ask? After developing some new grammar courses for German and French and adding two entire new languages (Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish) in March, we’ve now created our first course in a new, streamlined format. All 34 lessons in our Beginner’s Italian Course are now available for learners whose first language is English, German, French or Spanish.  Starting with simple words and phrases like ciao and come stai, you’ll learn regular verb endings, pronunciation, numbers and a lot more. The final lessons cover more complex topics like travel, shopping and the city of Rome. Nine review steps help you to recap what you’ve  learned and commit it to long term memory. More updated courses for other languages – and for more advanced learners – to follow. Stay tuned.

Go directly to the course (after free sign-up).

Manage Your Babbel Vocabulary

Posted on April 16, 2010 by

One of the things that makes Babbel unique has always been its high degree of personalization: Babbel’s features keep track and tailor themselves to each learner’s individual progress.

All the words and phrases you’ve ever studied on Babbel are added to your personal Vocabulary. Then, by encouraging you to review items at optimal intervals, a sophisticated Review Manager further helps you to commit vocabulary to long-term memory. It tracks your successes and errors, and calculates what is best to review, when. This innovative system not only makes learning close to effortless, but also makes it a lot more efficient.

We’ve revamped the My Vocabulary overview to make it even clearer. Due to popular demand, we’ve also made it possible to print out your vocabulary words. Go take a look here after you’ve logged into Babbel.

Babbel Vocabulary Trainer for Download

Posted on April 15, 2010 by

Babbel RefreshAfter featuring the new Babbel Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch yesterday, we’ll give you the lowdown on another new feature:  Babbel Refresh.

We at Babbel think  that in order to make progress in learning, it’s important to stay present with the language. That means, instead of straining to slog through long lessons, it can actually be more efficient to review with short, bite-sized units — as long as they’re consistent and evenly spaced.

With this in mind, we’ve innovated Babbel Refresh, an application that you download and run locally on your computer. It individually calculates optimal intervals between sessions,  chooses words and phrases from your Personal Vocabulary that are due to review, and gently reminds you to engage with the language you are studying. It’s a great tool for staying motivated!

Download Babbel Refresh here.

Learn a Language on your iPhone or iPod touch

Posted on April 14, 2010 by

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Yesterday we released Babbel Mobile — iPhone Apps for seven languages. We’re happy to be receiving positive feedback from all over the world. In fact, in some countries, we’re already ranking in the top ten educational Apps in the App Store!

The idea of Babbel Mobile is to allow you to study languages anywhere, anytime. We think it’s a great way to make some productive use of your in-between time — whether it’s on the way to work, on the commercial break or on the beach. You don’t even need an internet connection. But if you do happen to be online, everything you learn is consistently synchronized with your Babbel Review Manager, making the time you spend learning efficient.

Babbel Mobile can be used to complement Babbel.com or as a stand-alone vocabulary trainer. Babbel subscribers can access the full vocabulary of 3000 words, while others can try a free lesson and purchase vocabulary for a onetime price of  €5.99 / US$ 7.99. In any case, downloading the App is free for everyone. You can use your existing Babbel login or sign up cost-free in a few seconds.

Here are some links to the App Store for learning the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish.

Update: We are currently developing an Android app. There is no release date as yet but we will certainly keep you informed via the Babbel newsletter.

Babbel Grows into a Comprehensive Language Learning System (Video)

Posted on April 13, 2010 by

We are excited to announce that with some new features and software clients,  we have just made a leap toward becoming a language learning system unlike any other.

Babbel has never been just a website, but was rather built as a server client application. It’s no wonder, then, that we’d develop new platforms. Our objective has always been to make learning as simple, accessible and effective as possible using today’s state-of-the-art methods and technologies.

We’ve created Babbel Mobile, an iPhone app that can be used alone or as a complement to Babbel.com. You can now refresh your vocabulary anywhere and anytime, whether or not you’re on the internet. Then, with Babbel Refresh, the new desktop application for PC and Mac, you’ll always remember to review. Thirdly, a new list-view of your Personal Vocabulary also makes it simple to print out a vocabulary list, to remove words from the Refresher system or to get a full overview of your learning progress. And finally, we’re presenting a first Course in our new format: a new Italian Beginner’s Course is easier and clearer than ever.

Over the next days, we’ll cover all these new features in more detail. For now, just take a look at our new 30 second video above or here (in any or all of our seven languages).