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Learn language like a child?

Posted on August 12, 2015 by

Learn like a child

Learning a new language takes time, a good amount of effort, usually some money, and sometimes a bit of nerve. It’d be much better and faster to learn like a child – somewhat passively and without having to really do a thing. “Intuitive” is the magic word here. But can foreign language acquisition from a certain age really go as well as it would for someone who’s learning their first language? And do we even want that? Let’s take a look at how children learn their native language (applied linguistics fittingly calls this the “first language”) and how it compares to how we learn further languages in later years (applied linguistics often speaks here of “second language” or “foreign language” depending on the role the language plays in our daily lives).


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Portrait: James & Anna-Louisa – an Anglo-Swedish love story

Posted on July 22, 2015 by

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This Babbel user portrait is courtesy of 20 year-old James Nash, from Portsmouth. In it, he tells us all about his Anglo-Swedish romance with fellow Erasmus student Anna-Louisa.

 

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Ciao instead of hello – how to stop people from answering you in English

Posted on July 9, 2015 by

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Christine Konstantinidis is a language teacher, blogger and author of the recently released Sprachen Lernen – Tolle Tipps und Tricks (Learning Languages – Terrific Tips and Tricks). She bases her approach to teaching and learning on an excitement and passion for language itself. This keeps learners motivated over the long term, and helps them to enjoy the process of reaching their goals. Her German-language blog, Sprachlernen leicht gemacht (Language Learning Made Easy), is also written with this in mind. Find it (and practice your German) at www.chkonstantinidis.wordpress.com.

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New York, Rio, Rome…? The language learner’s dream destination revealed

Posted on June 23, 2015 by

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Summer is upon us, and there’s no better way to spend a hot afternoon in the office than daydreaming about where we’d rather be. There’s no time for that here at Babbel HQ of course, so we decided to ask our users which city destinations have got them staring into space this year. More than 3,000 of you responded, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve counted the votes, crunched the numbers, and determined your number one…

 

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Semi-communication in Scandinavia

Posted on May 20, 2015 by

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Elin Asklöv works on Babbel’s Swedish and Danish courses. She is originally from Linköping, southern Sweden, but now lives in Berlin. Here, she gives us a Swedish perspective on how communication works (or occasionally doesn’t) between natives of the three Scandinavian countries.

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Babbel launches on Apple Watch

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

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As you may already know, the team at Babbel has been working on an app for the new Apple Watch for some time. Now we’re ready to share the details.

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Easter International or: Who delivers the Easter eggs?

Posted on April 2, 2015 by

Easter

Easter is celebrated in many countries around the world. Originally, it was a Christian celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and thus full of Christian symbols and traditions. Over the years though, various customs, stories and symbols have been established in many countries that have been associated with the Easter festivities. For example, if someone asks a child in the United States to draw a picture of what they think of when they hear the word “Easter”, they’ll most likely start to draw Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny. But what would be the first thing to come to mind for a child in Italy or France? How do people in countries that celebrate Easter spend their holiday? Are there special Easter meals to enjoy? And most importantly: who actually delivers the Easter eggs?

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My name is “Cloud”. Who are you? Turkish names and their meanings

Posted on March 24, 2015 by

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My name is Fideniz Ercan. I’m the Turkish language project manager at Babbel. As my name suggests, my parents are from Turkey. And you’re about to learn what Turkish names give away besides just origin.

Turkish names are found in all aspects of life. These are often everyday words such as love (Sevgi), wish (Dilek), luck (Uğur), hope (Ümit) and free (Özgür). This is an especially big plus for those learning Turkish. Because when they discover the meaning of a name, they can immediately add another word to their vocabulary.

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If You Have to Go to Your Head to Get Reason…

Posted on March 12, 2015 by

Polish Idioms

 

…then you’re probably all caught up in Polish idioms right now. It’s not so bad – idioms are fun and they “get to the heart” of the matter.

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Babbel on Apple Watch: the era of contextual learning has arrived

Posted on March 10, 2015 by

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“Apple Watch is the most personal device we have ever created.” – Tim Cook

As announced on Apple.com, Babbel will be the first language learning app available on the Apple Watch. The Babbel Watch app enables users to learn new words in real situational contexts in a fun and effective way.

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