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Say “non” to faux pas: top tips for visiting France

Posted on September 30, 2015 by


Planning a trip to France this year? A little French will go a long way, of course, but don’t forget to brush up on the culture before you leave. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of our favorite Frenchies to put together a handy list of unforgivable faux pas. Make sure to pay close attention: all but the most dedicated of francophiles may be blissfully unaware of some of these.


O’zapft is! Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest

Posted on September 24, 2015 by


Home sweet home… Even though Oktoberfest is now celebrated the world over, its origins lie in Munich, capital city of the German state of Bavaria. Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration, also called Wiesn in German (Wiese = meadow), is said to be the largest fair in the world. Every year it attracts around six million visitors to the city.

No matter whether you celebrate in Munich, Qingdao or Las Vegas, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover essential tips, fun facts and helpful vocab for this legendary celebration of all things beer.


User portrait: Laura from Scotland learns Portuguese for love

Posted on September 11, 2015 by



This is the latest in our series of user portraits. This time we’re hearing from Glasgow student Laura Watts, who has been learning Brazilian Portuguese with Babbel for her partner Bruno. We liked Laura’s story so much that we’re switching up the format a little this time. Below is the interview we did when we first got in touch with Laura to hear about her experience of learning for love.



Learn language like a child?

Posted on August 12, 2015 by

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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).


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.



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

Posted on July 9, 2015 by


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


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

Posted on June 23, 2015 by


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…



Semi-communication in Scandinavia

Posted on May 20, 2015 by


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.


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.


Easter International or: Who delivers the Easter eggs?

Posted on April 2, 2015 by


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?