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User Survey 2016

Posted on January 19, 2016 by

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We surveyed nearly 45,000 Babbel users (or 44,584, to be precise) in order to find out how and why they learn. Here’s a handy overview of what we found out.

(Download the full report here.)

 

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User Portraits of 2015: Where Are They Now?

Posted on January 18, 2016 by

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It’s been a big year for Babbel, and equally so for some of our users. Throughout the year, we’ve shared with you a few of their stories, and now it’s time to check back in for an update on their language-learning journeys.

 

 

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Roast Turkey or Fried Chicken? Christmas Around the World

Posted on December 18, 2015 by

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Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but even among the billions who do, this time of year can look very, very different indeed. So, in the interests of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men” (and everyone else, of course), we’ve put together a handy primer to make sure our well-traveled readers aren’t taken by surprise when joining in the festivities away from home.

 

Here, in no particular order, are some of the more out-there ways to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.

 

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What is Babbel doing to help refugees in Germany?

Posted on December 14, 2015 by

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At Babbel, diversity is one of our core values, and also one of our biggest strengths. That’s why we feel a responsibility to do our part in improving the situation of the many refugees that have made the difficult journey to Europe in recent months.

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When in Rome: 8½ ways to integrate with the Italians

Posted on December 9, 2015 by

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We’ve already looked at how best to fit in with the Spanish and the French — now we turn our attention to the Italians. Want to visit the bel paese without faux pas or fashion crimes? Read on.

 

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Suzy, from Passavant-en-Argonne, Learns Spanish on the Paths of the Camino de Santiago

Posted on November 13, 2015 by

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Today we bring you the latest chapter of our Babbel user portraits — a snapshot of users’ lives and experiences learning a new language. If you want to share your own story, let us know in the comments section below.

At 66 years old, Suzy has raised five children and is now a grandmother to nine. She is currently enjoying her retirement in Passavant-en-Argonne, a small village with a population of 220 in the Marne region of north-eastern France. When she’s not playing Scrabble and dominoes at the local seniors club, Suzy treks along country roads. Hiking is her greatest passion, and it’s this passion that led her to discover another: learning Spanish. She registered with Babbel on July 20th to learn the language of Cervantes, one month to the day before venturing out alone to explore the Spanish roads of the Camino de Santiago.

 

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

Posted on September 30, 2015 by

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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.

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

Posted on September 24, 2015 by

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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.

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User portrait: Laura from Scotland learns Portuguese for love

Posted on September 11, 2015 by

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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.

 

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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).


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