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Portrait: Richard Janssen’s Turkish Challenge

Posted on July 8, 2016 by

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Not long ago, we met Richard Janssen, a hyperpolyglot and food fanatic from Venlo in the Netherlands. Having marveled at the extent of his linguistic abilities, we decided to push them to their limits with a test: a one-month, Babbel-only Turkish challenge. Here’s how it went down.

 

Need a recap? Check out our previous article on Richard before reading on – I promise you’ll be impressed.

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Inside Babbel: Hack Day 5

Posted on May 31, 2016 by

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Every few months, Babbel’s finest minds team up to face one another in an off-site battle of the hacks. The aim is simply to make the best learning tool they possibly can in just one day. I recently joined the Hack Day’s fifth iteration to report back from the front lines.

 
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Inside Babbel: Communicating Across Cultures

Posted on May 27, 2016 by

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By startup standards, we’re getting pretty big. And as a language-learning company that straddles two continents, we’re also pretty international. That’s great, but it’s also a challenge: how do we go about talking to one another while navigating the various linguistic and cultural divides? Here’s how it works in practice:

 

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User Portrait: Introducing Richard Janssen

Posted on May 9, 2016 by

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Richard Janssen knows a thing or two about languages. Like our very own Matthew Youlden, he’s what we call a hyperpolyglot. Upon hearing the extent of Richard’s linguistic abilities, Sam Taylor decided to put those skills to the test (with a little help from Babbel, of course).

 

Here’s part one of two — in which we meet Richard and find out what makes him tick.

 

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Inside Babbel: Matthew Youlden

Posted on May 6, 2016 by

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Matthew Youlden is a hyperpolyglot, linguist and Language Ambassador at Babbel. You may know him from being literally all over the internet. But who is he, really? Sam Taylor has the answers.
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Who, what, when, why? Our user survey explained

Posted on March 21, 2016 by

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Here on the Babbel blog, we make no secret of our love for letters. Words, after all, are what we do.

But once in a while, they say, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. So we’ve been crunching some numbers — big ones: we asked our users about how they learn with Babbel, and 45,000 of them got back to us (okay, 44,584 — but who’s counting?).

We scratched our heads, put the kettle on, dusted off our calculators and got to work. Here’s what we found out.

 

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Inside Babbel: Refugees Welcome

Posted on February 1, 2016 by

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For the past two months, volunteers from Babbel have been visiting the LAGeSo refugee centre in Berlin’s Bundesallee to distribute free online German courses. Sam Taylor talked to some of the project’s participants to find out more about their experiences.

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Socks, sandals and sombreros: Seven deadly Spanish vacation sins

Posted on June 18, 2015 by

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Spain’s appeal is obvious – the sun, the sea and the sangria spring instantly to mind. Less clear, perhaps, is how to go about making the best of it all while staying on the good side of the locals. We can’t promise to keep you out of trouble on la playa this summer, but we do have a few pointers.

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Learning for love: is your language hot or not?

Posted on May 12, 2015 by

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I think Nelson Mandela said it best:

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

I suspect he had loftier ambitions than holiday romance, but good advice is good advice.

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