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Portrait: Hans From Switzerland – An International Life Full of Languages

Posted on April 27, 2016 by

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Presenting the latest chapter of our Babbel user portraits — a snapshot of users’ lives and experiences learning a new language. Want to share your own story? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Today we introduce you to multilingual Hans from Switzerland. This 69-year-old polyglot isn’t just a passionate language learner — he’s also a linguist, an organist, a marketing and database expert, and a website developer! Here, he talks about his mother tongue of Romansch, his love for foreign languages and cultures (he’s currently learning Swedish and Welsh), and how his language skills helped him land his dream job.

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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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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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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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Potrait: Cecilia — a multilingual story between Italy and Argentina

Posted on December 2, 2015 by

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Presenting 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. Today we introduce you to Cecilia from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a woman with a great passion for languages. At the age of 35, Cecilia has already learned nine languages in addition to her mother tongue of Spanish. Among the languages she has mastered is Italian, a language she feels very comfortable speaking (and also the language in which this interview was conducted). Here she explains why.

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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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User portrait – A Father, Three Children, and a Pickup Truck: Milan to Lapland and Back

Posted on October 15, 2015 by

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Here is the latest chapter of our Babbel user portraits: today, we introduce you to Giuliano from Italy. The architect and father of three had a dream: to travel with his kids in a converted pickup truck to Lapland. To finance the trip, he wrote a blog about his adventure: Rovaniemi Express. Here he tells us about his journey, and how learning Swedish helped him to discover a whole new world, and to show his children that languages are alive.

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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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