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Portrait: Babbel, braille and beach holidays – Regina is blind and learns Italian online

Posted on August 17, 2016 by


New from our series of Babbel Portraits: here our users introduce themselves and their experiences learning a language. If you would like to share your experiences with us, then please leave a comment.

This installment is about Regina from Switzerland, a passionate language learner. What makes Regina’s story unique? Well, Regina is learning a new language as a blind person, for one thing. Even when it gets tough, she really likes to learn. Her motivation? When she’s on holiday, she loves being able to talk to local people, and discover as much as she can about this planet. Not to mention, languages are also useful for her job. Here she tells us more:


Portrait: Richard Janssen’s Turkish Challenge

Posted on July 8, 2016 by


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.


Portrait: Claire, 28, learns Dutch to make a new start in Amsterdam

Posted on June 10, 2016 by



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!

Have you ever dreamt of leaving everything behind in order to make a fresh start abroad? This is exactly what 28-year old Claire did. She left her life as a city planner in Paris and moved to Amsterdam, where she met Mirjam, with whom she lives today. She talks to us about her experience learning Dutch and her new lifestyle.



Following your team in France this summer? Read this first

Posted on June 7, 2016 by



This week, millions of European football fans will descend on France for the beginning of the European championships. So of course, as outspoken proponents of language learning and cultural understanding, we at Babbel feel obliged to help out any way we can. That’s why we’ve put together a simple list of dos and don’ts for the visitors. And if enough people pay attention, it might just make life a little easier for their hosts too.


User Portrait: Introducing Richard Janssen

Posted on May 9, 2016 by



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.



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

Posted on April 27, 2016 by


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.


Who, what, when, why? Our user survey explained

Posted on March 21, 2016 by



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.



User Portraits of 2015: Where Are They Now?

Posted on January 18, 2016 by


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.




Roast Turkey or Fried Chicken? Christmas Around the World

Posted on December 18, 2015 by



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.



When in Rome: 8½ ways to integrate with the Italians

Posted on December 9, 2015 by


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.