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User portrait: Lenel, learns three languages with Babbel

Posted on May 26, 2015 by

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This is the latest in our series of portraits of Babbel users – a snapshot of their lives and the reasons they are learning a new language. If you want to share your story with us, please leave a comment.

This month, we interviewed Lenel who lives Galway in Ireland, but is originally from the Philippines. Alongside to his job in a fast-food restaurant, the 24-year-old is also a blogger. Using bucketlist250.com, he created a “bucket list” of things he wants to achieve during his lifetime. Over a year ago, he began a new challenge – learning Spanish, Italian and French. Lenel decided to accomplish his goal with Babbel, and wrote about the experience in his blog. In this portrait, he tells us more about the concept of a bucket list and why learning those languages is part of his life’s goals.

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Semi-communication in Scandinavia

Posted on May 20, 2015 by

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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.

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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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Portrait: Andrea, On the Move for the Children of the World

Posted on April 29, 2015 by

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Today, we’re presenting another installment of our Babbel User Portraits – snapshots of their lives and their reasons for learning a new language. If you’d like to share your story with us, leave a comment. This time, we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Caschetto. This 24-year-old from Modica travels around the world helping children and is learning new languages in order to better communicate with them.

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Portrait: Clara from Munich learns Portuguese for love

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

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New from our Babbel User Portraits Series – we present snippets from the lives of our users and their reasons for learning a language. If you’d like to share your story with us, please leave a comment below. This time, we’re learning about 21-year-old Clara from Munich, who has perhaps the most beautiful reason to learn Portuguese – out of love for her Brazilian husband Gabriel.

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Easter International or: Who delivers the Easter eggs?

Posted on April 2, 2015 by

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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?

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Portrait: Andrea from Bologna – Sports and Spanish

Posted on March 19, 2015 by

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We are launching a series of portraits of Babbel users – a snapshot of their lives, and the reasons why they are learning a new language. If you want to share your story with us, please leave us a comment. Today we introduce you to Andrea from Bologna. The 35-year-old is passionate about sports and languages. He has learned Spanish for the job of his dreams…in three weeks! And here he is, telling us how it was.

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Il ministro o La ministra? The Feminine Form in Professional Job Titles

Posted on March 5, 2015 by

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Little by little, women have secured professional roles that were previously unachievable. As important positions in government and society were once reserved for men, many languages never established a feminine form for certain job titles. How do languages adapt to this new reality? In the spirit  of International Women’s Day, we at Babbel – the app for easy language learning – have taken a close look at the feminine form of  professional job titles in several languages.

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Valentine’s Day Tales from Europe

Posted on February 13, 2015 by

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Valentine’s Day: the day of love. Every day should be a day of love, but having one day dedicated to it makes it more special, with millions of people around the world declaring their love for each other. Despite the assumption that it’s actually a holiday made up by florists and chocolatiers to sell more flowers (Did you know that it’s the one day of the year when men buy more flowers than women?), Valentine’s Day traditions actually extend back hundred of years, originating with the Feast of Saint Valentine, the patron saint of happy marriage and love. Here are some interesting Valentine’s Day tales from countries around Europe…

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Portrait: TJ, from Albany, New York

Posted on February 11, 2015 by

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We are launching a series of portraits of Babbel users – a snapshot of their lives, and the reasons why they are learning a new language. If you’d like to share your story, let us know in the comments. This is the month that we all celebrate Valentine’s day: a good reason to interview TJ, a 26-year-old software engineer from Albany, New York who is learning Norwegian for his significant other, Mari, from Norway.

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