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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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User portraits: Michèle and André, swamped retirees

Posted on January 30, 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 month, we interviewed Michèle from Caen in France and André from Québec. Michèle and André do not know each other, yet they have a lot in common. Both are 65 and recent retirees passionate about traveling. They are learning Spanish regularly with Babbel to travel around the world the best they can. (more…)

New Year’s resolutions for 2015 – Clichés, surprises and fighting the inner temptation

Posted on January 16, 2015 by

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The Christmas holidays have officially come and gone and many of us are now left with a combination of good memories (hopefully), nice presents (ideally) and clothes that are suddenly a little tighter than before (arrrgh). Nodding your head in silence too? Did you already make losing weight your New Year’s resolution? Could eating more healthily be your goal to follow after consuming endless amounts of roast turkey, ham and chocolate? Or are other priorities like relaxing more and feeling less stressed in 2015 more important? Let us know your personal New Year’s resolution in the comments section.

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Portrait: Daniela in Brussels

Posted on December 17, 2014 by

retratoBabbel User Portraits are glimpses into the lives of people around the world. If you would like to share your story with us, just leave a comment below. This month, we talked with Daniela Schaller who has been living in Brussels for a few months with her husband and young son, and who learned Dutch quickly with Babbel.

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Why learning a language should be your New Year’s resolution

Posted on December 5, 2014 by

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It’s that time of year again. Time to look back at the past year with pride and satisfaction, but maybe a smidgin of regret too. Have you achieved what you wanted? Did you get that raise, find that special someone, write that novel? Or are you sitting on a couch covered in stale Oreo crumbs watching reruns of Cheers and wondering where it all went wrong?

Well, it’s time to let all that go. The new year brings its own momentum, a sense of promise and the possibility of change. For all the awful clichés surrounding New Year’s resolutions, if you make the right ones they can be very motivating. (more…)