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Portrait: Travel to 100 countries and learn ten languages in only ten years – Was Stephan able to make his dream come true?

Posted on January 16, 2017 by

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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 below.

After his studies in business administration, at the age of 24, Stephan from Germany had a crazy idea: Within the next ten years he wanted to travel to 100 different countries and learn a total of ten languages. Just after his 35th birthday he told us whether he was able to make his dream come true.

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Portrait: The saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, … has been proven wrong.”

Posted on December 5, 2016 by

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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 below.

 

“My wife died in 2009 after 35 years of marriage. She spoke fluent French and Italian, and I always felt stupid and speechless standing next to her when she was chatting away. On my many trips abroad, I had always been able to communicate very well in English. As I never managed to learn other languages in the time I shared with my wife, I thought that I could best confront feelings of sadness and injured vanity by beginning to learn French and Italian intensively with Babbel. Perhaps it is a little too late to start learning at the age of 67, but the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has been proven wrong.”

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

Posted on August 17, 2016 by

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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:

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

Posted on June 10, 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!

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.

 

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Following your team in France this summer? Read this first

Posted on June 7, 2016 by

 

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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.

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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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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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