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How To Do Just About Anything… In English!

Posted on January 18, 2018 by

 

 

 

Babbel’s newest English course teaches in-demand skills like rapping and surfer slang… entirely in English! The monolingual “How To” course for advanced learners is available now!

Chad has been an editor on the Didactics team at Babbel for over three years and is the resident expert for all things American English. Having lived abroad for nearly 20 years, he speaks a bit of Spanish, Thai, Khmer, and, most recently, German. Here he writes about his latest project, and the maxim “give the people what they want.”

 

 

 

 

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Strangers: An Employee Initiative at Babbel Tackles Difference and Diversity

Posted on January 3, 2018 by

Toward the end of 2017, a number of Babbel employees launched an ongoing series of internal presentations now known as The Stranger Talks – a sort of salon aimed at highlighting difference and diversity as ways of innovating and transforming how we work. The inaugural talk, given by Lars in our Didactics team, served as an introduction to the project’s central themes. We sat down to chat about it, and reflect on its impact. (more…)

How Babbel Built an Online English Test

Posted on December 21, 2017 by

Babbel’s partnership with Cambridge English brings language assessment into the digital age

 

Ben, originally from the UK, is project manager for English in Babbel’s Didactics team, the language experts who create and optimise our courses. In the past, he’s trained and worked as an English teacher and assessor in both Germany and Spain, and he delights in learning more unusual languages as far afield from English as possible, including Swahili and Tongan. Here, he writes about how Babbel and Cambridge English, experts in language assessment, partnered to release the Babbel English Test…

 

 

 

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How Babbel learns from our learners

Posted on May 29, 2017 by

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In the second post in a series on what it means to describe Babbel as a learning company, two Babbelonians discuss our learners’ essential contributions to optimizing and improving our courses.

 

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Learning by Doing at Babbel

Posted on March 10, 2017 by

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Babbel is a learning company inside and out. We believe that anyone can pick up a second (or third or fourth) language, so our days are spent refining and adding to our courses to make them even more effective, motivating and communicative for you. And every day we ourselves figure out how to do that better.

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User Survey 2016

Posted on January 19, 2016 by

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We surveyed nearly 45,000 Babbel users (or 44,584, to be precise) in order to find out how and why they learn. Here’s a handy overview of what we found out.

(Download the full report here.)

 

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What is Babbel doing to help refugees in Germany?

Posted on December 14, 2015 by

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At Babbel, diversity is one of our core values, and also one of our biggest strengths. That’s why we feel a responsibility to do our part in improving the situation of the many refugees that have made the difficult journey to Europe in recent months.

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Babbel launches on Apple Watch

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

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As you may already know, the team at Babbel has been working on an app for the new Apple Watch for some time. Now we’re ready to share the details.

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Babbel on Apple Watch: the era of contextual learning has arrived

Posted on March 10, 2015 by

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“Apple Watch is the most personal device we have ever created.” – Tim Cook

As announced on Apple.com, Babbel will be the first language learning app available on the Apple Watch. The Babbel Watch app enables users to learn new words in real situational contexts in a fun and effective way.

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Why are people really learning languages?

Posted on June 18, 2014 by

If you’re learning a language at the moment, take a second to consider this question: why?

Recently, the question has been framed in economic terms. Freakonomics began it with a podcast that questioned the financial benefits of language learning. Over at the Economist’s Prospero blog, Robert Lane Greene argued that the numbers were higher than had been estimated and varied greatly depending on language.

It’s a debate worth having – albeit a bit sad that we reduce the beauty (and unquantifiable benefits) of learning a new language to an economic return on investment.

But how decisive is this factor? For which age groups and nationalities? What are the main reasons that make people want to learn a language?

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