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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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How Babbelonians are working together to translate the European Resistance Archive

Posted on May 22, 2017 by

olly ERA Translation Workshop 2017

Olly has worked at Babbel as a developer for nine years, almost since the beginning. For many years, as part of the engineering team, he was mainly in charge of backend services – that is, all the background technical details that Babbel users don’t see. Now he works as Technical Lead for the “New Business Initiatives” team. Below, he describes his central role in the European Resistance Archive (ERA) and how his experiences at Babbel helped him carry out his passion project.

 

 

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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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Variety makes all the difference! Games in German classes with refugees

Posted on March 3, 2017 by

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This article is the fourth in a series of guides and suggestions for German classes with refugees — by Babbel. The articles introduce useful teaching methods regardless of prior pedagogical experience. Here, we summarize the experiences we’ve gained as part of our workshop for volunteer German teachers. The workshops are organized by Babbel language learning experts and primarily serve volunteer German teachers for the organization Multitude e.V.

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Teaching the Latin alphabet

Posted on December 13, 2016 by

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This article is the third in a series of guides and suggestions for German classes with refugees — by Babbel. The articles introduce useful teaching methods regardless of prior pedagogical experience. Here, we summarize the experiences we’ve gained as part of our workshop for volunteer German teachers. The workshops are organized by Babbel language learning experts, and primarily serve volunteer German teachers for the organization Multitude e.V.

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أنا أتكلم الألمانية … Problems with pronunciation?

Posted on October 27, 2016 by

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This article is the second in a series of guides and suggestions for German classes with refugees — by Babbel. The articles introduce useful teaching methods regardless of prior pedagogical experience. Here, we summarize the experiences we’ve gained as part of our workshop for volunteer German teachers. The workshops are organized by Babbel language learning experts.

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How differences between language students in class become an opportunity for everyone

Posted on October 26, 2016 by

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This article is the first in a series of guides and suggestions for German classes with refugees — by Babbel. The articles introduce useful teaching methods regardless of prior pedagogical experience. Here, we summarize the experiences we’ve gained as part of our workshop for volunteer German teachers. The workshops are organized by Babbel language learning experts.

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Bikes instead of company cars: In the fast lane by bike – and three times around the world

Posted on July 28, 2016 by

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Whenever you hear “Babbel,” you probably think of language learning and then about your next trip, where you can finally put your newly acquired language skills to the test. But have you ever heard of Babbel when it comes to bikes? If not, then it’s about time!

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Refugees learn German for daily life with SINGA Language Café and Babbel

Posted on June 1, 2016 by

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Ze-bra-strei-fen,” Ismael, Sadeq, Ahmed and Aynob say in chorus while sitting around a table in the language café, before they start animatedly discussing the correct pronunciation: is the “Z” pronounced like an “S?” In Arabic there is no “ts” sound, as pronounced in the German letter “Z.” It’s not an easy phrase to start with, but the four refugees from Syria and Iraq don’t let themselves get discouraged, and repeat it again. “Zebrastreifen.” To ease their introduction to the topic, “Specifics of road transport in Germany,” I wrack my brain for a simple synonym: “Fußgängerüberweg” (pedestrian crossing)! Sure, the word is longer and more complicated, but the students’ motivation energizes me — they’re following my every word to learn as much German as quickly as possible.

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Inside Babbel: Hack Day 5

Posted on May 31, 2016 by

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Every few months, Babbel’s finest minds team up to face one another in an off-site battle of the hacks. The aim is simply to make the best learning tool they possibly can in just one day. I recently joined the Hack Day’s fifth iteration to report back from the front lines.

 
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