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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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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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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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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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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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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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