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Portrait: Richard Janssen’s Turkish Challenge

Posted on July 8, 2016 by

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.

User Portrait: Introducing Richard Janssen

Posted on May 9, 2016 by

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.

Portrait: Le défi turc de Richard Janssen

Posted on July 14, 2016 by

Il n’y a pas si longtemps, nous avions rencontré Richard Janssen, un hyper-polyglotte et féru de cuisine venant de Venlo, aux Pays-Bas. Impressionnés par ses capacités linguistiques, nous avions décidé de les mettre à l’épreuve avec un défi : apprendre le turc en un mois, seulement avec Babbel. Voici comme cela s’est déroulé.
Vous avez besoin d’un petit récapitulatif ? N’hésitez pas à lire notre article précédent sur Richard avant de continuer la lecture, vous ne serez pas déçu.

Portrait d’utilisateur : Nous vous présentons Richard Janssen

Posted on May 18, 2016 by

Richard Janssen en connaît un rayon sur les langues. Comme notre cher Matthew Youlden, il est ce qu’on appelle un hyperpolyglotte. Après avoir entendu parler des capacités linguistiques de Richard, Sam Taylor a décidé de mettre ce talent à l’épreuve (avec l’aide de Babbel, bien entendu).
Voici la première partie, dans laquelle nous rencontrons Richard et nous découvrons ce qui le fait vibrer.

User Portraits of 2015: Where Are They Now?

Posted on January 18, 2016 by

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.

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

Posted on August 17, 2016 by

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:

Portrait : le proverbe « Qui jeune n’apprend, vieux ne saura »… … peut parfois s’avérer faux.

Posted on December 5, 2016 by

Voici un nouvel épisode de notre série de portraits d’utilisateurs Babbel – un instantané de leur vie et les raisons pour lesquelles ils apprennent une nouvelle langue. Si vous souhaitez partager votre histoire, n’hésitez pas à nous laisser un commentaire.
« Quand ma femme est décédée en 2009, nous étions mariés depuis 35 ans. Elle parlait couramment le français et l’italien, et je me sentais toujours un peu bête de ne rien pouvoir dire pendant qu’elle discutait à son aise. Durant mes nombreux voyages à l’étranger, l’anglais m’avait toujours amplement suffi. Ce qui m’a incité à apprendre le français et l’italien avec Babbel de manière intensive, c’est à la fois ma tristesse et ma fierté blessée de ne pas avoir appris d’autres langues pendant que ma femme était encore là. 67 ans, c’est sans doute un peu tard, mais le proverbe « qui jeune n’apprend, vieux ne saura » ne s’applique pas à toutes les situations.

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

Posted on December 5, 2016 by

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.”

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

Posted on June 10, 2016 by

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.

I ritratti degli utenti del 2015: dove sono e cosa fanno oggi?

Posted on January 19, 2016 by


È stato un grande anno per Babbel, ma anche lo è stato anche per molti dei nostri utenti. Nel corso dell’anno abbiamo condiviso con voi alcune delle loro storie ed è giunto il momento di darvi qualche aggiornamento sui loro progressi nel campo dell’apprendimento linguistico.