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Why grammar (and broccoli) are good for you

Posted on May 27, 2014 by


This month Babbel focuses on grammar, with a range of healthy new courses. There are also new pronunciation courses, in-depth Italian, and false friends.


Poor old broccoli, pariah of the vegetable world. Despite the fact that it’s extremely good for you and US President Obama has declared that it’s his favourite food, broccoli is still reviled by children all around the world – and a fair few adults.

A bit like grammar. Years of being forced to conjugate verbs or grapple with textbooks the size of telephone books have left many of us bruised, battered, and wondering if it’s all worth it.

But grammar doesn’t have to be intimidating. The trick is to prepare it properly.

In small, digestible portions grammar can be a wonderful thing. It tells you what works and what doesn’t. It gives you the building blocks you need to speak and write. Ultimately grammar not only gives you the tools to understand and create language, but provides an insight into how people in a different culture think and behave – such as how people who speak ‘futureless’ languages like Chinese are more likely to save money.

This month, Babbel’s smorgasboard of new courses includes plenty of healthy grammar and pronunciation, with some false friends for dessert.


English-speaking users: Danish and Dutch pronunciation (consonants), Polish and Norwegian grammar, more French grammar, Italian In-depth course 1

German-speaking users: Danish and Dutch pronunciation (consonants), Polish and Norwegian grammar, more Turkish and French grammar, Italian In-depth course 1

French-speaking users: Dutch pronunciation (consonants), Polish Beginners course 1, Italian In-depth course 1

Italian-speaking users: French grammar, French false friends

Spanish-speaking users: French grammar, Polish Beginners course 1, Italian In-depth course 1

Portuguese-speaking users: Spanish In-depth course 1

Swedish-speaking users: Spanish In-depth course 1



I wonder if you are going to develop a program on Modern Greek! If so, I would be interested in helping you create such a program. I am a retired Adjunct University professor who teaches Modern Greek. and French I hold a Ph.D. In French/Multilingual, Multicultural Ed. I wonder if You could use my expertise in developing the above program, in Translating French into Modern Greek or Modern Greek to French.
I look forward to your response.
A.V. Lambros

Hi Anna, there are no plans to do so in the immediate future, but we’ve forwarded your email to the Didactics department.

I really appreciate your concern about my progressing in Engliish.

How long before the Norwegian app on iOS? I’m trying to be patient 🙂

Hi, how can u help me to practice , & improve my Eng.?? Is it free??

Hi Sori. You can try it for free, and if you like it, you can subscribe to get full access. Go to, and if you have any questions, send them to

Interesting article

Je veux etre fort en Anglais

How can I go back a page or reply a spoken answer please.i have my French lessons on my iPad

Hi Deidre – just send an email to, they can help you out.

I just want to continue through the course from where I got up to before. Suddenly everything changed and I am asked to pick what I want to do. Please find out where I was and let me go from there.

Hi Jane – just send an email to, they can help you out.

Brilliant thank you

Do you teach Icelandic?

Hi Norma. Unfortunately not. All our courses are specifically tailored to both reference language and learning language – so a German speaker learning Spanish will have, say, a different course to an Italian speaker learning Spanish – which means they’re all quite specifically detailed to the needs of the user, and we put a lot of effort into them. At the moment there just aren’t enough users wanting to learn Icelandic.

Could i cancel subscription ,unable at moment to study. Thank you.
John Sheridan.

Hi John – of course, just send an email to

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