The Babbel Magazine

Real-life conversations start with stories that inspire.

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Which flowers send the best Valentine's Day messages — and which ones should be avoided completely? Learn about the language of flowers and find out.

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Existing mostly in the remote, mountainous and far-flung corners of the globe, whistled languages are dying out — but they still contain a few keys to understanding the phenomenon of human language.

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Is it "Hi," "Hey" or "Yo"? Make your first splash into English-speaking society in style, and learn the many ways to say hello in English — like a local!

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Just because you're learning a language on your own doesn't mean you have to learn it alone. The internet is filled with communities of people who are doing the same thing as you, and they are great to turn to for inspiration and motivation along your journey.

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Just when you think you understand German, you discover that there are regional dialects: we met speakers of the Swabian dialect in the Black Forest.

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No matter where you are in the German-speaking world, who you are talking to and what time of day it is — learn the most suitable German greetings.

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Kissing, it seems, is a rather complicated business. Not only is there a plethora of tonsil-tennis vocabulary to learn, but there's also a whole load of etiquette!

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Language is obvious and self-evident for most of us, but it's also a mystery that's hard to pin down. How should we define it? What is language, really?

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Dialects are spoken by fewer and fewer people every generation. What are the global forces pushing them to the sidelines, and can any of them be saved?

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What are the most important French words to know in order to master the language? Our author argues that they're the following: Truc, bidule, machin and chose: these are (almost) the only words you need to know if you want to master French chit-chat.

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Music may be universal, but musical notation is Italian. If you sing or play a musical instrument (or want to start), you better learn these Italian words.

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Why love grammar? Because without it, the sounds we make would be meaningless. My love letter to how humans communicate, in all our weird and wonderful ways.