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Languages are an incredible asset for the career minded. Trust, communication and understanding of different cultures are an incredible asset in any job.
What's the best way to describe your language skills on your resume? Are you fluent, are you proficient, are you at an intermediate level? And what section do they go in? We have some helpful tips.
What rude words, insults and phrases might you hear on your trip through time? Here are some of our favorite and most interesting put-downs of yesteryear.
These 10 French expressions are not only popular and funny (and sometimes a bit weird), but also extremely useful if you want to improve your French!
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!
Brits have a bad reputation for speaking foreign languages, but things might be changing... The winning methodology behind this language learning app has convinced 100,000 Brits to break the mould and take the first steps towards multilingualism.
Throughout the world, queer people have developed forms of communication with one another that outsiders can't understand. What are these secret languages like?
A lingua franca is a common language used in international communication. English is the world's lingua franca today, but how did it get to be that way?
Want to set yourself apart from the average British tourist this summer? All you need to impress the locals is our app, 3 weeks of learning time, and a healthy dose of British tally-ho spirit.
We all make mistakes when trying to speak Italian, but the most embarrassing ones can be avoided. Be a better Brit abroad on your next Italian holiday.
Sometimes what we learn from books is not enough. Speaking REAL Spanish means using phrases that you'll only learn in the country or in this article.
Knowing a language is often more about mastering the linguistic turns than knowing a lot of words... Improve your command of Spanish with these 10 useful expressions.
From Noah Webster to George Bernard Shaw, reformers have been trying to fix English spelling for years. If only they could agree on how to do it...
Inspirational people live a life beyond the ordinary. Meet Miguel from Liverpool, whose passion (and profession) took him to 21 countries in just 1 year.
French pronunciation can be hard for non-native speakers, as this video proves. But don't worry! We've got plenty of pronunciation tips to make it easier.
7 ways Babbel is perfect for the independent learner who wants to take control of their language learning without forking out for a language teacher or school!
9 things you should do when you visit Canada — from ordering a "double double" to living underground to learning when to add "eh" to the ends of sentences.
Is there such a thing as "just the right amount?" Discover the elusive concept of "lagom" and the place it holds in Swedish culture.
We've come to the end of the road. After thousands of kilometers and countless Spanish conversations, here are the lessons I'm taking home with me.
Chatting with strangers has been the perfect way to practice my listening and speaking skills and bring my passive knowledge of Spanish closer to fluency.
English speakers use many phrasal verbs. To improve your English, you'll need to use them too. Learn the right way to use them and avoid awkward mistakes.
Winter in Scandinavia is long and dark, but Scandinavians somehow pull through. Learn about the top Danish, Norwegian and Swedish survival techniques.
How is technology changing the way we learn? As pioneers in digital education, we have some tips for using your apps to live the digital nomad lifestyle.
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?
If you're shy like me, talking to strangers is not always easy — especially when you aren't speaking your native language! Here's how I overcome my shyness.
Québécois, the variant of French most commonly spoken in North America, has a fascinating history far removed from its European roots. Here is a portrait of the language and its evolution.
Babbel commissioned U.S. and U.K. captioning organizations to identify words in 2016 that were the most challenging for newscasters to pronounce correctly.
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.
Do you see mysterious dots hovering over words in the language you are learning? Don't be alarmed by those funny little diacritic marks (umlauts and diaereses) are here to help.
More lessons from the road: Changing your learning environment can be a shortcut to getting over your inhibitions and becoming a better learner and speaker. Stop giving a hoot and just speak!
This portrait of Turkish looks at its similarity to other Turkic languages, the reforms that modernized it in the 20th century and its unique "sticky" grammar.
Spanish-language media is everywhere — from TV to the internet, newspapers and radio. So if you want to learn Spanish, all you have to do is tune in!
With smartphone use on the rise and attention spans fading fast, a new type of learning is gaining popularity. Is microlearning the answer to your study struggles?
There are some things you should never, ever do in different countries (because they'll give you the worst of luck)!
At the end of President Obama's second term, Babbel has asked embassies and expats in the US to rate his attempts to speak languages from around the world.
Ever wondered what it would be like to speak Spanish like an infamous Colombian drug lord? No, us neither, or at least not until the premier of Narcos. With season two upon us, we take you on a whirlwind tour of Pablo Escobar's favored vocabulary.
Swedish is one of the easiest languages for English-speakers to learn! But trust us, it's not the ONLY reason you should start learning the language...
How did the Brazilian Wagner Moura land the role of Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos, and what makes the series special?
The science of memory and why we forget things so easily. Language learners take note: use these memory techniques to better remember what you've learned.
Learn Italian and speak with the residents of spectacular Siena! Improve your travels by learning a language.
Luca Lampariello, an expert language learner who's dedicated much of his adult life to language studying and coaching, describes the 5 key principles he uses in order to learn and use new vocabulary quickly and effectively.
Jumpstart your love life, make mom proud, and handle snarky waiters — here are five ways you miss out when you only speak one language.
Euro 2016 is almost here, so it's time you brushed up on your football knowledge by learning eight of the greatest football idioms from around the world!
Speaking your second language in front of an audience probably sounds like a nightmare — but sometimes the only way to get over your fear is to face it.
Can you think of any polyglot celebrities? We've compiled this list of the ten most multilingual film stars. Some of them have even gone so far as to dub their own roles into other languages.
Emoji are a fast and fun way to add emotional nuance to emails, texts and chats — but can they be more than that? Will emoji become a universal language?
"The Awful German Language" is Mark Twain’s humorous account of his frustrations with the German language. 136 years later, let’s see how German has changed.
Looking for one good reason to learn a foreign language? How about seven? Advice from our resident expert on why picking up another language is a good idea.
Studies show that we have different personalities when we speak different languages. I've experienced this phenomenon first-hand — and so has my English alter-ego.
Want to finally learn a foreign language, but can't decide which one? Here are our top 5 reasons to consider learning French.
The US supposedly suffers from a foreign language deficit, but on my first visit to New York I discovered a city immersed in foreign languages, where the ability to understand languages is a prerequisite for understanding one’s immediate environment. What’s the language landscape in New York, and how can you navigate it?
We’ve got you covered for Oktoberfest. Read on to discover essential tips, fun facts and helpful vocab for this legendary celebration of all things beer.
Do you wish you possessed more south-of-the-border flavor, flair and passion? Forget the stereotypes and check out this light-hearted look at what it takes to "mexicanize" yourself.
So you’ve decided to learn a new language! Whether it’s your first adventure into this realm or you’re already a veteran in the area of foreign languages, the path to your goal will take you through a wide range of emotions.
In this video two savvy felines, Cool Cat and Fat Cat, share some of the cat-themed idioms they’ve picked up from humans.
What are swear words, and why do we use them? What happens in your brain when you drop an F-bomb? Straight from Brooklyn, NY: the science of swearing.
The super polyglot bros, Matthew and Michael Youlden, took it upon themselves to learn Turkish in one week in Berlin, their city of residence. Find out how they did here.
French has many “why don’t we have a word for that?” words and even more that are just plain beautiful. Here’s a short list of my 9 favorite French words.
What is an untranslatable word? There are many words in foreign languages that encapsulate concepts for which we English speakers require a whole sentence to describe. This is what we call an untranslatable word. Such words open doors to new worlds and new ideas. Take our quiz and obtain the keys to a few more doors!
Have you ever wondered why fish swim in schools, stairs are measured in flights or worms come in cans? As with so many things, the French are to blame...
What does it take to be German? A love of Wurst, rules and unpretentious clothing? The author of MAKE ME GERMAN 'adds his mustard' on becoming ‘germanized’
Advice on how to learn Spanish and never forget it. Check out these 5 tips on how to speak Spanish with confidence and make it part of your life!
Bilingual relationships can be challenging, but they’re also huge opportunities to learn: I learned German whilst my girlfriend improved her English.
Learning a foreign language means making lots of mistakes, but it's nothing to get embarrassed about. It's just part of the process, and there's nothing wrong with having some funny stories to share
The Day of the Dead is about airing grief colorfully, creatively, exuberantly; the living honoring the dead with decorated graves and shrines. It's a time to bridge the gap across generations, languages and the afterlife.
Ever since the 19th century, Paris has been the ultimate city for the aimless stroller, or flâneur. Even today, walking with no destination in mind is the only way to stumble upon the secrets hidden in plain sight.
8 of the best Spanish words as you've never seen them before: my eight favorite Spanish words, illustrated with awesome GIFs, offer a window into the Spanish language and the people's mindset.
Learn the beautiful logic behind German compound words; name any animal just by sticking smaller words together. See how with our handy flowchart