The Babbel Magazine

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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.

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What goes on in the brain of a bilingual person, and what are the effects of being raised in two languages? In this video and article, we discuss different perceptions of what it means to be bilingual.

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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?

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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.

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Tune in to Spanish. I learned to speak Spanish (long after I had given it up for dead) once it dawned on me that I was constantly surrounded by a living language, not a compulsory school subject. Spanish is a parallel world within reach!