Young U.S. immigrants on learning the language, striving for success and the looming threat against DACA.
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Young U.S. immigrants on learning the language, striving for success and the looming threat against DACA.
Indonesian is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and is one of the most important languages in Southeast Asia. Who speaks it? How does it differ from the other languages in the area, like Malay? And lastly, why is it useful to learn it?
A professional traveler and filmmaker lays out his hacks and shortcuts that get him speaking a new language as fast as possible.
Don't let memories of the dreaded conjugation tables hold you back. Learning a language as an adult might actually be easier — and more fun — than you think.
The percentage of K-12 students enrolled in foreign language classes in school differs vastly depending on which state you live in. Find out how your state stacks up.
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.
Are these tourists in Barcelona unlucky, or just unprepared? Don't miss out like they did. Learn a foreign language BEFORE opportunity knocks!
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!
South America is home to so many amazing places that you'll run out of ways to say "amazing" pretty fast. Use these local phrases so you can be gobsmacked like a pro.
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.
Montreal, Canada is a city where you can speak English and French. So what is it like to constantly switch between the two languages every day?
We all make mistakes when trying to speak Spanish, but the most embarrassing ones can be avoided. Be a better Brit abroad on your next Spanish holiday.
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.
Swearing is a great way to learn a foreign language and even achieve fluency. If you ever wanted to swear like a Spanish master, I've got you covered with this mini-guide to Spanish swearing.
5 sticky situations in which any travelers could easily find themselves. If you speak some of the local language, getting out of them is a lot easier.
Foreign ambassadors to the U.S. share their book and movie recommendations for visitors to their countries. Be sure to read and watch them before you go!
Speaking the local lingo is a crucial part of unlocking new experiences when you're on holiday. So here are 6 ways the Babbel app will get you speaking before you fly!
How do you cross the threshold from language learner to language speaker? Use these 4 language hacks on your next vacation to get a head start.
In an office in Berlin, over 100 language experts are focusing their attention on creating the best language learning app possible. One million people are already actively using it, so what makes it so good?
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.
German words are like chemical elements. If you stick two of them together, they can take on a whole new meaning. Discover some of the best here!
It's very important to practice your accent when you're learning a new language. We explain why and explore 5 very useful tips for improving it.
What is language attrition, and why do I think it's affecting me? Is it possible to forget your native language? It's a fascinating but little-researched phenomenon.
What comes to mind when you think of the word "Carnival?" In South America and Europe, it's a topsy-turvy week of music, dance, parades and debauched fun.
In German, verb prefixes can completely change the meaning of the root verb. Here are some tips on how to dissect German verbs into their particles to help you remember what they really mean.
You have no time, no money and isn't the language you want to learn too hard anyway? Nope! These are just excuses getting in your way. Let's demolish them!
Are you ready for some serious tips for learning German? We'll guide you through some very specific areas of German which will help you get your head around this majestic language.
How many languages can one human mind master? These 6 people are some of the most famous polyglots in history. And some of them even invented languages!
Which are the very best places to visit in Argentina? What shouldn't you miss? Here's a list of all the the places you should give pride of place in your itinerary.
You want to be awesome and learn a new language? Then you'll need the expertise of 50 Youtube stars combined with our very own language learning hacks!
If you're looking to celebrate the new year a bit differently this year, then check out these 6 New Year's Eve traditions from around the world!
Why do Germans chop some verbs in half, and how are you supposed to keep track of the pieces? Welcome to the weird world of German separable verbs.
Latin never died, it just mutated into dozens of new languages and dialects, and the connections among them tells a fascinating story going back 2000 years.
Geordie is one of Britain's most distinctive (and tricky) accents for non-natives to master. That's why our inside scoop on the Newcastle accent is here to help!
Two Brits, who have lived for years in the safe linguistic cocoon of Northern Germany, take on the challenge of learning Austrian German in just a few hours!
Pia and Jimmy cycle across South America with camping gear, cameras and basic Spanish. Can they go the distance? Will their language skills improve along the way? Follow their video journey — a new episodes every month.
Masculine and feminine seem like perfectly normal distinctions, but are they more cultural than natural. How grammatical genders influence our worldview.
He has never been to South America before, he doesn't speak a word of Portuguese and he has no clue what he's doing. This gringo in Rio has a lot to learn.
Jiminy Cricket! Balderdash! Humbug! Every language has its share of old-timey words and expressions, and German is no exception. Here we take a look at some of our very favorite vintage German words.
Babbel has teamed up with the city guide specialists over at LOST iN to bring you some of the best places around Berlin to add to your itinerary, whether you're a permanent resident, a traveller just passing through, or anything in between.
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.
How can laughing help us learn a language? Actor George Oliver talks us through his own experiences learning French and teaching English through comedy and theatre.
Have you ever learned a language? Have you thought about using an app to facilitate your studies? Here are five things you should consider before using an app to help you learn a language.
Want to get your Bachelor’s degree but don’t know how to pay for it? Avoid massive student loan debt by studying in Scandinavia, Germany, or France.
What is Hay-On-Wye and why should you attend? Author Richard Aslan offers up a brief history of the famous book festival in the small Welsh town of Hay-On-Wye, where the books outnumber the inhabitants seven-thousand to one.
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.
Is the Spanish spoken across Latin America significantly different from the Spanish spoken in Spain? Does it change from country to country? Let’s find out.
An expert on nonverbal communication shares his 7 favorite Italian hand gestures. Can you guess what they mean? The answers are not always obvious.
From opera singers belting out Verdi, to auctioneers speaking a mile a minute to shepherds whistling the latest local news, we profile jobs with wildly different linguistic skill sets.
We surveyed how people behave in supermarkets around the world and what annoys them the most. Would we all get along in a hypothetical “global supermarket?”
Some of our bilingual colleagues discuss their pet peeves about having more than one mother tongue. Wait, there’s a disadvantage to bilingualism?
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.
Want to finally learn a foreign language, but can't decide which one? Here are our top 5 reasons to consider learning Italian.
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?
Do you like traveling? Do you like drinking? If the answer to the first two questions is yes, read on. If you’re drunk right now, just look at the pictures.
How often have you tried to learn a language and given up? Maybe you unconsciously committed a few “strategic” mistakes.
Do you end up in overpriced tourist traps when you travel abroad? In this article we discuss how knowing a bit of the native language can both save you money and enrich your experience.
Learning a country’s language is only half of fitting in. You’ll also need to learn about local customs and behaviors: here’s what it takes to be Spanish.
Want to learn a new language, but don't have the time? Here are a few simple tricks to make your journey into a new language a success.
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!
How good is your English? As good as Shakespeare’s? Well, even he may have had trouble identifying collective nouns. See how far you get in our quiz.
Can two guys learn Turkish in 7 days? It sounds impossible, but the Super Polyglot Brothers have a few tricks up their sleeves. Follow their journey here!
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!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Join us as we take a look at five unusual Valentine’s Day tales from countries around Europe. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Secret languages, twin languages, idioglossia, and cryptophasia. Insights from a set of twins who transformed their secret twin-speak into a constructed language.
How should we measure fluency in a foreign language? The answer is not so clear-cut, but there are some persistent myths that need to be busted.
Planning to learn a language? Studying with a partner is helpful, but having a rival is really motivating! How to let your competitive streak be your guide
Babbel’s recent My Favourite Word competition reveals some interesting patterns of which words are popular, and why.
Our ability to learn a second language is a magnificent phenomenon unique to humanity. It’s a disguise, in a way, a cloak that allows you to be part of something you’d otherwise never see
This Halloween, get a lesson in supernatural scare tactics from the Boogeyman and 14 of his cousins.
Untranslatable Words Video and Infographic. Every language has words that exist in no other language. Here are our 8 favorite words that defy straightforward translation.
Learning to eat like an Italian means learning the difference between antipasti and primo, and how to order your caffè.
What’s a pigeon without wings? What’s a cow dribble? Learn Brazilian soccer terms with this video – just in time for the World Cup in Brazil!
What’s a pigeon without wings? What’s a cow dribble? Learn Brazilian soccer terms with our infographic – just in time for the World Cup in Brazil!