Want to take on a new challenge? These 6 languages are the most difficult for English speakers to learn.
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Want to take on a new challenge? These 6 languages are the most difficult for English speakers to learn.
Learning a bit of Latin is your chance to learn about your own language. Impress your most intellectual friends with the following Latin expressions!
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.
Bigly, clicktivist, emojional... language is changing rapidly. But who gets to decide what's correct? Descriptivism vs Prescriptivism – the gloves are off.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What's the deal with all these new words, where do they come from, and who’s the Italian upstart who’s taken to inventing new German words?
Learn about Italian, Russian, English and more in this article exploring the multicultural neighborhoods of the great melting pot: New York City!
Jumpstart your love life, make mom proud, and handle snarky waiters — here are five ways you miss out when you only speak one language.
Babbel weighs into the referendum debate to share its views on why the UK should vote to remain within the EU on June 23rd.
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.
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