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What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)?

Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble.
Niche language communities in New York represented by a photograph of one of New York's chinatowns.

Touring The Niche Language Communities Of New York City

You don’t have to travel far in New York to find a diverse linguistic landscape.
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Introducing ‘Talking On The Job’: Babbel’s Business English Podcast

Each episode helps you through a difficult workplace situation with useful tips.
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The Eccentric History Of English Spelling (And Why It’s So Maddeningly Difficult)

Why is it so difficult to spell words in English? It turns out that the inconsistency of English spelling is a long, rambling history with many people to blame along the way.
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The Science of Curse Words: Why The &@$! Do We Swear?

What makes a word a swear word? Why do we swear? What happens in your brain when you drop an F-bomb? Straight from Brooklyn, New York: the science of swearing.

The Origin Of ‘Ciao’ And How It Took Over The World

More importantly, should you be saying it in Italy?
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How Many People Speak French, And Where Is It Spoken?

Did you know that French is one of the fastest growing languages in the world and that about half of all French speakers live in Africa?

What Is The ‘Status Quo’?

Stick to the status quo, or just learn about it.
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Real Language Teachers Share Their Favorite Tips For Learning

You heard it straight from the expert’s mouth.
Ish meaning represented by a woman teaching a class in front of a white board with four students seated in the foreground.

What Is The Meaning Of ‘Ish’?

It’s only three letters, but it can do a lot.

The German Alphabet: Your Pronunciation Guide

The German alphabet has 30 letters, but you are more familiar with them than you think.