Stories

The Highs And Lows Of Teaching English In The Middle East

The Highs And Lows Of Teaching English In The Middle East

What’s it like teaching English to children in the United Arab Emirates? I spoke to several teachers to find out about their lives and how teaching here compares to teaching back home.
Learning For Love: How One Man Learned Spanish For His Son’s Wedding

Learning For Love: How One Man Learned Spanish For His Son’s Wedding

How did one Brit learn Spanish for his son’s wedding to a Spanish woman? With a lot of love, and a little help from Babbel.
6 Questions With Dothraki Creator David J. Peterson

6 Questions With Dothraki Creator David J. Peterson

We chatted about creating, deconstructing and learning languages with the conlanger who invented the fictional languages you hear in ‘Game of Thrones.’
The Rise Of Y’all And The Quest For A Second-Person Plural Pronoun

The Rise Of Y’all And The Quest For A Second-Person Plural Pronoun

While traditionally associated with southern American dialects, “y’all” isn’t confined to a singular geographic region.
Third Culture Kids: Love, Loss And Learning When You’re Culturally In Between

Third Culture Kids: Love, Loss And Learning When You’re Culturally In Between

When you’re not exactly a member of your parents’ culture (but not exactly a member of the local culture where you live), your relationship to yourself — and to the entire world — is different.
Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

Where Did OK Come From, And Why Is It So Ubiquitous?

You probably use OK every day, but do you know what it stands for?
How I Started Speaking A New Language After Just 1 Lesson With Babbel

How I Started Speaking A New Language After Just 1 Lesson With Babbel

After using Babbel for just one 15-minute lesson, I built up the confidence to feel ready for real-life conversations with native speakers.
Writing The Woman: 4 Women Who Rewrote The World

Writing The Woman: 4 Women Who Rewrote The World

In honor of International Women’s Day, Babbel editor Samuel Dowd reflects on four women whose startling, radical and courageous writing has, sometimes loudly and sometimes quietly, changed the course of literature and society.
Love, Culture And Other Languages: Differences In Romance Across Europe

Love, Culture And Other Languages: Differences In Romance Across Europe

In case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is here. To celebrate the quirks and joys of pan-European dating, here’s an investigative deep dive into the cultural differences in love and relationships across the continent.
How The Grimm Brothers Changed German Linguistics (And Fairy Tales)

How The Grimm Brothers Changed German Linguistics (And Fairy Tales)

You probably associate the Brothers Grimm with Grimm’s Fairy Tales and nothing else, but their contributions to language are just as important.
Bilingual Jobs: How To Use Language Skills In Your Career

Bilingual Jobs: How To Use Language Skills In Your Career

Looking for a career change? If you learn another language, your options will multiply.
How We Used Babbel On Our Mongol Rally Adventure

How We Used Babbel On Our Mongol Rally Adventure

We’re Aimee and Craig, two self-described travel addicts. Here’s how we conquered the Mongol Rally with the help of Babbel.
Bilingual Jobs: Inside The U.S. Military’s Intensive Language Program

Bilingual Jobs: Inside The U.S. Military’s Intensive Language Program

A U.S. Marine gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how service members are tested for and taught new languages, and how they use them in the field.
Here’s Why These Teachers Choose Babbel To Learn A New Language

Here’s Why These Teachers Choose Babbel To Learn A New Language

Nobody has as much experience teaching (and learning) as real-life teachers. I sat down with a few teachers, including language teachers and linguists, to find out why they choose Babbel to learn a language.