Stories

Learning A Language For Love In Costa Rica

Learning A Language For Love In Costa Rica

Navigating love in a new language can be a challenge, but the rewards make it all worth it.
My Missed Opportunity To Grow Up Bilingual

My Missed Opportunity To Grow Up Bilingual

I never learned my family’s language, but I cherish the snippets I do know.
Adventures In (German) Babysitting

Adventures In (German) Babysitting

To these two sisters, language learning was a game every bit as exhilarating as clambering over monkey bars.
What Speaking Spanish Taught Me About Self-Care

What Speaking Spanish Taught Me About Self-Care

As soon as I discovered the link between speaking Spanish and mental stillness, it took on the proportions of a superpower.
Say My Name

Say My Name

How learning a new language helped me to untangle my heritage.
Enchanté, Goodbye

Enchanté, Goodbye

The French aspirated their h’s and swallowed their r’s the same way the Yoruba did, but no one thought that the Yoruba accent was sexy.
The Unexpected Joy Of Being Bad At French

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Bad At French

Alongside my frustration, a surprising feeling emerged. Not discouragement — but delight in my failure.
How I Learned Teeline Shorthand

How I Learned Teeline Shorthand

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was little, but no one told me it would require relearning the alphabet.
War Brides: The Oral Histories Of The Military Spouses Who Took A Chance On America

War Brides: The Oral Histories Of The Military Spouses Who Took A Chance On America

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Babbel presents the stories of the women who won the hearts of U.S. soldiers and came to America for love.
How My Trilingual Baby Renewed My Faith In Language Learning

How My Trilingual Baby Renewed My Faith In Language Learning

What’s it like to raise a child speaking three languages? Blogger Errol takes us through her joys and challenges, and how it reignited her love of language learning.
‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Jessica Pimentel On Learning Swedish For Love

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Jessica Pimentel On Learning Swedish For Love

Our conversation about learning Swedish for her partner, language challenges on the OITNB set and singing in metal bands.
Sharing Everything, Even Language: Stories Of Couples Learning For Love

Sharing Everything, Even Language: Stories Of Couples Learning For Love

Love makes us do crazy things. And not so crazy things, like learning a language.
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.
Bilingual Jobs: How Singers Use Language To Make Music Global

Bilingual Jobs: How Singers Use Language To Make Music Global

We speak with two musicians: one who sings in more than one language, and one who’s studying languages to connect with her fans.