Stories

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.
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?