Our Contributors

The Babbel Magazine was founded in 2014 to share informative and inspiring stories about world languages and cultures. Our contributors hail from eleven different countries on five continents.

Aaron Garcia

About Aaron Garcia

Aaron Garcia is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA.

Adam Fletcher

About Adam Fletcher

Adam Fletcher is a 31 year old bald Englishman. After several years in his adopted Berlin, he’d consider himself almost German, were it not for continued inability to separate his Akkusativ from his Dativ and his plastic recycling from his paper. He’s the three time Spiegel best-selling author of "How to be German", "Denglisch for Better Knowers" and the new "Make Me German".

Andrew Stoyanoff

About Andrew Stoyanoff

Andrew Stoyanoff is a writer and editor based in Berlin, Germany.

Anna Hartley

About Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley is an Australian writer based in Paris who writes about travel, sports and lifestyle. She moved to Paris in 2011 and still hasn’t gotten around to visiting the Garnier Opera.

Annie Kang

About Annie Kang

Annie loves her Excel sheets and complex equations. But she is also a daydreamer who often falls from her bike while marveling at the little things in life. Fear not, she always manages to hop back on, continue daydreaming (and probably fall again).


About Babbel

We are a team of 400 people from 36 nations with a shared passion for languages. From our offices in Berlin and New York, we help people discover the joys of self-directed learning. We currently offer 14 different learning languages — from Spanish to Indonesian — and our mobile apps see up to 120,000 downloads each day.


About Babs

Babs has no time for nonsense or last names, but she has a soft spot for eager learners who are willing to fumble their way to multilingual finesse with the help of her straight-talkin’ advice. Babs is a world-weary barista with a master’s degree in comparative literature. She has a thing for podcasts, knitting, and men’s hockey. Email her your language and culture conundrums at babs@babbel.com.

Ben Davies

About Ben Davies

Ben is a blond from Essex who moved to Berlin after finishing his studies in German, Spanish and Arabic. When he’s not learning Rapa Nui, he can be found watching obscure surrealist films from the 20s, improvising on the piano and conjugating irregular verbs. Currently, he is confusing Berliners with his British humour.

Bianca Trepte

About Bianca Trepte

Bianca is from Dresden, Germany and has been with Babbel since 2017. She studied in Germany, Spain, England and Chile, earning degrees in European and Latin American Studies. When she is not busy discussing the best methods for language learning with her colleagues, she loves travelling, dancing, dogs, chocolate and the sea.

Birte Dreier

About Birte Dreier

Birte grew up in Bielefeld, Germany and spent the summers of her childhood in Denmark. After majoring in Scandinavian Studies in Berlin she moved to Copenhagen and calls the Danish capital her second home. Back in Berlin, she now works for Babbel, convincing everyone of the beauty of the Danish language.

Brandon Johnson

About Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson’s birth caused the ‘83 San Tonterías quake and his escapades have been leaving their mark on the American landscape ever since: from “Brandon’s bathtub” (the Sea of Cortez), to “Brandon’s thinking chair” (Devil’s Tower) to “that place where Brandon tripped once in Arizona” (the Grand Canyon). Brandon sightings occur regularly in Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, Berlin, and rural France.

Catriona Miller

About Catriona Miller

Catriona is a Berlin-based Scot who will never say no to Kaffee und Kuchen — it would be rude not to try all the cakes in Germany. A keen linguist, writer, translator and Escape Room player, you can follow her on her blog, Bella Mozzarella.

Claire Larkin

About Claire Larkin

Claire Larkin was born and raised in Arizona before jumping ship and moving to Berlin in 2017. While she studied political science and history in university, she now spends her time writing and editing for Babbel Magazine. In her free time, Claire likes to watch all kinds of science fiction, give astrology readings, and hoard wool to stay warm during German winters.

Claudia Egholm Castrone

About Claudia Egholm Castrone

Claudia Egholm Castrone is an illustrator and designer from Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied communication design in Kolding (Denmark), Jerusalem and Hamburg, and now lives in Berlin.

Cristina Gusano

About Cristina Gusano

Cristina Gusano started to speak before she could walk, and some would testify that she’s never stopped since. She studied History of Arts and specialized in Communication, Social Networks and Cultural Marketing. She’s lived in Berlin since 2011 and joined Babbel as a writer in 2015. Rather than emailing, she sends “old-school” letters to her family and friends and likes to sing while riding her bicycle. Follow me on Twitter.

David Sumner

About David Sumner

David Sumner hails from a small seaside town in Devon (the part of England that’s so rural it puts Tolkien’s Shire to shame), and he’s been living in Berlin since 2010. After completing a Master’s Degree in Politics at the University of Potsdam he got the itch to join Babbel and share his troubles and insights into learning languages. When he’s not living the kebab-fuelled Berlin dream he’s rocking out to Icelandic keyboard rock, playing the drums like Animal from the muppets, and escaping to the Alps every chance he gets.

Denis Fracalossi

About Denis Fracalossi

Denis Fracalossi was born in São Paulo, but his passion for languages led him to leave Brazil in 2012 in search of new adventures. He now resides in Germany.

Dylan Lyons

About Dylan Lyons

Dylan is Babbel USA’s senior content producer. He lives in New York City but grew up in several different states around the country. He studied journalism and politics at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS Evening News. His interests include podcasts, puppies, reading, writing, chocolate, Game of Thrones, and soccer. But mostly puppies.

Ed M. Wood

About Ed M. Wood

Ed M. Wood is originally from Wells, the smallest city in England, and now lives in Berlin. He studied Psychology at the University of Southampton before working as a teacher and translator in Spain, England and Germany. He then undertook a MA in Political Science in Bath, Berlin and Madrid. His main interests lie in the areas of language, culture and travel. Follow him on Twitter.

Elin Asklöv

About Elin Asklöv

Elin Asklöv is a Swede living in Berlin, working at Babbel since 2014. She has a passion for Italian food, Danish cinema and German subordinate clauses and how to decipher them. Currently topping her bucket list is "see the Northern Lights" and "swim in a sea of puppies".

Federico Prandi

About Federico Prandi

Federico Prandi is a human love letter to the internet. He’s into social media, online marketing and destroying his own reputation through a blog. His favorite offline activities include lowering his life expectancy one kebab at a time and listening to very sad music.


About Fidi

Fidi, who was born and raised near Hamburg, Germany, loves ships, the sea and the harbor — but hates bad weather! That’s why she studied International Communication and Translation in Spain and worked as a translator in Turkey — with the Mediterranean always in sight. After completing her studies in language teaching research in Hamburg, she joined Babbel in Berlin where’s she’s been able to share her passion for the Turkish language with Babbel’s users.

Gabriel Mestieri

About Gabriel Mestieri

Gabriel Mestieri was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he studied Journalism and History and worked at several news and media outlets. After visiting Berlin and falling in love with the city, he chose it to make it his home in 2014. His main interests are learning languages and discovering new music styles.

George Oliver

About George Oliver

George Oliver is an actor from the West-Country who now lives in London. His first serious acting role was a Flower in ‘Minibeast’s Ball’ at Stoberry Park Primary School (Dir. Mrs Loder). His performance was so intense that several audience members complained of hay fever.

Giulia Depentor

About Giulia Depentor

Giulia is a writer with a passion for true crime, family trees and historical eras she hasn’t lived in. In her spare time, she plays the ukelele and collects faded photos of people she doesn’t know.

Hedda Carleson

About Hedda Carleson

Hedda is half-Swedish and half-American but now thinks of Berlin as her home. When she’s not reading she’s writing. Or drinking coffee. Or both.

Héctor Vargas

About Héctor Vargas

Héctor Vargas was born and raised in Mexico City. Ever since moving to Berlin in 2009, he has made it his mission to introduce Europeans to authentic Mexican salsa roja, tacos al pastor and cochinita pibil.

Irene Corchado Resmella

About Irene Corchado Resmella

Irene Corchado Resmella is a Spanish Sworn translator and content writer based in Oxford. She studied in Spain, Estonia and Russia, and also lived in Ireland and Latvia before moving to the UK. A keen traveller with a soft spot for the Russian language, she blogs about her Spanish home region of Extremadura on Piggy Traveller and is a regular contributor at Uniplaces.

James Lane

About James Lane

James grew up in Australia and has worked as an independent theatre producer, filmmaker and teacher in Hanoi and Berlin. He has written for NPR Berlin, the Newer York Press, ExBerliner and Babbel on issues of language and culture. He is currently based in Delhi, working with disadvantaged children to address environmental issues through film, radio and storytelling.

Jasmine Chao

About Jasmine Chao

Jasmine is from Los Angeles, California. With her sights set on the Big Apple, she moved to New York in 2014. She’s been told people can tell she’s not a native because she smiles too much. She joined the Babbel team in 2015.

Jen Marie Robustelli

About Jen Marie Robustelli

Jen leads the U.S. content team at the Babbel office in NYC. Originally from Maine, she is an enthusiastic fan of the ocean, seafood, pie, fall weather, and the Patriots. Connect with her on twitter @jenastelli.

Jerome Luepkes

About Jerome Luepkes

Jerome is a freelance language trainer and writer, currently living in Berlin. He grew up in Australia, has German parents and is learning to speak French at the moment. He also travels a lot, writes about his experiences and drinks a lot of tea. Check out his travel blog.

Jimmy Purtill

About Jimmy Purtill

Jimmy is a fanatical bicycle traveler and filmmaker. He grew up in Australia and later Germany. He learned German by doing and enjoys jumping in at the deep end when learning languages. Travel is a big part of his life and, together with his partner Pia, he now produces travel films for The Babbel Magazine and his blog, robohorse.tv.

John-Erik Jordan

About John-Erik Jordan

John-Erik was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in a suburb named after Tarzan (yes, really). He studied art at The Cooper Union in New York and worked as a video editor in LA before turning his attention to writing. He’s lived in Berlin since 2009 and has been writing for the Babbel Magazine since 2014. He is also the author and co-creator of the sci-fi adventure comic Golem and Odd. Follow him on Twitter.

Jonathan Epstein

About Jonathan Epstein

A Philadelphia native, Jonathan moved to New York 4 years ago to study at New York University and, though he loves traveling, can’t imagine living anywhere else. Now based in Brooklyn, he’s worked in a hodgepodge of different industries and eats way more Indian food than can possibly be healthy.

Julie Krauniski

About Julie Krauniski

Julie Krauniski holds a bachelor degree in Journalism but she actively chose work in PR. After she graduated from PUC São Paulo, she has worked for 3 years at one of the biggest publishing houses in Brazil, Editora Globo. In 2012, she moved to Berlin with the aim to learn German and travel around Europe, and in the end she decided to stay in the coolest city of the world. In the German capital, she has already worked as foreign correspondent journalist, Editor and Content Manager. Nowadays she is the PR Manager for Brazil at Babbel.

Julie Piérart

About Julie Piérart

Julie Piérart grew up in a multicultural metropolis of 374 inhabitants in northern France. She completed her studies in French Literature and Art History in Germany. Passionate about dance and cinema, she contributed to the French cultural magazine Berlin Poche for five years.

Katrin Sperling

About Katrin Sperling

Katrin (Kat) Sperling was born and raised in Potsdam, Germany and moved to Toronto, Canada after high school. Since her Hogwarts letter still hadn’t arrived by her 20th birthday in 2011, she finally had to face reality and went to study English and German linguistics in Berlin. Luckily, linguistics turned out to be just as magical, and Kat is now very happy to write about learning languages for the Babbel Magazine.

Kyri Savva

About Kyri Savva

Kyri was born in London, UK. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany and has worked for Babbel since April 2016. He enjoys writing, writing puns, halloumi and listening to Prince. Sometimes all at the same time. Follow him on Twitter.


About Lars

At 22, like most students in Russia, Lars completed his studies in his home country. After finishing his degree in teaching Russian and English philology, he went to Heidelberg, where he studied German and Spanish philology for his Masters program. After graduation he followed fate to Berlin, where he’s been working as an author and editor for Babbel’s Russian courses since 2014.


About LOSTiN

LOST iN is a print guide and app that lets you discover global cities through cool tips from local legends.

Luca Lampariello

About Luca Lampariello

Luca Lampariello is an Italian polyglot who has learned 11 languages so far, including German, Russian, Polish and Mandarin Chinese. He’s well-known in the language-learning community and currently resides in Rome, Italy.

Luca Vullo

About Luca Vullo

Luca is an author, film director and producer who works between London and Los Angeles, always moving and always gesticulating. As an expert on Italian gestures, he’s coached the National Theatre of London and currently teaches Italian non-verbal communication in several universities around the world. Learn more about him here.

Mara Zatti

About Mara Zatti

Mara Zatti is a journalist now working on the opposite side of the barricade in Babbel’s press office. Her old passion for archeology comes out when she’s around ancient ruins and old stuff in general.

Maren Pauli

About Maren Pauli

Maren Pauli was born and raised in Berlin, and decided to study language, geography and culture as far away from her home country as possible: Japan. It quickly became clear that her love affair with the country would last a lifetime. She doesn’t go anywhere without her camera and notebook, and loves riding roller-coasters and going for walks.

Marion Maurin

About Marion Maurin

Marion Maurin’s German roots were well hidden: her German mother moved to France at the age of 21, obtained French citizenship and brought her children up in French. At 21, Marion followed the same path, but this time going in the opposite direction from France to Germany in order to study philosophy.

Matt Hormann

About Matt Hormann

Matt Hormann is a freelance writer in Pasadena, California. His work has appeared in Hometown Pasadena, Patch.com, Westways, and the Pasadena Weekly.

Matt Horsburgh

About Matt Horsburgh

Originally from the sunny shores of Sydney, Australia, Matt previously lived in London before settling in Berlin. He has a background in fashion, journalism and public relations.

Matthew Youlden

About Matthew Youlden

Matthew Youlden hails from Manchester, England. Passionate about all things related to languages, he studied Translation and Linguistics and specialised in Sociolinguistics in Berlin and Barcelona. As Babbel’s Language Ambassador, Matthew’s mission — should he choose to accept it — is to spread and share the joy of learning languages. He currently resides in Berlin.

Megan Toon

About Megan Toon

Megan spent most of her childhood outdoors in rural Somerset, England. She graduated from Yale University with a double major in Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations and has published work in a number of Foreign Policy and Global Affairs publications. In her spare time, Megan plays squash, runs, adores any animal that is four-legged and furry, and is always eager to travel to and explore new places on the planet.

Michael Youlden

About Michael Youlden

Michael Youlden is from Manchester, England. His fascination with other languages and cultures has led to a lifetime of learning and traveling. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Mollie Hosmer-Dillard

About Mollie Hosmer-Dillard

Mollie Hosmer-Dillard studied art at Oberlin College and moved to Berlin in 2006 to attend the Heraclitus School of Ever-Living Fire. She currently lives in Ridgewood, New York, where she works as a painter and a translator of German to English.

Natali Lekka

About Natali Lekka

Natali is originally from Athens, Greece and now works as a freelance writer and Greek translator in the UK. Follow her on Twitter.

Nele Lenz

About Nele Lenz

Nele Katharina Lenz is originally from Essen, Germany. The name of her hometown actually means "food" in German which totally makes sense: she’s enjoyed cooking, eating and writing about it from a very early age. After studying Cultural Management & PR in Hildesheim and Paris, Nele moved to Berlin with her theatre company machina eX. It was at the Berlinale Film Festival that she first discovered the joy of languages, films and working in an international team. These passions combined brought her straight to Babbel.

Nicki Hinz

About Nicki Hinz

Nicki loves learning and a challenge. No matter whether it is about learning Hebrew, HTML, to play the piano or taking on a triathlon — she’s on it! Nicki adores explaining things and has heaps of experience under her belt, having worked as a teacher of German, French and Latin in London for the past six years. This hasn’t only helped her to develop her didactic and public speaking skills, but has also bolstered her nerves of steel — essential for the Bavarian who has to deal with Berliner whimsicalities on a daily basis!

Noah Harley

About Noah Harley

Noah Harley is a writer, translator, and musician living in Queens, New York. He recently co-produced and translated for Salero, a feature-length documentary exploring humanity’s fraught relationship with natural resources shot on site in southern Bolivia, which garnered grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, and the San Francisco Film Society. When he is not writing articles or producing videos for Babbel, he roams the eastern coast of the United States with his band, The Horse-Eyed Men.

Noémie from ESL – Language studies abroad

About Noémie from ESL – Language studies abroad

Everyone at ESL – Language studies abroad shares a passion for traveling and languages. We are convinced that learning languages abroad, expanding your horizons and meeting other people are some of the best experiences that you can have.

Nuno Marques

About Nuno Marques

Nuno is a puppeteer and scriptwriter who spends his time twiddling his thumbs inside and outside puppets’ heads. He enjoys daydreaming, biking in Berlin and opera. Some of his best friends are made of felt and foam!

Paloma Lirola

About Paloma Lirola

Paloma Lirola is a Show Woman and a Cultural Agitator, titles that she holds since she arrived in Berlin and was forced to group all her skills in this big city. She sings, she composes, she does comedy stand-up, she writes articles, she gives music lessons and she takes her ukulele even to the gym. She also works as a guide showing the magical places of the Golden 1920’s in this amazing city.

Pauline Bénéat

About Pauline Bénéat

Pauline Bénéat is from Brest, France. She studied Political Science at Sciences Po Rennes and European Studies at the University of Bath. After living in France, the US, the UK and Germany, she settled on Berlin and joined the Babbel team in 2013.

Peter Niemczyk

About Peter Niemczyk

Peter is a New York born writer, journalist, and blogger, who loves to analyze movies, politics, and social trends. He does not enjoy analyzing his diet and exercise habits.

Pia Leong

About Pia Leong

Born in tropical north Queensland, Australia, Pia is a theatre designer who somehow found herself traveling the world on a bicycle and living in a tent. "Remote Encounters" documents her courageous attempts to communicate in the local language on her travels.

Ray Pham

About Ray Pham

Ray Pham is a designer and illustrator originally from sunny Sydney, Australia. He also happens to be the art director at Babbel.

Richard Aslan

About Richard Aslan

Richard Aslan is a writer, editor and project maker who is interested in people, the things they do, how they live and the words they use. Richard grew up in the UK but escaped when still a teenager. He has since lived in Egypt, Spain (twice), Japan, Ecuador, and is now based in Berlin. He makes participative and experimental performance as half of ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS.

Rob Compton

About Rob Compton

Robert Compton is from Plymouth, England. He has lived in Berlin since 2009 and works as a Media Relations Manager for Germany Trade & Invest.

Ryan Eyers

About Ryan Eyers

Ryan Eyers is originally from New Zealand. He arrived in Germany some four years ago by way of South East Asia, and has since been studying for his MA, teaching English, and learning the German language diligently.

Sabine Hartwig

About Sabine Hartwig

After finishing school, Sabine wanted to discover the world. She majored in German-Dutch studies and lived for several years in the Netherlands. She also spent some time in France, the US and South America. She loves to travel, cook, dance and learn languages. In 2013 she returned to Berlin and is now part of the Babbel team.

Samuel Dowd

About Samuel Dowd

Samuel Dowd whittled away his formative years in the UK and Ireland. He graduated with a BA in Sculpture and an MA in Philosophy and Time-Based Arts, and works as an artist, film-maker, gardener, writer and Babbel editor. His thirst for all things experimental — including architecture, organic farming, polyglot prose-poetry and music — has taken him across the globe. He’s lived in Finland, New Zealand, Austria, Croatia and, since 2013, Berlin. He has translated many strange and wonderful literary works into English, and is now striving to extend the time he can hold his breath underwater without thinking anything in any language.

Sandra Halter

About Sandra Halter

Sandra Halter grew up in the Swabian townlet of Heidenheim an der Brenz until she moved to Berlin in 2002. After studying Politics and Social Sciences in Berlin and Paris, and making a few stopovers elsewhere, she happily ended up writing for Babbel… although she’s still hoping to fulfill her secret desire to cover the next Oscars or royal wedding live.

Sarah Luisa Santos

About Sarah Luisa Santos

Sarah Luisa Santos was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and after spending some time in London, she ended up in Berlin. Despite holding a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, she decided to follow her passion for words and is now sharing her linguistic discoveries with Babbel. Follow me on Twitter.

Sean Fitzsimons

About Sean Fitzsimons

Sean Fitzsimons is a linguistics graduate and writer, based in London with an interest in where language, society and culture mix. Away from typing words, he dedicates his time to live music, soccer and overhyping the latest overhyped book or TV series.

Sheri Davenport

About Sheri Davenport

Sheri Davenport is an award-winning writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-wrote the novel On The Way To Woodstock, and her romantic comedy Lucky Christmas was a featured Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel in 2012. Sheri holds a BA in English from the University of Iowa.

Simon Cowley

About Simon Cowley

Simon is English, was born in Italy, studied in Sweden and now lives in Germany. He has struggled to learn foreign languages his entire adult life. Postman, foley artist and philosopher are just three of the jobs he worked before turning up on the doorsteps of the Babbel office in 2016.

Sophie Vignoles

About Sophie Vignoles

Sophie is a Berlin-based language aficionado who studied linguistics and literature in France and Ireland. She currently takes care of Babbel’s French lessons. In her spare time, she rides her bicycle, plays the piano and is always ready to learn a new language!

Steph Koyfman

About Steph Koyfman

Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a New Yorker and a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She previously hailed from Boston, where she studied journalism and English. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.

Taylor Grace Lindsay

About Taylor Grace Lindsay

Taylor is a music and film journalist and one of the last truly enthusiastic redheads in New York City. She tries to read every book that’s recommended to her.

Thea Bohn

About Thea Bohn

Thea writes about those things that she herself loves to read. Her studies of German and American literature and philosophy took her to Mainz, New York and Berlin. Before joining Babbel in 2015, she had been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She’s currently learning her sixth language, Italian, while trying her best not to annoy her colleagues with too many made-up words.

Thomas Moore Devlin

About Thomas Moore Devlin

Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City because he wanted to live in a place that is the exact opposite of his hometown. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper, Washington Square News. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter.

Veronika Bondarenko

About Veronika Bondarenko

Veronika is from a Ukrainian city with an unpronounceable name (Zaporizhzhia), and has been enjoying midnight Berlin döner since 2014. When she’s not busy worrying about life and death, she writes music and creates videos for her YouTube channel.

Vitor Shereiber

About Vitor Shereiber

Growing up in the Brazilian provinces, playing with his dog Xuxa, Vitor never imagined he’d end up in Berlin. What happened? A degree in languages, a transatlantic flight, another degree (History and Gender Studies), a burning passion for imperial topaz… At Babbel since 2014, he now teaches that, in Brazil, saying "drop by" is not necessarily an invitation (and other important aspects of Brazilian culture).

Y Yates

About Y Yates

Y is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who is insatiably interested in art, culture, and the intersection of technology and storytelling. She believes you can never have too many houseplants.

Zach Sporn

About Zach Sporn

Zach was born in Queens, New York, and has lived in Montreal, Budapest and, for the past 6 years, Berlin. At Babbel, he facilitates the exchange of expert knowledge and insights between his colleagues and researchers in various academic disciplines, including linguistics and economics. His anthems are 90’s rap, 80’s funk and old soul.