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John-Erik Jordan
John-Erik was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a suburb named after Tarzan (yes, really). He co-founded Babbel Magazine in 2014 and was its managing editor from 2015 to 2020. Most of his free time is taken up by unhealthy obsessions with science fiction, tabletop games and the Dodgers.
Articles by John-Erik
15 Terrifying Boogeymen From Around The World

15 Terrifying Boogeymen From Around The World

This Halloween, get a lesson in supernatural scare tactics from the Boogeyman and 14 of his cousins.
The 5 Best Inspirational Language Quotes

The 5 Best Inspirational Language Quotes

Are you trying to learn a language, but need some inspiration? These 5 kernels of wisdom are sure to motivate!
The 7 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in German — And How to Avoid Them!

The 7 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in German — And How to Avoid Them!

Every English speaker makes mistakes when trying to speak German. We’re here to help you learn from them, avoid the most embarrassing ones and be a better traveler on your next vacation in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Party Around The World: How To Celebrate Carnival In 6 Languages!

Party Around The World: How To Celebrate Carnival In 6 Languages!

What comes to mind when you think of the word “Carnival?” Colorful ferris wheels, rickety tilt-a-whirls and rigged midway games? Internationally, “Carnival” has a very different meaning. Here’s your guide to the western world’s favorite week of debauched fun.
The Science of Curse Words: Why The &@$! Do We Swear?

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.
5 Professions That Require Unusual Language Skills

5 Professions That Require Unusual Language Skills

From opera singers belting out Verdi to auctioneers speaking a mile a minute to shepherds whistling the latest news, we profile jobs with wildly different linguistic skill sets.
111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

Spanish and English have been trading vocabulary (and culture) for centuries.
33 American Movies With Hilarious Titles In Other Languages

33 American Movies With Hilarious Titles In Other Languages

When film titles get translated into other languages, the results can get downright weird.
21 American English Phrases That Are, Like, Totally Useful To Know

21 American English Phrases That Are, Like, Totally Useful To Know

Here are a few phrases that Americans say a lot — and what they mean.