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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's lived in Berlin since 2009 and has been Babbel Magazine's managing editor since 2015. Most of his free time is taken up by unhealthy obsessions with science fiction, tabletop games and the Dodgers.
Articles by John-Erik
This Man Started Speaking A New Language In 7 Days (And How You Can Too!)

This Man Started Speaking A New Language In 7 Days (And How You Can Too!)

Want to start speaking a language quickly? Read how this man did it in only 7 days!
Find Out Why These Tourists Said No To A Free Yacht And More

Find Out Why These Tourists Said No To A Free Yacht And More

Are these tourists in Barcelona unlucky, or just unprepared? Don’t miss out like they did. Learn a foreign language BEFORE opportunity knocks!
7 Ways To Express Amazement In Spanish (In 7 Of The Most Amazing Places In South America)

7 Ways To Express Amazement In Spanish (In 7 Of The Most Amazing Places In South America)

South America is home to so many amazing places that you’ll run out of ways to say “amazing” pretty fast. Use these local phrases so you can be gobsmacked like a pro.
The 5 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in French — And How to Avoid Them!

The 5 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in French — And How to Avoid Them!

Every English speaker makes mistakes when trying to speak French. We’re here to help you learn from those mistakes, avoid the most embarrassing ones and be a better traveler on your next holiday in France, Switzerland or Belgium.
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 those mistakes, avoid the most embarrassing ones and be a better traveler on your next vacation in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Cross The Language Barrier On Your Next Vacation — 4 Tricks To Put Any New Language Into Practice

Cross The Language Barrier On Your Next Vacation — 4 Tricks To Put Any New Language Into Practice

How do you cross the threshold from language learner to language speaker? Your next vacation is the perfect opportunity — just use these 4 language hacks to practice while you travel.
Babbel At The Polyglot Conference — So What Do 400 Language Experts Talk About (And In How Many Languages)?

Babbel At The Polyglot Conference — So What Do 400 Language Experts Talk About (And In How Many Languages)?

Back in October, Babbel was a proud sponsor of the Polyglot Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. We talked with 6 conference speakers and 2 attendees to discover what makes these passionate language learners tick.
21 American English Phrases That Are, Like, Totally Useful To Know

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

“What the heck are Americans talking about all the time? Are they even speaking English?” Of course we are… in our own way. Here are 21 things that Americans say A LOT — and what they mean.
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.