How These Beginners Learned A Brand New Language In 21 Days
These beginners made their resolution to learn a language and stuck with it for three weeks. Here’s how they did.
Is 21 days really enough time to form a healthy habit from scratch? That’s what we set out to test at the start of the new year. After the last of the confetti was swept up and the empty champagne bottles recycled, we wanted to see if people would make a resolution and stick to it. Thus, the #Babbel21 challenge was born. Many of our social media followers joined Babbel USA staffers to learn a new language in 21 days. What insights can we take away from their language-learning journey? Here are some highlights from three of the most dedicated challenge participants.
Gene — French Learner
Gene was passionate about learning French from the start (and his photos were beautiful)!
His reason for learning French? Following his dreams, of course. Très bon !
I’m doing @BabbelUSA’s #Babbel21 Day Challenge to keep me motivated to do at least one lesson a day & hopefully, by Day 21, I’ll be in a nice groove & keep going further. It’s been a dream to learn to speak Francais & I think this might be the perfect time to make it a reality! pic.twitter.com/ZeEKY6yvNv— Whirling Gene ✊🏽🌈 (@TheWhirlingGene) January 9, 2018
Check out his progress at the end of Week 1.
And Week 2!
Salut! C’est lundi et je n’ais pas grand chose à dire. Bonne journèe à tous! @BabbelUSA’s #Babbel21 Day Challenge • Day 14 (Post a video speaking in your language.)#FrenchLessons pic.twitter.com/BeDNhseuEY— Whirling Gene ✊🏽🌈 (@TheWhirlingGene) January 15, 2018
By the end of the challenge, he had really come a long way. Fantastique !
Lexxie — Spanish Learner
Both Lexxie and her bitmoji (the cartoon version of her seen below) were very excited to learn Spanish.
She’s learning Spanish to connect with relatives and to become an even better third-grade teacher!
I will be able to talk with my two sister-in-laws in their native language! Also be able to communicate with my students parents! #Babbel21— Lexxie Dugan (@Leximus28) January 18, 2018
We loved her Week 1 recap video, mostly because of her adorable study buddies.
Week 2 was just as cute!
By Day 21, she made a lot of progress but admitted she has some more practicing to do. ¡Muy bien!
Thomas — German Learner/Babbel Staffer
Babbel USA’s very own content producer Thomas was brave enough to take on German. His dachshund friend came along for the ride.
He’s a total bookworm and hopes to be able to read some German lit. If he keeps at it, there may be a Metamorphosis in store for him!
For #babbel21 Day 16, we’re talking about what we plan to do with the language after the challenge. I’ll need to get through a lot more lessons, but I hope to eventually start reading books in #german, like Kafka and Rilke. Before getting to real novels, I’ll have to start with Germany’s famously weird children’s books. Here’s to that guy who cuts children’s thumbs off! #languagelearning
In just seven days, he made incredible progress! Someone’s gunning for a promotion.
By Week 2, he was using much longer sentences and his pronunciation was improving.
By the end of the challenge, his German was quite good. Sehr Gut, Thomas! We’re impressed.