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 quickly — in only 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)!
— Whirling Gene ✊🏽🌈 (@TheWhirlingGene) January 2, 2018
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.
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Gene-Manuel. J’habite a Guttenberg, NJ. Salut! pic.twitter.com/31jOCXhIcl
— Whirling Gene ✊🏽🌈 (@TheWhirlingGene) January 8, 2018
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 !
— Whirling Gene ✊🏽🌈 (@TheWhirlingGene) January 22, 2018
Lexxie — Spanish Learner
Both Lexxie and her bitmoji (the cartoon version of her seen below) were very excited to learn Spanish.
— Lexxie Dugan (@Leximus28) January 3, 2018
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.
— Lexxie Dugan (@Leximus28) January 9, 2018
Week 2 was just as cute!
— Lexxie Dugan (@Leximus28) January 16, 2018
By Day 21, she made a lot of progress but admitted she has some more practicing to do. ¡Muy bien!
— Lexxie Dugan (@Leximus28) January 23, 2018
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.
Hallo! This month I’m taking part in #Babbel21, and for the first day I’m introducing myself. I’m Thomas and I’m holding a wiener dog in this picture because I’ll be learning German! Follow me on this three-week journey. #babbel #german #language
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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
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In just seven days, he made incredible progress! Someone’s gunning for a promotion.
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By Week 2, he was using much longer sentences and his pronunciation was improving.
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By the end of the challenge, his German was quite good. Sehr Gut, Thomas! We’re impressed.
Happy #babbel21 Day 21! As you can tell from the video, I’ve come a long way, but I still have a while to go before getting near fluency at #german. I’m relieved I don’t have to film myself anymore though! Here’s to the start of a long journey #languagelearning #pleasedontwatchthis
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