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How To Find The Time To Learn A Language

Fitting language learning into your busy schedule is much easier than you think. Here's how Babbel can help.

Wake up. Go to work or school. Run errands. Eat dinner. (If you’re lucky, squeeze in a little Netflix.) Sleep. Repeat. Our lives are filled to the brim with tasks to complete, events to attend, deadlines to meet. We’re too busy to reconnect with old friends or to make new ones. So how on Earth are we supposed to find time to learn a new language? Well, you’d actually be surprised how easily it fits into your busy schedule.

You Don’t Have To Make Time

For starters, you may be relieved to know that you don’t actually have to make time for language learning; you just have to use the time that already exists wisely. There are plenty of periods in your day spent waiting. When you’re on the train to work or waiting for your ride, when you’re at the doctor’s office, when you’re in line at the supermarket. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of 50 times you could be learning a language. Don’t let that valuable time go to waste. Whip out your phone, open the Babbel app and start learning!

Just A Little Each Day

Our lessons are totally bite-sized. (Okay, not literally. Take your phone out of your mouth.) They only take 10-15 minutes to complete — an ideal length to squeeze in during the aforementioned situations. If you can commit to spending just a few minutes with Babbel every day, you’ll learn the language and you’ll actually remember it. Imagine that! There are 24 hours in a day…you can spare 10 minutes, and think of the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel every time you complete your daily lesson. And we sync your learning progress across your devices, so you can learn anytime, anywhere — on your desktop, phone or tablet — and always pick up right where you left off.

It Won’t Take As Long As You Think

Fair warning: This is going to sound unbelievable, but it’s true. If you stick with your daily dose of Babbel, you can learn to have basic conversations in your new language in just 3 weeks! No joke. A study by researchers at the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina found that beginners only need about 15 hours of study with Babbel over a two-month period to cover the requirements of one college semester of Spanish. But we didn’t stop there. We had 15 of our colleagues try to learn Spanish from scratch in 3 weeks, and by the end, most of them had nailed down the basics and were reading, writing, and speaking with confidence!

We know you’re busy; so are we. But fitting a few minutes of language learning into your schedule is so easy. We’ll give you the tools — all you need to do is get started.

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