It’s a challenging time for everyone right now, and a lot of people are absorbing major disruptions to their routine, way of life, and sense of security. As a learning company, we figured the best way we could help our community right now is to open up our entire stash of online language learning content to students who are looking for some continuity (or just a way to stay busy) while they’re stuck at home.
This spring, all K-12 and college students in the U.S. can get three free months of Babbel lessons — no purchase necessary. And best of all, you don’t even have to stick to one language. If you’ve ever thought seriously about becoming a polyglot, we fully support you.
How Our Lessons Help You Learn
While nothing is quite the same as being in a live language classroom with other students, Babbel’s language courses are created by real language teachers and native speakers. They’re specifically designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Babbel takes a scientific approach to language learning that’s been shown to be effective by researchers at Yale University, City University of New York, Michigan State University and more.
Our review feature regularly reintroduces information you’ve already learned in strategically timed intervals. This spaced repetition is proven to move information from your short-term to your long-term memory.
Most importantly, we prioritize the information that’s going to get you speaking your new language fastest. Babbel’s speech recognition technology corrects your pronunciation until you get it right, and each lesson includes interactive dialogues that mimic the types of scenarios you’re likely to experience in the real world.
Your brain absorbs new material when you study in short chunks, and you can knock out a single Babbel lesson in about 15 minutes. Assuming you complete about a lesson per day, you can actually learn a considerable amount in just three weeks of using Babbel: vocabulary covering approximately 20 topics, basic grammar (like present-tense verbs, personal pronouns and endings of adjectives and nouns), and a basic understanding of authentic dialog (like the ability to introduce yourself and order food in a way that doesn’t sound robotic).
Online Language Learning 101
Social distancing can be a tough thing to adjust to. And if you’ve never done it before, online learning takes some getting used to as well. The good news is that there are lots of ways to effectively learn online or with an app, and you can make a lot of progress without being in a classroom.
Whether you take us up on our offer or not, we’ve got some wisdom to share with you about digital learning that you may find helpful.
- You’re free to structure your learning however you want, which is both the cool thing and the daunting thing about online language learning. If you’re a beginner, start with the basics first. But don’t hesitate to be strategic about where you go next. You don’t have to learn sports vocabulary if you never intend on talking about sports. Instead, prioritize the types of lessons that match your personal goals.
- Don’t try to do too much at once. It’s actually better for your brain if you limit your learning to short, manageable chunks (and keep it up consistently over time). The lessons will still be there tomorrow!
- You won’t get the in-person practice opportunities that you normally would in a classroom, but it’s still important to familiarize yourself with the sounds of the language and practice your speaking skills. You can follow along with your lessons by saying everything out loud — not just when you’re prompted to. And your learning doesn’t have to begin and end on the app: challenge yourself to perform a monologue about how your day went. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can also listen to podcasts or watch movies and TV shows to improve your listening skills.
- Make sure you’re reviewing what you already learned. Fortunately, Babbel’s Review makes sure this is already a built-in feature for you.
Remember To Stay Connected
Look, we get it — it’s lonely out there. Babbel’s team is here to support you! You can find more interesting stuff to read by browsing Babbel Magazine, and we encourage you to reach out anytime to our team via social and let us know how your language lessons are going. We’re all working at home too, and we’d love to connect with you.
Find us @BabbelUSA on Twitter and Instagram for language memes and videos, Facebook just because, YouTube when you need to impress someone with language trivia, and Quora for a place to ask your burning language questions.
How To Get Your Free Student Account
This offer is open to all K-12 schools and higher education institutions based in the United States.
Already have your code and not sure where to start? We created this Babbel For Students guide just for you.