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Introducing Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Introducing Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

This November, Babbel Book Club is reading ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ the first book in literary sensation Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.
5 Books To Help You Learn Russian

5 Books To Help You Learn Russian

There’s more where the Pushkin and the Doctor Zhivago came from. Here are five Babbel-recommended Russian books for students of every level.
11 Fictional Characters Who Speak Another Language

11 Fictional Characters Who Speak Another Language

From Harry Potter to Captain America, here are 11 of your favorite fictional movie, TV and literary characters who speak at least one other language.
Introducing Dubravka Ugrešić’s ‘American Fictionary’

Introducing Dubravka Ugrešić’s ‘American Fictionary’

For October’s Babbel Book Club pick, we have a series of essays about the United States, Yugoslavia and being caught between worlds.
6 Books To Help You Learn Portuguese

6 Books To Help You Learn Portuguese

Been slaying those language lessons? Come up for air and supplement your learning with one of these Portuguese books.
What Japanese Haiku Can Teach Us About Translation

What Japanese Haiku Can Teach Us About Translation

Haiku is a deceptively simple kind of poem. Three lines can hold so many possible meanings.
Books Across Borders: Q&A With Acclaimed Translator Heather Cleary

Books Across Borders: Q&A With Acclaimed Translator Heather Cleary

We interviewed literary translator Heather Cleary about her work on ‘Comemadre’ and how to raise awareness for translated books in the U.S.
Introducing Roque Larraquy’s ‘Comemadre’

Introducing Roque Larraquy’s ‘Comemadre’

For September’s Babbel Book Club selection, we enter a fictional world of horror, humor and art told in two parts by an Argentine writer and professor.
Introducing ‘The Book Of Emma Reyes’

Introducing ‘The Book Of Emma Reyes’

August’s Babbel Book Club pick is the memoir of a Colombian painter who escaped an impoverished childhood and found success.
6 German Books To Help You Learn The Language

6 German Books To Help You Learn The Language

Supplement your German-language studies with these German books, chosen by experts to help you learn!
Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

For July’s Babbel Book Club pick, we’re jumping to nonfiction. This month’s book looks at the human stories behind one of the strangest sporting events in history: Adolf Hitler’s Olympic Games.
The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

Pushkin is widely credited as the founder of the modern Russian literary language — but he spoke as many as 15 others.
Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

The World Goes On is a far cry from most modern Western novels and provides a worldview that is very different from the ordinary. This makes it a perfect first pick for our Babbel Book Club.
6 Questions With Bilingual Parenting Expert Maritere Bellas

6 Questions With Bilingual Parenting Expert Maritere Bellas

We spoke with Maritere Bellas, author of ‘Arroz Con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children,’ about growing up in Puerto Rico and the importance of learning a language with your child.