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5 Popular Myths About Language Learning, Debunked

5 Popular Myths About Language Learning, Debunked

Let’s clear the air on these oft-repeated myths, once and for all.
How To Combat Foreign Language Anxiety

How To Combat Foreign Language Anxiety

Don’t let anxiety get the best of your language-learning goals. Fight back with these helpful steps.
Why Making Mistakes Is The Best Way To Learn A Language

Why Making Mistakes Is The Best Way To Learn A Language

Instead of shying away from failure, here’s why you should embrace those mistakes.
Ask Babs: How Do You Respond When You Overhear People Badmouthing You In Another Language?

Ask Babs: How Do You Respond When You Overhear People Badmouthing You In Another Language?

This month: how to clap back in any language. Also, the difference between ‘preservative’ and ‘preservativo’ (and how to correctly ask about the nutritional content of your sausage).
You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Common Pronunciation Mistakes That All Language Learners Make

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Common Pronunciation Mistakes That All Language Learners Make

Whether you’re learning English as a second language or struggling to nail your French accent, there’s a wrong way to approach pronunciation, and it might be tripping you up.
Ask Babs: Why Don’t Native Speakers Ever Want To Talk To Me In Their Language?

Ask Babs: Why Don’t Native Speakers Ever Want To Talk To Me In Their Language?

This month: an aspiring polyglot talks to the hand. Also, how to swim your way out when foreign curse words land you in hot water.
Professional Captioners Reveal the Mispronounced Words of 2017

Professional Captioners Reveal the Mispronounced Words of 2017

From ‘bokeh’ to ‘Weinstein,’ see which words people struggled to pronounce correctly this year in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
8 Words You THOUGHT Were German, But No One Uses Them In Germany

8 Words You THOUGHT Were German, But No One Uses Them In Germany

Which “German” words do you use that would sound totally strange to any native German speaker? Find out, and learn some German grammar along the way!
Ask Babs: I Misspoke At Dinner, And Now My French Host Family Thinks I’m Pregnant. How Do I Recover?

Ask Babs: I Misspoke At Dinner, And Now My French Host Family Thinks I’m Pregnant. How Do I Recover?

This month: what to expect when you’re not expecting (but your host family thinks you are). Also, an introvert struggles with intimacy and German.
15 Google Translate Fails That Will Make You Never Trust Computers Again

15 Google Translate Fails That Will Make You Never Trust Computers Again

The autotranslate feature never fails … to fail (and be hilarious). Here are a few of the internet’s best translation gaffes.
Good Naked, I’m Pregnant — 7 Awkward Foreign Language Mistakes To Avoid

Good Naked, I’m Pregnant — 7 Awkward Foreign Language Mistakes To Avoid

Double check the meaning of these false cognates before trying out a new language, or some embarrassing situations might be in store!
5 Ways This App Will Ensure You Impress The Locals With Your Language Skills This Summer

5 Ways This App Will Ensure You Impress The Locals With Your Language Skills This Summer

Want to set yourself apart from the average British tourist this summer? All you need to impress the locals is our app, 3 weeks of learning time, and a healthy dose of tally-ho spirit. This unbeatable combo will make your dream of being able to ask for the nearest pub in the local language a reality!
The 6 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make In Italian — And How To Avoid Them!

The 6 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make In Italian — And How To Avoid Them!

We all make mistakes when trying to speak Italian, but the most embarrassing ones can be avoided. Keep reading to avoid these common pitfalls for English speakers!
The 5 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in French — And How to Avoid Them!

The 5 Most Common Embarrassing Mistakes That English Speakers Make in French — And How to Avoid Them!

Every English speaker makes mistakes when trying to speak French. We’re here to help you learn from those mistakes, avoid the most embarrassing ones and be a better traveler on your next holiday in France, Switzerland or Belgium.