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8 Spanish Words The English Language Is Missing

8 Spanish Words The English Language Is Missing

The following eight Spanish words have been carefully selected from two years on the Iberian peninsula spent studying the language and befriending its people.
The 6 Best Language And Culture Shock Stories From The Moth

The 6 Best Language And Culture Shock Stories From The Moth

Everyone has one or two culture shock stories. Some people tell them so well, they’ve been anthologized in The Moth’s archives.
How To Eat Like An Italian

How To Eat Like An Italian

Eating in Italy is not just a meal, it is an adventure — an adventure worth doing correctly. Learn all about how to properly eat like an Italian.
Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

This month: walking the fine line between ‘smug jerk’ and ‘enabler of bad pronunciation.’ Also, a married person (shockingly) stresses about her in-laws.
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.
Unlocking The Brain: When Language Knowledge Can’t Be Explained

Unlocking The Brain: When Language Knowledge Can’t Be Explained

Is it possible to dream in a language you’ve never been exposed to? Here, we present the rational and the phenomenological take on xenoglossy.
Share Your Story With Babbel

Share Your Story With Babbel

It’s your turn to tell us how language learning has impacted your life.
Your Best Travel Guide Isn’t A Book

Your Best Travel Guide Isn’t A Book

If you’re seeking a “more authentic” travel experience, ditch the guidebook and try speaking some of the local language. It will get you much further than you might think.
9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native

9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native

These popular expressions about (new) beginnings, endings and sausages are an unbeatable way to understand the German mindset.
What We (Really) Learned From Our Language Teachers

What We (Really) Learned From Our Language Teachers

We reminisce about our best (and sometimes worst) language teachers. Looking back, what lessons did we REALLY learn?
7 German Words We Should Be Using in English

7 German Words We Should Be Using in English

I perched awkwardly in the barber’s chair and scoured my mind for conversational gems with which I could entertain my audience of three burly men awaiting their cut. I ended up suggesting they adopt seven German words into their daily parlance.
Does Speaking A Foreign Language Change Your Personality?

Does Speaking A Foreign Language Change Your Personality?

Studies show that we have different personalities when we speak different languages. I’ve experienced this phenomenon first-hand — and so has my English alter-ego.
The Modest Arsenal: 24 Hours In Istanbul With Only A Few Turkish Words

The Modest Arsenal: 24 Hours In Istanbul With Only A Few Turkish Words

Even on my first day in Istanbul, a handful of words and phrases unlocked situations that would otherwise have remained out of reach.
How Language Skills Helped This Actor On Tour Abroad

How Language Skills Helped This Actor On Tour Abroad

An English actor divulges his favored approach to language learning and how he’s wielded words in foreign countries.