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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.
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.
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?
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 A Little Language Has Taken An Actor A Long Way

How A Little Language Has Taken An Actor A Long Way

An English actor divulges his favored approach to language learning and how he’s wielded words in foreign countries.
Absolute Beginner: How I Re-Learned French In My Twenties

Absolute Beginner: How I Re-Learned French In My Twenties

They say once you learn a language, it never goes away. It can, however, take a long hiatus.

Tuning In To Spanish

I finally learned to speak Spanish after it dawned on me that I was constantly surrounded by the living language. All I had to do was tune in.

My German Girlfriend’s English

One of the most exciting things in any new relationship is to share your past; to show him or her the avenues on which you walked and how these led you to who and where you are today.
1 Language That Only 2 People Speak: The Secret Language Of Twins

1 Language That Only 2 People Speak: The Secret Language Of Twins

Insights from the multilingual twin brothers who transformed their secret twin-speak into a constructed language.