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How a European-Made
App is Teaching Americans
New Languages
Millions of people are
using Babbel’s app —
made by 150 language
experts — to learn a
new language.
For a limited time,
readers can get 3
months of Babbel for
free.*

How

do you create
a
science
backed
language-learning app?
Babbel’s lessons were
created by a team of over
150 linguists, language
experts and teachers
working together in their
Berlin office.

It’s probably one of the
most multilingual places
on Earth: Not only does
this team cover the 14
Babbel languages, but
the experts also speak
20 other languages and
dialects, including Thai,
Mandarin,
Icelandic,
and even Tongan. And
they’re all learning more
languages, of course.
These experts know how
to get you conversational
in a new language as
quickly as possible —
so quickly, in fact, that
a recent study showed
that even beginners just
starting out in a new
language only need an
average of 15 hours of
study over a two-month
period to cover the
requirements for one
college semester.
So how do they do this?
Let’s take a look.

1. They Design
Courses With
Real-World
Conversation In
Mind
If you think back to
your previous language
learning
experiences,
you can probably recall
having to construct
basically
useless
sentences, while still
struggling to complete
basic daily tasks.
Babbel believes the
focus
of
language
learning should be on
real-life conversations,
so they avoid drilling
abstract grammar and
vocabulary.
After completing the first
course you’ll be able
to introduce yourself,
talk about where you’re
from, how you’re doing,
and say what you’d like
to drink. Just think of
what you’ll be able to
accomplish after a month
of studying!
You can also choose
topics related to anything
that interests you and
is relevant to your life.
Planning a trip? Skip
directly to the sections
that cover vacation
vocabulary, like asking
for
directions
and
checking into your hotel.
Working with colleagues
overseas? Check out
Babbel’s
business
courses that help you
participate in meetings in
another language.

Fast growing Babbel.com is helping millions of people across the
country learn a new language

2. All Lessons Are
Voiced By
Native Speakers

4.15-Minute
Lessons Easily Fit
Into Your Schedule

Because they want you
to be able to actually
use the language you’re
studying,
Babbel’s
experts make a point to
have all of the dialogues
and trainers voiced by
native speakers. They
know how essential it is
to hear the language as
it’s really spoken.

The
most
common
excuse for not learning a
new language is: “I just
don’t have enough time.”

And
their
teaching
experts and linguists
know that you need
to practice speaking
the language before
you get out in the real
world. They include
voice-recognition
software to check your
pronunciation.
You’ll
have the opportunity to
repeat every new piece
of vocabulary that’s
introduced (and you can
turn this feature off, too,
so you can practice while
on the go).

3. Their Experts
Know The
Importance Of
Review
In an interview with
Karoline Schnur, one
of Babbel’s language
experts, she explained
why review is an
important part of the app.
“We have repetition built
into the lessons with
different exercises and
different contexts so that
you make connections in
your brain.”
While you might first
encounter a certain set
of vocabulary in the
beginner courses, these
words will continue to
pop up in later dialogue
practices.
The Babbel app also
has a Review Manager
that’s designed solely
for repeating information
and getting it into your
long-term memory. The
approach comes from
psychology and is based
on time intervals for
repeating information.
When using Babbel,
you’ll notice that items
are available for review
in the days and weeks
after the initial lesson.
The rationale?
“If you keep getting an
item correct, the time
until you see it again
expands. After all those
steps are done, we say,
‘OK, this is in your
long-term
memory.’,”
Karoline explained.
In this way, Babbel
isn’t just helping you
memorize vocabulary,
but really learn a
language.

People
are
busy
nowadays. Your weekly
schedule is undoubtedly
filled to the brim, but
Babbel’s experts have
this schedule in mind
when they craft courses.
Each lesson is designed
to take you only 10-15
minutes, so they’re ideal
for filling the commute, a
quiet lunchtime break, or
that well-deserved bit of
time to yourself.
And Babbel preaches the
little and often approach,
with a diverse offering
of relevant lessons that
keep you engaged and
promote your reading,
listening, writing and
speaking skills. The
timely
introduction
and repetition of new
vocabulary and grammar
explanations ensures you
make sustained, upward
progress and never feel
overwhelmed.

Proven
Effective By
Multiple
Universities
Babbel prides itself on
the fact that universities
and
researchers
have validated their
craftsmanship.
A study conducted by
researchers at the City
University of New York
and the University of
South Carolina showed
that beginners learning
Spanish only need an
average of 15 hours of
study with Babbel to
cover the requirements
for one college semester.
Another study conducted
by
researchers
at
Michigan
State
University showed that
virtually all participants
made a measurable
gain in their ability to
communicate orally in
Spanish when studying
with Babbel. Now that’s
a real honor!

*How to get 3
months of
Babbel for free
Get your 3 free months
now. For a limited time,
readers can redeem the
promo code DISPATCH
at babbel.com/coupon
to receive 3 free months
of language learning with
the purchase of a 3-month
subscription. This offer
is only available for a
limited time.

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