Traveling to our dream destinations is temporarily paused, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare by learning the local language. For me, this even adds to the enjoyment factor while waiting. Speaking the language in a country I plan to spend some time in adds to the experience. Spending four weeks in Tuscany is wonderful, speaking some Italian while living there is ‘sorprendente!’ Now, with time on our hands, my wife and I have committed to learning Italian prior to our big trip.
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Learning a language is great way to prepare for an extended trip in a country where you may not speak the native tongue. I have found that Babbel has been a great way to get ready for our next trip. Plus, Babbel has a special treat for students. I will talk about that in a bit.
What is Babbel?
Babbel provides a well thought out application and fun way for users to learn a new language. The company enables learning on the go, which makes it easy and enjoyable to develop language skills, even with a smartphone or tablet. Babbel supports both Apple and Android mobile devices. One nice feature is synchronization of your lessons across all your devices, enabling you to pick up right where you left off. Registration with Babbel is completely free of charge and the first lesson in every course is free to try. Using that feature, consumers can test the product before buying.
Today, Babbel offers 14 languages across these platforms:
Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish
When you subscribe to Babbel, you get full access to all courses and levels in the language you selected. This includes progressive lessons from newcomer level upwards and also supplementary lessons on a wide range of topics including culture, useful vacation phrases, grammar, and more.
Babbel Learning Methods
Babbel touts a lot of studies showing the effectiveness of their learning methods. Researchers found that after three months of using Babbel, 100% of study participants improved their oral proficiency. Meanwhile, researchers at the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina determined that beginners learning Spanish needed just 15 hours of study with Babbel to meet the requirements for one college semester class.
Free Language Courses for Students
Babbel announced in late March that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is offering its service available for free to all K-12 and college students in the United States until the end of the term! Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.
Students who want to sign-up only need a valid school address to get started.
Perhaps parents can ‘encourage’ their children to register, so as to help keep them occupied during these stressful times of self-quarantine.
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If you have been down over the cancellation of your travel plans, use the downtime as an opportunity to improve your trips once you can travel again. Learning a new language can make the time pass easier, while adding value to your travel experience. With it you can order brunch in Paris with “Nous aimerions avoir deux salades et du vin.” I know we can’t wait to visita i vigneti e i villaggi della Toscana come due italiani!
Why not give it a try yourself? If you are a student, Babbel’s learn a new language can be Free!
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