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LISTEN/READ NOW: Jeff & Rebecca’s App Of The Week – Babbel

Founded in 2007, Babbel is the world’s first language learning app. A leader in the online language learning industry, Babbel is an international success with more than 1 million active subscribers and ranked as the world’s #1 innovative company in education. Our meticulously designed courses guarantee you language skills you can use right away. Babbel is the shortest path to real-life conversations; 73% of our users indicated that they’d be able to have a short, simple conversation in their new language within five hours of using Babbel.

Designed For Your Success

At the core of Babbel is a world-class, empirically-proven method that enhances language learning with advanced technology. Our language experts obsess over how to bring you the best quality in modern language learning, covering 8,500 hours of content in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian. Babbel is the only product to offer courses tailored to your native language, building on grammar and vocabulary you already know. Audio examples and dialogues are recorded with real native speakers, not automated computers, empowering you to speak correctly and confidently. Time-tested strategies such, as cognitive research and communicative didactics, optimize how new vocabulary and grammar is received, saved and recalled. Babbel trains your brain to learn constantly and efficiently, so you absorb more information while in the app and continue learning outside of it. Babbel is a premium product and our iOS and Android app makes our practical language lessons available wherever and whenever. With no ads and a transparent, subscription-based business model, we work directly for our learners — not for any third party. And it’s all supported by a fast and dedicated customer service team, available via telephone, email and online chat.

Here are some of the languages you can learn on Babbel currently:

  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Swedish
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Indonesian
  • Norwegian
  • Danish
  • Russian

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The Babbel Method

Every language learner needs a great teacher to pave the way in mastering a new language. This is why Babbel has a world-class didactic method at its core. Our experts obsessed over the strongest academic learning practices and cherry-picked empirically proven, time-tested strategies to teach languages. They then successfully translated a rich didactic encyclopedia into the digital world. The result is a powerful curriculum available at your fingertips — wherever you may be and whenever you want to learn.

Speak Instantly with Confidence

Employing the latest didactic research, Babbel gives you skills to use right away, enabling learners to immerse themselves in a new language like a native. Instead of drilling abstract sentences, vocabulary or grammar rules, the app teaches through real-life dialogue. Beginners start with typical greetings like, “Hello, how are you,” and gradually build up to practical dialogues like, “How can I book a single room?” This method of learning through conversation also teaches vocabulary actively and passively. Babbel guides your brain to connect the dots by passively learning new information based on the dialogue’s context. This empowers you to actively use passively learned words, giving you the confidence to start talking right away.

Retain For The Long Term

Teaching well means understanding and adapting how information is stored in the brain. Cognitive psychology has found that in less than a second, new information sticks to human memory when it is relevant to you. Babbel capitalizes on this by introducing carefully designed sets of content in a way that succeeds to connect. To send information from short-term to long-term memory, Babbel reintroduces words through six memory stages, using the technique of spaced repetition. Our data-driven review manager moves these words through different patterns that are spaced out for the brain to optimally save new learnings. Whether you learn best by reading, writing, speaking, seeing or listening, Babbel addresses all individual needs for both visual and auditory learning types.

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Designed with You in Mind

Every learner is different. This is why Babbel offers individual paths, looking at where you are coming from and where you want to go. We also know you already learned a language successfully: your native language. And this can help you to unlock your new language even faster. Babbel capitalizes on this by building on grammatical concepts shared with your mother tongue and skipping over mutual words that you already know.

Refine Your Pronunciation

Last but not least, using real voices of native speakers with various accents, Babbel lets you hear how languages truly sound and ensures you speak the same. Speech recognition tools test your pronunciation to make sure you sound like a native and communicate with confidence. Babbel truly understands that authenticity is key to fully exploring a new language.

Are you still on the fence? Listen to the conversation we had about Babbel on the morning show:

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So naturally, you’re thinking that something this cool can’t possibly be free. Well, you’re right about that. But it’s VERY affordable! Babbel only costs between $6.95 to $12.95 per month (per language), with costs going down if you pay for several months at once. It has a 20-day money-back guarantee, several free introductory lessons, and over a dozen languages! Isn’t that cool!

To download the app and get started on your language learning journey with Babbel, click here! 

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