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A cool thing about languages is that you can hazard a pretty good guess at what a lot of foreign words mean: toilette, ensalada, foto, etc. But that can lull you into a false sense of security, and the next thing you know, you’re apologizing to your Spanish-speaking host family by admitting you are embarazada, which it turns out means not “embarrassed” but “pregnant.” Prevent even further embarrassment with The Babbel Language Learning app, which is engineered to best help nearly any student with the interest and motivation to reach their language goals. 

Backed by a 4.6-star rating out of 5 stars from over 1.1 million Apple and Google users, Babbel’s method was crafted by over 150 linguistic experts and can get a focused learner conversant in their new chosen language in as little as three weeks. Part of that comes directly from Babbel’s drive for authenticity. Coursework includes audio directly from native speakers, so learners immediately hear how their language is supposed to sound and don’t end up doing a terrible Lady Gaga impression in Rome.

Unlike courses that push students through mountains of textbooks and monotonous listening labs, Babbel’s curriculum centers around daily lessons that only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Each day’s lesson plays off the previous one, allowing learners to quickly build up a mass of vocabulary, a sprinkling of grammar, and phrasing dos and don’ts, then start actually speaking their new tongue in a matter of weeks. And since proper pronunciation matters, Babbel’s speech recognition technology casts a watchful eye over all training, quickly evaluating and offering guidance on what you say and how you say it so none of those horrifying verbal gaffes ever befall you. “I love that you can go at your own speed/pace and review, review, review,” Babbel user Jeff Harper told Trustpilot.

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