While on my daily internet travels, I often find new and interesting sites, as I am sure many of us do. I recently discovered Babbel.com, a website and an app which helps you to learn the foreign language of your choice. And I have found out that while they do have paid subscriptions on Babbel, there is a way to get a free 3 month trial of their services!
First up, simply sign up for a free account on the link above and choose the language you want to learn. I selected Spanish just as a tester, even though I already have the basics in the language. Then… wait. One day after I signed up, I got an email offering me a free three month trial of their services. The email contained a unique link which when clicked, activated the deal.
If you do decide to keep on with the Babbel services after the initial 3 months, you can then choose to pay their subscription fees which start at $6.95 per month if you take out a longer subscription. The three month plan costs $8.95 per month… so technically you are getting a freebie worth $26.85 here.
I like the name Babbel.com, it makes me think of a few things related to languages and has a bit of cognitive dissonance going on there.
- It’s an anagram of babble, to speak rapidly
- The Tower of Babel in the bible regarding the origin of languages
- Babel Fish from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
So, good name choice, Babbel.com!
I was in Spain last week on a vacation and I got the chance to practice my rusty Spanish. I’d studied the language for a few years at school and it surprised me how fast it all came back to mind. One thing I personally find with languages though – if you asked me to translate a particular verb or noun from English to Spanish, I couldn’t do it off the top of my head, I’ve forgotten a lot of the vocabulary. But, I can listen to a conversation and get the general gist of the flow by roughly translating the verbs and nouns… my brain just decides it wants to work that way. :)
Is there a language you’d really like to learn? Give it a try on Babbel.com and let us know how you get on. Adios!