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Learning a new language this year? This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeks

Speak any language with Babbel, even if you’re a complete beginner who has never attempted to learn it before. Here are 5 reasons why there’s nothing holding you back from learning a new language with Babbel.

BY DAVID SUMNER.

Language novices, newbies, beginners… whatever you are, we feel your pain at Babbel. After subpar Spanish classes or mind-numbingly boring French lessons at school, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’d been put off language learning for life. But trust us when we say that the boat has not sailed on your language learning adventures. – We can enable you speak a new language.

To put our money where our mouth is, we carried out a study from researchers in City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina to test how much Spanish the Babbel app could teach two groups of complete beginners in just two months. Then, feeling pretty confident with ourselves, we challenged 15 resident Babbelonians to learn as much Spanish as they could with the app — in just three weeks. The results? Both the CUNY study and our in-house Babbel challenge showed that complete novices — people who have little or no existing knowledge of Spanish — can make a tremendous amount of progress with Babbel in a short period of time.

That’s quite a hefty claim to make, and we wouldn’t blame you for wondering just exactly how Babbel can turn a language novice into a language learning pro. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 reasons (plus proof) why the Babbel app doesn’t dawdle when it comes to teaching you a language!

  • You don’t need to dedicate a lot of your time to learning
  • You will make progress — even if you’re starting from scratch
    1. You willlearn a lot quickly

    CUNY Study Finding: Our CUNY study took place over two months, proving that you don’t need to block out the next half year in order to achieve the one-college-semester boost in Spanish proficiency recorded in the study.

CUNY Study Finding: 85% of the participants in our study described themselves as having little or no knowledge of Spanish whatsoever, with the remaining 15% having some competency in the language already. However, the study showed that it was the complete beginners who made the greatest progress with their Spanish, scoring three times higher than the more advanced learners when they were tested at the conclusion of the study!

Babbel Challenge: Our Babbelonians were also complete newbies to Spanish, having never learned it in school. To show you just how “novice” they were, the group admitted to being plagued by fears of the tricky Spanish pronunciation, and scarred by memories of past failures when ordering food in Spain on holiday. Or, as one Babbelonian put it, “I start at zero so there’s no way to fail.” Well, fail they did not: we saw them progress from struggling to even comprehend Spanish sentences at first, to being able to build their own simple sentences, to successfully conversing with a native Spanish-speaker at the end of the three weeks. Muy impresionante.

 

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