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The madness of speaking a language

The madness of speaking a language

How many languages do you speak? Do you speak your own language well? How long did it take you to speak your own language or any other language well? Have you ever had a moment when you are tired, or sick, and you do not know how to say something, what to say, or when you are just confused? Well, it always happens when you are learning a new language. Sometimes, you forget the simplest and most basic of things.

Speaking another language is not just a matter of grammatical structures; speaking another language is also understanding the culture and connecting with the customs. Some people are blessed; they can learn another language easily and quickly; but there are others who need more time to internalize when speaking English, French, Spanish, German, or any other language.

When it comes to languages, in this globalized world, it is more than necessary to speak more languages than just your mother tongue. The vehicular language remains English but, nowadays, many countries offer the opportunity to study or work in Italy, Brazil or China. People are increasingly interested in speaking languages other than English. Even so, this is still the main language.

There are a lot of language courses which promise you impossible results. The first step is to understand that when you want to speak another language, it will be a personal process. Nobody can read for you, nobody can write for you, and only you decide when to overcome your fears to start a conversation and thus practice your speaking and your listening skills in the real life.

Since it is a personal learning journey, only you know when you have time, when you are more open to learning, how to use your time on the bus, in a coffee shop, or while waiting for an appointment, and which words or structures would be of most use or interest to you in your chosen new language. What is more, surrounded by so much technology and so many useful applications for our daily living, speaking another language is no longer boring.

For instance, one of these apps is Babbel, which offers key phrases for real-life conversation. You can keep your language learning on track, while the app gives you tips for picking up a new language, and even corrects your accent through speech recognition technology. This application can help you to reclaim your lunch break or any other free time, and make it useful.

As part of your learning, Babbel provides phrases to help you get the most out your holiday, and allows you to dive into the culture surrounding the language that you’re learning. You can focus on the tools you need to actively take part in the foreign language conversations that interest you – whether it be about sports or music, Babbel’s bitesize courses keep you on track, and encourage you to keep learning.

Interestingly, Babbel have done some research into the way that English-speaking Canadians use their language skills abroad. Their findings show that 73% felt they missed out on an experience whilst abroad because they didn’t speak the language, whereas 68% have never dreamt of being romantically involved with a foreigner while on vacation, and 35% think that French is the sexiest accent.

With Babbel, you will be able to learn English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Danish, and Russian. You can learn topics that are of interest to you, at a time that is convenient for you, through academic and familiar activities. The courses themselves are designed by professional linguists, and made for easy access and use of the application.

In 2016, the American magazine Fast Company Magazine named Babbel as one of the most innovative companies in the world in the education category.

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