Learning a new language can be quite tough. In schools, people are often taught another language through the use of abstract grammar, colloquial vocabulary, and very formal sentence structure.
This way of learning and teaching is effective for some, if the person sticks to learning the language. However, it is also difficult for those because this very formalized and structured method of teaching doesn’t take any personalized information about the active learner into account.
However, the app Babbel is trying to change the way that people learn languages. Their headquarters is located in Germany and the people who develop and continuously improve the app have a wide variety of language sets themselves.
For example, one Babbel employee may be a French man who is fluent in French, Spanish, English, and German while the woman he is sitting next to is German and fluently speaks German, French and Italian.
This diversity of knowledge in the workplace allows for the app to be developed with personalized structure in mind. One of the reasons this app is so amazing is because it is designed to teach you a new language, with the knowledge set that you already have from your native language.
For example, this app will tailor the ways in which vocabulary is taught to people with a variety of language sets. A native English speaker who will be taught the German word “singen” differently than a Spanish speaker. In German, singen means to sing. Therefore, it will be much easier for an English speaker to learn this word than for a Spanish speaker whose word for “to sing” is “cantar”.
This more personalized approach realistically teaches you the necessities of a language that will allow you to communicate in everyday, normal situations.