Living in Italy has given me the motivation and inspiration to learn Italian.
The city I live in, Bologna, is filled with Italians and university students.
A large majority of the people I've come in contact with do not speak any English, which forces me (in a good way) to order food and drinks entirely in the Italian language.
I've been using Babbel, a language learning tool, in order to learn Italian.
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Pros of Babbel:
- Language learning can be done on the computer or on your phone. The app is very much phone friendly (unlike other language apps I've used), so it makes learning easy on the go.
- Lessons can be done fairly quick, in 5-10 minutes depending on your learning speed.
- Each lesson tells you how many words you got incorrect.
- The grammar and pronunciation lessons are on point. The language lessons are very informative and you'll learn anything and everything you need to know.
Cons of Babbel:
- I realized I was getting a bit bored at times. The instruction felt like I was in a classroom setting.
- It seemed to be a little too fast-paced for me. I was having trouble retaining information. I'm more of a, get to know the vocabulary first before having to learn full on sentences.
Cost of Babbel:
At the time of this post, Babbel currently costs $12.95/1 month, $8.95/each month for 3 months, $7.45/each month for 6 months, and the best price being $6.95/each month for 12 months.
I recommend doing the free trial offered by Babbel, and going from there to see if it fits your learning techniques.
My final thoughts:
For everything Babbel offers, I definitely recommend it especially for the low price it is set at. Compared to other language learning websites, Babbel is one of the best. It offers clear-cut learning on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary words, and even different sayings that are done in that specific language.
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I also recommend (if it's possible for you) to move to that specific country that speaks the language you want to learn. There is nothing like full on language immersion. Move to a city where a large portion of the people speak the native language, and not English (or whichever language you use at home).
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Have you ever used Babbel before? Which language did you learn or are interested in learning?
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