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Foreign Language Lessons Themed on Eurovision Song Contest 2011
- Babbel.com teaches languages using current events - Online courses in seven different languages
New and unusual content enliven Babbel’s course offerings
Such current themes, like the Eurovision Song Contest, are hard to find in the world of foreign language study. In contrast to traditional learning materials that can only be updated periodically, an online learning system has the necessary flexibility to offer fleeting or unusual content. So in addition to classic Beginner’s courses, Grammar, and Refresher exercises, Babbel also has lessons on Spanish and Italian tongue-twisters, city travel, natural disasters and film festivals.
"We’re constantly working on new lessons and entire courses. We especially enjoy creating material on current themes, but even with courses like Business English or Grammar we always incorporate a fresh, entertaining style,” says Miriam Plieninger, Head Content Editor at Babbel. Her team consists of more than 50 authors, editors, speakers and translators from fourteen different countries.
Babbel offers interactive online courses for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese and English.
They are oriented towards beginners and those who have a bit of previous knowledge they would like to brush up on. Full access to one language costs between €5.55 and €9.95 a month, depending on the length of the subscription.
With the online learning system Babbel (http://www.babbel.com), both beginners and continuing learners can study English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish. 1 million people from over 200 countries have already registered with Babbel, while the iPhone app has passed the 900,000 download mark. The company behind Babbel, Lesson Nine GmbH, operates out of Berlin, Germany. Founded in August 2007, it now has around 40 fulltime and freelance employees. Since July 2008 Lesson Nine has been funded by Kizoo AG and VC-Fonds Berlin. Further information at http://www.babbel.com/
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With the online learning system Babbel (http://www.babbel.com)