For many of us, boredom has become a close friend in recent weeks. While Netflix and home workouts can provide brief distractions, there are still many hours to fill. Rather than wasting this time on social media, you could be acquiring valuable skills—like learning a new language.
Developed by 100 expert linguists, Babbel is probably the best tool for the job. This app helps you master new words and practice your accent using advanced technology, and lessons take only 15 minutes each day. Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription covering 14 languages for just $159 at the PopSci Shop.
With one million active subscribers, Babbel is the highest-grossing language learning app in the world. It is also one of the most advanced, using speech recognition technology to provide instant feedback—much like a human teacher.
Babbel is available to download on iOS and Android, and there is a web version, too. You start by learning new words through fun picture quizzes, while listening to recordings of native speakers.
These lessons take 10–15 minutes each day, and Babbel focuses on real-world vocabulary rather than words you will never use. Topics include family, transportation, business, and food.
Once you have mastered some words, you can start putting together sentences. Babbel “listens” to your voice to provide accent coaching, and you can also practice writing in the app. Even as a complete beginner, you should have the confidence to hold a simple conversation in around one month. After six months of learning, you should be pretty comfortable chatting with the locals.
Babbel covers 14 languages in total, including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Russian. You can download lessons for offline study, and you can take personalized review sessions whenever you miss a couple of days.
With a rating of 4.6 stars on the App Store and Google Play, Babbel is the real deal. It was even named the “most innovative company in education” by Fast Company back in 2016.
Make the most of your time at home and learn a new language that can take you farther. Lifetime access is usually priced at $600, but you can get your subscription now for just $159 with this deal.
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