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We sat down with one of our linguistics experts here at Babbel to find out why our app gets you speaking a new language in only 15 minutes of study per day. Like many native English speakers, my attempts to learn a second language in school were in vain.
I have now reached an intermediate conversational level in German, but it’s nothing compared to my international colleagues.
She continued, “If you keep getting it correct, the time until you see it again expands.
After all those steps are done, we say, ‘OK, this is in your long-term memory.'” In this way, Babbel isn’t just helping you memorize vocabulary, but truly learn a language.
This is because our world is dynamic, and it’s important to recall these words at any time — not just at the kindergarten!
Because repetition is so important, the Babbel App has a Review Manager that’s designed solely for repeating information and getting it into your long-term memory.
Every day I hear people walking around the office speaking dozens of different languages, code switching in conversations with different colleagues, and translating their funny idioms into English.
But even among the serial language learners at Babbel, you’ll never find someone poring over French 101 textbooks, cramming themselves to fluency.
How long should you practice a new language every day?
Then you can go into repetition: Repeat 10 previous items and you need less than 5 minutes for that.” Sounds easy enough, right?
With some of the science behind the Babbel approach under our belt, it was time to see how the app reinforced this approach.
This background information is tossed out, and never makes it into our long-term memory.
Great for guiding our day-to-day lives, but not so great for language learning.