Why learn German with Babbel for free?
95 million people worldwide speak German, and that's only counting those for whom it is a first language. Add in people who speak German as a second language, and those who learnt it as a foreign language and it totals a whopping 175 million German speakers worldwide!
German can take you far - literally! German is the official language of six countries in Europe, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. German is also an unofficial or minority language widely spoken in certain and areas and communities of destinations as far flung as Brazil, Kazakhstan, Namibia and Ukraine!
Finally, while everyone knows speaking English is crucial to doing business abroad, not everyone realises the same can be said for German! Germany's is the strongest economy in the EU, so anyone looking to do business and build connections in Europe would do well to learn German. That's without even considering the vast number of countries worldwide where spoken. All in all, it has been estimated speaking German could boost your pay packet by nearly 5%. Now that's what we call a company benefit.
Affordable language courses in German
One thing the modern world has given us is a multitude of ways to learn a new language - you can even learn German free. So which way is best? The short answer is none. It's up to you to decide which method of learning German works best for you. To start you off, lets go old school. One of the best ways to learn any language is in a traditional classroom setting, with a teacher, text books and homework. Don't think you still need to be a student to fit in some old-fashioned learning though. Many companies, seeing the importance of a multi-lingual workforce, run free German language classes you can join. If not, there are language schools all over the UK where you can join evening classes, or, if you have the time to spare, take an intensive German course that aims to get you speaking with confidence over several days or weeks of focused classes.
On the path to fluency: Free German classes
To cool for course books? Thankfully, going back to school isn't your only option in our hyper-connected, global world. These days, learning another language is a simple as turning on the TV. Plenty of people learn English by watching English-language soap operas, so why can't it work the other way around? If you have Sky or cable, you'll likely have access to some German-language TV channels, and if not, you'll find plenty of places to watch German films and TV online. Netflix should be your go-to if you have a subscription. Not only can you search their database for movies produced in the German language, but when you've watched all that, you can switch the audio on English-language content to German, or, if you're not a fan of dubbed shows, turn on German subtitles instead.
Always on the go? That's hardly surprising; numerous studies have shown that modern society is busier than ever before. Even if you're time poor, you can be learning rich with the multitude of apps that allow you to study in bite-sized chunks when you have the time. Even five minutes of language learning a day can get you on the track to fluency.
Learning the German language in a tailored Babbel course
So why pick Babbel? The Babbel method works because it makes learning fun - you're far more likely to stick to something if you're enjoying it. Interactive audio and video exercises feel like entertainment while you're working on your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Plus, you can connect with other users all over the world and enjoy learning German together, sharing your experiences and practising your skills with other learners. Babbel is also ad free, making it perfect for those who don't have time to waste on annoying pop-ups. With beginner, intermediate and advanced courses to follow, you'll find the best option for you.