Going abroad is a much better experience with language at your back, and this story proves it.

Our Why I Learn series features stories from real people about why they decided to learn a new language and how language learning has impacted their lives for the better. Are you learning a language? We’d love to hear your story! Submit it here.

By Chelsea Kidd

I was an exchange student in Portugal, so I learned Portuguese there just by living it. It was amazing, and I’ve been keeping it up. …


Read about how learning Mandarin (and a little bit of boba) built and boosts a family.

Our Why I Learn series features stories from real people about why they decided to learn a new language and how language learning has impacted their lives for the better. Are you learning a language? We’d love to hear your story! Submit it here.

By Brooke Cox

Brooke and Randy in Taiwan

I have always had a deep interest in languages of all sorts, starting with Spanish.

My mother is of Native Mexican and Spanish descent, and my father is British and French. They are both fluent in Spanish…


Learning a language has many benefits — including serving one’s country.

Our Why I Learn series features stories from real people about why they decided to learn a new language and how language learning has impacted their lives for the better. Are you learning a language? We’d love to hear your story! Submit it here.

By Cody Barry

I took Spanish all the way from grade school to my junior year of high school, but ironically, I kinda hated it.

Then, I did a project on Italian culture and I became infatuated with Italian everything, and so I figured, ‘Why…


Read this story of how learning a language formed bonds that were physically lost for one Italian-American.

Our Why I Learn series features stories from real people about why they decided to learn a new language and how language learning has impacted their lives for the better. Are you learning a language? We’d love to hear your story! Submit it here.

By Anthony Spirito

Anthony Spirito during a visit to Italy

I studied Italian for three years in high school when I lived in New York many, many years ago, and I stopped studying it after.

I am an Italian American, but I didn’t necessarily know what…


Speaking does more than grammar-focused learning approaches.

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The extra effort it takes to speak a language positively affects your listening skills, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin. While most traditional methods of foreign language education focus on grammar and other comprehension-focused activities, it’s actually better for students to actively engage with the learning material — by forming sentences of their own and then gaining instruction afterwards.

Integrating more speaking into your language-learning endeavors also helps with gaining better accuracy, speed and listening skills.

“You go from an idea to picking the words, getting their order together for…

Sierra Boone

Content Fellow @BabbelUSA, writing about the world through language and culture. Learning a language? Tell me why! sboone@babbel.com

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