A recent addition to it's online and mobile language learning suite, Babbel, winner of the 2011 European Award for Technology Supported Learning, has just released a new and very useful set of online foreign language courses called "Urban Explorations".
Babbel's "Urban Explorations" are specifically designed courses to help the casual traveler quickly and effectively prepare for a visit abroad.
Below is Babbel's press release regarding this new series.
Babbel Language Courses Prepare Travelers for City Trips
- 15 online lessons in seven languages focusing on city life
- Various themes include how to book a hotel room and vocabulary for pub tours
Berlin, March 22, 2011 - This spring, Babbel.com is offering anyone traveling to a foreign city the chance to quickly and effectively prepare their language skills. The online language learning platform has new courses on the theme "Urban Explorations" in seven different languages. The most essential vocabulary and phrases are on hand to help travelers prepare for a short trip, and more importantly, to give them the opportunity to have a more in-depth experience of the country they are visiting.
Whether it’s a trip to Rome, Barcelona, Paris or anywhere else, compact learning units on themes like "Public Transport", "Looking for Accommodation", "Museums" or "Concerts and Clubs" give anyone the vocabulary to find their way. Just a few phrases in the local language come in handy for anyone wanting to participate in authentic city life.
Even just one 15-minute study session a day is enough to prepare The personalized Review Manager guides learners through an individual learning program and helps them optimize their memory. An integrated speech recognition tool is also useful for practicing pronunciation. .
There are special Urban Explorations courses in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and German. They complement Babbel’s other diverse offerings: Beginner and Refresher Courses, a complete Basic and Advanced Vocabulary, Grammar, Phrasebooks, Writing Exercises and much more.
Depending on the subscription package, access to all courses for one language cost between €5.55/$7.45/£4.95 and €9.95/$12.95/£8.95.
With the online learning system Babbel, 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 800,000 download mark.