Babbel Offers Free Language Courses for Ukrainian Speakers

I’ve been using Babbel to study French every day for the last few months, hav­ing tak­en advan­tage of one of their Yule­tide spe­cials to get a Life­time mem­ber­ship. Tues­day morn­ing, I received notice of a new press release from them.
Babbel Launch­es Free Lan­guage Cours­es For Ukraini­ans On Its Platform

  • Babbel to launch lan­guage cours­es for Ukraini­ans to learn Ger­man, Pol­ish and English
  • Expert-cre­at­ed cours­es range from begin­ner to inter­me­di­ate lev­els, focussing on fast learning
  • Free cours­es are avail­able via Babbel’s app and web plat­form and are set to accom­mo­date mil­lions of learners

Berlin, 03.05.22: Babbel, the online lan­guage learn­ing plat­form com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing mutu­al under­stand­ing, knows how impor­tant lan­guage learn­ing is for dis­placed com­mu­ni­ties. Today, Babbel announces the launch of Ukrain­ian lan­guage cours­es. Cre­at­ed with Babbel’s high qual­i­ty stan­dards, the cours­es offer native Ukrain­ian speak­ers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn Ger­man, Pol­ish or Eng­lish for free with Babbel’s award-win­ning app. The con­tent is suit­able for all learn­ers, from begin­ner to inter­me­di­ate, and avail­able free of charge, mak­ing the community’s tran­si­tion to Ger­many, Poland and oth­er host coun­tries eas­i­er. As the world’s best-sell­ing lan­guage learn­ing plat­form, Babbel is well set to accom­mo­date mil­lions of Ukrain­ian learn­ers. The lan­guage cours­es are avail­able in Babbel’s app, avail­able for down­load with­in the Apple app store, Google Play store and via babbel.com. The cours­es are also avail­able via this land­ing page, which includes fur­ther offer­ings for Ukrain­ian refugees: ua.babbel.com.

“Lan­guage is often more than a skill. It can be a life­saver, enabling access to crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion and essen­tial ser­vices, reduc­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion chal­lenges, and empow­er­ing mutu­al under­stand­ing across peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. It helps build bridges rather than walls, some­thing that the world needs now more than ever. For Babbel, offer­ing lan­guage cours­es for free to refugees in Ukrain­ian is whol­ly aligned with our pur­pose. With mil­lions of Ukraini­ans dis­placed and flee­ing to the EU, there was an urgency to devel­op these cours­es in less than a month from start to fin­ish, “ says Arne Schep­ker, CEO at Babbel. “Our cours­es, devel­oped by our lin­guis­tic experts and based in one’s native lan­guage, allow faster learn­ing and mem­o­ry build­ing to enable mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions. In this case, it meant cre­at­ing cours­es that can be applied to real-life sit­u­a­tions to meet the urgent lan­guage needs of Ukrain­ian dis­placed communities.”

For Ukrain­ian speak­ers learn­ing Eng­lish and Ger­man, the lan­guage lev­els avail­able are A1 to B1, New­com­er to Inter­me­di­ate, and cov­er intro­duc­tions, basic expres­sions, ask­ing ques­tions, and describ­ing events. For Ukrain­ian speak­ers learn­ing Pol­ish, the lan­guage lev­els offered are A1 to A2, New­com­er to Begin­ner, which includes intro­duc­tions, com­mon expres­sions and talk­ing about one’s dai­ly life. These cours­es were devel­oped with the rig­or of all of Babbel’s lan­guage offer­ings and root­ed in research, learn­er expe­ri­ence design and didac­tic exper­tise. New­com­er cours­es will be imme­di­ate­ly avail­able for learn­ers, with begin­ner and inter­me­di­ate cours­es released sequen­tial­ly through­out the com­ing month. 

In addi­tion to lan­guage cours­es, Babbel devel­oped a mul­ti­tude of resources, includ­ing arti­cles on arriv­ing in Ger­many and Poland, a glos­sary for learn­ing Ukrain­ian for cit­i­zens in host coun­tries, and in-app push noti­fi­ca­tions to thou­sands of Russ­ian learn­ers liv­ing in Berlin, ask­ing them to vol­un­teer at wel­come cen­ters where Russ­ian speak­ers were need­ed. Final­ly, Babbel is pro­vid­ing office space for Ukrain­ian human­i­tar­i­an organ­i­sa­tions in the Berlin office, where a vol­un­teer­ing cen­ter offers sup­port for the care and accom­mo­da­tion of refugees, includ­ing child inte­gra­tion activ­i­ties, infor­ma­tion cam­paigns, call-cen­ters and organ­i­sa­tion of aid deliveries.

All Babbel ini­tia­tives for refugees from Ukraine can be found here: ua.babbel.com.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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