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The best and worst states for language learning – and how you can learn wherever you are

A report published in June by the American Councils for International Education revealed the percentage of K-12 students enrolled in a foreign language learning classes in the United States. And the results vary widely from state to state, ranging from over half to less than 10% of the student population learning a language:

States With Highest Language Enrolment

5. Vermont
Foreign language enrolment: 35.03%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Latin

4. Maryland
Foreign language enrolment: 35.23%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

3. Wisconsin
Foreign language enrolment: 36.29%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German

2. Washington, D.C.
Foreign language enrolment: 47.17%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese (but Russian was a close 4th)

1. New Jersey
Foreign language enrolment: 51.18%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

States With Lowest Language Enrollment

46. Oregon
Foreign language enrolment: 10.83%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

47. Montana
Foreign language enrolment: 10.11%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

48. Arkansas
Foreign language enrolment: 9.09%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German

49. Arizona
Foreign language enrolment: 9.08%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

50. New Mexico
Foreign language enrolment: 8.50%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

No matter where you live, language learning is a hugely valuable skill. So if you’re in a state where the provision isn’t so great – or even if it’s fabulous, the tips from the linguists at language learning app Babbel can help you get speaking a new language in weeks:

1. Make Learning A Daily Routine
Did you know you can form a new habit in as few as 21 days? Developing a daily routine of practicing your language helps you to more effectively build and retain that knowledge for the long term. And if you think you don’t have the time to pick up a new habit, think again. Having a language-learning app (like Babbel!) you can use for just 10-15 minutes each day means you can build your new habit into your current routine — learn on your commute, on your lunch break at work, or in any of these 50 situations, in which you’re likely wasting time.

2. Absorb The Culture
One of the most exciting parts about learning a new language is opening the door to a new universe of literature, film, and food. In addition to helping you practice your language skills and broaden your vocabulary, foreign books and films give you a deeper understanding of another culture. You can experience so much without buying a plane ticket — all you need is an internet connection to stream foreign language films, listen to music, or discover new book recommendations.

3. Infuse Language Learning Into Daily Life
Whatever it is that you like to do with your spare time, try incorporating your newfound language skills. If you enjoy cooking, learn all the ingredient names and cooking terms in your new language. When you’re out shopping or at a restaurant, narrate the transactions and conversations you’d need to know in your new language. The more you can contextualize the language in things you enjoy and already do — instead of memorizing useless expressions (like asking where the disco is) — the more likely you’ll retain it.

4. Personalize Your Learning
Why would you spend time reciting conjugations of a verb you already know? Or learning expressions you’ll never use? Personalizing your learning experience ensures you are learning effectively. Using an app like Babbel also means you can learn at your own pace — you can take as much or as little time as you need to master a concept before moving on to the next one.

5. Visualize Your Success
Success doesn’t happen by accident. Visualizing the reasons why you are learning a language in the first place will keep you motivated to learn. Maybe you’ll be using your newly acquired language skills on an upcoming trip, connecting with extended family from another country, or simply keeping your mind sharp — imagining the kind of person you’ll become and the experiences you’ll have with a new language can be a powerful tool to keep you motivated when the initial novelty of learning wears off.

6. Just Do It!
Sometimes, self-doubt or nerves can take over when you think about trying something new. If you promise yourself to spend just 5 minutes practicing each day, chances are high you’ll get through your entire 10-15 minute language lesson without even realizing it.


The Babbel app for web, iOS and Android makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 7 display languages. Bite-sized lessons fit into everyday life and are split into useful real-world topics, from introducing oneself, to ordering food and making travel arrangements. The app’s effective game mechanics ensure that learners stay motivated to achieve their goals, with the average user continuing to learn with Babbel for more than 12 months. Uniquely, every course is created specifically for each language pair by a team of education experts, linguists and language teachers.

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Seven apps to learn seven new skills

Skoove  is an entertaining and individualized way to learn the piano from your computer. Traditionally, learning the piano can seem daunting for novices: learning sheet music, as well as buying and housing a piano. Skoove works across leading web browsers and offers a set of intuitive and responsive courses in contemporary and classical music. Simply sign up, connect your keyboard to your laptop and get playing, while Skoove guides you through from beginner to Bach and Bon Jovi.
Available on browsers, subscriptions from $9.95

Acast  is a podcasting platform that can help you improve your skills as you are busy doing other things. Whether you want to find out more about world cuisine, travel spots that you visited, the invisible forces that govern the universe (the Invisabilia podcast is perfect for this), this app will help you. Choose an area you’re passionate about, select the podcast and prepare to learn new things every day.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Babbel  If your aim is to learn a new language, then this is the app for you. Covering 8,500 hours of content in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian, using Babbel will enable you to communicate in a foreign language from the start. Additionally, Babbel will use your native language and your knowledge of its grammar to help you learn more efficiently and at a higher speed. Lastly, all of the audio content is recorded by native speakers, allowing you to work on and perfect your accent from the start.
Available on iOS and Android, subscription available from $6.95

Health IQ is a great app, if you want to learn more about the world of nutrition. Instead of tracking your exercises, steps or calories, the app will provide you with nutrient information, facts about the food you consume and even test you as you progress.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Trivia Crack With this app, you will never get bored waiting for the bus or in line for a coffee. Trivia Crack allows you to learn pieces of random trivia, as well as challenge and compete against your friends to see which of you has a wider knowledge of random facts. You answer questions from six categories: art, science, entertainment, popular culture, math and geography, and the first one to answer all of the questions wins.
Available on iOS and Android, $0.99

Blinkist is great if you want to know more about your chosen field, but just don’t have the time to read the books about it. The app will provide you with 15-minute audios, condensing the main ideas of a book into a manageable and easily digestible snippet of information, letting you grasp the main points without having to read the full text. Whether you are interested in finance, history, psychology or marketing, this app will provide you with the basics in just 15 minutes of listening, the app gives you tips such as getting help from låne penger the best financing company.
Available on iOS and Android, $4.17/month

Daily Art  Whether you are an art fan already or simply want to know a bit more about the world’s greatest paintings, this app is a perfect way to add to your knowledge of art history. Each day, the app provides you with a new masterpiece and tells you all about its creation and the artist behind it.
Available on iOS and Android, free

Miriam Plieninger is Director of Didactics and part of the Management Team at Babbel, the language-learning app that empowers users to speak from the beginning. In language learning nothing is more rewarding than a real conversation — and 73% of surveyed customers feel that they’d be able to hold one within five hours of using the app.

This post was contributed as part of American Education Week is an annual event that not only celebrates teachers and their contributions to our lives, but also encourages us, whether we are children or adults

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What are the hardest languages to learn?

There are a lot of languages being used around the world. We aren’t quite at the level of real-time automated translation that’s good enough to be used on the fly. But we’re getting close.
In the meantime, you may want to learn a new language. Bully for you! There are some relatively easy ones to pick up – French, Spanish, Pig Latin. But what are some of the tougher languages that you could endeavor to master?
This visual walks you through the many difficult languages and offers you some helpful insight into what you should know about them.
hardest languages to learn
Published by the academia de idiomas

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