Babbel offers free language lessons to displaced Ukrainians

Babbel offers free access to its language learning app and web platform to displaced Ukrainians who want to learn German, English and Polish.

With millions of Ukrainians displaced following Russia’s invasion of their country, there is an urgent need for language support.

The courses, from beginner to intermediate level, were created by the Babbel developers in less than a month.

Babbel CEO Arne Schepker said language is often more than a skill. “It can be a lifeline, enabling access to critical information and essential services, reducing communication gaps and building mutual understanding between people and communities,” he said.

“It helps to build bridges rather than walls, which the world needs now more than ever. Offering free language courses to Ukrainian refugees is completely in line with our goal. »

Classes are designed around the learner’s native language and were created specifically to help displaced Ukrainians in real life situations. They are available at levels A1 (beginner) to B1 (intermediate) and cover introductions, basic expressions, asking questions and describing events, as well as common expressions and talking about everyday life.

“These courses have been developed with the rigor of all of Babbel’s language offerings and grounded in research, learning experience design and didactic expertise,” the company said.

Courses for newcomers are already available, courses for beginners and intermediates will be released over the next month. They are available in the Babbel app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and online.

Babbel has also developed resources, such as articles to help people arriving in Germany and Poland, as well as support guides for people in host countries who want to learn Ukrainian. He also included notifications in his app calling on Russian speakers in Berlin to volunteer when needed.

The company also provides space for Ukrainian humanitarian organizations in its Berlin office, where a volunteer center offers support for the care and accommodation of refugees.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb