By now, perhaps you’ve entered the “New Years resolution” stage of the quarantine, and you’re determined to get something — anything — done with all that extra downtime. And yes, you mean something other than crossing must-watch movies off your list. Before you lose steam on this push toward self-improvement, you might consider learning a new language.

Really, there’s no reason not to. Our current lockdown aside, the world is moving closer together every day. A new language may be able to help you get a better job, make new friends, and experience the world in a brand new way. And you’d finally be mastering skills that even your smartphone has a hard time sorting out.

Once you’ve resolved to be bilingual, you’re going to need help. And without native speakers around you or full immersion as an option, the next best thing is Babbel.

Yes, there are several online language apps out there, but Babbel truly has a novel approach. First and foremost, there’s the customized curriculum. If you’re an English speaker learning Spanish, you’ll experience something completely different than say a Japanese speaker learning French. You’ll start by learning phrases you will actually use in conversation, as opposed to rote vocabulary lists.

Then there’s the speech recognition software. It’s intuitive enough to recognize your cadence and correct you if you stray too far off the proper pronunciation, which you can check against that of native speakers.

The lessons themselves are jam-packed but short, allowing you to do them over even the shortest coffee break. And in the off-chance you’re on the road or in the wilderness this month, you can learn offline: Just download a few lessons and you can keep practicing no matter where you are.

Best of all, you can access all this language tech for 60 percent off the retail price. A lifetime subscription to Babbel is now just $159, and is accessible on a range of devices.

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