Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Bienvendio! Довро пожаловать! 欢迎! آهلاٍ وسهلاٍ! I’m on a quest to learn all the official languages of the United Naitons to native-like fluency by 2019, when I’ll turn 35.

I started this blog as a way to track my own progress but also to help myself while helping you learn languages. I write about language learning techniques in general as well as writing about native content and culture – like books, movies, music, recipes and cooking videos, holidays, cultural customs and other interesting tidbits. I think learning a language successfully requires engagement with culture – and engaging with culture also makes everything much more fun.

In addition to my work on this blog, I’m a freelance journalist and translator. I write a newsletter about smart ideas in urbanism from around the world for Worldcrunch, and I also curate and translate foreign news articles (mostly from Russian) for them. Some recent work I’m particularly proud of (and particularly enjoyed writing) include an article for Modern Farmer about duck eggs and an article in Schwa-Fire about Westerners adopting Chinese names.

I’m also a big advocate of living abroad. This blog is based on my experiences as a teenager living in Switzerland, a college student studying abroad in Russia, a recent grad teaching English in Spain, a master’s student in France, and an adult doing freelance work and a language course in China. It is about my experiences learning German, French, Russian and Spanish as well as my continued study of Arabic and Chinese. At the moment I live in my hometown, Portland, Oregon.

I want to share both the many fun resources and media that I come across as well as the lessons I’ve learned about language learning and living abroad.

Questions? Comments? Seemingly insurmountable language learning or living abroad dilemma? Don’t hesitate to contact me!

Lastly, a disclaimer: Many of the links on The Babel Times are affiliate links, which means that if you click on them and then buy something, I get a small commission. All of the links are for things I believe in and use myself. For example, most of the books I link to are sold through Powell’s, a famous book store here in Portland, Oregon. These affiliate programs help me continue to provide high quality content, so thank you!