Nosotros los Bandidos: Babbel Launches Spanish Lesson Based on Narcos

  • Babbel collaborates with Netflix to brush up on your Spanish, narco-style

  • Free online demo teaches you to speak just like Pablo Escobar

  • Fun way to learn encourages people to take up new language

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network and Babbel, the app offering the shortest path to a real-life conversation in a new language, draw their guns to launch a new Spanish language learning lesson based on the widely-acclaimed series, Narcos.

The successful show based on the true story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe, debuted its second season on September 2nd, available exclusively on Netflix. Designed just like any Babbel lesson, the Narcos demo “Speak Spanish like El Patrón” teaches you everything you need to know, from scoring deals to hiding contraband, to the complexities of privilege — all the while learning Spanish.

Several studies suggest that language acquisition may be facilitated by watching subtitled television program1. With the rich bilingual dialogues in Spanish and English, Narcos Season 1 allowed Netflix members a chance to brush up on their language skills. For the launch of the second season, Netflix and Babbel came together to inspire even more people to learn Spanish through a fun, narco-style language experience.

“Many people worldwide are introduced to new languages through TV series and movies. By using what you love to watch, to learn a language you’d like to know, we’ve created an emotional connection that bonds you to a new language that might otherwise have remained inaccessible,” adds Thomas Holl, founder and President of the Babbel Inc. “The partnership with Netflix lets users engage with Spanish in a uniquely Pablo Escobar way, showing them that learning a new language doesn’t have to feel like sitting in a Colombian prison.”

“Speak Spanish like El Patrón” is available for global audiences at The demo lesson features images and audio material from the original Narcos series and is adapted to teach Narco-Spanish in six of Babbel’s display languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish.

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About Netflix

Netflix is the world’’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Babbel

Babbel – the app that helps you speak a new language like you’ve always wanted to. When learning a language, nothing is more rewarding than a real conversation. 73% of surveyed customers feel that they’d be able to hold a conversation within five hours of using the app.

The Babbel language learning app for web, iOS and Android makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 8 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. Fast Company Magazine recognised Babbel as the most innovative education company of 2016.

Babbel was founded in 2007. Since then, the team has grown to 750 people from more than 50 nations, spread between Berlin and New York. With no ads, and a transparent, subscription-based business model, the company’s focus remains firmly on getting learners conversational fast. In 2016 the company surpassed 1,000,000 active paying subscribers.

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