Devenir Bilingue was created in 2014 and has become a reference in the language-learning market.
Emmanuelle Labbé, founder of the website and Gymglish partner since 2017, has agreed to answer our questions about her blog, language learning and share with us useful tips on how to become bilingual.
Hi Emmanuelle! Could you describe the “Devenir Bilingue” website?
“Devenir Bilingue” is an informational website that aims to help our readers find different ways of learning a foreign language in order to build their own personalized learning path. Expert advice, user reviews and feedback help learners decide which learning method would suit them best; be it self-teaching, via new technologies, traveling, studying, even working abroad.
How would you describe your readers?
My community is comprised mainly of parents looking for ways to make their children want to learn foreign languages. Some are adults searching for good deals, promotional codes or simply looking to gain new language skills to make them more attractive to employers. The average reader is open to innovations and is mainly interested in learning English. It goes without saying that we also value learning other foreign languages such as Spanish, Mandarin or German.
How did you come up with the idea of creating your website?
In 2014, my family and I moved to New York. I decided to take a career break and start a blog where I gathered together all the information I had collected so far for my own children. We had already tested different ways of learning English with them.
I came across a few gems – organizations or companies that weren’t necessarily well-known at the time but who offered innovative solutions. The “Devenir Bilingue” audience gradually started to grow and that’s when we decided to add the “relocation” and “study abroad” columns.
How did Gymglish get featured on “Devenir Bilingue”?
When the website started to grow in 2016, I quickly decided to showcase the Gymglish method. My readers show a real interest in learning languages using new technologies, and I believe that describes Gymglish perfectly. We only feature companies we trust and solutions we have tried and tested; that’s why we are so selective about partnerships.
Finally, if you had to give three tips on how to become bilingual, what would they be?
First of all, I would advise every parent out there to introduce their children to foreign languages as soon as possible! Starting to learn a language at a very young age is beneficial on multiple levels, and being bilingual goes beyond the linguistic side of things (cognitive flexibility, open-mindedness, better communication skills, etc.)
I would also say that it’s important you test various methods in order to create your own learning path. You’ll find some ways are more suitable than others because each person has their own needs and budget restrictions. Technology alone already offers a wide range of solutions, so we should make the most of them!
Finally, if you want to become bilingual, or simply want to be able to speak a foreign language, go out there and meet people! Sharing is important both online and offline.