Millions of people are learning languages with Babbel — the language app built by language experts. Why Babbel? Our short and effective language courses get you speaking with confidence.
• Efficacy backed by researchers at Yale University:
100% of study participants improved their oral proficiency in 3 months*
• After 10 hours with Babbel, Michigan State University researchers found:
96% of learners saw better test scores on grammar and vocabulary
73% of study participants became better speakers**
Our language experts build every language course tailored to your native language. This way you learn Spanish and 13 more languages quickly and effectively.
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Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Indonesian, and English
Why are Americans learning languages with the Babbel language app?
SHORT, EFFECTIVE LESSONS
Easy to fit language lessons into your day
LESSONS FOR EVERY SITUATION
For travel, work, and more
LISTEN, SPEAK, WRITE
Well-rounded language practice
PERFECT YOUR PRONUNCIATION
Sophisticated speech-recognition technology
RETAIN WHAT YOU LEARN
Review feature that’s optimized to help you retain knowledge
LEARN GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT
Useful tips & tricks as you learn
OVER 5,000 LANGUAGE COURSES
Learn Spanish and 13 other languages with in-depth content, including more than 60,000 language lessons
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*Based on a study conducted with Babbel users learning Spanish. Van Deusen-Scholl, N., Lubrano, M.J. (both Yale University) & Sporn, Z. (Babbel), 2019. "Measuring Babbel’s Efficacy in Developing Oral Proficiency."
**Based on a study conducted with Babbel users learning Spanish. Loewen, S., Isbell (both Michigan State University) & Sporn. Z (Babbel), 2018. “Learning Spanish with Babbel: Oral Proficiency Outcome in App-Based Foreign Language Learning”.
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Ratings and Reviews
I went to France last winter & enjoyed listening to the language and getting a feel for the local culture in Paris. So I decided to get this app and committed to 6 months of full access (probably paid ~$30) After 3 months I have been able to converse and understand fluent/native speakers for the most part. Of course there are many more words and verbs to learn and understand, but it comes with time. I am on beginner course 4 and feel that I have made great practice, the recorded speakers allow you to hear the accents used and are much better than an automated version (computer voice). It is nice to be able to learn a new language on my own time, and even better when I can see the results pay off. I have received compliments on my accent and the amount of vocabulary I have learned in only 3 months. Would recommend for anyone trying to pick up a little French or other languages before a vacation, or just to try something you have never done. It can be frustrating learning very basic phrases at first, but if you practice them and look up words/phrases on your own you may be surprised how much you may learn. Peut-être devriez-vous l’essayer!
Good, but hoping for AI and UX improvements
Through 16 lessons at this point, and overall enjoying Babbel. I formerly used Duolingo, which seemed too vocabulary based. I'm happy I switched to Babbel for building conversational experience. I appreciate the tooltips differentiating European/Spain Spanish and Latin American words. Those are helpful distinctions I didn't get in three years of in-person classes. Also, I appreciate the variation of native speaking voices. It's helpful to hear varying genders, vocal tone/pitch, correct emphasis and pronunciations.
My criticisms regarding the app and the experience follow: 1) There's zero forgiveness for slight misspellings/typos. A flag /warning before counting it against the user would be nice. We're learning here. 2) The matching games/exercises have a confusing UX. It's unclear where to drag and drop and the color selections are all gray, which is not helpful in guiding users through the exercise. 3) While I realise Babbel isn't aiming to gamify language learning, it could benefit from incentivizing users somehow. This could be as simple as congratulating or tracking your progress or improvements. It's very boring to see the simple fact I've completed x/100 lessons. Make it a little fun, and I will be more likely to renew my subscription. Without these improvements, I'm likely to head back to Duolingo.
Developer Response ,
Hello there, thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad you have enjoyed our Spanish courses and we are sure you will do great as you progress with the lessons. Regarding your remarks, we have noted your comments about the possible warnings we could add in terms of misspellings. Secondly, we do appreciate your feedback in the general design and customer experience, this can help us to be able to offer you a better app overall. Once again, we truly appreciate your time in letting us know all these details. Kind regards from the Babbel team.
So far I’ve been using Babbel for a few months. It’s a nice addition to Duolingo but I have a few complaints. One is the app’s recognition of pronunciation. If you pause to take a breath between saying the imperfective and perfective form of the verb it doesn’t recognize it as correct. The audio recognition is immensely time sensitive, meaning if you say the word too early or too late it won’t recognize it. For example, you press the voice button, it says the word and if you don’t repeat it in less than a second it marks it as wrong. Duolingo’s voice recognition is better than Babbel’s. Babbel also dumps a ton of vocabulary on you and doesn’t include it in subsequent lessons which even when you’re doing the vocabulary review daily like I am, makes learning new vocabulary difficult. It’s also giving words I wouldn’t normally use in conversation like hexagon and mold, etc. Would like more common language lessons.
Update: So I just used the new speaking portion of the vocabulary review and I have to say it is a vast improvement! So congrats to the developers. It makes a lot more sense to hold the mic button while you’re talking and then release it when you’re done. I’m getting almost no answers wrong when I pronounce the word correctly now which is awesome and a whole lot less frustrating. I actually really enjoyed using it!
Developer Response ,
Hi, thank you for your positive review! We're always working to improve our user experience, and really appreciate you taking the time to share your comments. It's great to hear you're enjoying our new improvements, may there be many more to come! 🙂
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- 200.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Lesson Nine GmbH
- In-App Purchases
- German 1 month $15.99
- English 1 month $15.99
- Spanish 1 month $15.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.