You have to purchase:/ 3/5
This app is super great and you can tell by the first lesson that you will probably learn a lot but then you have to pay for the next lessons and it’s pretty expensive☹️ Too bad though I was looking forward to using it
I must learn 3/5
By Love houz
I am an older student and find going over lessons in repetition is the only way I can learn. For me it would be easier if the lesson would repeat my mistakes.
Ehhhh... good but 4/5
I’m young and I want to learn Spanish. So I do the first lesson and what pops up? A thing saying I need to subscribe to continue. Now I would but it costs money and that’s why I gave it a 4 star. I know they need to make money but why not do something else than make you pay for a class seriously! It’s better than doulingo I’m my opinion though.
Great app 5/5
By Sahil Kerkar
It does a great job teaching me any language that I want to learn!!!!
Jumping Ahead 2/5
By Four Simon Boyz
At first, I really liked this app. But then, suddenly I was thrown into complete sentences. What happened? Why the sudden jump?
Babbel goes so much more in depth than other language learning apps. It tells you why things are the way they are instead of just making you memorize.
Adobe flash?? 1/5
Says to download adobe flash for “best experience”. Not on an iPhone! Also, just logged in for 3rd time and am asked for password each time. Too difficult.
By Blissful sleep
The free version of this app is great but now I’m being charged for an app that does not function properly. I need a refund.
Very easy to learn 5/5
I think is better than Rosetta Stone
Babbel is a very comprehensive & user-friendly course! 5/5
By Juan M in DC
I have been studying Italian with Babbel and it has proven to be effective if, like in everything, we study and practice in a consistent manner .....and in this case we just need to do it a few minutes a day. I was in Italy this past summer and I was able to communicate with the locals everywhere. It was a fulfilling experience:-)
Good app bad selection for languages 3/5
Need more languages been asking for them to add Finnish since day one seeing as they have Norway and Sweden in the mix. The app itself is great I speak fluent Spanish and I tried the learn Spanish trial version of this and the actual app and how it teaches you is very nice they just need to expand on the languages offered as Duolingo does. App has been out now for a while the time to “perfect” all your other languages is done or “focus” on them u have a4-5star rating TIME TO ADD NEW LANGUAGES!
App is good but sync is broken 2/5
The app and the website do not sync your progress. Frustrating that when I login to the web site my classes I take in the app are not showing as complete. Check on their support page and it’s been an on going problem for 3 years.
Basic yes, 4/5
Basically you can arrive at a simple understanding of the language
But it goes to fast into structure to follow a long in my opinion
Was great 3/5
This app was great but then I noticed three different crashes in the Spanish beginner course 6. I was advised to use the web version but I found it quite a bit different and it didn’t seemed like my progress was saved there. Also, my friend who is a Spanish translator found some incorrect phrasing once from a screenshot.
I do like this more than Duolingo and Mango which I use regularly in conjunction with this app. It explains things well and I get a lot of it. It would just be better if it wasn’t so buggy (especially since I’m paying for this one.)
By User 695432167
The app looked promising, then I wasted money on a 3 month sub. The spelling portions of the lessons are especially frustrating. The creators expect the learner to id and spell words and put then into context correctly after one viewing. This happens over and over. As a professional educator, I wouldn’t teach like this.
Program is Useless 1/5
How many times do I have to say GRACIAS and still not be understood by your program. After four tries I deleted your program! Mango Languages here I come. BTW, I am a fluent French speaker so I have no problems with diction. Your program does however!!
Too expensive 1/5
By Sofifi S
Very Impressed So Far 5/5
My husband is from Italy and his parents do not speak any English, so I decided to finally bite the bullet and see how much Italian I could learn. I got the six month subscription as a Christmas present and so far I’m very impressed. The lessons do a great job of not overwhelming me while still teaching me a great deal of information. I am still at a very basic level, but my husband is very impressed with my progress so far. I like how tips pop up throughout the lessons and they mix multiple relevant topics within each lesson. My only critique is that I wish there were more features in the review section other than just flashcards. When I studied Spanish in school I loved having a running list of the verbs we’ve learned and their conjugations. This would be super helpful to look back at. Also including some review games would be beneficial. Overall a great app and something I would recommend to any beginners!
Add Mexico Spanish 4/5
I am living in Mexico need to learn Mexican spanish but most everything here is for Spain and there is a big difference in the words used. Since I pay for this app I wish they could at least offer a Latin American version. If they did then 5 stars for sure.
Beautifully designed app! Muchas gracias! 5/5
Learning Spanish is within reach! Babbel is a beautifully designed easy to use app. Muchas gracias!
One of many methods to learn a language 5/5
I have done Rosetta Stone. I do Duolingo. I am diligent and practice. I like the Babbel method. It reenforces my knowledge. I would like better voice recognition and more verbal interaction. But I’m happy with the format of the courses and the dialogues.
It seems. To easy. But. It works I remembered. It all
I speak very little Spanish. But I wanted to improve. The problem I am having is forgetting due to ( I think) not being able to take notes on what I have learned. I have to keep repeating the courses.
This app is amazing and perfect for someone who really need to learn a second language .
I love it and share will all my friends and family !
YOU SHOULD GET IT , I SINCERELY RECOMMEND !
Excellent app for exploring and learning a language 5/5
I’ve tried learning another language my entire life. At 11 years old in 1981 I borrowed an old reel to reel tape machine from my school to learn French over the summer. I still don’t really speak French.
I’ve always been a technology fan so years later in the early days of the Internet and Rosetta Stone I tried that system which was spot on in its approach but still required sitting with a book and using CD-ROMs.
I kept looking for an online solution using new smart phone app technology realizing that this could be optimal for learning on the go. Well, the people at Babbel have taken my random thoughts and created exactly what I wanted.
Available via your phone, Babbel makes learning a language interactive and fun. It uses the microphone to listen to your pronunciation so you don’t have to embarrass yourself in front of a live native speaker. The varied approach to learning words from listening, speaking, typing and taking quizzes means your brain stays engaged.
Great work on this app!
This app is the best I’ve had yet. 5/5
By Awesomly ragin
This app is truly the best I’ve had yet. I’m Russian but was never taught how to read and write, and this helped me a lot although it was easier for me than most since I know the language lingually.
I only wish they added more languages such as Japanese since I’m planning to go there in the next year or so.
question for subscription 5/5
if i pat for the full year, does that only give me access to a single language or for all of them for the 12 months
👍🏻App is really good but... 5/5
By Beyza koz
App is really good buy i wanna learn korean, i was disappointed when i didnt saw korean. its a popular app everyone knows i think it should be include korean too. Please add korean too ☺️ thank you
Apple Watch version useless unless you live in a big city 2/5
I downloaded Babbel specifically because it had an Apple Watch version. Words are collected in different venues, such as airports, restaurants, etc. Unfortunately, in order to collect words, one must be near such a place recognized by the app. I live on the outskirts of a medium town, and no places showed up. Probably good on your phone, but skip it for the watch if you’re not in a city.
By RAFAY OMG
Just beginning 5/5
By Tomas Kearney
I am just going to begin learning to speak Spanish. Effective , January 1. 2018 .
Much more fun than traditional methods. 5/5
I thought I would try Babbel along with several other apps. I find Babblel to be the one language course I continuously go back to is interactive which makes it very enjoyable. Also learning to read and write is important for me the business learner. I plan to continue using Babbel for my endless language learning journey.
By Loving it 787
I’m learning quite well, but it’s difficult to continue my learning when the app crashes........
Wonderful learningTool 5/5
By Sharon Ward
I enjoy using Babbel to learn Spanish. The program ensures that you can say the word(s) properly, spell it and use it in a sentence. This is awesome. More importantly, the cost of the language program is very reasonable. You must set aside time to learn the language, if done at least 30 mins a day you will truly accomplish your goal of learning a new language. Equally important, there are no hidden fees or charges once you get to a certain level which, I found in other learning programs that are offered for free. Babbel is up front and a honest program. Thank you Babbel and to the creator(s) of a awesome program!
Charged Twice 1/5
I was charged twice for the subscription on December 14th and have yet to be refunded.
Suggested Improvements 4/5
By Needing more review options...
It would be really helpful to be able to flag content (a lesson or specific words) that you want to review again.
Like it mostly 3/5
The good: This learning tool answers some grammar questions I’ve had with other apps. It’s easy to use. The less stellar: It says you’re wrong when you leave out the personal pronoun, even after the lesson where it explains this can be done. It also moves slowly. I was hoping for the south/central American emphasis, since that’s what’s spoken in my area - but thats just me.
Awful approach to Mandarin Chinese 1/5
Good, but not for my needs 4/5
By J Fritzsche
I appreciate and respect the app, and think it’s made well too. However, I’m wanting to learn Irish, and that currently isn’t an available language, so I would definitely use the app if it added the language (in other words, I would use it if it had Irish available).
Great Teaching Methodology 5/5
By jim doty
The teaching approach is excellent. The step by step increases is difficulty are very good and the introduction of verbs is exceptional.
Too expensive 2/5
If this was a one time purchase, then MAYBE I’d be willing to spend to learn the language. But since this was a free app, I was expecting it to be free. Not only is it not free, it’s certainly not cheap! I think I’ll keep looking for ways to learn a language. This app isn’t it.
I'm 64, and wanting to learn Spanish, so I can get to know my non English speaking Mexican neighbors better. I just hope I'm learning the correct dialect.
Most-In Depth and Engaging Language App 5/5
By Who what???
I prefer this app to all others I've tried. Perfect mix of verbiage and conversation
I love it 5/5
I’ve been retaining what I’ve learned so far with the Polish language.
....UPDATE 12/19/2017 I have written many reviews for apps this is the only one that ever responded. I read reviews that said that found Duolingo to be a better app but I have to strongly disagree. I’m up to the 13th lesson in Polish and I tried applying what I learned with a native speaker and she was able to understand me. The way this app teaches I believe is the best way to learn at least for me! I scoured the lessons and they offers so much. I can’t wait to complete the courses!
Learning Spanish via Babbel Program 5/5
This is an excellent program. Lessons are easy to learn. I’m confident that I can learn how to speak Spanish in a short period of time by practicing these lessons. Thank you for your wonderful program.
Speech recognition is terrible. I had a native speaker attempt the repeats and still said she and her brother failed.
Occasional errors or contradictions 4/5
I like the Ap, but I wish it administered a test first to know where to start, instead of making everyone start from the beginning. Each lesson should allow the user to test out.
There are some occasional errors; like counting your answer incorrect but giving your answer as the correct answer; or asking for a word they haven’t gone over yet. As the lessons progress, there are more instances where they ask questions about materials they haven’t given out yet.
So far, I’ve encountered 2 times where an instruction was given. Then, a question was asked about that information. They count the correct answer (according to the instructions) wrong.
I wish there was an easier way to go back and forth within a lesson. You have to close the lesson, reopen, and select not to resume in order to go back one page. And then it starts the entire lesson over.
You never know when the speaker is going to be using Latin America Spanish or Castilliano. Native speakers use one or the other, but don’t tell you beforehand which.
This course is a “memorize dialogue” course; so you have to hope what you’re learning is going to match up with a real conversation. It’s not like Pimsleur that makes you form your own sentences.
I do really like the thorough coverage of the plural informal “You” verb conjugations. I’ve taken 3 years of Spanish and a total immersion class in Mexico and all of them neglected to teach those verbs.
I like that the words/phrases are captions to pictures. That way you can recall a picture associated with words and you get a better concept of the meanings.
I like the pop up explanations. They are very easy to understand instruction. And I like it that the pop ups distinguish between the Spanish dialects ( just wish they’d let you know which dialect the native speakers were using.)
And I’m liking the review and getting congratulated for knowing the info. I don’t know how many wrong answers it would take for the Ap to say I wasn’t doing well.
In conclusion, I wouldn’t depend on this course alone to make me fluent in Spanish or any other language. If you’re serious about wanting to learn; then, you’ll want to include several different courses, listen to Spanish radio and television, and hang around with native speakers. This Ap is a good start, but get DuoLingo and Pimsleur, too.
Sneaky and hard to cancel 1/5
The content is fine, but there is no support for updating or canceling a subscription from within the app. Yes, there are instructions online that are vague at best, but mostly plain fiction. Do NOT sign up thinking you can try it out and cancel any time. Be ready to have a lifelong monthly charge once you sign up- canceling seems to be a long drawn out process involving calls to customer service. Not as advertised.
Awesome 😎 5/5
Best App Ever
Great learning tool 5/5
By O G BLACK
Babble is great I’m going to learn 6 languages after I complete these courses