Good but glitchy 3/5
The language lessons are helpful and progress naturally but the app itself is glitchy.
Has issues 2/5
The app seems okay but even in the first few minutes of using it I could see how frustrating it can be. When people fluent in Spanish, whose first language is Spanish, cannot get the app to go past certain words because pronunciation is "wrong" even though it is indistinguishable from the speaker on the app - that's an issue. It seems as if certain words/phrases just aren't programmed to do anything but say it's incorrect. This definitely is a turn off and should be fixed.
By Some guy off the streets
I really like it
Sweet app, a few problems 3/5
By Sonia Pantoja
Love the app, easy to get the hang of and all. I just hate how mumbled the voice gets for French beginning lesson part 2. The girls voice here is really hard to understand and then this French dude with some deep voice starts talking like the guy on the phone in the movie Taken. I'd prefer the male and female voice I heard in beginning lesson 1, they were clear and easy to understand, with a good recording quality. Besides the weird voice thing, I'd like it if you could go back to a lesson and look over a few things without having to do the lesson all over again, which takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes each lesson. Anyways, great app, once I perfect my French, Je vais chercher toutes les filles. Merci!
Speech recognition 4/5
More languages 2/5
You should expand the language options. You should do like Korean, Chinese, Japanese and other languages. There is only like 10 choices for learning languages.
Wonderful Learning Product 5/5
I started out with a 40 dollar book with a cd 4 pack that came with it and it was good at getting me started but Babbel keeps me motivated and interested. I still use both but I can learn on down time or review any time with this app I haven't experienced any problems that other reviewers have stated, it works as it should. Definitely buy this if you are serious about learning a language. I'm adding to this review as months have passed and I want to firmly reinstate how wonderful this language learning software is!! I don't usually write reviews but the wonderful people that put this software together need an atta-boy! Before you purchase I highly recommend their YouTube/vevo videos whichever they are on about the polyglot/hyper polyglot individuals that use this software it's amazing and will give you encouragement throughout your learning to keep striving. I watch them when I get into a slump, they also are amazing individuals so kudos to them folks as well thank you!!!
Screen orientation is a problem 4/5
I wish the app functioned in portrait mode. Trying to do all of the typing required in landscape mode is difficult for me and has caused a few errors and unit restarts. Also, on some screens, the instructions scroll up and out of view.
Stupid app 1/5
This app is suppose to TEACH you! How am I suppose to know what these sentences even are before they even tell me? Plus It is not free.
Wonderful program! 5/5
I have tried Duolingo and an older version of Rosetta Stone previously. This gives you all the options in a portable, easy to use way.
I would like to see a back button to go back to the previous pages if need be...please?
Great app 5/5
I love Babel. I have learned more in 3 weeks with this app than I did with 2 months of other well known apps. Keep making improvements. Well worth the costs.
Not a good app 1/5
By mishka piska
The intro lesson is fine. From then on you will hear the words and you repeat them to match proper pronunciation. This is where the app fails as it won't work properly.
Don't download this app.
Learning Italian 3/5
While using on an iPad on lesson 3, the keyboard covers the information so I can not see the missing words I am supposed to type. I paid for this app and am very frustrated. The keyboard needs to disappear or move.
Bad app 1/5
Only give you one lesson to try, then you have to buy monthly fee, to continue, what low way to practice ! Deleted app, there are better app out there , you should just make a pay up front before make people sign up.
Overall very good 4/5
This is a very good language learning app. I prefer it to Duolingo, even though you have to pay for it.
I did notice a few bugs in the app, but I'm sure they can be worked out over time. Also, a 'back' or redo button on a task just done would be good.
So far it's helping no end with my Spanish.
Great but I wish it was free 4/5
It's a great app and all but I just wish it was free, I want to learn to speak Spanish to communicate with friends and family but I don't have money to pay for the app
So few languages 2/5
By Santiago Castelazo
Why does the app only have 14 languages? They're too few. I would love to be able to learn catalan.
The BEST!! 5/5
I love Babbel! It is very fun, interesting and teaches you the formal and informal ways to communicate. I have referred Babbel to flight attendants, students, strangers and even my coworkers. After spending hundreds on Rosetta Stone this is by far the best and far more helpful. I do not understand why I have not seen any advertisements on TV yet. If you want a great deal get the 12 month subscription.
Waste of money 2/5
It's good if you want to learn spelling! It's so annoying and be careful, they will renew the subscription without your permission!
Seems promising 5/5
By Dugan bruiser
At this point I'm 17 lessons in to the 1st beginners segment. There is a lot of content on here so I believe it worth the cost to use the program. My only complaint is id like the option to be able to have a one time purchase of the app rather than a subscription but that is a minor quibble.
For Russian - better than Duolingo 5/5
Not a lot of Russian language learning apps out there and while duolingo does have one it's not as good. Babbel functions a lot better than duolingos curriculum for Russian as I feel like this transitions a lot better and the progression is with more support (well scaffolded). Definitely recommended for anyone trying to learn Russian as a smartphone supplement to their learning or as a great way to get an introduction to a language!
Great app 4/5
By It builds character
Great app with pretty intuitive lessons. I like that there are many examples and speakers, so the learner can hear/learn different pronunciations of words - it avoids picking up one particular accent. The lessons have you speak, which is great for practicing the accent, but that portion must be done in a quiet room, or the feature doesn't work. All in all, it's pretty great.
No lo que esperaba... 2/5
Es una aplicación buena... Pero hay que pagar... Eso es lo único que me molesta... Por lo tanto tendré que desinstalarla. Una pena...😑
Great, but not perfect 4/5
Overall, this app is really helpful in learning a foreign language. I've only had it a few days and already feel I've learned a lot. However, there are some small issues that can make it frustrating to use. As other reviewers have said, the app sometimes does not register verbal responses, and therefore counts them as incorrect. The same goes for typos/misspellings. It's easy to make a typo when typing on a phone, so the user has to be extra careful. Still, I think I'm learning a lot with this app.
Found this app because i play sgame pro 5/5
By Stef sou
i love this, Can You guys also make a Korean Version iwant to communicate with my relatives more
Good app, but some frustration 3/5
I am learning a lot and the app is easy to use!
However, on some of the lessons, the app is not registering my verbal responses at all in about half of the phrases.
Also, it would be great to be able to navigate back and forth in a lesson instead of having to start over to check something in the middle.
Russian lessons very accurate 5/5
No words to describe how awesome 5/5
Its so cool, i can learn spanish easier and more fun than some other apps.
Rip off 1/5
My iPhone 7 won't download Adobe Flash so I've paid for a product I cannot use. How to contact to get a refund? No one answers phone or email.
Rip off. Sure to be repeated every "billing cycle" because I cannot get the charges stopped/refunded.
Really, I should have known not to sign up. It reeked of SCAM.
Needs more languages 1/5
Please add more languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian languages....
UPDATE: Thanks for taking consideration in the suggested languages Babbel team!
Easy and it works 4/5
This app makes it pretty simple to learn to speak and it seems to be working pretty good.
Poor Lesson Planning 2/5
While the app functions well for the most part, the lesson plans seem almost random. The apps tends to teach you phrases instead of words, and then just has you repeat them. Instead of teaching you the individual words "do" "you" "have" "money" it will just teach you the phrase "do you have money" and then ask you to input that phrase throughout the lesson, never really Training your brain to utilize the words.
Don't label app as free and charge later. Wouldn't have downloaded app if it wasn't free. "In app purchases" meaning 1st lesson is free and the rest of it is a paid subscription. Wasted time setting up and registering.
Pretty Good 4/5
By The Original theALIKA
I like It
Good app 3/5
I really enjoy this app but the keyboard is in English and I can't change to German so I can't spell Straße or Heißt correctly in the app!!! Frustrating!
Good App- Do not like So much spelling 3/5
I travel to Germany often for work so I downloaded this app to learn how to speak in German. The app works well and is well thought out.
However, I do not like all the typing and spelling you have to do. I have a hard enough time spelling in English, much less a beginners class in a foreign language. I often do not get credit for passing a lesson because I spelled the correct word wrong. That is super frustrating. I would understand an intermediate or advanced lesson focusing on spelling but beginners just need to build vocabulary. That is how we learned as kids.
I would ask the developers to considering focusing on knowing and recognizing the words.
Great app, with a few issues 4/5
I really like this app but there are a few things I'd like to see changed: make it so you can go back a "page" without having to retake the whole lesson, and don't quickly go to the next page automatically. Sometimes I'd like to look over the completed answer to let it sink in, but the app quickly goes on by itself. Put a "next" button on each page.
If there were a search box to find the spot in a lesson where something was taught and you could review, that would be great. The alphabetical list of review vocabulary doesn't encompass everything that was taught.
Other than this, I have learned quite a bit from Babbel even though I am at a high intermediate level. There is vocabulary in here that I didn't know, even after several years of study in Spanish.
Like Rosetta Stone 5/5
By Neilly Ray G.
....but way more affordable! I love this app and am thrilled it landed on my radar
Works wonders 5/5
The short lessons keep your interest, and allow you to process the information without being overloaded.
In one week I understand the Cyrillic alphabet and am beginning to be able to have basic conversations in Russian.
Misleading. Not very sophisticated. Expensive. Got charged for a second lesson which I never did.
By Easy food
App says free and you complete 1st lesson and then bam they want to charge you is it free or not can't have it both ways
Awesome app 5/5
Awesome app like an adult Duolingo with audio you can understand ... a+++++ app would def buy again only downside is the monthly payment but besides that it's good
Comments on my experience with Babbel 5/5
It is very explanatory and easy to follow. Though sometimes it is difficult to know where I stopped the last lesson to commence subsequent exercise. Notwithstanding, I like it.
Free download- pay to learn. 2/5
By iPhone 4. Kay
The first lesson is free and wonderful, but the second lesson you have to pay for and anything after that.
Good app 4/5
Works well. I think. The pronunciation stuff gave me trouble but that could have been my phone.
Great Language Learning Program 5/5
By Mitch plot
I have used different language learning books, tapes and apps and have found this system to be the most effective. I have been able to rapidly develop an intuitive understanding of learning Italian with the approach Babble uses to teach with multiple approaches speaking, reading, and spelling the language. Learning with Babble app is fun and exciting and has given me immediate results while showing the progress I have been making at the end of each lesson. I plan to use this system to learn several languages. Way to go Babble!
English display language 4/5
I need to learn English and I need the display language to be English also, please do it.
Thanks for your great work
El mejor sistema de aprender idiomas.