Too much vosotros 3/5
I didn’t realize during my trial how...prevalent the vosotros verb form is in the program with no way to skip it. I moved to Mexico and I’m only interested in Latin American Spanish. Spain only comprises maybe 3% of the Spanish speaking world, so the tense is completely useless to most SSL learners. As an intermediate speaker, it’s made things more difficult than they should be. Otherwise, i really like the program and it fits my learning style well.
Not enough 1/5
Is there really just one lesson and then a subscription needed? That’s not enough to know if I want to
Subscribe. That feels shady.
So far so good
Quite good for Dutch 4/5
likes: unlike Duolingo, grammar and vocabulary list that Dutch people actually use. (I take conversation lessons and everything I've double checked with her seems to be accurate and common use.) I like the mix of exercise types, the usage notes, and in general, the app interface
dislikes: the pronunciation good but is imperfect, there's waaay too much emphasis on 'n's at the ends of words, which is (as far as I've been taught by multiple sources and nearly two years living in Amsterdam) not standard. They should be (save a few exceptions) barely there, not hard finishes like in German verbs and plurals.
In the writing exercises it is not always clear if the stressed or unstressed pronoun is desired and you get it wrong if you use the undesired one—even if the answer is correct. Also goes for vocab reviews where you have several options that all mean the same thing.
Also i miss from Duolingo the tolerance for small typos, especially since the app's keyboard can be pretty fussy sometimes.
So please fix those! But otherwise quite good
When you cancel they still charge you 1/5
By would not use
I canceled my membership in February 2018 and they still charged me in March 2018. I was paying a month to month basis. I would not recommend this product very dishonest.
Wrong language 5/5
By HCO Fan
J’adore Babbel! 5/5
I’m loving this app! The lessons are plentiful and fun and you can go at your own pace, though challenging yourself becomes rather addictive and makes you want to keep going, one lesson into the next! I am impressed by how many lessons there are and excited by the breadth and variety. In my estimation and considering how many hours of study you receive, Babbel is a real bargain as learning tool.
Some a-ha moments happen along the way. Just when you might think you’re not quite getting it, the lesson structure will help things click. The lessons move you along fairly quickly, so I think the lesson reviews are the key (la cle!) to retaining what you have learned.
For me personally, I’m glad that I went into this with a public school French class foundation. Remembering and revisiting the basics of what I had studied nearly 40 years ago makes building upon a desired, but latently pursued skill all the more satisfying. A+++!
It’s great’ 5/5
By Awsome random person ;)
As the only person in my family who isn’t completely fluent in Spanish (yet), I’m so glad to have found out about this program. It’s easy to use and really does help me expand my vocabulary and gain a deeper understanding of the language itself. I am now able to maintain conversation with family members who cannot speak English better than before. Hopefully Korean is added to the list of languages we’re able to learn. I’d love to be able to understand it!
Worked, but cost money 2/5
This app seemed like it would work, but you have to pay to get any further than a single lesson. I don't have this kind of money right now, so kind of disappointed.
Much better 5/5
Better than duo. Love the conversational focus.
Another subscription Trap 2/5
By No More Apps
I’m sure Babbel is very effective but I never got past the first lesson which was free. Even if I wanted to pay to learn a different language ( which I don’t ), I certainly don’t want to give out my name & email addy to an app I’m paying for. I also am over companies forcing subscriptions on customers instead of allowing 1 price. So no Babbel for me.
Great so far!! 5/5
I’ve been using Duolingo & Babbel side by side. Hands down, Babbel is much more comprehensive. Duolingo is fun and all, but gives you absolutely NO foundation to learn a language. Duolingo just kind of teaches you how to memorize words and phrases, without any background or understanding as to why these words work with these other words, or why they’re in the order that they’re in.
Babbel, on the other hand, does all of this. I’m only in my 2nd beginner’s course, and I already feel like I’m building a foundation to learn German. It introduces grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary all gradually, and allows you to practice via reading, writing, and speaking.
Duolingo is like a fun game to help you know what an apple is called in German, but Babbel will teach you how to have a conversation about that apple.
Very easy and fun 5/5
I can’t believe I’m actually starting to speak and read French. It’s so fun I forget it’s a teaching tool.
Excellent tool for learning a new language 5/5
I’ve taken foreign language classes before, but the app breaks it down and makes it so simple to understand.
No Asian languages. 1/5
I was so excited to try this app out. However, I’m trying to learn Korean and that’s not on the list of languages. Until that is an option, Babbel will be of no use to me. So sad.
Mislead by the hype 3/5
I’m kind of bummed. Everything I’ve read about this implied it was free, but after completing my first lesson, I was prompted to pay for a subscription to continue lessons. I might be willing to pay for a one time all inclusive purchase.
I really enjoyed what I did learn and surprisingly enough, it did stick!
Dit is GOED.... 4/5
I’ve been studying the Dutch/Flemish language for years, and after using almost useless books, tapes & CDs that evidently don’t teach the way I learn best, I bit the bullet & went with some serious interactive programs. Learning a language by yourself that is not spoken within several thousands of miles of you is challenge enough, but you can do it with the right type of help.
I just started using Babble last night, and I’m learning things I did not learn on my expensive Rosetta Stone computer programs. One advantage is that I’m using Babble on my iPad... another is that Babble seems to be a more conversational style of Dutch than Rosetta Stone, and probably closer to what I’ll need the next time I’m in Amsterdam, Bruxelles (they speak Flemish), or CapeTown (Afrikaans is one of the official languages in SA), where different dialects of Nederlands are spoken. While Rosetta Stone provided me with a strong foundation in the language and is making Babbel easier for me, I honestly believe Babbel’s program is making me a better Dutch speaker.
Cancellation process is obscure 1/5
No way to cancel subscription from the IOS app without much digging. Account settings are not available within the app.
Why must I log in every time I open this app? If I change devices? Log in. If I don’t use it for a few days, log in. 😡
No Mexican Spanish , Japanese , Chinese , Arabic , OR Swahili?! 4/5
By Alysa H
No way.You HAVE to have those 5 languages.What if someone goes to Asia , Mexico , or Africa , and can’t speak that language?I can’t BELIEVE you didn’t add these 5!Japanese is even one of the OLDEST languages and...I’m shocked.Maybe in a future update you can at LEAST add Japanese and/or Mexican Spanish.Until then this is staying at 4 Stars.
The microphone keeps failing 1/5
Duolingo seems to be a more reliable program when it comes to checking your pronunciation.
Very helpful 5/5
I’m learning French and after finishing dulingo I wanted to continue. This app really helped.
Babbel app 5/5
By Soccer balla
Great app! Improved my languages skills tremendously!
Just... Excellent. 5/5
Would have never guessed I could learn another language this fast.
Feeling Cheated. 1/5
Saw an ad online. Tried the trial. Gave them my email, so they could spam me with more ads. Which they did. And I replied to one. Bought a 6-month subscription. Paid for it. But now that purchase won’t sync to the app on my phone! So, my phone doesn’t “believe” that I bought it. Sadly, my credit card does, so I’ve now paid for a subscription that I am unable to use. FIX IT PLEASE.
Great way to learn a language 5/5
They have you repeat it several different ways so it doesn’t feel like repetitious learning.
I like their actual conversations because it makes it feel like you are learning something that you might use.
I feel like these are things that I would want to know when I’m going to visit a country or move to a country.
So far, so good 4/5
I am enjoying the Spanish lessons in Babbel, which I am using as well as those In Duolingo. As I no longer drive, it’s difficult to attend classes offered by my local college. The Babbel classes are well organized and offer speech recognition, as well as plenty of opportunity for reviewing areas where I have difficulty. While I realize that no in-home study can replace the experience of actually speaking with those who are fluent in a language, courses like Babbel are a good start, which I hope will eventually lead me to look into conversational Spanish groups in my area.
New to babble 4/5
I have enjoyed this app a lot so far but one thing I wish it had (which it might later on) is the ability to use it while driving. Hooking it to your blue tooth and listening and repeating- without having to touch. I would get a lot more use out of it. But the interactive parts and the spelling are also very important so I do love those features! Great app!
Great app! No ads. Good structure 5/5
Very well structured with organization mixing up different ways to learn in each chapter as you progress to next levels so you can retain what you’ve learned.
Coming from Pimsluer Russian 5/5
I studied Pimsluer Russian but the duration of time it took along with the lack of writing and visuals made it easy to speak but difficult to ensure I was saying the right thing, either pronunciation or the right version of the word within the sentence, such as “a” and “и.” I did make it through Stage 1 (of 3) with them and it made the beginning of this app very simple as I knew a good amount right off the bat, but this app ties in visual, auditory, muscle and speach in a way that’s much quicker and easier to understand what you are saying. I also found it really helpful the way they group the language together, and how they explain how and why certain parts of the language are the way they are. These concepts are essential to understanding the language but I was completely missing out with Pimsluer. It’s fast, fun and can be done in my free time. If I take a week off I can be confident to pick it all back up again rather than be faced with the choice to listen to a 45 minute seminar that I’ve already heard or go to the next one and not remember everything from last week.
Try the app out! It’s fun and refreshing!
Love it! 5/5
I'm using it to learn Russian and within a short time I was reading Russian words. Of course you have to be actively saying the words and making an effort but I prefer this over other language learning applications because you always know what you're learning. If you stick with it, you'll see results. My only complaint is that it doesn't offer Asian languages! I am using another application for Korean and I think I would learn better on this app. Please get Korean! ;)
Good. Not great but good. 4/5
So my mom is German so I wanted to learn German and I had heard about Babbel. It really does a good job on getting you to remember the words. However, it only teaches you phrases for if a conversation went a certain way. That’s my only complaint, otherwise, it’s good.
Cancel subscription 2/5
App is pretty good but it is too difficult to stop the subscription. It auto renew's. Irritating. They make you work way too hard to figure it out.
Great app 5/5
By Michael Giordano
I have been using this to learn Norwegian. Customer support has been extremely helpful
I am disappointed that I cannot print my family tree
Translation disappears 3/5
I’ve been using the app for few months now, and there is something needs to be fixed. In the ( listen and fill in the missing words ) i type the sentence waiting for the translation, but a dialogue box appears to tell some information and as soon as I press ok the page changes to the next sentence not letting me read the translation. Hope I delivered the idea.
Des voleurs il me dise rien aucun e-mail et il me débite encore trois mois et ne veule pas fermer mon compte escroc o col blanc
Enjoying babel?? 4/5
I like babel. I hadn't noticed the button to push for "review" until I pushed to see what it was. I wish I had seen it sooner!!
I am hoping by reviewing, I won't have to keep going over the very beginning lessons over &. Over & over again!!!! I KNOW hola, gracias, mucho gusto, chao, etc.
PLEASE don't make me go over them again!!! The review makes a lot more sense. I can't waste time going over something I already know completely.
Better Than School for Learning Spanish 5/5
Babbel is very effective to learn Spanish. After eight semesters in high school and college, it is Babbel that has helped me understand por vs para and other nuances. There have been problems and the support team have acted quickly to address the issue. It is challenging which makes the student have to stretch and learn more. Great learning tool!
Great learing app 5/5
By MoaD sb
Worth the price
I am so proud of myself! Thank you Babbel! 5/5
The diversity of learning techniques is great. Here is a summary:
Hear it, say it, select it, put the syllables in order, spell it, use it in a sentence, hear it and spell it from its place in the sentence.
So many many lessons! Section one and two have chapters divided primarily in lessons of threes a- introduces topic, b- more into that topic, c- review all of that topic. Each lesson section gives maybe 9-12 words, some easy, some not. Section one and two have almost 50 lessons.
Then there are the “words and sentences”, “grammar”, etc. Over 20 subjects, each having 10-15 lessons. They are no where near as well-covered. It’s harder to learn without the depth of the main chapters. I tried to mix it in as I studied the main chapters, but I still have so far to go with these. I subsidize this with an app called Indonesian Dictionary by Ithinkdiff. I put these words in their bookmarks and play games with them.
By the time I complete this course, I will be able to communicate on many subjects and be understood. Even with where I am, I could figure some good conversations out. I’m going to continue and pay monthly. I passed my initial payment time period. If all I did were the primary lessons and not put time into the less covered words, I could have completed that much before running out of money.
Eleven bucks a month 1/5
Free to download but those pesky “in - app” charges? Yah $11 PER MONTH.
No thank you and deleted immediately.
Great app and methodology. Needs iPhone X support. 3/5
Duolingo is a great app. But Babbel breaks down the nuances and details of the language your learning in more understandable detail and not really difficult. Found the subscription very worth it.
My only issue is that the app is not optimized for iPhone X. Aside from this, it’s a great service I’d highly recommend as a mid grade service between Duo and Rosetta Stone.
Good app good service from app developer 5/5
By Peanut :*)
Very good n most beneficial app . U learn fast n easy without any effort with a lot of practices n repeating that doesn’t leave u questioning urself about any info that cud b missing out in ur brain . Very highly recommended to all beginners u will speak fluently as much as u spend time on it that is besides its amusement n so much fun as if ur playing a non boring game challenging urself n always want to come back for more it corrects after u wether pronunciation grammar or even dictation always know the right answers wen ur wrong instantly best teacher than any other course out there n best teaching than any other teacher that u cud misunderstand that u have in ur hands anytime wen ur free n anywhere that is besides the good service from app developer they answer u quickly n very helpful if u have a problem with anything concerning the app keep it up 👍🏻👍🏻
By Hurricane Macali
The app is good, but has major issues with the voice recognition.. it rarely works. DuoLingo’s voice recognition works much, much better..
Babble as a paid app has much more in-depth content. Just needs some tweaking
Interactive & Helpful 4/5
By Tammy Ranay
Will use again for learning more languages.
Like The Style 5/5
I like the different techniques used to help you understand and remember the words.
Not the right age rating 2/5
By Keneil Morris
I was attracted to this app/website because I’ve Seen on ads that it can teach you a language in just 3 weeks. That’s great but I didn’t stay long enough to find out. Why didn’t I stay to find out you may ask? First off, it was so boring, it was like I was taking an online test, the whole set up is just boring, I’m 12 yrs old and in my opinion this just lacked flavor, I stopped after the first lesson. You could learn a few things from Duolingo, that’s an app that appeals to all ages in my opinion and deserves a lot more attention than it gets, more attention that your app I’m sorry to say. It’s not too late to change though, I’ll be back to check this app out some time later and write a review if there changes that I pointed out. Btw, check out Christopherbrown0317’s review, he made some valid points that are similar to mine, he is absolutely right, and btw Christopherbrown0317 if you see this, reply, that would be cool 😁
Muy bueno 4/5
Es un excelente servicio para aprender hablar inglés sobre todo en la parte gramatical la única queja que tengo es que en la aplicación móvil el teclado aún le falta muchas veces se equivoca al escribir y al momento de borrar elimina letras demás
Can’t sign in 1/5
By mk emery
Have a subscription, but can’t sign in. Tried sending a “forgot password” message which has failed. Was my error creating the account through the App Store?