Very bad product 1/5
By dtompkins 818?
I was looking for a language program to quickly learn to speak ‘travelers’ Italian for a vacation. This is most definitely not it. It is a non linear jumbled mess!!! If wanted to learn about dangling modifiers and past participles I would have enrolled in a college course. I learned mor French in three days from an old garage sale tiny book with attached booklet than I have Italian with your app in a month. Waste of money.
More Languages Please 2/5
So I’ve not tried out this app yet. I was pretty excited to use it. But the languages that I need to learn are not an option. There aren’t a big selection of languages to choose from. So I chose Spanish because it’s pretty common here. But In about a year I’ll be heading over to Pakistan and I need to be learning Urdu. If you could add that as a language option then I would be thrilled.
Technically not quite 100% 3/5
By Budha Buddy
Things were going well in German until pages stopped loading correctly, the keyboard continually typed wrong letter and the sound disappeared.
Font is too small 1/5
Font size makes this app unusable for this 90 year old who want to keep my French skills sharp
This is one of the best language apps that I have ever used! I actually have a doctoral degree and have tried many other programs, but Babbel has been easy. Thanks
I am trying to learn German for my Omi (grandma in German 😉) and I’ve already learned basic greetings and pronunciations in three days! I have a notebook full of the phrases and words I’ve learned and it really helps! All of this is from this app! Totally worth the money and I will continue this until I can speak fluent German!
Tweaks Please! 4/5
By Chloe's France
I am currently studying the French version, there are tweaks needed in the App. For example, there will be a grammar exercise I.e. comparatives without introducing the context. A great addition would be to slow down the audio verbal content on full sentences so non native speakers can grasp the pronunciation.
Great App with One Gripe 4/5
I decided to pick this app up after half a year on Duolingo. I liked Duo, but it wasn’t the best when it came to grammar, sentence structure or conjugation of verbs. I wanted something a little more instructive. That is what Babbel does that Duo does not.
I felt justified in buying a sub since I had already developed a daily habit through the other free app. It is certainly worth it if you are committed to using it.
My only complaint is the voice recognition. I feel like the spaceman on the Lego movie using this app. In fact, as a joke, I used a pirate voice and it worked... *shrug*
Speaking more 4/5
The overall app is great but I would like to be able to repeat all of what they are saying from the very beginning. Get the flow of the language and words that are just learned.
Crashing App 2/5
This is a fantastic learning app no doubt. I was making great strides with my Spanish until one day I could not get past a certain section. The app would simply crash. Their customer care said they are fixing the issue. But it’s been months now. I finally decided to cancel.
Can’t cancel. 1/5
By Justin Simonsen
It’s virtually impossible to unsubscribe.
I think Babble Is awesome app
Love it! 5/5
I’m in LOVE with this app!! This way I can learn more languages faster and easier! Thanks!!
Good customer support 5/5
After spending more than 24 frustrating hours waiting for a customer service response, my app is now working. Thanks for the help. Looking forward to learning Italian!
Not as good as Rosetta Stone 1/5
By Ernie GG
Lessons were easy, almost too easy. Didn’t learn anything. Still can’t figure out how to cancel the service. It automatically renews and they give you the runaround on cancelation process.
Not free 3/5
Great app but it’s not free once you start to use it.
If you want to pay it would be good. 3/5
By I love Chrome but...
You get barely any lessons if you don’t pay.
I thought this would be awesome and it was but I don't want to pay I forgot how much to get the rest.
Spelling and keyboard are ridiculous 3/5
Please allow miss spelled words / make a better keyboard size,..... buttons are too small
I’m pretty much sick of the spelling emphasis
The introduction and use of words through spelling alone? Doesn’t work for me at all
I’d say give me options
Let me pick so I can retain the word
As it is now? I’m lost in the words and can’t remember anything due to getting “a letter” off therefore incorrectly answering every question incorrectly
Couple that with the poor typing ability and no sliding cursor ( iOS space bar allows fast correction )
Please fix ASAP
I can’t stand getting every question working due to ONE letter being off
Otherwise good so far
You get one free lesson, then have to pay for a “premium” mode. Uggghh. Just get duolingo.
Babel French 5/5
Really encourages you! Highly recommend it
I love this app! I’ve been doing the Spanish course (taking Spanish in my high school classes as well. It’s turned out to be very helpful for that class!) A language I’ve been wanting to learn more about for years has been Japanese. I think it’d be amazing if that could be added, especially because of how easy and helpful this app has been already. Recommending this to some friends and family members already~
I studied Spanish the conventional way in High School,this is light years above approach. This is phenomenal !
Good stuff! 5/5
By timmer n
I appreciate all the work that went into making this a great program. It is so much easier to follow than any other instruction I have tried. Keep up the good work!
Living in Berlin 4/5
Wherever you turn and try to speak German to Natives, when they hear accent they turn to English. UGH.
This app is good, I like the flow of material but two things: test on the beginning to direct to right content, not to repeat unnecessary stuff you had already done; Second, sync between devices - walking outside I’m using a phone version and go through a few classes a day, then come home and want to do a few more, and it shows I have completed XYZ but make me to go through those XYZ again, like an ugly teacher, who says, yeah, we already did that, but you gotta make this again! LOL!
Not adaptive - hard to repeat just what you need 2/5
Struggling through the design as I keep tripping in the same places of memorizing and spelling verbs. (I purchased to learn French as my first grader is doing at a language immersion school - I’m not even close to catching up) I’d like the designers to apply analytics on the learners to move their lessons to the format they are successful at, or make it easier to repeat exactly where they failed.
I can identify quickly and apparently need that more before asking me to recall and spell. I think I can get there, but when told ‘Your right on track’ whether I mastered or I failed half the lesson it’s distancing me. Obviously I need to repeat or be even further behind as it moves on. (Learned that with more failure, disheartening)
Then trying to repeat a lesson and I’m forced to move through where I’d mastered to get to where I failed. Frustrating and time waster.
I set it down, came back, trying to commit 30 min every morn but still not sure how to succeed. If this isn’t adaptive, it’s really not innovative nor unique.
If I missed how to just redo lesson parts I failed PLEASE let me know and I may revise review.
Learned Spanish in 3 weeks 5/5
Great App the grammar and vocabulary stick effortlessly
Love it 5/5
Recently visited Germany and want to go again. Next time I want to be able to speak the language and Babbel is perfect ...It is fun and simple to get started. I look forward to the lessons every day. Thank you
Bad speech recognition 1/5
Right out of the gate, would not recognize my saying Hola! Correctly, no matter how many times I said it, no matter how many different ways. Disappointing. Deleted.
I guess I expected too much. Guess I am too old (73) to learn a language.
Spanish - great way to learn 5/5
This is a terrific way to learn a language- unlike the old methods, this is interesting and fun
Do not subscribe, it’s almost impossible to unsubscribe 1/5
By tartan dog
I downloaded this app a couple of years ago. I don’t use it often, so after a year when I saw several charges applied to my account without any notification( sure I understand it’s my responsibility to manage my subscriptions, but the customer services team does not seem to care about courtesy apparently), I logged in and disabled the auto payment option. What’s even worse is after I unsubscribed through my online account settings, and guess what.. I was again charged after that! Now I should probably dispute that charge. Later I found out from their customer support site that if you subscribe through app, you HAVE TO undo the subscription through App Store, this is way too annoying.
So do not subscribe unless you want to be on their lifetime loyalty program.
Better than Duolingo 5/5
I have been using Babbel to learn a little Italian before a family vacation planned for next summer. I was halfway through Duolingo when I started Babbel. Only time spent in Italy will tell, but for now I seem to be learning more with Babbel
Beginner Spanish 3/5
Too much about grammar, need more vocabulary and speaking/listening practice
No Stress way of learning 5/5
Excellent program because I’m impressed with how much I’ve learned without consciously trying. Although I should be taking notes to review and consciously remember rules & pronunciations I find the mix up of types of learning exercises that I’m learning without the stress of trying to remember everything the first time. So I just let it go with the flow!!!
Best learning app! 5/5
This is truly my favorite learning app for language instruction. It's helped me progress more than any other. Well done!
I took French in school but never finished it, and had hesitations about trying to learn on my own. I haven't had this app for too long, but it makes it just as easy to learn as being in class. It does. Great job of presenting words and the cultural norms and follows up will with different lessons to better cement what has already been present. Genuinely impressed and pleased with this app.
Great program 5/5
I have been wanting to learn Spanish for a very long time but programs were all so expensive and there were limited programs as it was. Well, when I got my iPhone I discovered several great programs at a really great and reasonable price. I tried several of them through their trial periods and decided on this one and Duolingo. Combined I feel like I am learning faster than if I had gone with the one program that’s so popular, I think everyone knows which I’m talking about. I believe I have come a long way in just two weeks. I also paired these programs with a distance education course which make me accountable to actually follow through because I am paying for all of it and do not want my money to go to waste. Aside from all that, this is a great running program. I haven’t encountered any sort of glitch or hang ups yet. It’s pretty close to a perfect app that one could hope for. So here’s to learning, staying committed, and actually having fun while doing all the work! I would most definitely recommend this app 100%!!
Major bugs on iPhone X 2/5
I’m a paying subscriber and really frustrated that this app still isn’t optimized for iPhone X. In fact, it hurts the usability on some lessons as the compressed screen cuts off the text you’re supposed to tap usually causing errors.
Please fix this ASAP. This is not some free app, I’m paying good money and expect this to be functional.
Quinn enjoying Babel 5/5
By Quinn 2015
Great program, but requires practice daily.
By Mile High Scuba Steve
This app is terrible. It can never understand my repeating back. I even had a native Spanish speaker try. It understands about 5% of the time.
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Babbel is the way to learn a language 5/5
By Outdoor friendly
Babbel is the best system I’ve used to learn a new language. I prefer it over duolingo (never had the paid version). Introduces you to new words easily and in a great way.
Excellent app 5/5
Very happy with it. Works like it’s supposed to.
Microphone issues 1/5
The app keeps rejecting the audio, it’s very frustrating when you know you’re saying Hola. Is there anyway to fix this? Or to add an option to play back my recording along with the actual recording and bypass the algorithm when it fails?
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?
Update: Wrote to Babbel support, their advice was not helpful. Wrote again 2 days ago, they are now not responding to me at all.
Ok app 4/5
By Crescenta Valley Rider
This app could be ok, but needs to have some instructions on how to use it. I’m taking German. The German alphabet has several characters like double s, umlauts etc., but they give you an American QWERTY keyboard to type your answers. So, even if you try and type the correct answer, the machine scores you as wrong! Also, the voice recognition is clunky, so the app often scores you as ‘wrong’ even though your pronunciation is ok. I have taken German in school, so I have at least some knowledge of basics. Not sure this app would make much sense if you had NO knowledge prior, as a lot of grammar etc. just has rules you have to memorize.
Learning French 3/5
I just started and already I have found a problem. The program did not explain liaisons. I had to go online to find why “Pardon, vous etes Marion?” sounded like Pardon, ZET Marion? Fix it please.
Cannot register 3/5
By Steven Salsburg
I tried registering though all avenues and it kept saying text/html fail. Very confused. Any insights?
By not Kenny Clark
The first ten minuites I waisted on this app taught me the Spanish I already knew the next 5 minutes were a little more challenging then I was asked for payment I deleted it “no es bueno”
It’s very useful and easy to use. I really like it. 4/5
By Juju viva
I study Italian and I love the grammar and pronunciation lessons. They are explained really good followed by some practice.
It’s also amazing to learn phrases and to start speaking right away.
What I would like to see more is options to practice more the vocabulary and the grammar. There’s the option of course to repeat the lesson but that’s not the best for me as I don’t want just to repeat the same expressions over and over but to be challenged by new ones with the same grammar rule.
Overall the application is great. You won’t learn the language just by using Babbel, you’d probably need to combine few applications that focus on different lesson and teaching approaches but Babbel is a great start and will help you a lot. I love all the grammar lessons and the way the courses are structured that all other language apps lack.