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As with all resources, Babbel has its flaws. Its speech-recognition technology is often difficult, and has no cutting-edge features that might blow you away and you're out of luck if you'd like to know and understand an Asian language. With everything that has been mentioned, it is working and is working quite well. I had the assurance that my training time was very well spent and productive all the while I was using it. Babbel charges fees to access the app, and options are accessible over a year-long commitment from $12.95 / month through to $6.95 / month.
Why I like it:
- Perfect for simple language skills
- Good for tough grammar practice
- Low value for money
- User friendly
What I don't like:
- Less commonly used languages have fewer quality
- Does not develop the ability to converse
- No partial stages of content history
If, for a decent price, you are after a no-nonsense tool to bring your skills to the upper-intermediate stage, Babbel's worth investing into.
--Matt Scott, Termite Survey
Unlike other internet - based language classes, Babbel primarily provides services for newbies and advanced students. There is indeed a great deal of entry - level content for all of its languages, however, as you enter the intermediate level, some languages will have more material than the others. Babbel beats standards for a low-cost, little-known online language-learning platform, offering high-quality courses in 13 languages.. However, its courses are much more challenging than those of many other programs, and some elements of the service might use a bit more polish..
What I love:
- Dialogue courses are incredible and educate the student 's highly important and relevant vocabulary.
- Simple and easy to use mobile and desktop interface.
- Monthly contribution which is fairly inexpensive.
What I don't love:
- Languages in quality and performance are totally opposite but they charge the very same!
- Other audio files are exaggeratedly sluggish / spread out.
- Way less material on several lessons than the others.
- Not really a great deal of intermediate and beyond material.
All in all, given the price point, I will suggest Babbel. You're getting decent lessons and you're learning a thing or two. As a marketer who communicates with different customers of different cultures and race, knowing how to at least greet international and foreign clients in their mother tongue is very necessary and helpful.
--Carolyn Cairns, Creation Business Consultants
I've used Babble in both Spanish and German in the past, and while it's miles ahead of gamefied apps like DuoLingo, it's not perfect. What's great about Babble is you're actively recalling words and phrases--which is exactly what you have to do in a conversation with a real speaker. Training wheels like word banks on DuoLingo or LingoDeer really don't help you in any way, since you don't have word banks in real life. Babble is absolutely more scientifically based than most apps and more fun than a textbook in other methods it uses too, like using full sentences no longer than 7 words--which is a technique language educators sometimes call chunking.
But on the downside, language apps in general are very shallow interactions with a language. You learn some grammar and vocabulary, but in the real world we live languages every day when we go online or talk to a friend over coffee or try a new recipe or listen to music. After the initial boost you can get from a language learning app, this is really what you want to aim for.
I'll also say that no one language resources is perfect. If people seriously want to learn a language, they should consider going to language meet ups or finding language exchange partners online. Ultimately, the only way to get really good at talking is to start talking before your'e ready, even if that's uncomfortable. But apps like Babble can give language learners a nice head start during the early phases.
Finally, if someone is looking for programs similar to Babble, they should also look into Mango languages or Pimsleur audio courses, which are super similar and likely free through their local library.
--Marissa Blaszko, Kaleidoscope Art & Entertainment
If you are looking for alternatives to Babbel, I recommend reading our reviews of services like Rosetta Stone, Italki and Preply.