Babbel, language courses: Reviews and tests

Reviews of Babbel – language courses

Synonymous with the realm of the possible,language learning is now moving out of its comfort zone. Apart from the pedagogical aspect, languages occupy a place of choice with the new generations, who see them more than ever as a gateway to a certain future. However, there’s still a shadow over the picture: the results expected on the school benches are not always there, and sometimes leave a bitter memory.

So to counter the cliché and break down these invisible boundaries, a host of websites and apps specializing in online language courses have arrived on the 2.0 market. Their aim? To create polyglots simply and effectively. Among them is Babbel. A pioneer in its field since 2007, Babbel is now the market leader, with a proven track record of success in every corner of the globe. We take a look at a method that has made a name for itself in the education system.

What is Babbel?

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In a nod to the biblical story, Babbel was born out of a desire to break down the invisible wall that separates people: language. In 2007, the Berlin-based application entered the online course market with the aim of breathing new life into language learning. Surrounded by a team of teachers and linguists, Babbel developed its own method, combining academic research and new technologies. In addition to its 2.0 aspect, the application’s added value lies in the basics of learning: with Babbel, the courses offered to users are designed according to their mother tongue.

Today, the application contains over 8,500 hours of courses in 14 different languages, and boasts no less than a million active users. This worldwide success has earned it the title of leader in online language learning.

How does it work?

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« Simple as a hello », Babbel promises easy, interactive learning for its users. To take advantage of the online courses, simply download the app (available on iOS and Android) or visit the website. Subscription is the company’s business model. For language learning, here are the different packages on offer:

1 month: €12.99

3 months: €29.99

6 months: €44.99

1 year: €59.99

Once you’ve registered on the platform, you’ll benefit from a wide range of lessons (for example, Italian has 105 lessons from beginner to intermediate level): reading, writing, listening and pronunciation are explored around themes (shopping, politics, travel, restaurants…) through a variety of grammar and vocabulary exercises. You’ll learn first, then practice in a second stage, and progress until you speak your chosen language. As mentioned earlier in this article, language learning differs according to your mother tongue, taking into account different pedagogical and linguistic approaches.

Advantages and disadvantages of Babbel

Benefits

– 14 languages available

– Wide choice of courses

– Short, high-quality lessons

– Pronunciation corrector

– Offline mode and automatic save

Disadvantages

– One package for one language only

– No « physical » teaching presence

– No community (except Facebook groups)

Babbel: the editor’s opinion

Babbel is undoubtedly the must-have for online language courses. Very popular with globetrotters, in our opinion it remains one of the best applications for opening up to the world and discovering it from another angle. We particularly appreciate the quality of the content on offer, and the time you can devote to each lesson (10 to 15 minutes), which makes learning flexible and effective. The only drawbacks are the price, which tends to increase over time, the lack of a Babbel community and the absence of slang (which can be useful depending on the destination). Whether it’s a travel project or a simple personal development objective, we advise you to opt for Babbel if you’re among those who want to learn fast and well!