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Babbel - Learn Languages - Spanish, French & More

Babbel - Learn Languages - Spanish, French & More

Babbel

Language learning app - Learn Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, English, etc.

4.6 Ratings 942K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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    I have used this App.I liked it i would take care of every aspect like vocabulary,Grammar and Pronunciation.
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Now that you have a lot of extra time on your hands, you should spend it by learning something new. Learning a new language will help keep you busy while you exercise your brain at the same time. You may even plan on taking a 7-day trip to a foreign land after you become fluent in Spanish or Italian by using this app.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you decide to move 1000s of miles away from your home country, you will need to be able to communicate with people in your new home country. Here you can learn 14 different languages and become familiar with a new language.
    img by John
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Your first 2 or 3 months in France will go a lot more smoothly if you already know the language. Use your phone to get conversational before you step foot inside your new home.
    img by Stefan
    10 months ago
  • img Expert
    1. Improve your retention with super short lessons designed to input the languages you’re learning into your long-term memory
    2. Review Manager keeps you on your toes, helping keep your language skills fresh in your mind so you can draw on them anytime
    3. Learn Vocabulary on a wide range of topics so you can accurately formulate and express your thoughts

    Reviewed by Laura S on January 31, 2018

  • Sep 18, 2021

    By Red Pilette
    Everything is good EXCEPT voice recognition. I am a physicist that specializes in acoustics. So I have a number of headsets, professional microphones, and fiber optic internet. The voice recognition has become frustrating and tedious. I use Google Translate to listen to me while I speak now to make sure I am pronouncing things correctly. I recommend this app, but they seriously need to improve the voice aspect.
  • Seems, great but I don't really know Mar 2, 2021

    By PercabethRules
    I finished the first lesson and learned a few words! I am doing french just to pass the time, its not like i am going to france or anything and need to learn it. Since there is no true NEED for me to learn french and i was just doing it for fun, my mom would not let me pay for lessons. In ads or commercials i have seen, it says it is free. I did the first lesson, didn't have any problem with anything, and I really love the way it teaches you! The only thing is I wont be able to learn anything beside, hello, goodbye, and how are you? Since im not aloud to buy anything. At first i thought it was an add, but then i clicked away from it and tried to re enter the lesson, and it still didnt work! It really is a great app, but maybe you could give like the first tenn lessons free or something, and then you can give the option to buy the next ten lessons with money, and every time you get a question right you could get like stars or something and buy a lesson with stars. Im just saying this for people like me who dont want to spend their money on this app if they are not using it for anything, they should still have the option to learn! Also, you should add a few more languages. I was signing up and noticed thst there was only like six. The real reason I downloaded it was so i could learn greek. Definetly would be the best app ive ever tried to learn a language with if not for the price! God bless!
  • Sep 24, 2021

    By Jason Fong
    Thus far, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was a Duolingo user in the past but I feel that this app is more for committed learners. Hopefully, they can add a feature making it easier to switch between languages, but besides that, this app is awesome.
  • Very Good For Learning Several Languages! Jul 21, 2020

    By Acronics
    I’ve been using Babbel for about a year now, solely studying French, and I’ve been doing trés bien. The spacing of each review is effective, memorable, and helpful for communicating generally. I feel efficient speaking the language while also being able to confidently pronounce my words correctly. Many of the leçons are unique and I personally find them to be funny from time to time. Some few problems I have with the app include; being taught phrases that wouldn’t be used in the day to day conversation(even in depth)-the app having occasional listening problems despite my voice being clear(whether that might be my accent I don’t no)-finding myself doing the same set of words for a review back to back-& glitches that will cause me to close out the app and restart from the beginning of the lesson. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to revisit France due to the World’s pandemic or I would’ve been able to really enjoy the experience. Besides, it’s a splendid effort👍🏾 (Ps. if you could, add Irish as a language as well along with some other one country based languages. Lived there for some years in my childhood so would like to learn some more besides the basics)
  • Sep 23, 2021

    By Deedee
    Great learning tool for everyday conversations but "speaking" doesnt work... everytime I try to do the speaking part of the app it never hears me no matter how close or far away I am. Maybe it's just my phone, but I have had this app for almost 2 months and it is a constant issue for me and really disheartening as I paid for the year.
  • Sep 18, 2021

    By Red Pilette
    Everything is good EXCEPT voice recognition. I am a physicist that specializes in acoustics. So I have a number of headsets, professional microphones, and fiber optic internet. The voice recognition has become frustrating and tedious. I use Google Translate to listen to me while I speak now to make sure I am pronouncing things correctly. I recommend this app, but they seriously need to improve the voice aspect.
  • Seems, great but I don't really know Mar 2, 2021

    By PercabethRules
    I finished the first lesson and learned a few words! I am doing french just to pass the time, its not like i am going to france or anything and need to learn it. Since there is no true NEED for me to learn french and i was just doing it for fun, my mom would not let me pay for lessons. In ads or commercials i have seen, it says it is free. I did the first lesson, didn't have any problem with anything, and I really love the way it teaches you! The only thing is I wont be able to learn anything beside, hello, goodbye, and how are you? Since im not aloud to buy anything. At first i thought it was an add, but then i clicked away from it and tried to re enter the lesson, and it still didnt work! It really is a great app, but maybe you could give like the first tenn lessons free or something, and then you can give the option to buy the next ten lessons with money, and every time you get a question right you could get like stars or something and buy a lesson with stars. Im just saying this for people like me who dont want to spend their money on this app if they are not using it for anything, they should still have the option to learn! Also, you should add a few more languages. I was signing up and noticed thst there was only like six. The real reason I downloaded it was so i could learn greek. Definetly would be the best app ive ever tried to learn a language with if not for the price! God bless!
  • Sep 24, 2021

    By Jason Fong
    Thus far, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was a Duolingo user in the past but I feel that this app is more for committed learners. Hopefully, they can add a feature making it easier to switch between languages, but besides that, this app is awesome.
  • Very Good For Learning Several Languages! Jul 21, 2020

    By Acronics
    I’ve been using Babbel for about a year now, solely studying French, and I’ve been doing trés bien. The spacing of each review is effective, memorable, and helpful for communicating generally. I feel efficient speaking the language while also being able to confidently pronounce my words correctly. Many of the leçons are unique and I personally find them to be funny from time to time. Some few problems I have with the app include; being taught phrases that wouldn’t be used in the day to day conversation(even in depth)-the app having occasional listening problems despite my voice being clear(whether that might be my accent I don’t no)-finding myself doing the same set of words for a review back to back-& glitches that will cause me to close out the app and restart from the beginning of the lesson. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to revisit France due to the World’s pandemic or I would’ve been able to really enjoy the experience. Besides, it’s a splendid effort👍🏾 (Ps. if you could, add Irish as a language as well along with some other one country based languages. Lived there for some years in my childhood so would like to learn some more besides the basics)
  • Sep 23, 2021

    By Deedee
    Great learning tool for everyday conversations but "speaking" doesnt work... everytime I try to do the speaking part of the app it never hears me no matter how close or far away I am. Maybe it's just my phone, but I have had this app for almost 2 months and it is a constant issue for me and really disheartening as I paid for the year.
  • Great app But not for conversation in Spanish Mar 16, 2021

    By Dacia Nedd
    rHi everyone at Babbel. I think that this is really a great app to help people learn Spanish. But the one issue that I have is that I am a black African American woman and I am a native English speaker. I have spoken English for most of my life, no other languages. But now I have just met a guy that I am seeing and he speaks Spanish, he knows English but he does not know a lot of English. So I have to learn his language so that he and I can be able to talk to each other and get to know each other. But it’s alittle difficult with this app because they teach you basic phrases but not enough to have a full everyday conversation and form sentences. Also some of the phrases that they teach are Stuff that you wouldn’t use in regular conversation. Like people being from Germany or France. I understand they are trying to make sure we get a well rounded education and that’s good. But I don’t want to be a pro at Spanish, I want to be fluent enough so that I can talk to my guy. I know i just started a few days ago and I know I am not gonna be fluent fast. But I am just saying teach me how to form sentences with the phrases I am learning. Other than this, I think Babbel is a great app for people who already know the language and just need to brush up on their skills, not really for a beginner.
  • Good, but hoping for AI and UX improvements Jul 9, 2019

    By brushing_up
    Through 16 lessons at this point, and overall enjoying Babbel. I formerly used Duolingo, which seemed too vocabulary based. I'm happy I switched to Babbel for building conversational experience. I appreciate the tooltips differentiating European/Spain Spanish and Latin American words. Those are helpful distinctions I didn't get in three years of in-person classes. Also, I appreciate the variation of native speaking voices. It's helpful to hear varying genders, vocal tone/pitch, correct emphasis and pronunciations. My criticisms regarding the app and the experience follow: 1) There's zero forgiveness for slight misspellings/typos. A flag /warning before counting it against the user would be nice. We're learning here. 2) The matching games/exercises have a confusing UX. It's unclear where to drag and drop and the color selections are all gray, which is not helpful in guiding users through the exercise. 3) While I realise Babbel isn't aiming to gamify language learning, it could benefit from incentivizing users somehow. This could be as simple as congratulating or tracking your progress or improvements. It's very boring to see the simple fact I've completed x/100 lessons. Make it a little fun, and I will be more likely to renew my subscription. Without these improvements, I'm likely to head back to Duolingo.
  • Review Jul 30, 2019

    By Rvbjiuj
    So far I’ve been using Babbel for a few months. It’s a nice addition to Duolingo but I have a few complaints. One is the app’s recognition of pronunciation. If you pause to take a breath between saying the imperfective and perfective form of the verb it doesn’t recognize it as correct. The audio recognition is immensely time sensitive, meaning if you say the word too early or too late it won’t recognize it. For example, you press the voice button, it says the word and if you don’t repeat it in less than a second it marks it as wrong. Duolingo’s voice recognition is better than Babbel’s. Babbel also dumps a ton of vocabulary on you and doesn’t include it in subsequent lessons which even when you’re doing the vocabulary review daily like I am, makes learning new vocabulary difficult. It’s also giving words I wouldn’t normally use in conversation like hexagon and mold, etc. Would like more common language lessons. Update: So I just used the new speaking portion of the vocabulary review and I have to say it is a vast improvement! So congrats to the developers. It makes a lot more sense to hold the mic button while you’re talking and then release it when you’re done. I’m getting almost no answers wrong when I pronounce the word correctly now which is awesome and a whole lot less frustrating. I actually really enjoyed using it!
  • Sep 13, 2021

    By Matt Aylward
    I also use and like Duolingo (the paid version), but I really like the interactive real conversations of Babbel and the fact it gives you the chance to repeat the pronunciation exercises. (I particularly struggle with certain phonemes and need the repeat practice with some words). As well as the voices being real, the language is very contemporary and authentic, neither of which are as true for Duolingo. Perhaps you'd learn faster with Duolingo, but better with Babbel? I'll use both 😉
  • Useful but frustrating at times Sep 18, 2021

    By Starlight55971
    Overall I like the app. It has taught me things I didn’t know before and I continue to learn from it. I’ve been learning German every day for two years now and started this a few months ago. I like the speaking part, though I’m not sure why I have to hold my finger on the screen the whole time I’m talking. The word and phrase reviews are helpful. I’m not sure I’m a fan but the word scramble is OK. I love the stories. What frustrates me the most is that I am expected to remember perfect spelling of words I just learned and there is no room for any sort of mistake. Imagine visiting the home of someone that speaks a foreign language and you missed the slightest thing and get slapped with a ruler. Wrong. Any wonder why you might want to stop talking? I mean I spelled Waschmaschine as Waschmachine. Wrong? Yes. And the app is happy to tell you that. Pretty discouraging. I also don’t know that I agree with them using a non-Apple keyboard input because many mistakes I find are due to that keyboard versus Apple’s. I like the app and continue to use it. I just disagree with the beat down and I am frustrated enough to write about it. Babel tells me I’m supposed to go to Babbel wish board for any suggestions yet clicking on go to wish board does nothing. Makes sense.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Chris Haan
    Just to be clear, I did contact support as suggested by the developers in a reply to my original review. They were unable to assist. I lowered my rating from 2 stars to 1 because this issue is making the app unusable and I am out $80 as I paid for a full year. Trouble with speaking exercises make this almost app unusable. I paid for a one year subscription based on online reviews and now I regret the purchase.
  • Sep 11, 2021

    By Tiger Man
    Underwhelmed. No way to turn off the spelling portion of the lesson. Learning a language as a tourist requires you to be able to recognize SOME writing, but your gonna have zero use for writing. Would like to have put that in the wishboard to recommend as a feature, but cant log in without yet another password change. Then it stalls and doesnt take you to the wishboard. No way to backup to previous screen if you accidentally click continue. Long pauses. Speech doesnt work on even the simple
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Sex Haver
    It was good up until I had reached the pay wall. I know you have to pay for good language apps, but this is rediculous! I was trying to learn Norwegian but apparently all I can do is one lesson in each unit, it really broke my heart because I want to get good at the language.
  • Sep 8, 2021

    By AliceCiakori J
    Don't pay it. Otherwise they keep stealing from you bank account every SIX MONTHS! Also, is really not a good app to learn languages. It's so mechanic, and the exercise totally useless. They try to make you learn by heart four words and that's all the language for them. Don't know what developers think the human brain works.... I'm very pissed they don't tell you it's gonna be renewed after six month. First time I paid after a year and I still was pissed because you pay literally for nothing.
  • Hi Jul 21, 2020

    By JJCOOKIECRUM
    Hi to the developer but I love this idea and I love this app. The idea of having no ads in an app is a very smart idea but I honestly think they should not have to pay to get the lessons. Some people may not have the money to be able to buy the lessons that’s very important money that could be going to something else I could just buy a free app but I really do love this app but I say I think you should make lessons that on as advanced as if you pay for them but they’re still good I think you should make free lessons for people who cannot afford buying the lessons this is just my opinion and you don’t have to listen to my opinion but I just think it be a better idea because everybody doesn’t have money to be able to buy these lessons that I could just back download Duolingo or something like that so that’s just my opinion I am very very sorry that I’m complaining to you but I just wish somethings would change about this app that’s why I’m giving it the rating that it has so anybody if you are reading this this app cost money I mean if you read the description on the app then you’re fine but yeah thank you so much for reading this I hope you get to respond to it because it’s very very important to me because I really am trying to learn Spanish because you know it’s really fun and I really wanna learn it but I do not wanna have to pay for education.
  • For All Apr 17, 2020

    By Claireslover16
    This is an app for not just kids, but adults. It started out my mom and I were setting it up, and it only lets me do one lesson and the rest you have to pay for. On the TV we saw the advertisement for it, and it says you don’t have to pay anything! I think they should let people know about that! My friend does it too, and she said it is good but why do they charge you if it says it is COMPLETELY free?!?! I said the same. It is a great app! It just needs some improvements. I think they are going to have a great business over the pandemic and crisis over Coronavirus. No school so kids and adults can have fun! Just be prepared when there might be payments on apps like these. There are greedy people and they do this for money! Not just for the heck of it! I also noticed that it was fun I g slow..... we have good WiFi and service! There was another person saying the same thing! It was on and everything! I got off and back thinking “Well maybe it will work! This has been loading for 30 minutes now!” And get back in..... 😡 FOR REAL PEOPLE WHAT IS WRONG I JUST WANT TO LEARN SPANISH!!! It took a while. Finally loaded. I had this rate at a 5 and..... NO it is going to two! If this doesn’t improve, (NO JOKE) I will delete it and not have anyone in my family get it! I mean this is redic! Well I need a word back from the people sometime! In the meantime, Adios! Keep learning!
  • Sep 8, 2021

    By Aiden Faust
    Seems like an easy-to-use interface, but I took the placement "test" at the beginning (which was hardly a test at all...) and it said I placed Beginner II in German. I thought that was fair since I only just started Intermediate German, but then I go to my dashboard and it wants me to do Beginner I lessons?? Why Beginner I when I'm Beginner II??
  • I’m sorry what Mar 25, 2019

    By Sydstr1
    So, I know passable french, but I wanted to improve more. I thought to myself “oh every ad is pretty much Babbel and I have nothing to lose” so I downloaded the app. I was so excited to learn more french. I opened the app, filled out the beginning question and was presented with a challenge “beginner or advanced”. Now, I know I went to france and did a decent job of understanding and speaking so how hard could it be? Well, I chose advanced. The first question- my mind finds the answer to “what time is it” a phrase I leaned 4 years ago. Perhaps it’s just getting a feel for where I am... I click the right answer. It repeats the phrase in french. This is it, I think, I’m finally going to get another question and go back to learning! So I wait for it to load... and I wait... and I wait some more. Maybe it froze? I closed the app and opened it back up. I went back through the same survey thing and finally back to the question. I have this one under control now. I click the right answer. It doesn’t repeat the phrase. Okay, weird. I go to my home screen, open another app, and come back. I try the question again. It took half an hour and I’m on good wifi and service this is an issue with the app I couldn’t do anything why the hell did I think it would work? Everyone else said you get 6 free words but hey at least you got words all I got was a haunting reminder of the passage of time
  • Sep 5, 2021

    By Karen Bindl
    Its necessary to frequently leave this app and go to Google for clearer italian speakers. Unlike other foreign language apps, there is no way to slow down the pronunciation for clearer sounding of syllables. Once you hear the word prounced on Google then its easy to pass the pronunciation section of babbel.
  • The voice recognition is too capricious Nov 16, 2019

    By primary badger
    I went through the first lesson and I mostly enjoyed a different format than Duolingo, however I ran into some issues. Mostly, when it comes to grading the recording of me reading the words, I can’t seem to get it to consistently let me pass. And if I am saying something incorrectly, it’s giving me no feedback on how it’s “wrong.” I really feel though that the problem is with the app. Another issue is when I went to choose my starting place there seems to be no intermediate level between beginner and advanced. I’m a little over a beginning level, but I’m not cocky enough to claim that I’m advanced. Perhaps there is an option for intermediate but I didn’t see it. My final issue is with the number of lessons to which I have access without paying. I went through one buggy lesson for free with no way to advance without giving them money. Really, I wouldn’t mind paying if I could’ve gotten a better taste of the quality. But I didn’t want to pay for something that frustrates me so much. When I would get caught on a finicky voice recording question, I would just eventually skip that garbage and move on. Overall, not worth paying for.
  • img Community
    I have used this App.I liked it i would take care of every aspect like vocabulary,Grammar and Pronunciation.
    img by Angel
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Now that you have a lot of extra time on your hands, you should spend it by learning something new. Learning a new language will help keep you busy while you exercise your brain at the same time. You may even plan on taking a 7-day trip to a foreign land after you become fluent in Spanish or Italian by using this app.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you decide to move 1000s of miles away from your home country, you will need to be able to communicate with people in your new home country. Here you can learn 14 different languages and become familiar with a new language.
    img by John
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    Your first 2 or 3 months in France will go a lot more smoothly if you already know the language. Use your phone to get conversational before you step foot inside your new home.
    img by Stefan
    10 months ago
  • img Expert
    1. Improve your retention with super short lessons designed to input the languages you’re learning into your long-term memory
    2. Review Manager keeps you on your toes, helping keep your language skills fresh in your mind so you can draw on them anytime
    3. Learn Vocabulary on a wide range of topics so you can accurately formulate and express your thoughts

    Reviewed by Laura S on January 31, 2018

  • Sep 24, 2021

    By Jason Fong
    Thus far, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was a Duolingo user in the past but I feel that this app is more for committed learners. Hopefully, they can add a feature making it easier to switch between languages, but besides that, this app is awesome.
  • Very Good For Learning Several Languages! Jul 21, 2020

    By Acronics
    I’ve been using Babbel for about a year now, solely studying French, and I’ve been doing trés bien. The spacing of each review is effective, memorable, and helpful for communicating generally. I feel efficient speaking the language while also being able to confidently pronounce my words correctly. Many of the leçons are unique and I personally find them to be funny from time to time. Some few problems I have with the app include; being taught phrases that wouldn’t be used in the day to day conversation(even in depth)-the app having occasional listening problems despite my voice being clear(whether that might be my accent I don’t no)-finding myself doing the same set of words for a review back to back-& glitches that will cause me to close out the app and restart from the beginning of the lesson. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to revisit France due to the World’s pandemic or I would’ve been able to really enjoy the experience. Besides, it’s a splendid effort👍🏾 (Ps. if you could, add Irish as a language as well along with some other one country based languages. Lived there for some years in my childhood so would like to learn some more besides the basics)
  • Sep 13, 2021

    By Matt Aylward
    I also use and like Duolingo (the paid version), but I really like the interactive real conversations of Babbel and the fact it gives you the chance to repeat the pronunciation exercises. (I particularly struggle with certain phonemes and need the repeat practice with some words). As well as the voices being real, the language is very contemporary and authentic, neither of which are as true for Duolingo. Perhaps you'd learn faster with Duolingo, but better with Babbel? I'll use both 😉
  • Quite Good Jun 2, 2019

    By corey.chandler13
    I went to France last winter & enjoyed listening to the language and getting a feel for the local culture in Paris. So I decided to get this app and committed to 6 months of full access (probably paid ~$30) After 3 months I have been able to converse and understand fluent/native speakers for the most part. Of course there are many more words and verbs to learn and understand, but it comes with time. I am on beginner course 4 and feel that I have made great practice, the recorded speakers allow you to hear the accents used and are much better than an automated version (computer voice). It is nice to be able to learn a new language on my own time, and even better when I can see the results pay off. I have received compliments on my accent and the amount of vocabulary I have learned in only 3 months. Would recommend for anyone trying to pick up a little French or other languages before a vacation, or just to try something you have never done. It can be frustrating learning very basic phrases at first, but if you practice them and look up words/phrases on your own you may be surprised how much you may learn. Peut-être devriez-vous l’essayer!
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Umide Sacoor Ahnemann
    I'm using Babbel+ in conjunction with Duolingo and Rosetta Stone. My German has improved enormously as a consequence. I do highly recommend you actually do an intense course up to at least B1 level, and then use these apps to practice, train and develop. Specific to this app, I love their podcast, where real people's stories in Berlin are told. They are so inspiring, moving, and at times funny 🙂
  • Best learning experience for me so far Jul 30, 2019

    By RADiller
    I’ve been trying to learn Swedish for almost 2 years. I live with a native speaker and have picked up a few phrases here and there but was far from fluent. I used Duolingo for about a year off and on but their sentence construction was absolute garbage. Duolingo had me saying things like “Sköldpaddan älskar fålgarna” (the turtle loves the birds). I understand learning basic vocabulary and everything but these sentences got really ridiculous at times; not to mention boring and redundant. Babbel on the other hand provides real examples of phrases one might encounter in Sweden. And I love how they make me work for it. In later lessons, when teaching new words, it will bury the new word in a sentence full of words I’ve never heard or seen. This was confusing at first but really introduces the context of the language as a whole and after a month of this I started picking up whole sentences that my partner would say on the phone to her parents. Well done Babbel, would highly recommend to someone who is actually trying to learn a new language. But just remember you have to be willing to try and fail along the way. My partner makes fun of me all the time😘
  • Nice app! Aug 7, 2020

    By Kathlyna
    I’ve updated my review to five stars. I had an issue getting the store and the app to talk to each other. Took a bit of chatting with customer support to get full access, but it got sorted. Now that I have full access to the app I am very pleased with how the lessons are structured. I am enjoying the images, the script, but what I like the most are the focus points on how to sound out certain letters and sounds. Other apps don’t have that feature. This app is built like and actual learning course. I tried Duolingo and there was really no structure or explanation of how things worked or why in the other language. I felt like I was just blindly going along. I had lots of questions all the time. In this app they’ve planned ahead and have information points which help greatly. Which really help with not getting frustrated. I’m really happy going along and learning Dutch. I like that there are no “leagues” or races to see who can do the best each week. I can go at my own pace and not feel pressured because I didn’t get enough points a certain week. I would recommend taking screenshots and then making notes to reference later.
  • Great so far! Would be great for homeschoolers! Mar 24, 2020

    By Dewberry June
    I’ve only completed two lessons, but I absolutely love the essential information along the way. I also use another language learning app which does not give such information along the way. This is more straightforward and less game-like, so I feel that I understand more and am learning faster. Yet, don’t think it’s boring or too difficult because of the format. Absolutely the contrary! I am able to respond without having to think about it so much; I just know it better this way. It definitely is intuitive, natural learning! Thanks for such a great app! If this stays available, maybe I can learn another language after Spanish! This is definitely worth the small monthly fee for anyone serious about learning a different language. I wish this had been available when my daughter was learning Spanish as a homeschool course. She didn’t retain anything really from the expensive curriculum with many bulky books, but I really think she would love this and actually learn the language! Thanks for all your hard work put into this app! Or rather...Gracias por todo su arduo trabajo!
  • Love this App Nov 21, 2020

    By Soguesswhat
    I have been using this for a couple of weeks now to learn Spanish. I know some of the basic language but I really need to dive deeper because my in-laws don’t speak English. So far I love this app, because it focuses on both written and spoken language. The reviews are great, since they focus on your problem areas with repetition at different times. My only issue with it is that there is one person on there who speaks Spanish with very bad American accent, so when I have to repeat his phrases with correct pronunciation, the voice recognition won’t recognize me. Something as simple as “Como estás” will not recognize my repetition to save my life, and I’ve been speaking those phrases for over 20 years. It’s frustrating that it recognizes my pronunciation by any other native speaker on there except his. I don’t want to have to speak with a terrible accent when trying to learn Spanish properly. Other than that one thing, I love this app for learning the language, because it’s pretty comprehensive and easy to follow. I can’t wait to surprise my family with my new skills I’m learning!
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Linnea Capps
    I am relearning Russian. I took two years of Russian in high school from a native Russian speaker. I learned to love the language. That was over 50 years ago. While I remember very little of my vocabulary and grammar, slowly this app is restoring my understanding as well as my pronunciation. Three lessons in and I am learning things about the language that I never learned while I studied under Mrs. Sandmanis. Very exciting.
  • Sep 18, 2021

    By Red Pilette
    Everything is good EXCEPT voice recognition. I am a physicist that specializes in acoustics. So I have a number of headsets, professional microphones, and fiber optic internet. The voice recognition has become frustrating and tedious. I use Google Translate to listen to me while I speak now to make sure I am pronouncing things correctly. I recommend this app, but they seriously need to improve the voice aspect.
  • Seems, great but I don't really know Mar 2, 2021

    By PercabethRules
    I finished the first lesson and learned a few words! I am doing french just to pass the time, its not like i am going to france or anything and need to learn it. Since there is no true NEED for me to learn french and i was just doing it for fun, my mom would not let me pay for lessons. In ads or commercials i have seen, it says it is free. I did the first lesson, didn't have any problem with anything, and I really love the way it teaches you! The only thing is I wont be able to learn anything beside, hello, goodbye, and how are you? Since im not aloud to buy anything. At first i thought it was an add, but then i clicked away from it and tried to re enter the lesson, and it still didnt work! It really is a great app, but maybe you could give like the first tenn lessons free or something, and then you can give the option to buy the next ten lessons with money, and every time you get a question right you could get like stars or something and buy a lesson with stars. Im just saying this for people like me who dont want to spend their money on this app if they are not using it for anything, they should still have the option to learn! Also, you should add a few more languages. I was signing up and noticed thst there was only like six. The real reason I downloaded it was so i could learn greek. Definetly would be the best app ive ever tried to learn a language with if not for the price! God bless!
  • Great app But not for conversation in Spanish Mar 16, 2021

    By Dacia Nedd
    rHi everyone at Babbel. I think that this is really a great app to help people learn Spanish. But the one issue that I have is that I am a black African American woman and I am a native English speaker. I have spoken English for most of my life, no other languages. But now I have just met a guy that I am seeing and he speaks Spanish, he knows English but he does not know a lot of English. So I have to learn his language so that he and I can be able to talk to each other and get to know each other. But it’s alittle difficult with this app because they teach you basic phrases but not enough to have a full everyday conversation and form sentences. Also some of the phrases that they teach are Stuff that you wouldn’t use in regular conversation. Like people being from Germany or France. I understand they are trying to make sure we get a well rounded education and that’s good. But I don’t want to be a pro at Spanish, I want to be fluent enough so that I can talk to my guy. I know i just started a few days ago and I know I am not gonna be fluent fast. But I am just saying teach me how to form sentences with the phrases I am learning. Other than this, I think Babbel is a great app for people who already know the language and just need to brush up on their skills, not really for a beginner.
  • Good, but hoping for AI and UX improvements Jul 9, 2019

    By brushing_up
    Through 16 lessons at this point, and overall enjoying Babbel. I formerly used Duolingo, which seemed too vocabulary based. I'm happy I switched to Babbel for building conversational experience. I appreciate the tooltips differentiating European/Spain Spanish and Latin American words. Those are helpful distinctions I didn't get in three years of in-person classes. Also, I appreciate the variation of native speaking voices. It's helpful to hear varying genders, vocal tone/pitch, correct emphasis and pronunciations. My criticisms regarding the app and the experience follow: 1) There's zero forgiveness for slight misspellings/typos. A flag /warning before counting it against the user would be nice. We're learning here. 2) The matching games/exercises have a confusing UX. It's unclear where to drag and drop and the color selections are all gray, which is not helpful in guiding users through the exercise. 3) While I realise Babbel isn't aiming to gamify language learning, it could benefit from incentivizing users somehow. This could be as simple as congratulating or tracking your progress or improvements. It's very boring to see the simple fact I've completed x/100 lessons. Make it a little fun, and I will be more likely to renew my subscription. Without these improvements, I'm likely to head back to Duolingo.
  • Useful but frustrating at times Sep 18, 2021

    By Starlight55971
    Overall I like the app. It has taught me things I didn’t know before and I continue to learn from it. I’ve been learning German every day for two years now and started this a few months ago. I like the speaking part, though I’m not sure why I have to hold my finger on the screen the whole time I’m talking. The word and phrase reviews are helpful. I’m not sure I’m a fan but the word scramble is OK. I love the stories. What frustrates me the most is that I am expected to remember perfect spelling of words I just learned and there is no room for any sort of mistake. Imagine visiting the home of someone that speaks a foreign language and you missed the slightest thing and get slapped with a ruler. Wrong. Any wonder why you might want to stop talking? I mean I spelled Waschmaschine as Waschmachine. Wrong? Yes. And the app is happy to tell you that. Pretty discouraging. I also don’t know that I agree with them using a non-Apple keyboard input because many mistakes I find are due to that keyboard versus Apple’s. I like the app and continue to use it. I just disagree with the beat down and I am frustrated enough to write about it. Babel tells me I’m supposed to go to Babbel wish board for any suggestions yet clicking on go to wish board does nothing. Makes sense.
  • Great app but, Jan 17, 2021

    By Baelfire713
    My only thing so far is I feel like you should be able to purchase a longer subscription but be able to make monthly payments towards it. For example: someone may want to commit to a year or even two, but it’s much more doable to spend a few dollars monthly, than to pay hundreds at once. I get that you can pay for a monthly subscription that re-ups each month, but that comes a higher rate as well, which in the end really adds up and may make it feel less worth it, especially since you may not know what you’re really getting for that money in the first place. I just feel like this really cuts out a lot of potential customers and is borderline discrimination, financially. I completely understand needing to make a profit, but I think it could be done in a more fair way- and if anything you’d likely be making more money as opposed to losing money over it. But, I just personally believe educational tools should be accessible to everyone. Anyhow, it is a great app from what I’ve seen so far, and seems like it really guides you in how to have real conversation, rather than just being able to pick up on some random vocabulary, which is the case with some of the other tools/apps out there.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Luke Hughes
    I think it's a good way to learn russian and other languages. I would like it if I could do multiple lessons a day though as I have done 2 of my 5 weekly goal and it won't let me do anymore. This app is best paired with Duolingo as they both teach you different words at different times.
  • Pretty good, happy with it overall May 1, 2020

    By Lilpeach29
    First - frustrating glitches. When you’re in a lesson (ipad app) the “close” button doesn’t work. So there’s no way to leave the lesson without exiting the app. Then, you’re progress doesn’t save, and you have to start the lesson again. Also, why is the speaking and listening so slow?? When you listen to the phrase, and then speak it back, the button doesn’t depress, it starts recording very very slowly, and often comes back incorrect. It makes the verbal practice very annoying. Otherwise, I have mostly enjoyed this app. I have previously taken Spanish classes but haven’t used it much for years, and wanted to brush up. This app is great for that. I’m not sure how I might feel if I had no experience. It doesn’t always feel like the amount of practice is enough. Rather than slowly teach and reinforce a concept, and expose you do different vocabulary, each unit focuses mostly on a handful of key phrases. Sometimes it leaves me feeling like I’m just memorizing the repetitive questions and phrases without really learning to converse. So I’d suggest more varied types of practice, as well as spending more time in each unit.
  • Pretty good! Feb 20, 2019

    By MLE956
    This app does a pretty good job of building up the difficulty of learning a language. I grew up in a Spanish speaking household, so already had a pretty good basic understanding of the language. What I was hoping to work on with this app were my speaking and grammar skills so that I could speak properly with people at work. Growing up, we would often respond in English or Spanglish so my communication never really advanced. I started on the intermediate section just to ensure I had the grammar basics down correctly. Babble starts off pretty simple and I was concerned it may be too easy, but as you progress the lessons really start to build on themselves. What I find useful is repeating the phrases, words, etc... even if not asked to do so. You should definitely try to practice outside of the app to really get the hang of speaking, but overall this app is pretty good! One thing I wish it offered was to choose the type of Spanish you're learning or at least show the variations throughout the lessons. Sayings are quite different and some I would never use when speaking to family or people at work (at least where I live and the population I work/interact with).
  • Sep 3, 2021

    By Chris Lewis
    I like the app, but anytime I try to do the speaking exercises it doesn't work right. I repeat what it says, but it doesn't register, and then when the recorder times out it shows that I said the correct words but I don't get credit.
  • Sep 23, 2021

    By Deedee
    Great learning tool for everyday conversations but "speaking" doesnt work... everytime I try to do the speaking part of the app it never hears me no matter how close or far away I am. Maybe it's just my phone, but I have had this app for almost 2 months and it is a constant issue for me and really disheartening as I paid for the year.
  • Review Jul 30, 2019

    By Rvbjiuj
    So far I’ve been using Babbel for a few months. It’s a nice addition to Duolingo but I have a few complaints. One is the app’s recognition of pronunciation. If you pause to take a breath between saying the imperfective and perfective form of the verb it doesn’t recognize it as correct. The audio recognition is immensely time sensitive, meaning if you say the word too early or too late it won’t recognize it. For example, you press the voice button, it says the word and if you don’t repeat it in less than a second it marks it as wrong. Duolingo’s voice recognition is better than Babbel’s. Babbel also dumps a ton of vocabulary on you and doesn’t include it in subsequent lessons which even when you’re doing the vocabulary review daily like I am, makes learning new vocabulary difficult. It’s also giving words I wouldn’t normally use in conversation like hexagon and mold, etc. Would like more common language lessons. Update: So I just used the new speaking portion of the vocabulary review and I have to say it is a vast improvement! So congrats to the developers. It makes a lot more sense to hold the mic button while you’re talking and then release it when you’re done. I’m getting almost no answers wrong when I pronounce the word correctly now which is awesome and a whole lot less frustrating. I actually really enjoyed using it!
  • Sep 11, 2021

    By David Sutton
    Basic course with the option of peninsular or Latin American Spanish. The speech recognition feature is troublesome no matter how I adjust the microphone sensitivity. After completing all of the lessons in 3 weeks I was surprised that more lessons weren't unlocked. The listening exercises were helpful but with the constant microphone issues this isn't an app I will continue subscribing to.
  • Sep 10, 2021

    By Will LaForge
    In short there is no way to hear pronunciation of individual words in the review section. If there's a specific word in the sentence you're interested in, it's easier to use google translate than repeatedly replaying the entire sentence.
  • Sep 3, 2021

    By Constantine VI
    What is wrong when speaking to the app I don't get. Brand new phones with crisp and clear mics and still won't get words as difficult as "lunes", literally a two easily pronounced syllables; first you fail, then shows wrong progress percentages. Writing is also coming with inherit pathologies, special characters otherwise missing from your keyboard are shown as wrong, although the orthography is correct. Overall feels like the app skips some beats, I will give it a lot of thought to renew.
  • Sep 25, 2021

    By Marty H.
    I'm trying to make my courses more challenging and appropriate to my existing level, which SHOULD'VE been easily determined with my original assessment. When I tap on 'Spanish Level' link hoping to reset my course's.. I get the Babbel B in upper left, and the word 'Close' on upper right..and NO answers in Help section on how to go up levels in My Courses.
  • Sep 3, 2021

    By Valerie Traina
    Three items that I dislike about the Babbel app are as follows. It isn't set up in the dialogue sections so you can hear a repeat of the sentence. Pronunciation sections are at one speed only, fast. The app does not translate what I say accurately every time. I may go back to DuoLingo.
  • Immediately goes into conversation. Voice recognition is horrible Feb 21, 2021

    By RadoPaul
    I am using Babbel to learn conversational Spanish. I can see why this will quickly help you get conversational in a language because it jumps right into it. For someone who is a true beginner, this is too difficult and will make you frustrated because it spends almost no time teaching about things that make Spanish so different from English like sentence structure, word order, verb variations and masculine vs feminine structure, adverbs and adjectives. I should’ve bought this after doing Duolingo for a 3-6 months. That program is pretty elementary but for someone learning a new language for the very first time, you need the elementary lessons first. Also, the voice recognition is absolutely horrendous. I get so frustrated with it that I just skip that part which then just launches the whole learning conversation so I have to go back and review it bit by bit. It truly is that horrible. Even when I say it perfectly, it doesn’t recognize. Overall, yes it’ll help you get conversational quickly. However if you are learning a second language for the very first time, I would suggest a simpler program and then jump into Babbel.
  • Two things to improve it immeasurably Sep 27, 2019

    By Org flaw
    Enjoy the program, however.... First, explain nuances before throwing them into the mix. Many times I’m screaming, “Why, why, why!” and then in a later lesson a modicum of explanation thrown in allowing a frustrated “Ah!” Second, when running through the listening/interpretation portion of a course, there is only one speed...super-rocket fast mumble slur-through. Unless I already know/have read what the mumble-slur is, there’s not the slightest chance of deciphering the blather. I find that, in French, many letters that are in the written words are not pronounced at all, some letter sounds that are no-where found in the written words are pronounced as if they are there, many words are so slurred across that the ending of one word sounds like the beginning of the next or as if two or three separate words are one word. It’s so bad that all “first time through” listening lessons are simply skipped until I can get even an inkling of what is being presented. If there was a “slow it down some” option, like in Duolingo where you can listen both slow and full speed, I’d learn far more.
  • Poor coaching for pronunciation Aug 18, 2019

    By redoss16
    When I started using the app I loved it! It’s got a variety of pronunciation, spelling and grammatical exercises. I am using Babbel to attempt to learn some conversational French for a trip to Paris in October- I’m not particularly focused on reading and writing French, but it is nice to see it as it certainly is not a phonetic language! As I am progressing I am becoming increasingly frustrated. The spoken examples are too fast and feel like a very random progression through the language. I feel like I went from basic French to here’s his sentence with only one word that you’ve heard before- better say it right! When your pronunciation is wrong there is no coaching- there is one recording that you can listen to on repeat and that is it. No sentences/statements are broken down into smaller sections, there are no recordings with an alternate voice, nothing. How am I supposed to pick up on the very subtle differences in sounds!? Or find where in the sentence specifically I am struggling. Learning a new language is a challenge- I’m prepared for that, but at this point I’m too frustrated to progress in the modules.
  • Sep 11, 2021

    By Tiger Man
    Underwhelmed. No way to turn off the spelling portion of the lesson. Learning a language as a tourist requires you to be able to recognize SOME writing, but your gonna have zero use for writing. Would like to have put that in the wishboard to recommend as a feature, but cant log in without yet another password change. Then it stalls and doesnt take you to the wishboard. No way to backup to previous screen if you accidentally click continue. Long pauses. Speech doesnt work on even the simple
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Sex Haver
    It was good up until I had reached the pay wall. I know you have to pay for good language apps, but this is rediculous! I was trying to learn Norwegian but apparently all I can do is one lesson in each unit, it really broke my heart because I want to get good at the language.
  • Hi Jul 21, 2020

    By JJCOOKIECRUM
    Hi to the developer but I love this idea and I love this app. The idea of having no ads in an app is a very smart idea but I honestly think they should not have to pay to get the lessons. Some people may not have the money to be able to buy the lessons that’s very important money that could be going to something else I could just buy a free app but I really do love this app but I say I think you should make lessons that on as advanced as if you pay for them but they’re still good I think you should make free lessons for people who cannot afford buying the lessons this is just my opinion and you don’t have to listen to my opinion but I just think it be a better idea because everybody doesn’t have money to be able to buy these lessons that I could just back download Duolingo or something like that so that’s just my opinion I am very very sorry that I’m complaining to you but I just wish somethings would change about this app that’s why I’m giving it the rating that it has so anybody if you are reading this this app cost money I mean if you read the description on the app then you’re fine but yeah thank you so much for reading this I hope you get to respond to it because it’s very very important to me because I really am trying to learn Spanish because you know it’s really fun and I really wanna learn it but I do not wanna have to pay for education.
  • For All Apr 17, 2020

    By Claireslover16
    This is an app for not just kids, but adults. It started out my mom and I were setting it up, and it only lets me do one lesson and the rest you have to pay for. On the TV we saw the advertisement for it, and it says you don’t have to pay anything! I think they should let people know about that! My friend does it too, and she said it is good but why do they charge you if it says it is COMPLETELY free?!?! I said the same. It is a great app! It just needs some improvements. I think they are going to have a great business over the pandemic and crisis over Coronavirus. No school so kids and adults can have fun! Just be prepared when there might be payments on apps like these. There are greedy people and they do this for money! Not just for the heck of it! I also noticed that it was fun I g slow..... we have good WiFi and service! There was another person saying the same thing! It was on and everything! I got off and back thinking “Well maybe it will work! This has been loading for 30 minutes now!” And get back in..... 😡 FOR REAL PEOPLE WHAT IS WRONG I JUST WANT TO LEARN SPANISH!!! It took a while. Finally loaded. I had this rate at a 5 and..... NO it is going to two! If this doesn’t improve, (NO JOKE) I will delete it and not have anyone in my family get it! I mean this is redic! Well I need a word back from the people sometime! In the meantime, Adios! Keep learning!
  • Sep 8, 2021

    By Aiden Faust
    Seems like an easy-to-use interface, but I took the placement "test" at the beginning (which was hardly a test at all...) and it said I placed Beginner II in German. I thought that was fair since I only just started Intermediate German, but then I go to my dashboard and it wants me to do Beginner I lessons?? Why Beginner I when I'm Beginner II??
  • Sep 5, 2021

    By Karen Bindl
    Its necessary to frequently leave this app and go to Google for clearer italian speakers. Unlike other foreign language apps, there is no way to slow down the pronunciation for clearer sounding of syllables. Once you hear the word prounced on Google then its easy to pass the pronunciation section of babbel.
  • The voice recognition is too capricious Nov 16, 2019

    By primary badger
    I went through the first lesson and I mostly enjoyed a different format than Duolingo, however I ran into some issues. Mostly, when it comes to grading the recording of me reading the words, I can’t seem to get it to consistently let me pass. And if I am saying something incorrectly, it’s giving me no feedback on how it’s “wrong.” I really feel though that the problem is with the app. Another issue is when I went to choose my starting place there seems to be no intermediate level between beginner and advanced. I’m a little over a beginning level, but I’m not cocky enough to claim that I’m advanced. Perhaps there is an option for intermediate but I didn’t see it. My final issue is with the number of lessons to which I have access without paying. I went through one buggy lesson for free with no way to advance without giving them money. Really, I wouldn’t mind paying if I could’ve gotten a better taste of the quality. But I didn’t want to pay for something that frustrates me so much. When I would get caught on a finicky voice recording question, I would just eventually skip that garbage and move on. Overall, not worth paying for.
  • Good but.. Jan 31, 2020

    By Kay Ledford
    I downloaded babble because Duolingo makes learning Spanish too confusing. It marks me wrong when it has two different meaning for one word and I “use the wrong one” I guess, that and I’ve been seeing the ads everywhere. I begin and it immediately picks beginner Spanish. Which is ok. I did want to learn Spanish but it didn’t even give me a choice but there’s other languages I’d like to learn too. After that I did the first course and it dove me straight into vocab which at first was confusing and I didn’t know hardly any of the words/phrases. Then when it came to speech each time there was a mmm or a ah before the sentence it always marked it wrong but the rest of the phrase right. Not to mention if I slip up once I can’t redo like if I say habla instead of hablo. After finishing I can’t get it 100% because of misspelling or mispronunciation, which is fine but it only lets me do the first round. I can’t do or even try the others without asking for a subscription. I’m not sure if it’s closed because of not finishing 100% or because you only get one free. I’d really like to know because it doesn’t really tell me.
  • Somewhat frustrating Feb 25, 2019

    By Norsk Granny
    I am working on learning Norwegian. I am very much a beginner having just studied the language for a short time. The occasional grammar rules that pop up are truly helpful. But new vocabulary, which I have never seen, also pops up and of course without getting a dictionary and looking up each word, I am left with just wild guessing of how to use it in a sentence. Secondly, I cannot back up and listen to a segment or phrase again. Small typo kind of errors also cause problems. There just doesn’t seem to be enough variety of practice between new words or phrases and having to hear and write them independently especially when so many unknown words are thrown in. Video would help too. I cannot figure out how some of the words get pronounced as they do because I cannot see the face of the speaker. I have been frustrated enough with unknown words that cause me to get everything wrong that I often find myself exiting the program in before a lesson is done. So, there are some good things. But there are areas that need to be improved. Hope Babble works on the latter.
  • Well...We need to talk Feb 26, 2021

    By oof leah
    I have been wanting to learn German for a while now. I am very disappointed that the lessons aren’t free. I can’t afford the subscriptions and I’d like to learn more German. Others could easily afford it but I don’t have the money to which is why I looked to this app. I also have dyslexia which doesn’t help with my spelling, since the pictures looked like they provided everything I needed, I went for it. I really want some more free lessons, at least 3 free lessons per corse would give me more motivation to learn. I don’t understand why I one corse leads to another by it costs money. So I’m stuck in an awkward place right now. I understand if you can’t make the lessons free then I’m forced to move to another app. Since I’m Not able to move on, it would be my only choice. I do understand you need to make some money but you can’t get any from me since I don’t have any. Please just consider this because I know for a fact I’m not the only person who wants to learn another language but can’t afford it. Thank you for reading, goodbye.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Chris Haan
    Just to be clear, I did contact support as suggested by the developers in a reply to my original review. They were unable to assist. I lowered my rating from 2 stars to 1 because this issue is making the app unusable and I am out $80 as I paid for a full year. Trouble with speaking exercises make this almost app unusable. I paid for a one year subscription based on online reviews and now I regret the purchase.
  • Sep 8, 2021

    By AliceCiakori J
    Don't pay it. Otherwise they keep stealing from you bank account every SIX MONTHS! Also, is really not a good app to learn languages. It's so mechanic, and the exercise totally useless. They try to make you learn by heart four words and that's all the language for them. Don't know what developers think the human brain works.... I'm very pissed they don't tell you it's gonna be renewed after six month. First time I paid after a year and I still was pissed because you pay literally for nothing.
  • I’m sorry what Mar 25, 2019

    By Sydstr1
    So, I know passable french, but I wanted to improve more. I thought to myself “oh every ad is pretty much Babbel and I have nothing to lose” so I downloaded the app. I was so excited to learn more french. I opened the app, filled out the beginning question and was presented with a challenge “beginner or advanced”. Now, I know I went to france and did a decent job of understanding and speaking so how hard could it be? Well, I chose advanced. The first question- my mind finds the answer to “what time is it” a phrase I leaned 4 years ago. Perhaps it’s just getting a feel for where I am... I click the right answer. It repeats the phrase in french. This is it, I think, I’m finally going to get another question and go back to learning! So I wait for it to load... and I wait... and I wait some more. Maybe it froze? I closed the app and opened it back up. I went back through the same survey thing and finally back to the question. I have this one under control now. I click the right answer. It doesn’t repeat the phrase. Okay, weird. I go to my home screen, open another app, and come back. I try the question again. It took half an hour and I’m on good wifi and service this is an issue with the app I couldn’t do anything why the hell did I think it would work? Everyone else said you get 6 free words but hey at least you got words all I got was a haunting reminder of the passage of time
  • Seriously?!? Apr 9, 2020

    By Wilheart
    So, this app used to be awesome and engaging. I missed a day, logged in today and you changed the UI? And screwed it up in the process? Please change it back, or at the least give the option to have the old interface. I don’t have a RUSSIAN KEYBOARD! That’s why I’m trying to LEARN RUSSIAN! There used to be a virtual keyboard which showed up (regardless of if I had my iPad Pro Keyboard attached or not) which would block out the letters/ characters that we haven’t been taught yet. With that gone, I’m now overwhelmed by constantly trying to search for letters even though I haven’t gotten far enough in the lessons to know all the letters. I mean, really?!? Before I felt good about my learning, and now I feel like an idiot, it is no longer fun, and it takes too long to find the letters. Really?!? How do you go from being a great app to a horrible app over night? And I pay money for this? I can’t justify this cost, especially when this is already a supplement to Rosetta Stone for me. Sorry, but if this isn’t addressed, I doubt I’ll do even two more days. I quit halfway through a lesson today because it wasn’t worth the frustration. Please do something about this - in which case I’ll then change my review. This is REALLY FRUSTRATING! Thanks a lot! (For nothing.)
  • App feedback Aug 4, 2021

    By Isayahya
    I found this app to be useless. I haven’t learnt anything more than I already knew in Spanish. The microphone is not configured properly and it doesn’t understand me. Next there is so much typing and writing required and click this and click that, making it so hard and frustrating. Even the keyboard is. It configured where I can speak to it. You have to type and type and type. Perhaps the thing which annoyed me the most was that there is no streamlining in learning the process. I felt like I was jumping from one place to another. The gradual steps are not present. One minute it goes to basic and then jumps to an advance chapter with rapid conversations that I couldn’t understand. Then there is all this unnecessary information being taught like what’s specific fruits are called in specific regions, what excursions or historical sites are and how to pronounce them. What’s traditional food in certain areas are. This is like advance stuff, right now I just need to focus on the language and it’s basics. Nouns, conjugation of verbs, tenses etc. I wasted a whole year with Babbel. And they have the audacity to say “ learn a language as little as in 3 weeks”. what a boatload of crap. Tsk tsk tsk
  • SCAM - Save your money Apr 5, 2021

    By runnoft
    I couldn’t remember why I previously canceled my subscription to Babble. Then I remembered, after studying Italian for three or four weeks, they con you into believing or lure you’re learning a new language. Then, one day, they randomly task you with learning the days of the week. Little do you know, later in the same lesson, you will be tasked with regurgitating the exact spelling of these new words. Literally, with only one viewing. This is how they get you. How they complete the con and take your money. One day, you are slowly making progress, the next day, you are literally tasked with memorizing and spelling every single word. Word, after word. There are no other lessons. There are no other playful games, just spelling compete words you have only seen one before. If you don't memorize it that one time? Your score dramatically drops. One day, 30 out of 30, the next 30 out of 50. You learn nothing and your moral drops. This app is a scam. They took my money and destroyed my interest in learning. Killing my momentum. Get any other language app and/or save your money. This app is a disgrace and shouldbe banned. I'll leave it to AMEX to secure my refund. Such a scam, disappointing.
  • They get you with the free lesson. The paid lesson changes drastically. Mar 17, 2020

    By Jt_1_2_3
    I liked the free portion of the app. It was presented in a way that I liked and helped me learn. Then they apparently let my 6th grade English teacher get her grubby little mitts on it. Now I feel robbed, and foolish, as if their marketing team knew the rest of their learning method wouldn’t appeal to everyone. The old “ you know what you did” thing. It became more about a test on sentence structure, and started boring me to tears. I’m sure some people learn this way, but I become bored with minor details and sentence structuring details and HOW something is written. One of the early question was, which way the accent marks slanted.I just want to speak some Spanish and learn enough to have a somewhat decent conversation. I learned English as a child before I ever knew anything about writing it. Doesn’t everyone? Stop trying to teach me to write it and teach me to speak it. Once I can somewhat speak it, learning to write it is far easier for me personally. I got this to learn to SPEAK conversational Spanish, not how to WRITE conversational spanish. Their approach is not a good universal fit, since we all learn differently.
  • Poor speech recognition Jun 17, 2020

    By smbeech
    OK app so far, but the speech recognition is not good at all when it is a phrase of multiple words or multiple forms of a word (nosotros, nosotras). Also very strange that the text input lacks the ability to input accent marks, which are an important part of the language, when even the default keyboard on a phone allows. Why create your own keyboard that’s less functional? Also turns out that customer service is very much lacking. Despite the number of complaints here about speech recognition problems, all I get is generic responses about changing settings or blaming the issue on poor signal (sometimes repeating the same response I’ve already gotten), and takes several days to get each one so no progress has been made since I wrote my original review about a month ago. Updated to remove another star. (Another update...developer responded here saying you can access special characters by holding the base letter, but that does not work. That’s how it works on the base iPhone keyboard but it does not work with the keyboard built into the app. Another unhelpful response)
  • The voice recognition is awful!!!!!!!!! May 28, 2020

    By Rgill guitar
    I just got the free version. Pretty glad I did. Because I wouldn’t have wanted to pay for the full version. First off, it kind of starts off in the middle of everything. I had four years of Spanish so I knew most of what was going on. But someone with no experience speaking Spanish would be absolutely lost. But I worked around that and some of it is ok, like typing answers and matching, but the killer for me is the whole reason I bought the app which is to learn how to speak fluently. Well if you thought Siri was bad at understanding what you are saying what til you start trying to get the Babbel Siri to understand you. The voice recognition is absolutely awful!!! Like I said, had 4 years of Spanish, I can pronounce basic words like Me llamo, and mucho gusto. But not according to Babbel. Other times I botched the word and knew I did but ding! Great job it said. So after screaming Spanish phrases into my phone like a mad man😂😂 for 5 minutes, I gave up. Not worth the investment. Just buy some CD’s like pimsler and practice on you own. You’ll get just about as far.
  • Not good Oct 16, 2019

    By shopbabie
    I started with what I thought was just a one month trial plan to see if Babbel would be any good. I thought the lessons would last through the month, but the actual number of lessons a month are limited to approximately 10 small lessons. I thought that Babbel would pinpoint their lessons to help me learn more “conversational” Spanish. Instead I was conjugating verbs and one lesson had me learning how to say the names of different flags for different countries. I thought that was really ridiculous. Why would I need to know how to say the name of the flag for Germany or Sweden? A waste of that lesson and as I stated before, there are only approximately 10 lessons within a month period and they are very short lessons. So, way before the month was over, I had gone through the lessons for that month and would have had to wait for the next month to continue any new lessons. Also, you MUST be careful to cancel IMMEDIATELY if you are not happy, otherwise they will just continue to bill you. All in all, I would not recommend Babbel to anyone interested in learning basic conversational language.

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