Using the latest research, Babbel teaches practical skills, enabling learners to immerse themselves in a new language. Instead of drilling abstract sentences, vocabulary, or grammar rules, the app teaches through real-life dialogue. To send information from short-term to long-term memory, Babbel reintroduces words through six memory stages, using the technique of spaced repetition. Babble provides a more in-depth learning experience similar to online coursework, and 13 languages are available.
COST: Subscription about US$7–13/month.
- Provides images, translations, and auditory aids to help different learning styles.
- Teaches reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a new language.
- Courses designed by linguists.
- Users can adjust the learning level to be easier or more difficult.
- Consistent review of material helps to reinforce learning.
- Not as colorful as other language-learning options, and some users report that the program is tedious.
- Likely not a good option for younger students.
- Users have reported that Babbel’s speech-recognition technology doesn’t function consistently.
Why it’s helpful for families living internationally
Babbel is a more in-depth language-learning option that will help those who want to go deeper with their study. Like other apps, it’s accessible nearly anywhere in the world, so families can begin learning before they travel to a new location. As with any language-learning program, Babbel doesn’t replace in-person interaction.