There are more language learning apps out there than actual languages. At least that’s what it feels like. So what does it take to make a service stand out?
Babbel would like to distinguish itself through an elegant user interface and offer 14 languages for learning. StackSocial is offering a lifetime subscription to the service for just $ 199 off the normal price of $ 499. That’s almost a 50% discount and gives a user full access to any language. It also offers two lifetime accounts for $ 358 (down from $ 998), great for gift-giving or when you want to learn a language with someone.
We thought we’d see what all this buzz was about, so we swirled it. And now we’re breaking it open for you.
Babbel offers 14 different languages including the languages you would expect such as Spanish, Italian, French, English and German. Other languages are Danish, Dutch, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. We liked the wide range of languages this app offers. If you are feeling ambitious and want to learn two languages, you can easily switch between them. Babbel saves your progress in one language when you start another so you can pick up where you left off.
Once you have made up your mind, Babbel will ask you how much experience you have with this language. If you are a beginner, start in the Newcomer category.
Babbel stops its learning method when you start learning vocabulary. A spatial repetition method is used, which means you will see words and phrases consistently throughout each lesson. And so you don’t forget, Babbel will remind you when it’s time to practice.
They can pick the best time for Babbel to send you a push notification. These reminder time options range from “Around noon” to “On the way home”. Babbel would like to integrate your practice seamlessly into your day. This app is clearly geared towards everyday life.
Once you have selected this, you can choose an exact time and number of times per week that you would like to be reminded. Three days are preselected, but you can change them by simply tapping the days of the week. We found these memories very helpful. If you’re busy with meetings or school, it’s nice to know that you’ve set your practice times on a schedule that works for you.
This app is extremely intuitive and easy to use. You won’t get lost looking for information and returning to your place in class. There are five tabs at the bottom of the app that take you to your home page, lessons, rating, and personal profile. You will also find your app settings there.
We liked how easy it was to navigate and find what we needed. The user interface seems to be suitable for all ages, and even if the technology overwhelms you, Babbel doesn’t give you a chance to get lost.
Babbel won’t bore you either. As you progress through your class, you will spell, adapt, and speak your new language. Each lesson contains vocabulary. As you practice, you’ll be shown photos, hear dialog, type words to fill in the void, and speak into your device’s microphone to practice the pronunciations. We liked how this app varied the learning tactics. It kept us busy and made the learning process easier.
Babbel definitely focuses on vocabulary and as you progress you can return to your vocabulary list. You can find this by clicking the review icon in the bottom bar of your app. You can also hear the pronunciation of each word by tapping the speaker icon to the right of each word.
This is where spatial repetition comes into play. Once you’ve learned vocabulary, Babbel will add them to your assessment. After learning new words and going through the lessons, you’ll want to check everything out to see what is committed to memory. This will strengthen your vocabulary and help you learn faster. It’s a great feature that definitely lasts.
Everyone has their reasons for learning a new language. One aspect of Babbel that we loved was that it covers all of the basics of reading, writing, and speaking. You practice your spelling as you type words you have learned in the app, be it with the letters of the encrypted word or with your full keyboard. With this app, you can practice speaking words out loud while learning them too. As you study visually, Babbel will show you photos that match the words and phrases you are learning. This came in handy with a language like Spanish, where word endings change depending on who you’re addressing or who you’re referring to.
We’re also a fan of the grammar class. Throughout your vocabulary training, Babbel breaks down the “why” of your answers. These lessons appear in pop-up windows when you answer questions and are occasionally separate lessons. Babbel explains things like informal and formal greetings, and masculine and feminine endings on verbs and nouns. This is great as it helps you better understand the language you are learning without being overwhelming. These quick grammar lessons pop up sporadically and keep it simple. You won’t get lost in the translation, sorry for the pun.
Overall, our experience with Babbel has been extremely positive. At $ 199 for a lifetime subscription, it’s definitely worth it. Babbel offers 14 languages and keeps learning along the way.
This app is easy to use and we loved how easy it was to navigate. We also enjoyed the variety of learning opportunities which were seamlessly explained along the way.
Learning a new language can be a daunting task, but Babbel breaks things down so that they don’t get overly simplified or too complicated. If you want to become multilingual, Babbel is a great app to have in your back pocket.
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