Babbel makes language learning easy, effective and convenient for everybody.
We are a team of 350 people from 28 nations with a shared passion for languages.
Babbel was founded in 2007. It is led by three founders: Markus Witte, Thomas Holl and Lorenz Heine.
Each founder previously worked in the music software field. Together, they began to contemplate embarking on a new project as early as 2006, initially considering an online platform for collaboration between musicians. During this time however, they discovered that there were no fully developed ways to learn a language online: existing options were limited to multi-media products – CDs, DVDs, etc. Even at this time, such products were most often found collecting dust on learners’ shelves.
The team set their sights on a better future for language learning, and launched the first version of the Babbel web app in January 2008. Its development was guided by love and passion, and aided by the attention to detail and user-focus that had been critical to the founders’ success in the music software industry. One year later, this strategy had already proved its worth when Babbel surpassed the 100,000-user mark.
Today, from our offices in Berlin and New York, we continue to help people discover the joys of self-directed learning, though on a much larger scale. We currently offer 14 different learning languages – from Spanish to Indonesian – and our mobile apps see up to 120,000 downloads each day.
The Babbel courses
Babbel makes language learning easy, effective and convenient for everyone. With our courses, you’ll learn by doing and progress fast. The course material is broken into small blocks that are useful in everyday life: grammar and vocabulary practice are built into units that focus on practical things like getting to know someone, ordering food in a restaurant, shopping, or sightseeing.
Babbel’s courses are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and supported by millions of happy users.
At Babbel, we’re proud to offer courses created by humans, for humans. Each one is designed by a professional team of linguists and language teachers, and tailored to each language combination. This is important: an English speaker, for example, learns French very differently from the way an Italian speaker does. We apply this approach to each part of communication: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Babbel listens to you speak and helps you perfect your pronunciation. And our data-driven Review Manager adapts to your personal progress so you can revise the concepts you find most tricky.
We understand that a language is more than an academic subject – it gives you access to another world. Get a real sense for another language and start using it immediately!
Available on the web, smartphone, tablet and Apple Watch, Babbel fits seamlessly into your everyday life. It doesn’t matter where you are and you don’t need hours a day: if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can learn a language. In fact, that’s the best way to learn – just ten or fifteen minutes each day. And when you’re done, we’ll save your progress in the cloud and sync it across all of your devices so you can easily pick up where you left off.
How it works
Babbel gives you everything you need to speak, write, and understand a new language. Set your own pace – learn what you want, when you want.
Mobile: anytime, anywhere
Take Babbel with you. It saves your completed lessons in the cloud so you can pick up right where you left off – on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Learning with Babbel
Simply choose the course you’re interested in and start building your vocabulary. Learn grammar intuitively as you go.
Speaking made easy
Start speaking right from the first lesson. Babbel’s integrated speech recognition helps improve your pronunciation.