Babbel is the most popular language-learning app in the world. It makes it easy to learn languages online. It has over one million paying subscribers, and it tops the list of the most innovative companies in education in the world. The company was founded in 2007. Not many people know about Babbel, and this article aims to remedy that. Here are 20 things you didn't know about the app.
1. The methods that Babbel uses to teach
This is the best path to real-life conversations due to the application of a number of effective learning methods. These methods have been tested by experts and proven to be the most efficient learning techniques in the field of education. These include;
Babbel's lessons are designed to allow learners to speak some of what they have learned by teaching simple conversational lines at a time. For instance, the app teaches learners things like how to do greetings or make a request. This makes learning fun and interesting and keeps the learners wanting to know more.
Babbel shares the culture
According to Insider, culture is seen in how native speakers speak. In most language learning platforms, this is not evident due to machine-learning computer models for the teaching voices. These voices do not bring out the native assent of the specific language-speaking community, but at Babbel, due to the use of native language speakers as tutors, the culture is easily spread to the learner.
2. Games as a learning tool
Babbel has made learning a better experience by making it fun. It has a team of developers that have designed games such as word games to help the learner participate in playing games in the language he/she is learning. These games include matching games and word generation games. This has had a positive impact on learning, thus ensuring effective learning of the course content of the language being learned.
3. Development of podcasts for learners
According to PCMAG, Babbel's tutors have made podcasts on different topics, spoken in the learners' language of interest. This helps the learner to learn what he should do interestingly. These podcasts have been made freely available to learners under any subscription on the application. The development of podcasts was well received on implementation as it gave the learner a sense of competition in wanting to effectively listen and understand the content on the podcasts.
4. The Babbel magazine
The team at Babbel introduced the Babbel magazine where articles on different topics are written. The articles are written on issues that may interest the learners, in the different languages that Babbel offers. This way, learners can explore different stories that interest them in the language they are learning. This makes learning easy and almost effortless.
5. Babbel's language courses are designed by respective language experts, not computer automated programs
Although the course content by other language tutors is fairly acceptable, it is important to know that Babbel's courses are designed by human experts, who include linguists, editors, researchers, instructional designers, and teachers. This plays an important role since the course content is tailored in such a way that naturally serves the learner's needs since the expert has the experience and knows what the learner requires for his/her growth in the language. Experts, being human, design an interactive learning session that ensures that the course does not get monotonous. This is also why previous Babbel users leave a good word for the company.
6. The zero Ad policy
It is almost common for a user to find advertisements as he/she browses through an application or a website. It is through marketing through advertisements that companies earn revenue to enable them to freely provide their services to their consumers. At Babbel, experts believe that the focus of the learner is paramount for effective learning. According to Babble, "advertising disrupts your attention and keeps you from learning effectively so that's why Babbel doesn't have ads." Indeed, this is one feature learners at Babbel enjoy.
7. Learners Privacy is top-notch
Many cases on data privacy by companies, especially those that concern the private information of respective service consumers, have been reported. This is usually a result of poor data security policies by the company. It is important to note that not even one case of a learner's private information on Babbel has been reported. It is a policy that learners' data cannot be shared with third parties and the company only keeps data that helps track how you are progressing in your learning. To maintain such integrity, Babbel has a team of cyber security technicians for the job, and as a result, a small service fee is imposed on the learners.
8. Babbel (Ordinary Subscription)
What this subscription offers
Short lessons (10-15 minutes)
Research by Yale University, which is a research partner of Babbel has proven that effective learning takes place in short bursts. Since learning something new, especially one that is not easy to learn can be stressful, experts recommend that learning takes place in short bursts to help the learner appreciate the little learned content, that will probably be well understood. The bite-sized lessons are time efficient too as the learner can fit the lesson within his/her busy schedule.
Personalized review sessions
Babbel offers an interactive platform where the learner can revisit previous lessons and review vocabulary from completed lessons. This ensures that the learner effectively learns and masters vocabulary through the enhanced revisiting of completed sessions. This also helps keep the learner motivated as he/she can clearly see his/her progress from the first lesson to where he/she is.
Impressive Speech recognition technology
Unlike most other language tutoring applications, Babbel has employed speech recognition technology that allows the learner to practical practice the vocabulary learned. The technology effectively corrects the learner, and this plays an important role in assisting the learner to acquire the correct pronunciation and assent of the respective language. This gives the learner confidence in speaking the language in real life as he/she has had some experience in speaking the language.
At Babbel, learning is anytime, anywhere. Unlike most applications where a learner has to complete a milestone before logging out, due to loss of progress, Babbel is designed in a way that each learner account is synced with the application system, and this effectively keeps a log of the learners' progress, such that the learner can pick up from where he/she left off.
More than one learning techniques
The use of more than one learning technique helps to avoid monotony in learning. Changing from one method to another helps the learner stay alert and interested throughout the course. The methods used include freely accessible podcasts on the Babbel app, games, and magazines. The languages that Babbel offers include:
9. Babbel Live
Besides the ordinary subscription of Babbel, the company introduced Babbel live. This is a program where learning takes place online, live. The class comprises a language tutor and a small group of learners. Currently, you can subscribe to classes in:
- Advantages of Babbel Live.
- Maximized speaking practice in small groups
- Certified teachers with focused, engaging classes
- Learning anytime, with the wide availability of classes
- The full picture of a language, including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and cultural context
The biggest advantage that comes with Babbel Live is that the learner gains access to all the content and tools offered by the program, including the Babbel App, podcasts, review notes, stories, games, and videos.
10. Babbel for business
This program has been on since 2017 as part of the professional development programs in various companies. Companies and organizations use Babbel for business in their activity programs for awards and promotions. Babbel for business includes these benefits:
- Personalized Account Management
- Easy onboarding with videos and a guide
- Business review to create your company-specific learning strategy
Cost of Babbel for business
The cost for the Babbel for business subscription is $8.99 per month per seat, and the minimum number of seats set by Babbel is 30 seats from a single company. Babbel also provides additional services to the subscribing organization or company.
11. Babbel Student discount
Instead of the normal $26.85 on the 3 months subscription, a recognized student is given a discount and is allowed to pay around $14.99 for the 3-month subscription. This has prompted many students to join the Babbel Company and learn new languages.
12. Babbel Military discount
The military discount is awarded to those working for the United States Army and their immediate family members. They are required to pay $35 on the 6 months subscription instead of the ordinary $44.70
13. Health worker’s discount
This discount is awarded to persons working in the health department, such as doctors, nurses, medical practitioners. They are required to pay $35 on the 6 months subscription instead of the ordinary $44.70
14. How to contact Babbel
According to Support Babbel, As a member of Babbel, if you are logged on to your account, and you are in a lesson, click the "Contact" button in the upper right-hand corner of the Babbel lesson interface, then input your message in the chat window that opens. If you are logged on to your account, and you are not in a lesson, click "Help" in the lower right corner of the account interface on your screen. The button is also available on any user's account dashboard and on the company website. You can also send an email using the email you used to register for the account. If you are not yet a member of Babbel, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Free first lesson for every language
Babbel has made every language's first lessons free for all learners even without paying the subscription. As most people try out Babbel, this strategy has proven fruitful since 72% of every learner that has tried Babbel ends up paying for a subscription.
16. Learning on Babbel online or offline
For mobile users, learning can either be online or offline. A learner can access the learning materials online via the Babbel website or offline via the Babbel application that can be downloaded from Play Store or AppStore. For desktop users, learning is only accessed online since the Babbel desktop application has not been developed yet.
17. Babbel price and cost per month
Considering the features and activities of Babbel, a subscription to Babbel is worth it. The subscription gets cheaper per month as the learner subscribes to a longer learning duration from the pricing. For a one-month subscription, $12.95 is charged, that for a three-month subscription is $26.85 ($8.95 per month), that for a six-month subscription is $44.70 ($7.45 per month) and the final type of subscription is the yearly subscription that costs $83.40 ($6.95 per month)
18. Sharing a Babbel account
Considering a group of friends that are aspiring to do a common language, the group can opt to pay for a single subscription and share the account. All they have to do is open a Babbel account with a single email address, then each can log into the account across their different devices but they have to use the same email address in logging in.
19. Babbel as a gift
A person can gift another with a Babbel account as a gift. You can do this by buying a coupon from Babbel and giving the coupon to the party being gifted. On receiving a coupon, one has to log in to the Babbel app, enter the coupon and start learning. The duration of the coupon depends on the coupon subscription that was purchased.
20. Babbel's rating
Babbel has spearheaded the online language learning industry, with more than one million paying subscribers, and ranked as the world's #1 innovative company in education. Compared to many other language learning platforms, Babbel reviews show that it is among the best, if not the best online language learning platform.
Written by Allen Lee
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