The Tower of Babel is a biblical story told in the Book of Genesis designed to explain the origin of different languages. In the story, different generations of different cultures following the Great Flood were building a tower that God didn’t approve of, so he made it that the people of the earth would speak other languages.
Enter the Babbel app.
Babbel is the cutting edge language learning app that has now arrived in the United States.
The app has been experiencing unprecedented growth and co-founder and CEO, Markus Witte thinks Babbel is ready to take over two continents, because people want to learn a new language.
“It’s exciting to see a shift in New Year’s resolutions with more Americans looking to improve themselves by learning a second or third language,” said Markus Witte, Babbel founder and CEO. “Their strong success rate is a testament to their passion and hard work and shows that anyone can learn a language. Our app challenges the theory that language learning is a chore or boring, serving up language-specific courses that customize the learning process, build confidence and retain users.”
In Europe, Babbel has won numerous awards, such as Apple’s Top Grossing Language/Education App of 2014 and TechCrunch’s Europa Award: Best Education Startup of 2014.
The service is now available worldwide at Babbel.com as well as on OS and Android mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Users can take courses in 14 languages with seven source languages depending on the respective spoken language of the learner.
Here are some of the courses available:
You can get an easy introduction to Spanish or just consolidate your basic knowledge with the beginner’s course. Following the course step-by-step you can quickly gain an understanding of the most important ideas, and you can learn up to an advanced beginner’s level of learning.
Here are some courses to refresh and improve your basic skills. With these in-depth courses you’ll practice intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing at a pre-intermediate level of learning.
Grammar practice in easy, understandable steps. Drills and exercises with clear and concrete examples.
Listening and Speaking
Here you’ll find courses which will help you to focus on your listening and speaking skills.
Reading and Writing
These courses have a special focus on reading and writing.
Countries and Traditions
In these courses you won’t just learn the language, but also about the countries in which Spanish is spoken and their traditions.
It’s a good variety and my initial impressions using Babbel are very favorable. There is a step-by-step process and it’s easy to get going.
If you want to learn a new language over your computer, table or phone, Babbel looks like a great way to go.