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Babbel Italian Review

Welcome to our Babbel Italian Review. Babbel is an online resource that helps you learn languages using audio and quiz-style lessons.

We’ll check out what you get with Babbel’s premium membership. We’ll also talk about Babbel’s Italian course and what makes it unique. Then, we’ll give our thoughts on how good the product is. After reading this review, you’ll know if Babbel is the right fit for you.

What makes Babbel stand out?

Babbel boasts 10 million downloads worldwide. So, something must be working. Let’s start by looking into what makes their approach unique.

First of all, Babbel’s distinctive feature is the high quality of its content. You’ll notice there is time and effort put into it!

Babbel also goes the extra mile by customizing the language learning experience based on each user’s first language. For example, the Italian course that a French man takes is different from the Italian course that a lady born and raised in Berlin would receive.

French man and German lady learning Italian with Babbel

Most language teaching companies neglect this approach. Crafting the language learning experience around your native language helps make the process smoother. But it also takes more work. Thus, it becomes an illogical move for platforms that focus on scaling up their product fast. However, Babbel has taken time to enhance their users’ learning experience by taking their native language into account.

Another of its strengths is how many different exercises they have under the hood. You will not feel the monotony burden of other platforms.

Additionally, their sleek design is worth mentioning.

And finally, Babbel has a speech-recognition system that can not go unnoticed.

Does Babbel have any weaknesses?

Yes, it’s not all blooming daisies in the sun. The platform is primarily for beginners. So, advanced users will quickly find themselves bored. In other words, they won’t get many advantages from using Babbel.

An Overview of the Babbel Platform

Babbel spends time helping you improve in all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. As mentioned in the intro, we only have good things to say about its exercises. They are interactive, and you can complete them quickly.

Besides the exercises, Babbel includes vocabulary drills, podcasts, games, and tutoring sessions. Their app uses an adaptive algorithm that adjusts the difficulty level based on your previous answers. Their goal is to make the lessons as effective as possible.

Babbel’s pricing

Language-learning enthusiasts appreciate Babbel’s pricing. It’s simple. The longer your subscription, the lower the cost. If you want to try Babbel before committing to a payment, you can sign up and access the initial lessons of each course for free. However, this version of Babbel has limitations. It’s better to subscribe to get the complete experience, and if you’re not satisfied, Babbel offers a 20-day money-back guarantee.

Here is a breakdown of the prices based on the plan you choose:

1 month: $12.95 USD

3 months: $8.95 USD

6 months: $7.45 USD

1 year: $6.95 USD

All the subscriptions provide access to the same features. The only difference between the plans is the value you get for your money. Please keep in mind that prices and conditions may vary depending on the policies of the app stores in your country.

Babbel’s portability

One of Babbel’s great features is its portability. You can use it on various devices, which is especially beneficial in education (where students often have different devices for different purposes like classroom use or homework). With Babbel, you’re not limited to just one device – you can use it across all of them.

Requirements for installing the Babbel app

You might be curious about how much space the Babbel app takes up. Surprisingly, it doesn’t require any installation process. In other words, you don’t need much hard drive space or physical discs to install the software.

However, there are still some requirements for installing Babbel:

Requirements for using the Babbel iOS apps: You need at least iOS 9.0. Is an iOS 8 device lying around? No worries! You can probably use it because many iOS 8 devices can get updated to iOS 9.

Requirements for using the Babbel Android app: The minimum operating system requirement is 4.4.4.

What does your computer need to have Babbel installed? Babbel runs on modern computers with a current internet browser. Make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled. The minimum requirements are a display resolution of 1024×768 or higher, a 1GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. The operating systems supported are Windows 7 or above for Windows computers and Mac OS X 10.12 or above for Mac computers.

Wrapping Up!

All in all, Babbel is an excellent starting point. It builds a strong foundation for language learning. If you’re familiar with Duolingo, it is similar but with 3X quality! Click here if you want to test it out yourself.

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38 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Babbel Italian! I completely agree with you. Babbel stands out with high-quality content, sleek design, and impressive speech-recognition technology. The tailored courses based on learners’ native languages make it a valuable and effective language-learning platform. Plus, Babbel’s additional features like podcasts, games, and tutoring sessions enhance the overall learning experience.

    While some may find the lessons repetitive, they contribute to developing fluency. With its logical structure, Babbel excels in teaching Italian.

    The pricing options are reasonable, and the ability to try it for free or get a money-back guarantee adds to the appeal.

    Overall, Babbel is an exceptional choice for anyone looking to build a strong foundation in language learning, surpassing other platforms such as Duolingo, in terms of quality.

    1. I appreciate your nice overview of the platform, sumarizing its virtues. Thanks for sharing your comment.

  2. Hey there! I like the idea of having people all around the world learning Italian.

    I have been on and off with my Italian language goal. But Babbel seems to be the platform that will help me be consistent. I hope to soon Parlare Italiano like a Pro! And who knows, I may even end up living in Italy!

    1. I hope you achieve your goal of learning Italian. Feel welcome to share your progress with us here on our site!

  3. Structured lessons and interactive exercises make learning Italian both enjoyable and effective. The real-life conversational focus would significantly improve speaking skills, and the app’s user-friendly interface keeps users engaged. Those were the key points that made me decide to give Babbel a try! And I do not regret doing so!

    1. Hi! Thanks for sharing what made you decide for Babbel. It will also help other readers who are facing the same decision.

  4. Thanks for the detailed review! Babbel Italian offers an enticing start for language learners with its customization based on native languages and high-quality content. This engaging, user-friendly, and speech-recognition system has an offer we can’t refuse. The pricing is straightforward, and Babbel is portable across devices. However, it’s primarily for beginners. I hope platforms like this exist for advanced users.

    1. I understand your concern. And I think Babbel Italian has done an excellent job building their platform. But, concerning advanced students that already have the skill set to continue learning the language on their own, why bother crafting a whole system for them?

  5. Hey, thank you for this review!

    I have been thinking about it for quite a while to jog my memory and learn a new language. I am mainly interested in being fluent in Spanish. However, Italian comes second!

    I am creating a list of the various platforms. And Babbel, so far, seems likable. The pricing seems reasonable.

    1. Setting a goal to learn a new language is good. And I agree with you that Babbel can help you get started.

  6. I have been reading reviews for language-learning platforms for a week. And I have a good understanding of where Babbel is, compared to the competition. I can sum it up by saying Babbel Italian offers a comprehensive language learning experience. The platform stands out for its user-friendly interface and well-structured lessons that gradually build proficiency. The courses emphasize practical vocabulary and useful phrases, making them suitable for everyday conversations. Babbel’s focus on grammar and pronunciation ensures a well-rounded understanding of the Italian language. The interactive exercises and real-life dialogues enhance speaking and listening skills. Additionally, the ability to practice speaking with native speakers through Babbel Live is a valuable feature. While the app could offer more cultural insights, overall, Babbel Italian is a top choice for learners seeking a well-designed and interactive approach to mastering Italian.

  7. I like the speech-recognition system and sleek design. I also like the free trial option and portability across devices. I work a lot on my phone. So having the course on the phone and PC is ideal.

    I may as well try Babbel myself. I would have skipped it. But your article encouraged me to give it a try!

    1. I am glad to read our article encourages you to test-drive Babbel. There are no strings attached. If you like it, you pay for it. If you do not like it, you move away owing nothing.

  8. It’s inspiring how Babbel customizes a person’s learning experience (based on their mother tongue). All language-learning courses should implement this brilliant idea! German speakers have a different way of approaching things than French or English speakers.

    The inclusion of different types of exercises is also a notable feature.

    I had Duolingo for some time, but it got so tedious after a while that I couldn’t stand it anymore.

    Being made for beginners doesn’t seem like a drawback to me. Instead, it seems a way for beginners to jump-start their learning. Once a person achieves a certain level of fluency, it’s time to raise the difficulty bar. An example would be going to Italian restaurants all the time, where there are actual speakers to converse with. An app (by its nature) can only go so far with something as vast and diverse as language.

    But this sounds like an excellent way to get it going. And get it going well!

    1. I agree. We all need to start somewhere. So beginner-level language-learning tools are necessary.

      I like what you suggested about practicing the language with native speakers (once you pass the beginner’s point). Real-life practice and feedback will always be helpful for those willing to take the risk of making a mistake to learn!

  9. Great review. I like reviews that are very much to the point and give me the pros and cons. So, I appreciate your style of reviewing language-learning products. I did not know that Babbel tailors the learning based on your mother tongue (and that does sound cool). I am currently learning French with Duolingo and want to learn Italian next. Would you advise learning two languages simultaneously? Or should I focus on my French for now and only start the Italian course once finished?

    1. For some, learning two languages at once, especially ones that could have similarities, would complicate the process.

      On the other hand, children can learn multiple languages at once! Of course, we know that children learn differently. They are acquiring the languages as their “first” languages.

      However, if you dig into this topic, most linguists do not recommend studying similar languages simultaneously. But if it’s two completely different languages (such as Chinese and Spanish), go for it! Click here to read a post that addresses your question in further detail.

  10. Babbel’s impressive features, such as a personalized approach tailored to users’ native languages and the diverse range of exercises have gotten me thinking. Now, if my language proficiency has outgrown Babbel’s primary focus on beginners, have you explored other language learning tools to further elevate my skills? I’ve noticed the presence of Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, and ItalianPod101 at the bottom of your page. Which one do you believe is best for intermediate students?

  11. I do have Babbel but I’ve never learnt Italian with them. It’s true that Babbel goes the extra mile to make understand the culture of the country; and it’s not limited to the language alone. Moreover, I enjoy Babbel because you have many options that you can explore. I like this creation and I hope that many people will want to learn Italian with this app thanks to this review!

  12. Hi Jonathan,

    I found your review informative and interesting. I did not know that Babble changes the way it teaches you a language depending on what your native language is. This is a feature I will remember if I am ever in the market for buying a course on Italian.

    You explained the costs involved well and I was surprised how inexpensive they are.

    You explained that the con of Babble was that it was designed mainly for beginners. More advanced users may find it boring.

    I always read blogs About Me page and I found it interesting that you are multi-lingual. This adds to your credibility.

    Overall, I found your review balanced and informative.

    Cheers John

  13. This is a remarkable evaluation of a product I’ve long been curious about. It’s incredibly thorough, enlightening, and exceptionally well-presented. What took me by surprise the most was the price – I had anticipated it to be considerably higher than its actual cost. Very good use of graphic in the article as well. I hope one day to be this creative. 

    Michael

  14. The detailed breakdown of Babbel’s features and strengths gives readers a clear understanding of what sets it apart. The emphasis on content quality, customization based on the user’s native language, and the variety of exercises are particularly noteworthy. The mention of Babbel’s speech-recognition system adds a technological aspect to the review, providing insights into the platform’s interactive features. The pricing breakdown is helpful for potential users to make an informed decision. The inclusion of a free trial and a money-back guarantee shows transparency and confidence in the product and really makes me want to try. As someone who understood Italian as a child and spoke a tiny bit until age 11 when all my grandparents passed, I am wondering about the difficulty levels, if I start to remember and it gets easier, will it adjust? What is the adaptive algorithm used by Babbel to adjust difficulty levels? Does it enhance the learning experience? Do you think this would be suitable for me? 

  15. Hi, with this product or any. I like to try it for just 1 months first. I say that because there’s lots of choices and you may prefer something else to use. Or you may learn faster in other ways. I personally have tried using similar apps but gave up on . It. Had I payed for 1 year I would have lost a lot of money. Have a good day.

  16. I like how the Babbel App helps you read, talk, write, and listen. And I was surprised to discover it’s built around your native language. The pricing is not too expensive either.

    I want to try Babbel by myself. Your post has encouraged me to brush up on my Italian and to download Babbel on my phone too!

  17. Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for this article, really useful and it has lots of detail.

    I’ve been contemplating ways to learn Italian, and Babbel seems like a promising choice.

    The emphasis on content quality and customisation based on the user’s native language is a big plus and it’s very refreshing to see a language learning platform put effort into making the experience smoother. The variety of exercises and the adaptive algorithm sound like great features to keep things engaging too.

    I appreciate your honesty about its limitations for advanced users. Although as a starter that is not likely to trouble me for some time.

    I also like how it can be used on multiple devices, which would work very well. Is this an online resource that you use yourself and if so, what are the key points things you have gained from it?

    Thank you again for an depth review of Babbel, I found it very useful indeed.

    All the best

    Cherie :o)

  18. I enjoyed reading this honest Babbel Italian review. I have been looking for a way to learn Italian online and I was curious about Babbel. I liked how the review explained the structure and features of the Babbel Italian course, as well as the pros and cons. I was impressed by how Babbel customizes the language learning experience based on the user’s native language and how it uses an adaptive algorithm to adjust the difficulty level. I also appreciated the video review that showed how the lessons work in practice. I think Babbel Italian might be a good option for me as a beginner who wants to learn Italian in a fun and effective way. Thank you for sharing this informative post!

  19. The only thing I do not like about Babbel is its brand colors. Orange is not my favorite. But, excluding that, I’m excited about this platform.

    The diversity of activities is the biggest feature, in my book. I can not stand it when they ask us to do the same thing over and over again.

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