Best language app going!
I absolutely love this app!! I am a keen linguist having studied German and Italian before and was keen to take up French. This app gives me great confidence in using the French language and I particularly like the pop up grammar explanations that are filtered in; sometimes learning grammar can be tedious if studied solidly.
I love the review feature so that you don't just learn a topic and forget the vocabulary; you are constantly remained of the things you have learnt and tested. It would be great if you could request reviews on the app, rather than just waiting for them but it's hardly a fault!
The range of topics is fantastic so whether you just need a little French for an upcoming holiday or plan to study to fluency, it really covers such a wide range of classes for you to pick and choose from.
I really can't fault this app and very much look forward to picking up many languages with it in the future!
Works well for me. Got it to help my son with his French.
Good but few problems
By Dr Pedler
I found it good and easy to use, however a few difficulties
1 it concentrates on using the Tu form of the verb not the Vous, ok in office and family situations but not for everyday life or vacations
2 many exercises require you to spell out the word ok for most but when you get very Long ones it becomes difficult
3 speech recogniser works badly on iPad
Apart from that I am using as a refresher (GCE French 50 years ago) and works fine. Especially as French evening classes are difficult to find and expensive.
Beware of auto renew
This app auto renews at£40. Customer service will not refund. Not good and not clear when you sign up
The app started of well but quickly turned into literature heavy based tests!!
Not what the demo leads you to believe!!
I am dyslexic and learn well with visual cues but found it very frustrating to be constantly asked to just right the words with no prompts I seem to no most of the words but very rarely spell them right arrrrrggghhhh.
I was hoping to use this app to help me speak a small bit of French before going on a Holliday so as to be more polite not to be able to right a novel in perfectly spelt French
I will be cancelling the app and will look for another way of learning.
Too quick for a real beginner
By Rico Diamond
After moving to France in May this year I saw this online with the tag line learn a whole new language in three weeks! I paid and downloaded full of hope and enthusiasm... not sure if it is because I was a total beginner but it very quickly raced ahead and I'm now totally out of my depth!!!
I thought living here and learning would give me an advantage instead it feels like my confidence has been totally knocked. I've found Duolingo much better for learning the basics wish I'd stayed with that and not paid out on Babbel :-(
I am trying a 3-month subscription and after one month am very pleased with my progress. To get your money's worth you really need to put in a daily effort, but that is a large part of the point. Will definitely use Babbel again.
Ticks the boxes
By MK Jan
Really pleased I subscribed to this app. Lots of opportunities to improve my spoken french as well as enough repetition to make the vocabulary stick.
Lovely way to learn French!
I'm in love with this course. For the first time I'm enjoying learning French. It's easy to follow and not heavy on grammar. I find very interesting that my computer corrects my pronunciation 😊.
Why 💰 for a lesson on languages? I think it's rubbish. Some games that help you learn languages, give you lessons for free.
Best Language Learning Ap!
Having tried various methods of language learning over the years this is by far the best I've used other than having face-to-face lessons. It provides a greater level of depth and understanding of the language (in my case French) than other apps I've tried and is well structured to aid retention through reinforcement of lessons. Well worth its money.
A bug I've found is that the revision flash cards don't work correctly on the iPad.
Excellent Language-Learning App
This is the best app I've tried so far for learning French. Even though I've got a good basic grounding in French, I've just gone through the entire Beginner's Course 1 and found it tremendously helpful. It is especially useful for testing and perfecting pronunciation, which is where most English speakers fall down badly with French. It's not perfect (some monosyllabic words I simply could not succeed in getting right) but overall it's really very good.
Yes, the structure of the lessons is a bit repetitive but this familiarity also helps speed up progress through the course. There's a lot of material here; it would be helpful to have some sort of guide that mixes up the courses with the pronunciation guides and other topic-specific lessons available at the bottom of the Courses list.
I don't understand people giving the app one star simply because you have to pay a subscription for it. Compare what you'd have to pay for a group class or worse still, tete-a-tete (and I think this option falls in between the two in terms of effective learning), this is really good value for what you pay, provided you put in the effort.
If like me you find group classes boring and ineffective, but one-to-one tuition expensive, then this is a great portable solution to your French studies.
Waste of time
Don't bother as it's not free, a few words that most people will know gets you started but after that it's payable.
It works for me
I've tried and failed to learn French on a number of occasions, with Babbel it's different. So handy just having it there to us when ever I want.
Still on beginners courses but being tested to the full. I have more confidence and less fear around speaking now. All good.
Yes, so you need to make a purchase. It is money well spent. Cheaper than un prof des langues. Je fait beaucoup de progrès.
Study as you want intensive or leisurely.
Let's you do a few basic bits then you must PAY A LOT
This seemed a sweet App that I saw after watching the TV advert. The first basic lesson is free (about 10 simple words ) then you have to sign up for a monthly or yearly subscription.
Just deleted the App.
Shame as its nice but not worth it.
You won't get far without a purchase
By Isle well
Wanted to try this app out first but couldn't get much of an idea before it insisted on a purchase which is very expensive. Have since deleted app as useless
Why in Portuguese
Almost too good
Unquestionably a well produced product which will teach you everything with regards to learning french, ie grammar and writing to an extent.
However there is no idiots option. I wish to improve my verbal french and nothing else and there is no option to opt out of the written parts. Sounds silly but its just my preference.
I would still highly recommend the app.
Very good app as has a good range of lessons to suite all abilities. User friendly