This is a good app but with the spoken dialogue it can be difficult to catch what's being said when you're a learner, needs a slower speech option for the beginner section.
When there are two ways to say something in Italian it says you're wrong if it's not the answer they want, even if what you said was perfectly correct. I've used free apps that allow different ways to say things, must be possible on this app
Keyboard a bit skittish too, should use iPads own keyboard.
You can tell where it’s made, it’s efficient but there’s no joy or fun in it’s presentation.
Also I think it would help if it gave a second chance if you make a slight spelling mistake especially in the beginners section, miss out an apostrophe or write completely the wrong word and the result is the same
A step up for learners
Great app, good learning structures and explanations included.
Could be some improvements:
1. Allow access to the standard keyboard on iPads/iPhone as this is what is most familiar to the users
2. Have a tolerance for spelling errors so as not to discourage learners
A good system for learning through sentences and speech interactions but I really need to slow the playback down to catch the nuances of Italian speech!
Quite unforgiving in typo’s when entering text.
This needs addressing, especially in the Beginner course structure.
I think it is Exellent except for the fact that it lets you do the same thing everyday
Getting access when you have paid for a subscription
By Cross non-linguist
This is a great resource, but I don't understand why you pay for a month and then are somehow blocked from downloading further lessons. You are then in danger if subscribing again, rather than getting access to what you've paid for! So annoying.
This is by far the best app for learning a new language I have ever seen or used.
Charged and no access
Paid £15.99 and still no access
Great Idea but you only get one lesson free then have to pay monthly subscription, I could get proper lessons for that.
Learn Italian with Babbel
A great app to learn, practice and revise, attractive and easy to use
Really great way of learning a language, short of living in the country. Interactive app. feeds back whether you're pronunciation is correct and covers the same words & phrases in a variety of ways to help reinforce what you've learnt. Can be adjusted for beginner, intermediate or advanced students.Great!
One of the best.
I love this app. It's very easy to use. There are many courses and exercises to choose from and it's very reliable. Has helped me learn Italian in the most pleasant of ways 😃
Thorough grammar course
By Trish Fowlie
Babbel is good on explaining grammar and reinforcing learning, but isn't terrific on culture (e.g., no explanation of "numero chiuso" - do I infer some Italian universities don't have admission criteria? - "liceo" I'd have thought was a senior secondary school, like "lycée" in French, not just a "high school" that you would leave at 16 - "private" universities, unusual concept, are they places for rich, but not too bright students?)
I have been completely mystified by some words (allegedly English) I've never heard, and aren't in my serious English-Italian dictionaries. "Crosswalk" isn't a demonstration, but a pedestrian crossing/zebra crossing, so I'm wondering whether everyone's always cross -arrabbiato- in the US when they try to get to the other side of a road!!
And as for "ribbet"? Frogs on the other side of the Atlantic make different noises, apparently - British frogs croak, Italian frogs do a similar cra-cra...
It's not so bad with food. If you've ever travelled to Rome, you'll know that waiters decide what your mother tongue is as soon as you enter, and arrogantly assume a menu in Italian will be too challenging for you, therefore presenting you with a badly translated "English" version- as if we didn't eat in Italian restaurants all the time, and as if foreigners were incapable of learning other languages!
Somehow in Italy I guessed correctly the meaning of "eggplant" - its an aubergine - "melanzana", nothing to do with hens and battery farming - and Roman waiters generally assume that even if you make a request in Italian, you won't understand the answer, so reply in translationese.
"Il conto, per favore" can be met by a demand for a cheque! Nobody carries a cheque book any more, most of us have to search the house on the rare occasions that some time traveller from the last century asks for one, and never would you dream of travelling anywhere with such an item. Fortunately, having some Italian, my panic was soon over when I offered my carta di credito or contanti. It does cross my mind that he thought "cheque" was English for "bill", but that was in aftersight.
Just why Europeans on the mainland assume anglophones are incapable of learning other languages is beyond me. UK citizens of my age learned at least French, and if hoping to go to university, Latin. Canadians know Quebec-French. In the US, Spanish is not far behind American as mother tongue.
So, overall, Babbel is good, but perhaps I should have done a crash course in American first. But which American? Even with our 4 nations in UK, misunderstandings arise all the time, even with posh versions - English Standard English is not Scots Standard English, let alone Irish or Welsh English.
Can't say that I am that impressed to be honest! It's really quite boring! The subject matter is of very little interest, tried changing my profile to see if it improved, but didn't! As said before doesn't allow for typos either! Waste of my time and money.
This is less of a review more a suggestion because the app does exactly what it advertises to do. I would suggest to the creators that it doesn't immediately say you are wrong and move on to the next question because it's often a typo that is to blame. It is quite off putting at times, thank you
Well worth the fee, love Babbel!
I had been using duolingo for a long time before starting babbel. Babbel is a lot more detailed and structured, explains the background of grammar etc and uses useful language. Well worth the fee that I paid for the year
Major issues with subscription management
Just installed the Italian, subscribed for 3 months, cancelled auto repeat subscription and now App gets stuck trying to authorise that. So far can't actually use the App. Have had to uninstall and reinstall but the same happens each time. Disappointing and frustrating, especially if the subscription now renews as the cancellation hasn't been acknowledged as cancelled. Be warned.
Good Help For Uni!
I am currently using this app to help me with learning Italian at uni and so far it hasn't failed. Good app, like it a lot.
Used Babbel alongside Duolingo to learn both French and Italian. Enjoyable learning, good value and great results. Now working in France and I visit Italy most weeks. Being able to communicate with locals makes life more enjoyable.
Auto renew scam after a year
So they just took money off me with the application auto renew scam. If it not a scam why would you have it set to auto renew without asking up front. Bad bad bad company
By Vision Sect
Great app, simple and enjoyable to use.