Babbel is the smart learning system for languages. It is based on the latest technology, modern educational methods and a high fun-factor, making foreign language learning easy and enjoyable. The web and apps offer a interactive and in-depth way to learn a language. In stark contrast to other platforms that are quite regimented and continue to use traditional learning tools such as CD-ROMs, Babbel relies on a mixture of methods combining classic, interactive pronunciation, grammar and listening-comprehension exercises with authentic dialogues from everyday life. Numerous courses for beginners and continuing learners are available. Vocabulary, grammar and review, as well as original, thematically-organized lessons such as Idioms, the Digital World, Politics, Sports or Travel, allow you to learn whatever, however and wherever you want. Designed by a team of software experts and language-instruction professionals at the Berlin-based company Lesson Nine, the courses are always up to date. The success story began in 2007 when four friends from the music software industry noticed that it was not possible to learn languages on the internet. Originally, the idea had been to provide a tool for mixing music online. 
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HQBerlin, DE
Size (employees)536 (est)+2%
babbel is headquartered in Berlin, DE
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Key People/Management at babbel

Markus Witte

Markus Witte

Boris Diebold

Boris Diebold

Chief Technology Officer
Martin Kutter

Martin Kutter

Thomas Holl

Thomas Holl

Chief Strategy Officer
Arne Schepker

Arne Schepker

Chief Marketing Officer
Julie Hansen

Julie Hansen

Chief Executive Officer US
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babbel Office Locations

babbel has offices in Berlin and New York
Berlin, DE (HQ)
Bergmannstr. 5
Berlin, DE
2 Max-Beer-Straße
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babbel Financials and Metrics

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babbel total Funding

$32 m

babbel latest funding size

$22 m

Time since last funding

4 years ago

babbel investors

babbel's latest funding round in July 2015 was reported to be $22 m. In total, babbel has raised $32 m
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babbel Operating Metrics

babbel's Paying Subscribers was reported to be 3 m in Nov, 2018.
Y, 2016Nov, 2018

Paying Subscribers

1 m3 m
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babbel Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
LingoVenturaNovember 29, 2018
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babbel Blogs

Babbel Neos: the story of eight new junior engineers at Babbel

Babbel Neos was born in May 2018: a Berlin-based, salaried engineering training program for applicants from unconventional, non-computer-science backgrounds. Our target? The aspiring developer who might find it difficult to get a job, otherwise. Through the program we cultivated a mentoring culture …

Learning with Babbel develops Spanish speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills

Babbel, the world’s top-grossing language learning app, today released results of an academic study, “Learning Spanish with Babbel”1 conducted in collaboration with a research team at Michigan State University (MSU). The study evaluated the effectiveness of Babbel’s pedagogical method, providing emp…

Signing OkHttp requests with the AWS V4 signing algorithm

A lot of companies nowadays depend on services provided by Amazon. Babbel is no exception. Calling these services through Http usually requires the requests to be signed. Although Amazon provides a vast amount of libraries that handle this for you, sometimes you need to use your own. Maybe the level…

A Couple of Takeaways from the (European Women in) Tech Conference

On November 28-29, a fellow engineer from the Payment team, Karen, and I attended the European Women in Tech Conference in Amsterdam. It was my first tech conference and it was definitely the first event I have ever attended where the only males to be seen were cameramen and members of staff 🤭 On…

From documentation to empowerment

This is the second in a series of blog posts entitled “How We Work” in which we share with you how we work in Engineering @ Babbel. Without history, there is no future. To effectively make technical decisions we need to share a common understanding on the context in which we work. Thus, we ne…

Making the Learning Journey Real: Babbel Moves Into Language Travel

Babbel, the world’s top-grossing language learning app, today announces that it will launch into the language travel market in 2019. The company wants to connect language learners with a curated selection of international language schools by creating an international booking platform. First steps ha…
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babbel Company Life and Culture

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babbel Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are babbel key executives?

    babbel's key executives are Markus Witte, Boris Diebold and Martin Kutter.

  • How many employees does babbel have?

    babbel has 536 employees.

  • Who are babbel competitors?

    Competitors of babbel include Mrs Wordsmith, Newsela and Speak Languages.

  • Where is babbel headquarters?

    babbel headquarters is located at Bergmannstr. 5, Berlin.

  • Where are babbel offices?

    babbel has offices in Berlin and New York.

  • How many offices does babbel have?

    babbel has 3 offices.