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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. 
HQBerlin, DE
Employee Ratings3.6

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Employees (est.) (Mar 2019)558(+4%)
Job Openings48

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
New York, US
New York, NY, USA
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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 Online and Social Media Presence

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babbel Blogs

Academic Study Shows Motivated Babbel Learners Improve Speaking Skills, Grammar and Vocabulary

Despite the commercial success and growing ubiquity of language learning apps, little information is available on app users’ real-world learning outcomes. Babbel is committed to providing transparency on how dedicated learners can improve their speaking skills. This is why we recently teamed up with…

Start the career as a Software Engineer

One year ago I changed my career from a Recruiter to a Junior Software Engineer. The path was long and challenging but it was worth it! I am happy to share my experience by giving the answers to the most popular questions I get. Why I decided to change my career There is no short answer, just…

The significance of giving back to open-source

Companies should encourage and allocate time for their engineers to be able to contribute back to open-source. It does not only improve the product that they are contributing back to, but enhances the feeling of self-worth which in turn has a big positive impact on the well being of the engineers an…

Spanish for Surfers: A Babbel User’s Journey in South America

Christian Reiher (34) lives in Berlin and is a mathematician – and a passionate surfer. Since he started with the sport as a teen in England, he’s been hooked. Christian can often be found at his Berlin surf club, Surfer’s Connection Berlin, or at surf spots around the world. Recently he was in Cent…

Testing global event listeners within a React component

Although many developers working with React consider it an anti-pattern, occasionally, there is the need to listen and react to an event globally within a React component. As every good developer out there, you probably want to provide a unit test for this functionality. However, while implementing …

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…
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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 558 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.