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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TypePrivate
HQBerlin, DE
Size (employees)507 (est)+4%
Websitebabbel.com
babbel is headquartered in Berlin, DE
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Key People/Management at babbel

Markus Witte

Markus Witte

CEO
Boris Diebold

Boris Diebold

Chief Technology Officer
Martin Kutter

Martin Kutter

COO
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

3 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 1 m in Y, 2016.
Y, 2016

Paying Subscribers

1 m
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babbel Blogs

Advanced English, Drawn from the Headlines

Samuel works in Babbel’s Didactics team, designing and optimizing our English courses to deliver the most effective and engaging learning experience possible. With our most recent Advanced English course, the lessons get learners conversant in everything from gender identity, to gentrification and u…

Hackday memories

As the weather changes and Berlin starts getting colder, we started reflecting back on the warm summer day we all retreated out of the office to hack our hearts away working on brand new, exciting ideas at Hackday 2018. On June 7th, 110 Babbelonians (from Engineering, Product, Didactics, Marketing, …

How Babbel’s Language Experts Keep Up Your Motivation

Lena works as an editor for Swedish in Babbel’s Didactics team, the language experts who create our courses. In the second part of her series of articles on the pedagogical considerations that her colleagues engage with every day, Lena delves into the topic of motivation. When it comes to language l…

Why and how to choose reference user stories

For many agile software engineering teams, it is common practice to estimate the complexity of the user stories that they will be working on. Estimation is not an exact science and so they choose t-shirt sizes, story points, or other non-time based scales to account for the uncertainty that is inher…

If you need monitoring, just shout!

AWS provides a lot of low-level monitoring for Lambda functions out-of-the-box: invocations, duration, errors, throttles — you name it. But if you want to monitor aspects of your business domain in CloudWatch, you have to do this yourself. Let’s explore how you can send metrics from Lambda to Cloud…

An Interview with Babbel’s VP of Product, Scott Weiss

Babbel’s VP of Product Scott Weiss is an industry leader in user experience. From learning machine code as a teen to writing the world’s first textbook on mobile user experience, Scott was at the forefront of product design years before the term was coined. Since joining Babbel two years ago, Scott …
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babbel Company Life and Culture

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