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$7.45per month
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$10per lesson

Babbel vs Lingoda


Babbel is the world’s best selling language app with 10 million purchased subscriptions. It teaches common words and phrases and then immerses you in simulated conversation to practice them. Recordings of native speakers and advanced voice recognition help to hone your accent, and culture and grammar tips bring the language into context. A review manager tracks your progress and with Babbel Live you can receive small group tuition.

Lingoda connects you with approved native speaking teachers to help you get fluent fast. Live online lessons are available 24/7. Class sizes are between 3-5 students so the learning experience is very immersive and with plenty of individual real-time feedback. Though there is a strong focus on speaking and listening, grammar, reading and writing are covered.

  • Covers all elements of language learning - speaking, listening, reading and writing plus grammar explanations and exercises
  • Personalized learning paths and a review manager to help identify weaknesses
  • Provides access to native speaking teachers through Babbel live 
  • Regularly updated content and a focus on practical, real-life conversations
  • Available on both web and mobile platforms
  • Culture Bites and Babbel Magazine promote cultural savviness
  • Integrated podcast series promotes language immersion
  • Live teaching from qualified native speaking teachers to help you get fluent fast
  • Covers speaking, listening, reading and writing with a proven track record for developing fluency
  • Lessons contain puzzles and games and downloadable materials to help cement learning
  • 24/7 lessons you can fit around your busy life
  • More immersive than conventional apps due to small class size and live teaching
  • Different levels are available and the option for 1-1 tuition enable you to personalize lessons 100% to your needs
  • Lessons cover useful and relevant topics and content is regularly updated
  • Certification for each Common European Framework (CEFR) level you complete
  • Cashback opportunities with Sprint or Super Sprint
  • Pacing is a little slow at times
  • Fewer languages than its competitors and only one Asian language (Indonesian)
  • Minor interface annoyances with the desktop version
  • Potential lack of consistency due to rotation of instructors
  • Someone struggling can put the whole class behind
  • Only four languages available
Best for

Best for: Babbel is a comprehensive language learning platform that’s great for a wide range of learners. That said, I’d say Babbel is best for those wanting to learn a new language from scratch or looking to improve their intermediate skills. It will especially suit people who want to learn flexibly in short bursts and those interested in joining small live tutorial groups.

Best for: Anyone who prefers live, face to face learning and is from beginner to more advanced ability in the target language. And if you’re not sure of your level, you can take Lingoda’s placement test. Lingoda is also suitable for those who have busy lives as you can fit classes around your own schedule.


From $7.45 per month

From $10 per lesson

Number of users

10 mlllion subscriptions sold



Overall: Babbel is an excellent choice if you want to learn a new language efficiently and effectively. Its well-designed lessons, practical approach, and customizable learning paths make it a great tool for gaining real-world language skills. Babbel Live instructor-led classes provide a more immersive experience for anyone serious about language learning. Combine Babbel’s curated courses with the Babbel Live classes and you’ll be speaking your target language in no time at all.

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Overall: A great and authentic way to learn a new language (or pick one up where you left off) that gets you speaking and reading in no time at all. I found Lingoda to be very effective and started learning, speaking and understanding from the very first lesson.

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Supported languages

Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Indonesian, and English for non-native speakers.

German, Spanish, French, English and English for business


Babbel was founded in Germany in 2007 as the world’s first language-learning app. It’s now the best selling, with over 10 million purchased subscriptions. It has a strong focus on intuitive lessons that center on learning a new language through real-life conversations

Babbel’s methods have been developed by 150+ language experts and the platform now has 13,000+ hours of content across 14 languages. It uses proven techniques that move new vocabulary through all your brain’s memory stages before cementing it into long-term memory.

In a study of Babbel’s teaching methods by , researchers found that 100% of participants improved their language proficiency by a statistically significant margin

All Babbel’s courses are unique and take into account the similarities and differences between ‘language pairs’. That is, your native language and the one you’re learning. This accelerates progress and helps develop cultural sensitivity.

Babbel also provides customized experiences that adjust to your progress and preferred way of learning. It recently added live instructor-led classes to create a more immersive and interactive experience for anyone serious about language learning.

Lingoda was founded in 2013 by Felix and Fabian Wunderlich. Initially it offered 1-1 German tuition over Skype. It now teaches 4 languages, has 120k+ learners, 1.9k certified native speaking teachers and teaches over 562k classes every year.

All Lingoda courses are based on levels set by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This provides an approved standard for identifying language proficiency. Each level contains several lessons which target writing, reading, listening and speaking. The levels cover A1.1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced). Lingoda has a team of in-house experts on linguistics who have put together all of the course material with the aim to get you speaking fluently faster.

Also, the 24/7 availability of a real life tutor is a game changer when it comes to language learning. 97% of users say they found Lingoda better than other language learning providers.

How it works

Babbel is a subscription service available on both desktop and mobile, providing portability if you want to learn on the go. Lessons are self paced so you can fit learning around your schedule.

Core lessons are arranged by Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels. Additional lessons are grouped by language-specific skills and themes so you can pick and choose based on what you want to develop. This combo of both structured and flexible approaches lets you progress through the material in a logical but personalized manner.

The Babbel method:

  • Is grounded in real-world conversations to get you speaking right away
  • Promotes cross over learning by building grammar and vocabulary in each new language using “language pairs”. That is, similarities and differences between your native language and the one you’re learning
  • Supports learning by teaching you in your preferred style, be it by reading, writing, speaking, seeing or listening
  • Trains your brain to learn constantly with spaced repetition, periodic prompts and reviews 
  • Uses audio dialogue examples recorded with native speakers (not bots)

    You’ll also learn about the history of your target language, discover recipes and songs, and gain tons of helpful cultural tips.

Babbel tracks your progress and displays it on a leaderboard. This gamified approach encourages healthy competition among learners and makes language learning more motivating.

To get started you simply select the language you want to learn and answer some questions about why and how you want to learn, how much time you’re willing to commit each week, your age range and where you heard about Babbel.  You then either select a subscription or scroll down the page for a free trial.

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To get started with Lingoda, you just click ‘Start Free Trial’ and answer a few questions about why you want to learn your target language, what you hope to achieve and how much time you can commit to.

You then choose the plan that most suits you, go ahead and book some lessons and start learning! You take each class with up to four other learners over Zoom. Your tutor will not only be a native speaker of your chosen language, but also a qualified teacher. The idea is that live classes taught by native speakers are more immersive and will make you more fluent and accurate.

Tutors often introduce a topic, or ask you direct questions, in the target language. While this may seem hard to begin with, it gets you thinking in that language and you’ll be surprised how quickly this becomes easy!

This will improve your fluency and accuracy because your brain is actively engaging with the language rather than passively taking it in.

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What a lesson is like

  • Self-paced lessons that teach new material through context-based exercises
  • Easy-to-understand grammar instruction 
  • Voice-recognition software to perfect your accent
  • Babbel Live virtual instructor-led classes

Lessons take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and are broken down into bite sized chunks.

Babbel introduces you to new vocabulary through context-based exercises, accompanied by images and native-speaker audio. This helps you memorize the vocabulary and understand how to use it in real-life situations. A combination of matching, fill-in-the-blank, sorting, writing and speaking exercises are mixed in with cultural and grammar tips.

Babbel's speaking lessons utilize voice recognition technology. You mimic a native speaker’s  pronunciations and get instant feedback to help you perfect your accent.

Babbel also offers Babbel Live, which features live group classes led by certified language teachers. These sessions allow you to practice newly acquired skills with fellow students, receive real-time feedback, and engage in conversation.

Level A1.1 lessons (aimed at beginners) all begin with a link to Zoom where everyone introduces themselves.

You don’t need to show your face if you’re not comfortable doing that. You just need your microphone on to speak.Class sizes are small (3-5) so your turn to actively take part will come round quickly.

The tutor will take you through that lesson’s worksheet (which you can download prior to the lesson). But lessons are mostly interactive with opportunities to:

  • Speak and read phrases aloud with feedback to help pronunciation
  • Translate phrases
  • Engage in conversation with the help of help of flashcards, scripted dialogue, etc
  • Learn from questions asked by the group
  • Pick up new vocabulary with picture clues and real life examples
  • Complete puzzles and play games to reinforce understanding
  • And always get instant feedback

    Lessons last for one hour. This might seem like a long time, but in my experience they fly by and the interactive nature of the course keeps you engaged.

Who is it good for?

Babbel is an appealing and versatile language learning platform that’s great for a wide range of learners. That said, I’d say Babbel is best for the following learners:

Anyone who’s:

  • Learning a new language from scratch
  • Keen to improve their intermediate skills in another language
  • Interested in applying language-learning to real-life scenarios
  • Keen to join regular small group live tutorials
  • Appreciates short, sharp bite sized lessons
  • Needing to learn flexibly on any device

The Lingoda learning style would suit anyone who’s:

  • Looking to learn a new language from scratch
  • Has some grasp of a language and wants to improve
  • Learns best either 1 to 1 or in a class setting
  • Wants to improve their conversational skills

    While Lingoda would be ideal for anyone who’s always wanted to start learning a new language it will also suit those who are proficient but want to improve.

Right away Lingoda will have you speaking, reading aloud and improving your conversational capabilities in your chosen language.

  • Flexible learning with offline mode
  • Personalized approach
  • Speech recognition technology for pronunciation practice
  • Babbel Live virtual group classes with certified teachers and native speakers
  • Review Manager for reinforcing learned content
  • Regularly updated content to ensure freshness
  • Podcast series to aide language immersion
  • Gamification
  • Cultural insights and grammar tips
  • Personalized live learning
  • Direct contact with native speakers
  • Immersion
  • Fun, interactive lessons that touch all learning styles
  • Flexible learning
  • 1-1 tuition 
  • Super intense programs to get fluent fast
Is it worth it?

On balance, Babbel has a lot going for it if you want to learn a new language.

For a start, it’s more than just an app for acquiring vocabulary and phrases. It integrates cultural understanding into its programs because Babbel understands that language and culture are closely tied. An understanding of how a different culture works helps you learn the mechanics of the language associated with it.

Likewise, Babbel's grammar explainers ease you into complex concepts, whereas other apps rely on you learning grammar intuitively by constantly seeing it used in context.

And the addition of Babbel Live virtual classes addresses the shortcomings of purely pre-set programs. They're engaging, effective, affordable and absolutely no limit on the number you take.

The pacing and structure of core lessons may not be to everyone’s taste and may feel a little repetitive. But they could be ideal for time starved students who need to squeeze in some language learning into their daily hustle and bustle. And the Explore tab is always there in case you get a bit burnt out on the meat and potatoes in the primary lessons.

And while Babbel may not cater to all the Asian language enthusiasts out there, it's a goldmine for Euro-language lovers.

And with the free trial and generous refund policy, there’s really no reason not to give it a shot.

In a word: Yes.

If you’ve been wanting to learn (or improve your knowledge of) one of the four languages available on Lingoda, then it is absolutely worth considering.

Live teaching from certified tutors who are native speakers can really help you get results. Lingoda’s emphasis on in person learning -- something that sets them apart from other providers -- will have your conversational, listening and grammar skills up to a better standard in no time!

And if you have a busy lifestyle or no consistency in your schedule, the fact you can book lessons to suit your needs is so handy.

On top of this, you can book one to one classes or go for the Lingoda Sprint or Super Sprint program if you want to try and get fluent in 2 months. If you follow the Sprint guidelines carefully, Lingoda provides the opportunity to get some or even all of your money back.

I personally benefited hugely from Lingoda. It really helped me to bring my French back up to a passable standard. I haven’t felt this confident in speaking/reading French since school!

In terms of its price, I think Lingoda is worth it. If your goal is to reach a conversational level, you’ll only need a few months with Lingoda to achieve that.

Lingoda offers a free 7 day trial and I would strongly suggest you see what it’s like for yourself as you have nothing to lose!