How was Babbel founded in 2007

Speak languages,
like you always wanted

Babbel was founded in 2007 and is the world's most successful language learning app with millions of paying customers. A team of 750 members from over 50 nations works in Berlin and New York every day to make language learning possible for everyone. In 2016, Babbel was also recognized as the most innovative company in the education sector.

Our professionally created courses provide everyday content that can be used immediately. Our promise: speak your new language the way you always wanted to. And it works. 73% of Babbel users feel ready for a first conversation after just five hours with Babbel.

Success with professional learning content

Babbel combines linguistic research with the latest technology. More than 150 language experts develop learning content of the highest quality and always taking realistic scenarios into account. We now deliver over 10,000 hours of learning content in 14 languages ​​from Spanish to Indonesian.

From native speakers for native speakers

Babbel is the only product in the world that tailors learning content individually to your native language. Grammar and vocabulary are taught based on similarities between your language of study and your mother tongue. All audio examples and dialogues contained in the Babbel app are also spoken by real native speakers and not by automated computer voices. This leads to correct, authentic pronunciation.

Learn how it suits you

Babbel trains your brain to learn continuously and efficiently, and appeals to all different types of learners. Regardless of whether you prefer to write, read, speak or listen - scientific methods enable you to effectively absorb what you have learned and store it in your long-term memory. The most important thing, however, is that Babbel gets you to really speak your new language very quickly. Because that is the greatest motivation for every learner.

Success with professional learning content

Babbel combines linguistic research with the latest technology. More than 150 language experts develop learning content of the highest quality and always taking realistic scenarios into account. We now deliver over 10,000 hours of learning content in 14 languages ​​from Spanish to Indonesian.

From native speakers for native speakers

Babbel is the only product in the world that tailors learning content individually to your native language. Grammar and vocabulary are taught based on similarities between your language of study and your mother tongue. All audio examples and dialogues contained in the Babbel app are also spoken by real native speakers and not by automated computer voices. This leads to correct, authentic pronunciation.

Learn how it suits you

Babbel trains your brain to learn continuously and efficiently, and appeals to all different types of learners. Regardless of whether you prefer to write, read, speak or listen - scientific methods enable you to effectively absorb what you have learned and store it in your long-term memory. The most important thing, however, is that Babbel gets you to really speak your new language very quickly. Because that is the greatest motivation for every learner.

The focus: our learners

Babbel is a premium product with no advertising. We work directly for our learners - not for third parties. And if you have any questions, our fast and competent customer service is available to you by phone, email and online chat.

Our management team

Arne Schepker

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Holl

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Julie Hansen

Chief Executive Officer US & Chief Revenue Officer

Markus Witte

Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

Hermione McKee

Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Stead

Chief Product Officer

Miriam Plieninger

VP Educational Strategy

Deepa Miglani

VP Performance Marketing

Bjorn Maack

VP International Growth

Steven Meyers

SVP Growth Marketing US