How many times have you said to yourself "I'd really love to learn a new language, but I just don't have the time"? Ten? Fourty? Three-hundred-twelve? Well, good news - you can learn the basics of a new language as you have time, all on your mobile, thanks to a series of new apps from Babbel.

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Babbel helps you learn a new language using similar methods to that parents and teachers use to teach children how to speak - by association. It shows you the item, shows the word, and speaks the word aloud, so there's never any question on how to pronounce said word.

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Babbel is already available in a variety of languages, including Spanish, English, Polish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Turkish, Indonesian, Swedish, and Dutch. All of the mobile apps are free, but if you wish to take your learning to the next level, you can also sign up for additional lessons on Babbel's website.

Babbel Store on Google Play

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  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I've been playing with the Spanish app this morning, and it's probably the best language learning app I've used so far. Very easy and impressive for what they're offering for free (which is pretty much the whole app and all the vocabulary).

    Love the feature that gives you a score based on how you say words you're learning (via speed-to-text).

    I'd like to clarify something, since I was confused about this at first. All the vocab packs in the app are indeed free, as long as you register with your first name and email. There is nothing to buy in the Android app at all, nothing hidden - all downloads are open. The only thing they charge for is if you want to use their site and go for the full course.

    I don't feel excited about language apps, but this is one of the times I do.

    • scott

      Thanks for mentioning this, I'll be checking this out.

  • Matt

    Wow, those are huge! Have to wait till the new SD card arrives from Amazon...

  • http://tamakun.livejournal.com Tamakun

    Unfortunately, no Japanese. That one always seems to be left out...

    • Lumy

      Probably because it uses Hiragana/Kanji. The languages offered all use Latin alphabets if I'm not wrong...

  • http://androidtipguys.com/2012/03/contest-signup-for-the-androidtipguys-newsletter-to-enter/ Tim (AndroidTipGuys)

    Gonna have to give this one a try! Been wanting to brush up on my Spanish anyhow!

  • Al

    Gotta pay if you want to try your pronunciation

  • http://www.babbel.com/mobile Dari

    No, you don't have to pay. Our Android apps are for free! To be able to download additional vocabulary packages and use the review manager, you will need a free Babbel account. You can create your personal Babbel account directly on the app. This is absolutely FREE.

    Babbel Mobile team

  • Sinistar83

    For some reason the format for this reminds me of the "Rosetta Stone" apps for the PC (at least from what I remember in the demo, where it shows the 4 panels of phrases with pictures). Not that it's a bad thing getting a RS experience equivalent on the phone for free. :)

    Also has anyone has anyone had issue with pronunciation? I downloaded the Dutch app and it didn't recognize like half of the words. I'm using Galaxy nexus and I even fiddled with the mic settings in the app and set it about 15%.. It helped some but some words I had to toally skip

  • maria

    can you download the babbel app to the nook color?