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  • Language Startup Babbel Closes $10M Series B Funding To Expand Globally, Build Team

    Language Startup Babbel Closes $10M Series B Funding To Expand Globally, Build Team

    Things are moving fast in the world of Babbel, the language learning startup out of Germany which has been scaling its international presence since we first started covering them back in 2009. Today Babbel is announcing a $10 million Series B funding round led by Reed Elsevier Ventures. Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners as well as existing investors, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft… Read More

  • German Language Learning Startup Babbel Buys Disrupt Finalist PlaySay To Target The U.S. Market

    German Language Learning Startup Babbel Buys Disrupt Finalist PlaySay To Target The U.S. Market

    The world of language learning startups is going international. Today, Berlin-based Babbel, which creates online and mobile-based language learning courses, is buying PlaySay, a TC Disrupt finalist that focused on creating mobile apps that turned the process of learning languages into a game — modelled somewhat loosely on the back-and-forth paired-play concept of “Draw… Read More

  • Babbel adds Indonesian, Polish, Turkish and Dutch to its language learning lineup

    Babbel, the language learning site, has added four new languages to its vocabulary portfolio: Indonesian, Polish, Turkish and Dutch. This brings the total to eleven, joining Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish and English. Delivered via a number of themed lessons such as “Holidays”, “Life in the city”, “Free time”, “Culture”… Read More

  • Babbel introduces speech recognition to aid language learning

    Babbel, the language learning site, has added “realtime” speech recognition to enhance its practical application and enable users to fine-tune their pronunciation skills. This pits the service up against more traditional players such as TellMeMore or Rosetta Stone, says the company. The speech recognition functionality was built in-house – much of the team’s background… Read More

  • Babbel Adds Speech Recognition To Aid Language Learning

    Babbel, the language learning site, has added “realtime” speech recognition to enhance its practical application and enable users to fine-tune their pronunciation skills. This pits the service up against more traditional players such as TellMeMore or Rosetta Stone, says the company. The speech recognition functionality was built in-house – much of the team’s background… Read More

  • Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model

    [Germany] With the revelation last week that the incredibly well funded social networking service Ning was dumping its freemium model to move to a paid-for only offering, it’s perhaps a good time to re-visit European startup Babbel. The Berlin-based language learning site took a similar decision back in November 09, announcing that its then 500,000 users would have to pay up or…… Read More

  • Language learning community busuu.com secures first round

    [Spain/Austria] Last week busuu.com closed their first funding round from an undisclosed Austrian serial angel investor. The total sum is also not clear, but appears to be below €500,000. Busuu.com is a two year old, online community based language learning startup, launched out of Spain, founded by non-Spaniards, Bernhard Niesner (Austria) and Adrian Hilti (Switzerland). Last December… Read More

  • Old school meets new school – PONS teams with language learning startup busuu.com

    [Spain/Germany] In what looks like a classic example of old media trying to stay relevant in the social web era, PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, has teamed up with Madrid-based startup busuu.com. The free-to-join language learning community now comes with a ‘powered by PONS’ badge in reference to the site’s inclusion… Read More

  • Babbel Language Site Dumps Freemium, Goes Subscription

    [Germany] The new version of Babbel, the language learning startup, is released today, but there’s a sting in the tail for the existing 500,000 users who thought it was a Freemium service: they will now all have to pay to use it. “Babbel is now a paid service. Freemium doesn’t work for us,” confirms managing director Markus Witte. Now only the first part of any given… Read More

  • Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language

    Foreign languages are hard. There’s no shortage of expensive books and systems claiming to teach you how to gab like a native in only a few short lessons. But traditional methods don’t work for most people as well real world experience and continuous practice. A young German startup is helping language students get that practice and experience through their new language… Read More