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Babbel, the popular subscription-based language learning service, today announced that it has acquired Toucan, the well-funded language learning browser extension. Toucan, it turns out, wound down as a company earlier…

Babbel acquires language learning browser extension Toucan

Babbel, the popular subscription-based online language learning service, today announced a couple of updates about its U.S. businesses — the Berlin-based company’s largest market by overall revenue and its fastest-growing…

Babbel brings its B2B language learning service to the US

Berlin-based language learning service Babbel was supposed to IPO on the Frankfurt stock exchange in late September. But only a few days before the initial listing the company pulled the…

Despite scrapped IPO, Babbel sees fast growth for its language learning service

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Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It has a popular and meme-ified mascot in the form of the owl Duo, a creative and engaging product, and ambitious plans for expansion.There’s just…

8:00 am PDT • May 3, 2021
Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Babbel, the Berlin-based language-learning platform, today announced that it is now going well beyond its core app-based learning service and is introducing live classes. Capped at six students, these conversation-driven…

Language-learning service Babbel adds live classes, games and more

Fluent Forever, a startup that uses a novel learning system to help its users master a new language faster, has raised a $4.9 million funding round led by Denver-based Stout…

Fluent Forever raises $4.9M for its language learning system

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Podcast advertising has a business intelligence gap

Widespread misinformation and misconceptions are delaying ad revenue growth for podcast creators, publishers and networks.

11:46 am PDT • October 8, 2020
Podcast advertising has a business intelligence gap

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Duolingo CEO explains language app’s surge in bookings

Language learning apps, like many educational technology platforms, soared when millions of students went home in response to safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. It makes sense: Everyone became an online learner in some capacity, and for non-frontline workers, each day became an opportunity to squeeze in a new skill (beyond sourdough). So why not…

12:43 pm PDT • September 29, 2020
Duolingo CEO explains language app’s surge in bookings

Babbel, the popular Berlin-based online language learning service, today announced that it has now sold a total of 10 million subscriptions to its service. For a language learning service, that’s…

Language learning service Babbel says it has now sold over 10M subscriptions

The latest startup to see an uplift in inbound interest flowing from the remote work boom triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is Berlin-based Everphone, which sells a “mobile as a…

As remote work booms, Everphone grabs ~$40M for its ‘device as a service’ offer

Babbel, the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students…

Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

Babbel, the popular Berlin-based language learning service, today announced that its founder and current co-CEO Markus Witte is stepping down from his CEO role but that he will remain the…

Founder of language learning platform Babbel steps down as co-CEO to focus on board role

In the world of online language learning, there are basically two heavyweights: Duolingo and Babbel. Duolingo is betting on a freemium model and a strong focus on using algorithms to…

Language learning app Babbel sold 1M US subscriptions this year, moves into language travel

The slow and steady rise of Babbel has been impressive on many fronts. The company is now managing the top-grossing language learning app in the world. That’s why I’m excited…

Babbel CEOs to talk about language and startup lessons at Disrupt Berlin

The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one of the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named…

Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

Language learning service Babbel is one of Berlin’s quiet startup success stories. While it was once on the brink of shutting down, today it’s a thriving company with hundreds of…

Germany’s Duolingo competitor Babbel sets its sights on the US

The Berlin- and New York-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has raised a $22 million funding round led by Scottish Equity Partners. Other participants in this round…

Babbel Raises $22M Series C Round For Its Language Learning Service

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…

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

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…

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

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,…

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…

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…

[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…

[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…

[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…

Babbel Language Site Dumps Freemium, Goes Subscription

2:28 am PST • November 10, 2009

[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…

Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language

6:16 pm PST • January 14, 2008

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…