It's decent It does work. But duolingo is just as good and it's free (Like this app used to be). I remember using babel when it came out and it was very good even then. So I'm not saying it isn't worth the money, because if duolingo didn't exist then it definitely would be. I would just advise having a choice between an app with a few adverts between lessons or a paid app without them.
Unfair I have difficulty spelling in English as I have slight dyslexia. I certainly cannot spell in Dutch so was totally disheartened at that point and don't see the need to learn in the first 10 mins. Also I've had a lot of exposure to Dutch and would like to know where my pronunciation is wrong. Btw I got my husband who is Dutch to say the words and he failed too.
Not enough Languages. Although it is extremely useful, there aren't that many languages. Additionally, the entire thing is slightly annoying because when I tried to learn German I wanted stuff like 'Good morning' because I find those words hard to get right. I think you should be allowed to say what aspects of a language you find challenging so you only work of the parts you find difficult. By the way, I would love it if you could add in Japanese!
Lost in app Seems good but really hard to find out a good order to make the différents courses. If you have some knowledge in the language is often a repetition of knowledge that you know and loose time to find new things... Any Daily plan, anithing helping to keep the motivation. Babel have to add a masterplan function to help the user learn daily!
Inconsistent Got through part 1 of beginners course in Spanish and i found it bit confusing at times in that it can't decide which forms are correct. E.g. adónde vs a dónde (sometimes one is the correct option, sometimes the other without explanation as to why) plus mistakes in some exercisers (Spanish vs Latin American pronunciation of z and c). For a paid app I'd expect such kinks to be ironed out especially that they're in the first part of the course!
Misleading Looked like it was going to be a great free app but then after you complete lesson one they say you need to pay a subscription fee to do the rest. Very misleading. Don't waste your time.
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