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Lesson Nine GmbH
Bergmannstr. 5
Berlin, 10961, DEU


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Board Member
Managing Director
Technical Director


PlaySay, 3/2013
FriendsAbroad, 11/2008





Babbel is the smart learning system for languages. It is based on the latest technology, modern educational methods and a high fun-factor, making foreign language learning easy and enjoyable.

The web and apps offer a interactive and in-depth way to learn a language.

In stark contrast to other platforms that are quite regimented and continue to use traditional learning tools such as CD-ROMs, Babbel relies on a mixture of methods combining classic, interactive pronunciation, grammar and listening-comprehension exercises with authentic dialogues from everyday life.

Numerous courses for beginners and continuing learners are available. Vocabulary, grammar and review, as well as original, thematically-organized lessons such as Idioms, the Digital World, Politics, Sports or Travel, allow you to learn whatever, however and wherever you want.

Designed by a team of software experts and language-instruction professionals at the Berlin-based company Lesson Nine, the courses are always up to date.

The success story began in 2007 when four friends from the music software industry noticed that it was not possible to learn languages on the internet. Originally, the idea had been to provide a tool for mixing music online. Lesson Nine founders Thomas Holl and Toine Diepstraten have many years of application development, IT management, community cultivation and interactive media experience. The other two founders, Lorenz Heine, was a co-founder and CFO of Native Instruments, and has extensive entrepreneurial experience in the software industry, while Markus Witte has online marketing and management experience, and a solid academic grounding in language, cultural theory and media. Head of Content Production Miriam Plieninger is an experienced expert and holds a Master’s degrees in language instruction.

Recent Milestones

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    babbel — Babbel launches 11 apps for Windows 8 (10/23/13)
    Posted 3/18/13 at 8:02am
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    babbel added Tony Askew as Board Member. (4/1/13)
    Posted 6/12/13 at 6:09am
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    babbel received $10M in Series B funding. (3/26/13)
    Posted 3/26/13 at 5:42pm via
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    babbel acquired PlaySay. (3/21/13)
    Posted 3/25/13 at 8:09pm via
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    babbel added Marco Zeller as Board Member. (3/1/13)
    Posted 6/12/13 at 6:10am
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    babbel — 15 million users learn a language with Babbel worldwide (3/1/13)
    Posted 3/18/13 at 7:59am
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    babbel — Babbel turns five (1/15/13)
    Posted 3/18/13 at 8:01am
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    babbel — Babbel sees first positive cashflow. Apps for iPhone and Desktop released. (4/19/10)
    Posted 4/19/10 at 3:16am via
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    babbel — Release of Babbel 2.0 (11/10/09)
    Posted 4/19/10 at 3:14am via
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    babbel — Babbel launches first payed service - A spanish course for speakers of German (4/6/09)
    Posted 4/14/09 at 11:57pm via
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    babbel acquired FriendsAbroad. (11/6/08)
    Posted 11/7/08 at 3:45pm via
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    babbel received () in Venture Round funding. (11/6/08)
    Posted 11/7/08 at 3:43pm via
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    babbel — Babbel acquires (11/6/08)
    Posted 4/14/09 at 11:55pm via
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    babbel — VC Funding Series A (7/29/08)
    Posted 4/14/09 at 11:54pm via
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    babbel — Public Beta Launch (1/14/08)
    Posted 7/11/08 at 8:26am via
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    babbel added Toine Diepstraten as R&D, IT Manager.
    Posted 7/11/08 at 8:23am



Babbel presentation

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Learn Spanish with Babbel - interactive video

Added: 11/4/13


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Full featured app for iOS
Launch DateSeptember 24, 2013

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  1. German Language Learning Startup Babbel Buys Disrupt Finalist PlaySay To Target The U.S. Market ( [edit]
  2. Babbel acquires FriendsAbroad in cash deal ( [edit]
  3. Babbel acquires FriendsAbroad in cash deal ( [edit]
  4. Language Startup Babbel Closes $10M Series B Funding To Expand Globally, Build Team ( [edit]
  5. Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language ( [edit]
    Babbel secures funding for language learning ( [edit]
    Babbel acquires FriendsAbroad in cash deal ( [edit]
    When Startups monetize! Babbel starts first paid services ( [edit]
    Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model ( [edit]
    Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model ( [edit]
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