Funding Received
$10 Million in 2 Rounds from 5 Investors
Most Recent Funding
$10 Million Series B on March 26, 2013
Babbel is a free language learning system that offers an interactive and in-depth way to learn a language.
Language Learning, Apps, Education

Company Details


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.

Current Team (5)


Past Team (1)


Funding Rounds (2) - $10M


Board Members and Advisors (2)


Products (1)


Acquisitions (2)


Investors (5)


Offices/Locations (1)

  • Lesson Nine GmbH

    Bergmannstr. 5

    Berlin, 10961


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