Babbel vs. Gymglish: which is best?

Launched in 2008, Babbel is an online language course platform (currently offering training in 14 languages). Babbel is available on computers, phones and tablets.

The Babbel method

Babbel offers short grammar and vocabulary exercises. The application has more than 1,100 lessons, with a choice of several themes (business, international relations, culture, etc.). Each lesson is made up of an interactive audio lesson (featuring grammar and vocabulary exercises) followed by an optional review section.

The learning method includes a variety of exercises. Learners can choose to listen to authentic sentences by native speakers and repeat them using a speech recognition system. As the learner progresses through the lessons, the level of difficulty increases.

Once a lesson is completed, learners have access to review sheets which they can review as many times as they wish. From their user space, learners can track their progress and statistics and review their previous mistakes.

The Babbel method is based on:

  • Long-term memorization: a revision tool that uses spaced repetition technology to consolidate what has been learned.
  • Microlearning: short lessons of 15 minutes per day.
  • Personalized content adapted to the user’s mother tongue to make learning easy.

The Gymglish method

Since 2004, Gymglish has been offering fun, adaptive online lessons for languages and more, based on regular sessions to optimize long term gains and memorization. There’s no use developing wonderful educational tools if they aren’t used. Gymglish motivates and encourages its users to continue their progress by making e-learning as fun as possible.

Click here to find out more about Gymglish’s approach.

Babbel Features

  • Language skills tested: listening, reading and speaking (with speech recognition system)
  • Spaced learning which allows users to revise grammar and vocabulary points 
  • Microlearning technology: short daily learning sessions (no more than 15 minutes)
  • Learners can choose personalized topics and themes
  • Access to revision sheets for vocabulary and grammar
  • Community: users can interact in a forum

Gymglish Features:

  • Language skills tested: reading, listening and writing
  • Innovative learning technologies: adaptive learning, spaced learning, and microlearning to ensure retention of knowledge over time
  • End-of-training learning report with statistics on learner’s level, progress and participation
  • Access to a User Space which includes latest lessons and corrections, areas of interest, statistics on each learner’s level, progress and participation rate, etc.
  • Fun and engaging content to keep users motivated
  • Cultural references at the end of each lesson (films, series, songs, quote, etc.)
  • Free level assessment
  • Personalization of lessons according to each learner’s level, strengths and weaknesses.

Find out more about the Gymglish features.

Babbel: for which level?

The platform is designed for beginner and intermediate levels and isn’t suitable for advanced learners. Babbel enables users to reach level B1 on the CEFR scale which corresponds to an intermediate level.

Gymglish: for which level?

Gymglish is suitable for all levels except true beginners and offers a free seven-day trial after which each learner will receive a complete level assessment (containing an outline of their current strengths and weaknesses).

How much does Babbel cost?

Babbel has several pricing offers: €29.99 for 3 months (€9.99/month), €44.99 for 6 months (€7.49/month) or €59.99 for 12 months (€4.99/month).

How much does Gymglish cost?

All Gymglish language course prices are available here

Gymglish vs. Babbel at a glance

Free trialYes (7 days)Yes (7 days)
User languages812
Number of language courses145 language courses
PlatformMobile app / DesktopIOS and Android mobile application / Desktop
Strong pointsMicrolearning
Adaptive learning
Customization of topics
Adaptive learning
Spaced learning
Fun and humorous content
End of training learning report
Personalized pedagogical content
Cultural references
PricesFrom € 4.99 /monthFrom € 14 /month
Subscription period3, 6 or 12 months6 to 36 months
LevelsBeginner and intermediate levelsAll levels, except true beginners (A2 to C2)
Language skills testedReading, listening and speakingReading, listening, writing 

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