STUDY FINDING #1: “Truly novice users with no knowledge of Spanish need on average 15 hours of study in a two-month period to cover the requirements for one college semester of Spanish.”
WHAT OUR CHALLENGERS SAY: Our participants were definitely novices, and while we didn’t exactly cross-check results with a college Spanish syllabus, it’s pretty clear that they made big gains in a very short amount of time. Plus, they expanded their vocabularies beyond “Quiero burrito.” Muy bien.
STUDY FINDING #2: “The average study time for the final study sample was about 19 hours, or a little over two hours a week.”
WHAT OUR CHALLENGERS SAY: Actually, yes: Our challenge participants spent an average of 2-3 hours per week learning Spanish (not bad for a group holding down full-time jobs). And, as you can see from the videos, these few hours per week were more than enough to really start speaking the language.
STUDY FINDING #3: “The Babbel app works similarly well for people with different gender, age, native language, education, employment status, etc.”
WHAT OUR CHALLENGERS SAY: We got this one in the bag. Challenge participants, who all made pretty similar gains during the challenge, were men and women, speakers of different native languages and had different (though only slightly) levels of education. The thing they have in common (aside from a shared love for Tapatío)? Why, Babbel of course!
Learning a language is about speaking a language, and with the help of Babbel, our novice challenge participants were able to start having conversations in just three weeks time, proving that Babbel is, indeed, the shortest path to a real-life conversation. Period.