We asked 15 of our more hard-working Babbelonians to start learning Spanish with Babbel for 3 weeks. None of them was an expert learner, and few had much free time to devote to language learning. So how did it go?
Turkish in a week? Romanian in an hour? We have made some pretty crazy claims when it comes to language learning. In our Turkish, French, and Romanian challenges, Babbel’s resident language experts came together to see who could get the most advancement in the language in an incredibly short time. And while the results were certainly impressive, these quick learners were language buffs, speakers of 3, 4, 5, or 9 (!) Languages and experts who have strived to master as many languages as possible.
So where does that leave the rest of us? How much progress can I, the average student, really make in their first few weeks of study? As a result, quite a lot.
In November, we did a study that found (surprise) that Babbel is classified as one of the most efficient ways to learn a language. The independent study was conducted by researchers at New York City University (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina, and evaluated the overall effectiveness of Babbel’s Spanish courses, examining the progress of 391 randomly selected students and evaluating the participants’ knowledge of Spanish in The beginning and end of the study.
So what did they discover? It turns out that novice users with no knowledge of Spanish only need about 15 hours of study over a two-month period with Babbel to cover the requirements of a beginner Spanish university semester! Not bad, huh? (Actually, that’s really good.)
To test these findings ourselves, we asked 15 of our more hard-working Babbelonians to learn Spanish with Babbel for three weeks. None of them was an expert learner, and few had much free time to devote to language learning.
Although the results were somewhat mixed, the consensus is still to come: three weeks with Babbel is enough time to start speaking a new language. Here, we take a look at some of the study’s key findings and see if the experiences of our language learners reflect the results.