Online language courses for the web and smartphones
Babbel offers courses that focus on building vocabulary, listening and speaking skills.
PROS: In addition to taking courses on Babbel, users can take advantage of the social network component to message other learners, post help requests and even make travel connections. The site offers an introductory five-lesson course for free.
CONS: You’ll have to pay their monthly fee of $12.95 (as of 11/14) or less for a pre-paid monthly or annual subscription. Babbel courses are
boring simple and reminiscent of Rosetta Stone. The speaking component is picky and does not accurately assess spoken language.