There's No Babbel Greek But Here Are Some Better Options
- Donovan NagelTeacher, translator, polyglot🎓 B.A., Theology, Australian College of Theology, NSW🎓 M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of New England, NSW
Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator. Founder of The Mezzofanti Guild and Talk In Arabic.
Babbel currently does not offer Greek.
As one of the most popular and well-marketed language apps, Babbel has been extremely successful with other major European languages, but hasn’t yet provided us with an option for Ελληνικά.
As for Greek, the good news is that despite there being no Babbel Greek yet, there are some excellent alternatives available. I’ve listed a few of the best ones below, and you can also take a look at our beginner guide for learning Greek.
Also, if you’re learning Koine or Ancient Greek, see my list of best books to learn Koine Greek.
Here are the best available alternatives:
GreekPod101 is arguably the most popular online resource for learning Greek (especially listening comprehension). It’s definitely very different to the style you see in Babbel but it’s the best available substitute by far.
GreekPod101 uses podcast lessons to teach Greek.
Lessons are suitable for beginners through more advanced levels, with content being regularly updated.
The instruction not only includes listening skills but also incorporates essential vocabulary and grammar with loads of other useful features.
The best part about GreekPod101 is that it’s very inexpensive with the price starting around $4 per month (cheaper than Babbel).
2. Mondly Greek
Mondly is still quite new and is growing in popularity for Greek and many other languages.
It’s become a close contender to Babbel and uniquely offers VR (virtual reality) learning as well.
Mondly is much closer in style to Babbel so it might be a great alternative option for those wanting a close substitute for Babbel Greek.
It’s a very well-designed web app and the course content is enjoyable.
Mondly Greek is available to use as both a web and mobile app.
Everyone’s heard of Pimsleur by now which also includes Greek.
Pimsleur is an audio-only, SRS (spaced-repetition) language course so it’s quite different to Babbel in its approach.
The lessons focus on practical vocabulary and expressions one might need in various scenarios. This includes greetings, common phrases, and vocabulary you might need when visiting Greece.
The Pimsleur method prepares you for the necessary Greek you need to get by in your travels in a short period of time (see this Pimsleur review).
You have the option of buying the course outright or subscribing online as you would with Babbel Greek (very inexpensive option).
Despite there being no Babbel Greek, you still have great alternatives
Hopefully you found that helpful.
Definitely incorporate italki into your Greek study as well, since it’s the best place available for connecting with Greek teachers and other learners. There are some outstanding Greek teachers on there at low hourly rates.
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