There's No Babbel Arabic (Yet) But Try These Courses Instead

avatarMille Larsen
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Are you looking for Babbel Arabic?

Unfortunately, Babbel Arabic is not yet available to those of us trying to learn to speak Arabic. Fortunately, there are some fantastic alternatives for courses and apps which I'll share in just a moment.

Don't know what Babbel is?

Babbel is one of the leading and most well-known courses/apps for learning various popular languages. It's primarily geared toward European languages however, which means that Semitic languages like Arabic are out of the question for now.

Here are my alternatives:

1. Talk In Arabic is the market leader for spoken Arabic dialects (Egyptian, Saudi, Iraqi, Sudanese, Tunisian, Moroccan and Levantine). 8 dialects in total.

But no Modern Standard Arabic.

There's no Babbel Arabic but this is as good as it gets in terms of an alternative resource.

There's all different kinds of lesson types - podcasts, dialogues, videos, vocabulary - and even interactive subtitles so you can slow videos and click on words for definitions and so on.

I highly recommend it.

It's also very inexpensive (about the same price as Babbel) - $12.95 a month.

2. Rocket Arabic

Rocket Arabic (Egyptian dialect) has been around for decades and their Arabic course is quite famous (for good reason). There are millions of Arabic learners on their platform and thousands of verified success stories. I can't recommend their Arabic course enough as an alternative to Babbel Arabic.

They also cover all other major languages.

The Rocket Arabic course goes into extreme detail teaching the Arabic script - both reading and writing - then works through a series of comprehensive lessons from absolute beginner right up to higher levels.

The lessons comprise of literacy (mentioned above), Arabic grammar, podcast-style lessons, and Arabic (Egyptian) culture.

Each lesson includes testing with voice recognition and outstanding audio quality.

Definitely my top Arabic resource and best alternative for those wanting Babbel Arabic.

Pricing varies depending on the payment option you choose. The good news is you can pay once and have forever access (no subscription).

3. ArabicPod101

ArabicPod101 is an excellent alternative for those wishing there was a Babbel Arabic.

It's quite different to Babbel in its style. While Babbel is essentially an app (both mobile and web) that teaches through repetitive exercises and quizzes, ArabicPod101 is a podcast lesson database that uses both audio and video to teach.

You listen to the podcast audio (a conversation between a native speaker and learner), then listen to individual words and sentences, or follow along with notes and transcripts.

ArabicPod101 is very comprehensive and covers a range of practical Arabic situations.

A great alternative to a Babbel Arabic.

4. Pimsleur Arabic

Anyone who's been learning languages sometime over the past few decades has heard of Pimsleur.

While there may not be a Babbel Arabic for quite a while, Pimsleur (Eastern and Egyptian Arabic) is an incredible alternative for learners who prefer to learn with audio (non-visual learners). The course is 100% audio and requires you to carefully listen and "recall" dialogue which is spaced out (Pimsleur's unique spaced-repetition system).

It's amazingly effective which is why it's still one of the premier language courses after so many decades.

Even if there were a Babbel Arabic, I'd still recommend Pimsleur in addition to it.

Pimsleur has become an online subscription course so you can access it online for a very low price (it used to be very expensive).

It's now around $15 a month.

There is no Babbel Arabic but better options exist

I hope these Babbel Arabic alternatives are helpful.

You can also take a look at my resources page for other personal recommendations of mine.