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Babbel for Windows 8 – Five questions for Dari Salimi

Posted on October 23, 2012 by

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Babbel for Windows 8Dari is our product manager for mobile Apps and these days he’s a very sought after man here at Babbel. Nevertheless our Blog author Aishah was able to track him down and ask him a few questions to coincide with the upcoming Babbel for Windows 8 release on 26th October (and the corresponding Babbel for Windows 8 App). Privately Dari is a committed Apple user. Nevertheless he is certainly very happy with the new Apps, especially from a visual perspective.

 

What do you do at Babbel? Do you actually ever get around to learning yourself?

For me it’s more a case of “learning by testing”. But of course a lot of it sticks. I would say my favourite language to learn is Spanish.
I’ve been at Babbel for about a year. When I started here the vocab trainer for iPhone had already been developed. Since then we have optimised the Apps for iPad and also brought one out for Android.

As you say, there is already Babbel for iOS and Android. Why then soon for Windows 8 as well?

Our Apps for iOS and Android are very successful – the subject of learning is not only becoming more and more relevant, but also more popular.  We had the opportunity to take a look at Windows 8 and the technology behind it as part of a collaborative project with Microsoft in Berlin. Coming into direct contact with Microsoft experts tipped the balance. Of course I had already wondered if and when we would start work on an App for Windows 8. But now we are going to be the first provider of a language learning App in the Windows Store, and that’s something we can be very proud of.

What is special about Windows 8?

I find the most interesting aspect is their attempt to join together mobile and stationary usage. Windows 8 doesn’t just support conventional PC use via mouse and keyboard, but also touchscreens, which are most widely distributed among mobile devices. Also the design of the user interface has changed dramatically. For us it is a welcome change, which suits our audiovisual vocab trainers perfectly.

What was it like to collaborate with Microsoft? Was it the start of a beautiful friendship?

It was definitely an enjoyable collaboration, especially since we didn’t just work with a contact person for the business side, but we also had access to a developer at Microsoft. This direct communication made the whole development process much smoother. We are excited to see how things develop, although as yet we haven’t forged any concrete plans. First of all we need to wait and see how Windows 8 and especially the Babbel Apps for Windows 8 are received by the users. The much-loved voice recognition will be added as an update, since for technical reasons we were unable to include it in the release version. A conversion for Windows Phone 8 would likewise be another interesting step. For the time being it will be just for PC and tablet. Another option would be to integrate all of the web-accessible courses into the App. We certainly have a lot to think about.

What can the user expect from the Babbel App for Windows 8?

With the official release all of the eleven Babbel languages will be available as individual Apps in the Windows Store under the category ‘Education’. As far as content and didactics go, we will be staying true to our existing Apps and the Babbel concept. In my opinion our Apps fit really well to the new Windows 8 look. But most of all the user can expect one thing: lots of fun!

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[...] language learning startup Babbel is the first provider of language learning applications for the brand new Windows 8 operating system. Babbel was one of the first startups in the language learning space to bring their courses to [...]

The Babbel Portuguese App for Windows 8 does not work on my new HP pavilion laptop. It loads but then races through a few features and returns to the start screen.

Hello Margaret,

Thanks for your message. Please write an e-mail to support@babbel.com explaining the issue you are encountering, eventually sending a screenshot.

Best wishes,

Flora
Babbel Team

Unluckily, as many other italian (as you can see by the app reviews on windows marketplace and on other internet sites) observe, SOUND DOESN’T WORK, so the app is quite uneseful… :-/

Hello,
thanks for your message, can you please specify which app (for tablet or Phone?) you are referring to? We will check upon it,
thank you,
Flora
Babbel Team

Hi, I downloaded the babbel app for German on my iPhone but the sound doesn’t work, I can’t hear the word but it recognises my voice, the app isn’t very useful without the sound as I need to hear how the word is pronounced. I hope the app can be fixed soon. Thanks

Good afternoon.
I bought an HP pavilion computer with windoes 8 here in mexico. I download babbel for italian lessons, and the videos, sounds, and other parts of the programas doesn´t works.
Actually, the program automatically send me out to my initial page. :( Please help!

Hi Paulina, support@babbel.com can help you.

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