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Babbel on Apple Watch: the era of contextual learning has arrived

Posted on March 10, 2015 by


“Apple Watch is the most personal device we have ever created.” – Tim Cook

As announced on, Babbel will be the first language learning app available on the Apple Watch. The Babbel Watch app enables users to learn new words in real situational contexts in a fun and effective way.

Wearables have been getting a lot of attention for their health and fitness capabilities, but the opportunities created by new technologies for education have largely remained unexplored – until now. We have developed for the Apple Watch a new approach to language learning ​​that adapts to the user’s travel and social contexts.

The revolution of contextual learning

For the first time, users can learn new words in a situational context. The Apple Watch detects the user’s location and offers them the opportunity to learn words related to their surroundings. While sitting in a cafe, for example, users can instantly learn relevant words and easily order a drink in the language of their choice. Later, at the supermarket, they can learn the words for their favorite recipe in one of the 14 languages ​​offered by Babbel.

Automatic detection of useful words while you go about your day

Our app for the Apple Watch opens a new dimension in language learning. Numerous studies have highlighted the benefits of contextual learning: the more we can relate information to a “real” experience, the easier it is to recall. “This new technology opens up new opportunities in language learning”, says Markus Witte, CEO of Babbel “It will allow our users to connect learning and everyday experiences in real time”.

The Babbel team is eager to share more details with you on the innovative learning functionality developed specifically for the Apple Watch – but not before its release in April! It would be a shame to spoil the surprise…



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I own an Android Wear watch. A version for that would be ace.

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We used to call those ‘dictionaries’!

I would call this ‘Insitu’ learning as contextual kearning has a much broadet meaning and applications as much in clasdroom & on-line web based training pedagogical models.

I want to try the apple watch

Really was not considering an iWatch…but this has me reconsidering. Will the Babbel app on the watch require an iPhone to be nearby at all times? Or just a wifi signal nearby at all times? Or will it operate happily independent on the watch?

The nearest thing yet to having an aerial coming out of one ear and a radio signal in our mouth that sounds like we’ve got all the right words ready!

Sounds great, but hopefully there will also be a wearable release for those of us wearing one of the six already available (two more recently announced and many more coming) Android Wear smartwatches. Keep up the great work!

Available on iPad or iPhone?

I wonder, is this also available for iPad and iphone(i5)?

Formidable! I think you’re great Babble.Keep learning and keep instructing. I think you have done amazing things with upgrading your lessons and your approach to using context to help learn languages is brilliant.
Good luck with AppleWatch. I will be wearing one.

I am going to try it. Sounds wonderfull

well done Babbel. Congrats.

I’d be interested in this app with the purchase of an Apple watch.

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