Both courses offer grammar and vocabulary practice through a number of short, self-paced activities. The key differences between the two resources are:
- Babbel’s lessons have a stronger focus on grammar, while Busuu doesn’t cover the area in as much depth.
- Busuu offers more varied exercise types. Babbel features many different exercises, but it favors repetition, and structure doesn’t change much.
- Busuu’s unique community feature offers a social aspect to language learning that Babbel doesn’t have.
As Babbel and Busuu are fairly similar in their offerings, it’s not possible to recommend one over the other as a universal preference. It’s worth looking at your own learning style and requirements for an online language course when deciding which of the two is most suited to you.
Another point worth mentioning is that Busuu’s Chinese course was of much lower quality than their courses for other languages. As such, this led to them receiving a lower overall rating when we reviewed their courses. So, if you’re considering studying a language that doesn’t use the Latin alphabet, we’d be very hesitant to recommend them.
Babbel doesn’t offer courses for Asain languages which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We appreciate their humility in not attempting to make a course for a language if they can’t do it well. Many language learning resources pump out courses for every language they can while following the exact same template. Babbel seems to focus on ensuring their courses are well-designed.
The table below highlights some of our favorite resources based on the language you want to learn.