The chat rooms are a quick and easy way to be exposed to another language, but for more serious learners, I would recommend the Tandem feature. Tandem is when the user teams up with a native speaker who desires to learn the user’s language and vice-versa. The pair communicates through messages, completing activities, then correcting each other’s work.
Babbel’s company is located in the Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg. The young company with all of its founders under 40 years of age was started in 2008 due to the growing trend of learning on the Internet.
Babbel is a fabulous way to learn, but also a great place to just dink around. With that in mind, I would recommend the site to anyone, not just people interested in learning languages. It is an amusing place to just explore but stay away from the creepers.
I would not recommend it as primary tool for serious language learners but it is a great supplement for learning and a playful way to break down borders. It would be shame to not take advantage of the free knowledge on Babbel.