Monthly Archives: May 2009

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Happy Birthday busuuuuuu!

Exactly one year ago, our language learning community busuu.com was launched! It´s amazing how quickly time flies and we are very proud of the development of our little baby during the last year…

By now, more than 100,000 users from over 200 countries have joined our strongly growing community and every day, thousands of users are online in order to improve their language skills.

Just in time for our birthday, we want to inform you about a special offer, a new learning tool and a great new partnership!

1) Special Birthday promotion - 10% off all premium memberships

As a birthday is nothing without a present, we offer all our users a special 10% discount on all our premium memberships.

Just use the promotion code BIRTH2009 when upgrading to a premium account.

This special brithday promotion is only valid from now on until the 14th of June 2009 – so take advantage of this special offer and boost your language skills by enjoying the full range of our learning functionalities!

2) New functionalities – every day new Live Units

busuu.com live unit We just implemented a brand new and absolutely fascinating feature: live units! This video-based learning tool is designed to provide you with interesting videos on a wide range of topics like news, sports, travelling, etc. They are provided by well-known sources such as Reuters, EFE, Deutsche Welle and France 24 and you find them in your language area. The videos are updated automatically, so you get brand new learning material every day!

As a Premium user you can post your opinion on each video and get it corrected by native speakers of our community. In this way you have a tool to improve your listening comprehension and writing skills which is updated on a day-by-day basis!

3) New partnership with Eurolanguages.com – find your language school on busuu.com!

We are very proud to announce that we have joined forces with eurolanguages.com! By now, you are able to find a language school abroad directly via our website. Just go to your language area and you will find a new tab called “language schools”. Within that area, you receive information about more than 80 certified language schools from all over the world. You get details about the location of the school, the courses offered and even an evaluation of the school provided by students who have already studied there. There are no hidden costs so you get exactly the same price as by booking directly with the school – the only difference is that we make finding the right school much easier and more transparent!

This cooperation with eurolanguages.com brings busuu.com another important step closer to our dream to become a “one-stop-shop” for language learners all over the world!

As you can see, there are many reasons to celebrate! So join us in our birthday party and enjoy language learning with our website!

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busuu.com in Top 3 of best website of the year award!

busuu.com has been nominated as Top 3 candidate for the Spanish Award “Premios de Internet” to become the best website of the year! This award is organized by the Spanish Association of Internet users since 1997 and it recognizes websites which have significantly contributed to the development and good use of internet. More than 560 websites applied from all over the world and we are very proud that busuu.com made it to the TOP 3! The winner is defined by the number of votes received (1/3 of votes come from users, 2/3 from a selected jury) so we still need your vote:

http://www.premiosdeinternet.org/index.php?body=categoria&id_rubrique=4

Please press the blue “votar button” and then “confirmar” next to our entry in order to support our candidature!

Thanks a lot in advance and we will keep you updated – this Wednesday we will find out whether we made it to the top!

UPDATE: Unfortunately we didn´t win the price but we were still overwhelmed by the number of votes we received from the users – more than 1200 people voted for our candidature! So thanks a lot for your support and we congratulate the winner Bubok who offers a very exciting and innovative concept to publish your own books!

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busuu.com case at Instituto de Empresa Business School

Today, the two Co-Founders of busuu.com, Adrian & Bernhard, visited Instituto de Empresa Business School to listen to the final presentations of the MBA students who were working on busuu.com as final case within their marketing class.

It was a pleasure for us to be invited by this prestigious university which according to the Financial Times is ranked as 3rd best business school in Europe and 6th best in the world. Obviously it was very nice as well for us to “be back in class” as both of the founders graduated from this university and the whole idea of busuu.com was developed during our MBA program.

Adrian & Bernhard with MBA Students at Instituto de Empresa

We were highly impressed by the top quality of the presentations and the in-depth analysis the students have conducted. We are very pleased to use many of those excellent recommendations to further define the future strategy of our company and want to thank all the students for their amazing participation! Strong A+ from our side! ;-)