Monthly Archives: October 2010

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busuu.com enters into strategic partnership with leading language learning publisher Collins

We from busuu.com are very proud to announce that we have entered into a new strategic partnership with Collins, the world renowned British language reference publisher.

Collins is the leading brand for bilingual dictionaries in the UK and Europe and known throughout the world for its innovative dictionaries and language learning materials. Collins was founded by William Collins in 1819 and has been producing dictionaries for more than 150 years.

As a first step within this partnership, we will offer detailed Collins Grammar Guides for our English-speaking users learning Spanish, French, German and Italian. The Grammar Guides are completely online and fully integrated into our existing learning material. The guides provide you with detailed grammar explanations and are directly linked to our existing grammar units.

You can access the guides by clicking on the new Collins button within each grammar unit. This will lead you directly to the corresponding topic within the new Collins Grammar Guide.

Additionally, you can access these Grammar Guides via your home area or via your language area with the new Collins tab.

The guides are available from 7.99 EUR if you’re a Premium Member or for 9.99 EUR if you are a basic user. But watch out – until the 14th of November, we will offer a special 10% introductory discount for this new product! So hurry up and get your new Collins Grammar Guides now!

We are very excited to join forces with Collins, a heavyweight within language education, in order to enhance the language learning experience of our users! The Grammar Guides are just the first step of our partnership – new exciting courses available to all our users are coming soon!

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busuu.com nominated as ‘Best Website Application 2010′ and ‘Best Learning Start-Up 2010′

We are very proud to announce that busuu.com has been nominated twice for the highly prestigious TechCrunch Europe ‘The Europas Awards! TechCrunch is Europe´s most important and respected tech blog.

We are very pleased about these nominations, especially as busuu.com was already nominated in two categories at last year´s Europas Awards! Additionally, this nomination continues our already quite impressive list of nominations and awards we have received so far.

This year, our language learning community is nominated in two categories (the links will lead you directly to the voting page):

We are very happy to see that this year TechCrunch has openend the new category for Learning Startups. This shows the rising importance of e-learning for the whole internet industry.

So many thanks in advance for your vote – please spread the word as every vote counts! We will keep you updated on this blog about the result of this awards – please keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: We have received a “highly commended” within the Best Learning Start-Up category! This is an amazing recognition for our work this year and we would like to thank you all for your great support!

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Time to celebrate: busuu.com reaches 1,000,000 users!

Today is a very important day in the history of busuu.com: we have reached more than 1 million users! This makes us Europe’s largest online community for learning languages.

Starting as a simple idea just two-and-a-half years ago, busuu.com has grown to be huge! Since our launch in May 2008, our brilliant worldwide community has:

  • earned more than 220 million of busuu-berries busuu-berrie
  • written more than 2.7 million exercises
  • done more than 4.8 million corrections
  • completed more than 15 million learning unit parts!

Assuming that each learning unit part normally takes around 10 minutes to complete, busuu.com has provided around 285 years of language learning…That is quite impressive for only two-and-a-half years of existence!

None of this would have been possible without you, so we would like to thank you very much for your support! Please keep helping our community to grow by inviting your friends to join busuu.com and you’ll be rewarded with our special travel course!

But we haven’t stopped yet – there are more exciting product launches coming up, which will make language learning even easier!

So today, the whole busuu.com team here in Madrid will open a bottle of champagne and we hope you will join us in our celebrations – cheers!

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Try out our new alphabet section in all our 7 languages!

After implementing a special alphabet section for our new Russian course we received many requests from our users to offer the same for all the 7 languages we offer.

Here we go – we have now implemented the alphabet in our Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and English courses as well!

Spanish alphabet

Click on any letter, and you will hear its pronunciation and see an example of its usage within a word.

You can enter the alphabet section by clicking on the new tab “Alphabet” within in each language area:

We hope you will like this new feature and we are sure that it will further support you in your language learning!