Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Help us to save the language Busuu!

As you know,  the name of our website busuu.com comes from the language Busuu from Cameroon in Africa, spoken by only 8 people.

This language is declared by the UNESCO as “critically endangered”. So, we from busuu.com had to do something in order to save this language from its extinction!

In summer 2010, we sent a film-crew to the remote village of Weh in the jungle of Cameroon to find the last 8 native speakers of Busuu and created a video clip together with them to promote their language.

The result was the following video:

We have also created a special website www.savebusuu.com where you can support our campaign to rescue Busuu, watch more funny videos in that language and even sing your own Busuu song too and send it to your friends!

Do you want to learn Busuu? We have prepared a special learning unit in Busuu so you can learn some phrases of this nearly extinct language on busuu.com!

This is probably the first piece of evidence of this language online so check out what a nearly extinct language from the jungle sounds like!

We have also created a Save Busuu Facebook fanpage, so please join it, invite your friends and support the Busuu language!

According to the UNESCO, more than 3000 languages are endangered around the world!

Join our campaign “Save Busuu”, share it with your friends and help us to rescue the Busuu language!

mən wέἑ (thanks in Busuu!)

PS: if you like the busuu song, you can download it here!

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busuu.com gets a new home

As our little baby busuu.com is growing quickly, we moved last week to our new shiny offices right next to the beautiful Retiro Park in the heart of Madrid!

Of course we inaugurated our new premises with an office warming party with all our friends and the whole busuu.com team!

We all had a great time and are sure that this new home will give us lots of inspiration for further development of our language learning platform! :-)

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The language Busuu

Did you know where the name of our website busuu.com comes from?

Busuu is actually a language from Cameroon in Africa, spoken by only 8 people!

It was first “discovered” by the French professor of linguistics Roland Breton in the year 1986. According to his and more recent research, the language, with the ISO 639 identifier “bju“, belongs to the Niger-Congo language family or in detail, the so called unclassified Southern Bantoid language family.

The UNESCO included the language Busuu within their highly interesting Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. There, the language is classified as “critically endangered“. Below you can see exactly the area, where the language is supposed to be spoken by those 8 people. Just click on the picture and you can find out more about the region which is close to the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.

Who are those 8 people that still speak Busuu? How do they look like? Do they know about busuu.com? ;-) Maybe one day, we will find out…

The UNESCO estimates that there are around 3,000 endangered languages world-wide. This is nearly half of the 6,500 languages spoken around the globe. Since 1950, already 230 languages extinct!

We from busuu.com hope that we can also contribute to preserve some of those endangered languages. Do you remember our campaign to rescue the Silbo Gomero, the nearly extinct whistled language from the Gomera Islands in Spain?

Shortly after the launch of our video, for which we received a Silver Lion in the International Marketing Festival in Cannes, the Silbo Gomero was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!

We are absolutely convinced that if busuu.com can be used to learn “large languages” such as English or Spanish, our platform could also serve to preserve endangered languages.

So maybe one day, we will make our contribution that you can learn Busuu on busuu.com! :-)