Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Celebrate the New Year with 15% off!

The whole busuu.com team wishes you a Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, Bonne Année, ein Frohes Neues Jahr, Feliz Ano Novo, Felice Anno Nuovo, С Новым Годом, Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku, Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun and عامٌ سَعيدٌ!

To celebrate the new year, we are offering you a huge 15% discount on all our products!

Happy New Year

It’s the perfect time of the year to get your language learning back on track. With busuu.com, you’ll find it easy to stick to your new year’s resolutions. Interact directly with native speakers for an important motivational boost!

Experience our award-winning Premium features for less!
With our New Year´s discount, you can get access to all our Premium featuresPremium Membership for just 4.24 EUR per month. Simply use the code JAN2012 and get 15% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership. This discount is only available until 31 January 2012. Don’t miss out! Use the code here.

Get access to key phrases and dialogues, and listen to them too! And record your voice to get feedback on your pronunciation from the busuu.com community’s native speakers.

Take a look at our full list of features to discover all the advantages:


So, become a Premium MemberPremium Membership to improve your language skills even faster! Remember, this 15% discount is only valid until 31 January 2012 so upgrade now!

We wish you successful language learning in 2012!

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busuu.com wishes you a merry Christmas

From everyone at busuu.com, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays! We hope that wherever you are in the world, you get to enjoy your winter holiday and have time to relax!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas, Navidad, Weihnachten, Natale, Noël, Boże Narodzenie!  Over 2.2 billion people worldwide are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ every year! Give your Christmas holidays an extra note! With our busuu.com Christmas special learning unit you can celebrate Christmas in a different language and you will learn how to order a mullet wine and make your Christmas wishes in the language you are learning. Check out our Christmas vocabulary now!

Looking beyond presents, Santa Claus and Christmas trees, do you know the origin of these traditions and the different ways people all over the world celebrate Christmas?

Christmas PresentThe Christmas Eve on the 24th of December commemorates the evening before Christ’s birth, which is said to be December 25th, however the precise day is unknown. Most of us can’t imagine a Christmas without giving and receiving presents. Billions of people exchange gifts over Christmas, but in different countries there are different days for this ceremony.

Christmas PresentsIn Germany, where the Santa Claus is called Weihnachtsmann, traditionally presents are exchanged on the evening of the 24th of December. In the USA, the big moment is on the morning of Christmas day itself. In other countries like Spain people have to wait two weeks longer for their presents, until the 6th of January, also called the Twelfth Day. If you are still looking for a present, remember that we are offering a special 20% Christmas discount on our six-month vouchers. Only until the 31st of December 2011!

You want to congratulate your friends from different countries in their own language? Use our busuu.com dictionary! Just select the language and put in ‘Merry Christmas’ to see the translation with sound and picture. This way you improve your pronunciation and will easily remember the word! By clicking on the different flags on the bottom of the page, you can see the translation for all the languages we offer on busuu.com.

busuu.com dictionary

The Christmas Unit includes all our usual exercises and if you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can of course download the vocabulary in PDF and MP3 format. We wish you lots of fun learning with busuu.com about Christmas!

We are curious to learn more about the different celebrations all around the world. Tell us how you celebrate Christmas and how you say “Merry Christmas” in your language.

Merry Christmas everybody!

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Merry Christmas to CAPEC!

Education should not be a luxury; it is a must for individual’s and society’s development. Unfortunately not everyone has access to education or goes to school every day. To provide equal opportunities for all to education, busuu.com works with the NGO ‘Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child‘ (CAPEC).

CAPEC has built a school for orphans and children from poor families in the area of Nkolfoulou. Since it was built in February 2009, the school has grown a lot. Its objective is to offer a classroom for each of the six grades. The school is still missing the last classroom and is hoping to be able to include it in time for the children to reach the last grade. In September, the first generation finished the fourth class. You can support this project, too, simply make a donation online.

In December 2009, busuu.com won the European Language Label and donated the prize money to CAPEC. Since then, we have been supporting the project and this year we will again make a special Christmas donation to CAPEC to keep the school growing.

You can help, too! If you make a donation before the 31st of December 2011, you even help CAPEC in the Open Challenge of the GlobalGiving Foundation. This foundation offers a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations working around the world. If CAPEC raises $4,000 from 50 donors in this challenge,  they will be given a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving’s website and this way have much more possibilities to raise permanent funds for their projects.

Take this opportunity and donate now! Your donation will help the school project and CAPEC raise their chances to get a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated.

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New: Learn Arabic on busuu.com!

You can now learn Arabic for free on busuu.com!

Arabic is the fourth most spoken language in the world, with over 500 million speakers. Become one of them and discover a whole new world of travel, with many different cultures and traditions.  Arabic will bring our award-winning language courses to 10 in total. Start learning today and practise your language skills with our growing community of native speakers from around the world!

Learn Arabic for free

Plus, if you’re a native Arabic speaker, you can now use busuu.com in your own language! Simply go to your settings page to change the interface language to Arabic.

How to start learning Arabic for free:

1. Go to Add a new language in your course menu
2. Add Arabic to the languages you learn
3. Click on the new Arabic tree in your garden to start learning

Like all our language courses, the Arabic Course includes the following exercises:

Vocabulary: Learn essential words and expressions audio visually. For the Arabic course, we included phonetics to improve your learning experience. Premium Members can also listen to key phrases.

Dialogue: Improve your reading comprehension with a fun dialogue, followed by questions to test your understanding. Premium Members can also listen to the audio version.

Writing exercise: Develop your writing skills by creating a short text for other users to correct.

busuu-talk: Connect with native speakers via our integrated video-chat application, which allows you to chat online or even talk to other users in the busuu.com community.

Review: Test how much you have learnt with a short quiz and win busuu-berries!

PDF: Print out a PDF of all the grammar and learning units, so that you can keep studying even when offline. This tool is only available to Premium Members.

Podcast: Listen to podcasts of the vocabulary, example sentences and dialogues of all the grammar and learning units. This tool is only available to Premium Members.

Voice recording: You can practise your pronunciation, by recording a character’s part in a dialogue, and posting it for native speakers to correct you. Voice recording is only available for Premium Members

In addition to the usual benefits, Premium MembersPremium Member can access a new alphabet tutorial with tips and exercises for learning how to write and pronounce Arabic letters. Upgrade now to start learning even more efficiently!

We hope you have fun learning Arabic with us!

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20% Christmas discount on our gift vouchers

Are you looking for a special Christmas present? Share your busuu.com learning experience and give family or friends the gift of language with a voucher for our Premium Membership. What’s more, you can get a 20% discount if you buy before 31 December 2011!

With a Premium MembershipPremium Membership you will stick to your New Year’s resolution and learn a new language! Share your fun and efficient language learning experience with your dearest ones. No more old and dusty grammar books in our online community! Premium Members can have their pronunciation corrected by native speakers of the language they are learning.

This direct interaction gives our community members constant feedback on their learning progress and keeps the motivation up and going. It is the perfect way to make these New Year’s resolution reality.

Further advantages of the Premium MembershipPremium Membership are:

You can buy the voucher now or later, just go to your friends section in your menu and click on ‘Gift Voucher’. With our special 20% Christmas discount, you can buy the voucher for only 47.94 EUR! Upon purchasing the voucher on busuu.com, you will receive a voucher code with further instructions via email. The person receiving the gift can then choose when to activate their Premium MembershipPremium Membership! They just have to redeem the voucher in the Course menu.

Take advantage of our voucher discount today!