Monthly Archives: June 2012

Learn Chinese and Japanese for free wherever you are!

We have just launched two new apps for iPhone and iPad, so you can now learn Chinese and Japanese for free on your mobile. Both apps are also available for Android.

busuu.com Japanese App

Chinese is the most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of one quarter of the global population (that is 1.34 billion people – incredible!). Japanese is the mother tongue of over 130 million people, which makes it the 10th most spoken language worldwide.

With the busuu.com apps for iOS and Android you can connect to Chinese and Japanese native speakers from the busuu.com community and send them exercises for correction! This way language learning is communicative and fun!

Best of all: Each app includes 20 free learning units! Full content can be purchased from inside the app. If you’re a Premium Member Premium Member on busuu.com, the whole content of the apps will be automatically activated:

  • More than 3,000 words and key phrases in 150 different learning units covering everyday situations
  • Courses for Beginner to Upper Intermediate level (A1 to B2), in addition to our Travel Course
  • Comprehensive and audio-visual learning tools
  • Vocabulary training, dialogues, writing exercises and interactive tests
  • Works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Androidno internet connection required

busuu.com Chinese App

In total you can now learn eleven languages while waiting for the bus or relaxing in the sun! Learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese on the go!

Of course, you can also earn busuu-berriesbusuu-berries and synchronise your progress with your online profile on busuu.com.

So start earning busuu-berries on the go by downloading your free app now!

Check out our improved dialogues!

Practise your listening comprehension with our improved dialogues! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better! If you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member you can now:

  1. See the part that is being spoken in yellow
  2. Pause the dialogue wherever you want
  3. Repeat any sentence that you want to hear again
busuu.com dialogue

Whenever you open a dialogue, the audio will start automatically and the part that is being spoken will be highlighted in yellow, so you can follow the dialogue easily. We recommend you listen to the dialogue as a whole at first. If you then want to hear a specific sentence again, or listen to one sentence at a time, just use the forward and backward buttons to navigate through the dialogue. Try it out now!

dialogue toolbar

Learn at your own pace by listening to each sentence as often as you wish or pausing the dialogue at any time. This way you can develop an ear for the language you are learning and you can also practise your pronunciation by listening to the sentences repeatedly and saying them out loud.

As usual, after listening to the dialogue, you will have to answer three short questions to show that you have understood the conversation. Test your listening comprehension now!

These new functions are part of the busuu.com Premium MembershipPremium Member.

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Upgrade now to learn languages more efficiently or have a look at the complete list of our Premium functions here!

Have fun with our improved dialogues!

Get the new ‘super corrector’ badge for your busuu.com profile!

Making mistakes is an important part of learning languages and learning in general. When we correct them, we understand our error, we remember what to do next time and we don’t repeat the mistake.

That’s why you should help other people learning your language by correcting their exercises in a clear and constructive way.

  • Use the toolbar above the correction area to highlight any mistakes – for example, put them in bold or in a bright colour.
    Correction toolbar
  • Explain why you’ve highlighted the word or phrase and suggest a better alternative.
  • Give the post’s author a tip to help him avoid making mistakes
  • Leave an encouraging note to the post’s author to help them stay motivated and continue learning!

busuu.com correction

And when you’ve done a good job by providing useful corrections, other members of the busuu.com community can give you a ‘thumbs up’! You could even win one of our new badges for your profile:

  • super corrector super corrector (more than 1,000 thumbs up)
  • very helpful corrector very helpful corrector (500-999 thumbs up)
  • helpful corrector helpful corrector (50-499 thumbs up)

Plus, if at least 3 people give you a ‘thumbs up’, you will get 5 extra busuu-berries busuu-berry.

But be careful with your corrections, you can also receive a ‘thumbs down’ thumbs down! This means that your corrections need to improve.

So should you see this badge thumbs down on your profile, just follow our tips on how to make helpful corrections and collect some more ‘thumbs up’. As soon as you have more ‘thumbs up’ than ‘thumbs down’, the badge will disappear and you’re on your way to becoming a super corrector super corrector.

Start correcting now to win lots of ‘thumbs up’ and become a super corrector super corrector in no time!