A big thank you to everyone who upgraded to a Premium Membership in December 2012 to support our charity campaign!
It was a great success – with your help, we sponsored thousands of weeks of education for children in Cameroon, Africa. The money will be used to buy furniture, textbooks and other teaching materials for children.
All donations went to CAPEC, the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The organisation will use the funds to give children access to school.
Why have we chosen CAPEC? Our name comes from Busuu, which is an endangered language spoken by fewer than eight people in Cameroon. That’s why we decided to help a charity that supports children in the region. CAPEC is one of Cameroon’s leading child welfare organisations and we have been supporting it since 2009. CAPEC’s aim is to help children by giving them opportunities for a better life.
2012 was a fantastic year for busuu.com which saw many improvements, new features and products!
Here is an overview of our highlights of 2012:
To celebrate the new year, we launched a new language! Our users can now learn Japanese for free on busuu.com! Japanese is the mother tongue of over 130 million people and the 10th most spoken language in the world.
Great news for all our mobile users! We launched an update for our iPhone/iPad app. Now, all units in our popular apps for iPhone/iPad are automatically activated if you are a Premium member.
Chinese was added to the list of busuu.com languages. Users can now learn Chinese for free on busuu.com! It’s the most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of one quarter of the global population.
Profile customisation: Make your profile stand out with this feature on busuu.com! If you’re a Premium Member, you can create a Photo Gallery to share your favourite images with our community.
New writing exercises with pictures from National Geographic: Learn with National Geographic Pictures on busuu.com as part of our Live Units! You can improve your writing skills by practising new picture-based writing exercises, no matter your level!
Language level test: Users can now test their language level to find out which course they should begin with.
On 10 May 2012, busuu.com celebrated its 4th birthday!
We have launched My Goal, our improved learning progress tracker, you can find out how many hours you should study per week to finish your course by a certain date. This way you’ll be sure to complete your Spanish Course before you board that plane!
We 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 apps reach 10 milion downloads! In less than two years, our apps for Android, iPhone and iPads were downloaded over 10 million times! Since then, we register 20,000 new app downloads every day!
So you can see, it was an exciting year here at busuu.com, and hopefully for you too!
Thank you for being part of busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community! What makes busuu.com special is our interactive community. Without you, we would not have reached all these milestones in 2011!
busuu.com has always upheld great missions such as saving endangered languages, or recently fighting against social exclusion. This is why busuu.com is participating in a European project to help the social integration of immigrants in the European society.busuu.com is one of the 14 partners from all over Europe working together to reduce the risks of social exclusion and ensure the bridging of cultural differences.
Immigrants represent a substantial part of the European information society. In 2005, 1.8 million people or 85% of the European population growth immigrated from outside Europe. MASELTOV, which stands for Mobile Assistance for Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Immigrants with Persuasive Learning Technologies and Social Network Services, identifies the huge potential of mobile services for promoting integration and cultural diversity in Europe.
In fact, the project, with its interdisciplinary partners, aims at researching and developing new ICT instruments that evolve around and take advantage of what mobile phones can offer to facilitate and foster local community building, raising consciousness and knowledge for the bridging of cultural differences. MASELTOV with a representative application of most essential and beneficial information and learning services, such as ubiquitous language translation, navigation, administrative and emergency health services will enable a massive social impact on the future with respect to more cooperative, more successful integration of millions of migrants living with hundreds of millions cohabitating European citizens.
busuu.com and its partners in the education and technology fields will be developing the language learning aspect of this project. busuu.com will provide language learning on the go, knowing that it currently offers similar services with its mobile applications. The language learning content will be offered in a customized manner taking into account place, time and need.
We are very happy to be part of this extraordinary project and we are proud to play a positive role in creating cultural bridges with language learning.