Monthly Archives: August 2013

What’s our next Language of the Month?

Did you get involved with our Language of the Month in August? If so, you will have learned lots of fun facts about German on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Read the highlights here and then find out which language we’ll be exploring in September!

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Ask a native speaker

This month, native speaker Thomas was available on Facebook for one hour to answer any questions you had about the German language. Here are some of the best ones.

  • Madhu Bala asked: “Where can I find German books for beginners online?”
  • Lorena Gutierrez had an excellent grammar question about the German cases and how they affect der, die and das.
  • Julian MejiaI asked: “How can I make sure that, over time, I don’t forget all the languages I know?”

How did Thomas answer? Discover what he said on our special Facebook post!

Food word fun

Do you know what Sahne, Obers and Rahm have in common? They all mean ‘cream’ in different German-speaking countries, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

We also posted a picture of a mystery food item and our Facebook followers correctly identified it as a Lebkuchenherz (gingerbread heart). Fan Renate Buescher even told us their significance:

“The Lebkuchenherz can be found at any fair. The bigger the heart, the greater the affection of the giver. As children, we would beg to receive a Lebkuchenherz.” Thank you, Renate!

Famous buildings

Our photo of two well-known German landmarks was no match for busuu’s fans! They quickly recognised Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) and the city’s elegant railway bridge over the Rhine River.

Facebook follower Amandine Adelaïde shared some great facts about the cathedral – such as when it was built and its architecture style – and the Hohenzollern Bridge. Read what she said in French. Thanks, Amandine!

Language of the Month in September

Next month, we will be exploring a language from a country that’s known for its caviare, wooden dolls and a very special dance. Yes, we’ll be travelling through Russian and learning a new alphabet!

This Slavic language is widely spoken in 9 countries. With 144 million native speakers, it’s also Europe’s largest native language. Learn about Russian with busuu on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. До ск орой встречи!

Bilingual, trilingual or polyglot?

Did you know that the world’s population has more multilingual people than speakers of just one language? If you can speak two languages, you’re bilingual; three and you’re trilingual. If you speak even more, you might be known as a polyglot.

A few polyglots, past and present

There have always been people who can talk or write in several tongues. For example, German polyglot Emil Krebs could communicate in 68 languages. Kató Lomb, a Hungarian interpreter and translator, worked in 16 languages.

A modern-day polyglot who can speak more languages than we can imagine doing is American professor Alexander Arguelles, who fluently speaks about 36 languages.

Another example is teenager Timothy Doner. He became well known via his YouTube videos, in which he speaks more than 20 languages. Have you done this too? Add a link in the comments!

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How did they learn so many languages?

The key to picking up a new tongue is the same, whether you’re learning foreign language number 2 or 22! On his website, Alexander Arguelles gives these tips for success:

  • Stay focused on learning
  • Use clever study methods and good materials
  • Study regularly over a long time
  • Take active control of your learning
  • Make the most of resources like books and recordings

Become a polyglot with Busuu!

With Busuu, you can learn up 12 different languages! Whether you want to become a polyglot or to simply learn one new language, we’ve got the tools to help you.

  • Speak to native speakers using the Busuu chat tool and get their feedback on writing exercises and voice recordings.
  • Study with our Learning Units, designed by language experts and based on a tried-and-tested method.
  • Set targets and track your progress using My Goal, to help you stay motivated.
  • Download the Busuu mobile app (for iOS and Android) to keep learning, even on the move.
  • Try our other fun tools, like Live Units, the ‘London Central’ video course, Grammar Guides and more!

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Which languages do you speak?

Are you bilingual, trilingual or a polyglot? Which languages do you speak and how did you learn them? How many languages have you learnt with Busuu? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to read your stories!