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busuu.com goes iPad with seven free language learning apps

Thanks to our very active community we had over 1 million downloads of our iPhone apps in the first four months of our mobile launch in October last year. Since then, we have received incredible feedback including many requests for an iPad version. Today, we are very proud to announce the eagerly awaited launch of our seven native iPad apps!

From now on, you can download each app for learning SpanishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussian and English directly onto your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With the updated version, we have now also created a side bar for easier navigation through the various language courses. Furthermore, we have adapted the screen layouts specifically for the iPad to give you a great user experience.

Every app offers our award-winning audio-visual learning content and can be used without an internet connection.

busuu.com iPad apps for free

Each busuu.com iPhone/iPad application contains:

  • Vocabulary: as with our online language courses, you can flip through more than 3,000 key words and phrases. In addition, all learning content is supported by pictures and professional voice-overs.
  • Dialogue: you will have access to more than 150 dialogues spoken by native speakers as well as multiple choice questions to test your reading comprehension skills.
  • Interactive exercises: you can test yourself with our fun and varied unit reviews!
  • Mistakes overview: the application stores all of your test mistakes to help you focus on your weaknesses and progress much faster with your language learning.

Earn even more busuu-berries on the move!

Best of all, you can also earn juicy busuu-berries  while using our new iPhone/iPad app! Simply synchronise the app with your online busuu.com profile and your new busuu-berries will be added automatically. This means that you can switch seamlessly between learning on the iPhone/iPad and the busuu.com website!

The free version of each app includes full access to 20 learning units (5 units at each level). The complete, paid-for content offers vocabulary units (with more than 3,000 words and phrases), grammar units, 150 dialogues and hundreds of interactive exercises. This can be activated by paying just 2.99 EUR per learning level or 12.00 EUR for each entire course.

So, keep improving your language skills and earning busuu-berries while on the bus, on the metro or wherever you are by downloading our free iPhone/iPad application now! You can also click on the pictures or follow the links below to download each iPhone/iPad application from the iTunes store for free:

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English!
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Spanish!
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French!
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German!
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Italian!
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Portuguese!
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Russian!

We are sure that you will enjoy very much our new iPhone/iPad applications and that they will further improve your language learning experience with busuu.com.

More exciting updates coming soon! Stay curious!

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busuu.com wins a Silver Lion in Cannes!

La Despensa and busuu.com win Silver Lion in Cannes for Silbo Gomero videobusuu.com wins a Silver Lion in the International Advertising Festival in Cannes for our Silbo Gomero campaign.

In October 2008 we contracted the Madrid agency La Despensa in order to launch a campaign to improve the awareness of our website.

The outcome was the amazing campaign to “Rescue the Silbo Gomero” for which we won now the most important price in the advertising industry.

We loved the idea from the beginning: If you can learn languages on busuu.com – why not also learn a nearly extinct whistled language from the Canary Islands – el Silbo Gomero? It´s not only an entertaining campaign but it draws the attention to an important cause which we from busuu.com fully support: to prevent smaller languages from their extinction! So we decided to create a fascinating video explaining the history of this amazing language and launched a special section within our website where you can find lessons of “el Silbo” (if you log in, you can see the full content and start practicing).

The outcome was impressive – we received huge media coverage in Spain (contacting all important media by sending them a bird cage with a plastic singing bird inside… they loved it! ;-) and “el Silbo Gomero” was in the news again. The media even supported the application of this charming language to be recognized as UNESCO world heritage.

Please find the awarded video below:

We are very proud to receive this prestigious recognition! We not only  increased the awareness of our language learning community but also raised the public interest for a wonderful language which definitely needs to be preserved!

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busuu.com widgets for your blog or website

Do you have a blog or your own website? Then you should get the brand new busuu.com widget completely free!

This tool offers your readers a new set of flashcards for language learning every day. The flashcard widget comes with sound and photos and is a great language learning tool for your blog or website. You can generate your own personalized widget with a few clicks!

The widget is available for learning English, Spanish, German or French. Get it now here!

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Silbo Gomero

As we here at busuu.com are committed to the preservation of minority languages, we have decided to include a new section on the almost extinct language of Silbo Gomero on our website! Silbo Gomero, however, is not any ordinary language. There are no words and there is no written form! Silbo Gomero is an almost extinct, whistled language from the island of la Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands. It translates Spanish into whistled tunes but, as it is phonetic, it could be used for any other language. This amazing form of communication has existed for centuries and was used to communicate across the steep mountains and deep valleys of the island. While spoken words can only be heard up to a distance of 200 metres, the Silbo Gomero whistle can be heard up to a distance of 8 kilometres!

We have produced a short video which explains the history of this charming language. Click on the video below to have a look:

busuu.com is dedicated to the diversity of languages so we are helping Silbo Gomero in its fight against extinction. Why you don’t help Silbo too and try to learn some of this amazing form of communication by having a look at the Silbo Learning Unit here.

Once you have progressed with your Silbo skills, send us your own Silbo YouTube videos to team@busuu.com and we will put the best ones up on our website!

So start whistling and help busuu.com keep Silbo Gomero alive!

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The Linguists

You are probably aware that the name busuu derives from a little known Cameroonian language of the same name which is only spoken by 8 people based on an ethnological study conducted in the 1980´s. This name was chosen in the hope that one day busuu.com would not only be a platform for teaching and learning all the well-known languages of our world, but also for all those less well-known languages which deserve to be preserved – languages such as Busuu. The preservation of minority languages was also the theme of one of the huge successes at The Sundance Film festival in January of this year in the form of the film documentary “The Linguists“.

The documentary follows David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, university professors of linguistics, around the world to try and document languages on the verge of extinction. It is estimated that of approximately 7,000 languages in the world, half will have disappeared by the end of this century. On average, one language disappears every two weeks. This race against time takes David and Greg deep into the heart of the cultures of the communities at stake. They travel to Siberia to record the Chulym language, which hasn’t been heard by outsiders for more than thirty years. The linguists encounter, tribal children in India who attend boarding schools, where they learn Hindi and English and a trade, but are not allowed speak their native tongue. In Bolivia, the Kallawaya language has survived for centuries with fewer than one hundred speakers. The professors try to unlock its secret. We here at busuu.com hope that one day, in some way; we too can contribute to the preservation and the diversity of languages throughout the world.

Click here to see a trailer of the Linguists: www.thelinguists.com