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busuu.com nominated as ‘Best Website Application 2010′ and ‘Best Learning Start-Up 2010′

We are very proud to announce that busuu.com has been nominated twice for the highly prestigious TechCrunch Europe ‘The Europas Awards! TechCrunch is Europe´s most important and respected tech blog.

We are very pleased about these nominations, especially as busuu.com was already nominated in two categories at last year´s Europas Awards! Additionally, this nomination continues our already quite impressive list of nominations and awards we have received so far.

This year, our language learning community is nominated in two categories (the links will lead you directly to the voting page):

We are very happy to see that this year TechCrunch has openend the new category for Learning Startups. This shows the rising importance of e-learning for the whole internet industry.

So many thanks in advance for your vote – please spread the word as every vote counts! We will keep you updated on this blog about the result of this awards – please keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: We have received a “highly commended” within the Best Learning Start-Up category! This is an amazing recognition for our work this year and we would like to thank you all for your great support!

busuu.com launches seven iPhone applications to learn languages on-the-go

Here at busuu.com, we are very excited to announce that you can now learn languages on the go! We have launched seven new iPhone applications for free download on the iTunes App Store.

Our new iPhone applications enable you to learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and English directly from your iPhone (including the new iOS4, optimized for Retina display), iPod Touch and iPad.

Complete audiovisual learning content

Every application offers our complete audiovisual learning content (including pictures and sounds) and can be used even without an internet connection.

Each busuu.com iPhone 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 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 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 application now! You can also click on the pictures or follow the links below to download each iPhone application from the iTunes store FOR FREE:

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

We are sure that you will LOVE (as much as we do :-) our new iPhone applications and that they will further improve your language learning experience with busuu.com.

Stay tuned because we will launch more exciting updates very soon!

Back to school promotion on busuu.com – 10% off on all our premium memberships!

Now that the holidays are almost over, it is the perfect time to start learning languages again with busuu.com!

To make your return to school, university or work easier, busuu.com is offering you a very special ‘Back to School’ promotion!

Until the end of September, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all of our Premium Memberships !

From just 8.99 EUR per month, you will get access to all of our award-winning Premium learning features, such as:

  • audio for more than 3,000 key phrases
  • audio for more than 150 dialogues
  • access to more than 35 grammar units
  • printable PDFs and podcasts for more than 150 learning units
  • video units (updated every day) from sources such as CNN and Spanish National TV
  • customisable tests, where you can choose the content, the type and number of questions
  • free access to our popular travel course
  • official busuu.com certificates for finishing the courses

And best of all, you will have access to these excellent Premium learning features for all the seven languages we offer on busuu.com, including our brand new Russian course we launched yesterday! That´s just 1.50 EUR per month for each language!

This offer  is only valid until the end of September – so hurry up and upgrade your account now to enjoy the full potential of our popular very effective language courses!

Learn to speak Russian for free with busuu.com!


Привет (that’s ‘hello’ in Russian)!

Spoken by more than 280 million people, Russian is the largest native language in Europe and the 8th most important language in the world. In addition, we received a lot of requests from our users to add this language to the courses we offer.

So, we’re very excited to launch our new Russian language course on busuu.com!

Learn Russian with free access to more than 150 audiovisual learning units across 4 different levels. In addition, you can  connect with thousands of Russian speakers from our rapidly growing community.

Russian Tree

You want to learn Russian? This is how you start:

To start your free interactive Russian course, simply:

  1. go to your settings page
  2. add Russian as a language you want to learn
  3. click on your new snowy Russian tree in your language garden to begin!

Start learning Russian with our free language course now!

If you are a premium user, you will also have immediate access to all of the new Russian course’s Premium features, such as audio dialogues and key phrases, PDFs, podcasts and much more!

So upgrade your account now to enjoy busuu.com’s full range of award-winning learning tools for seven different languages!

Test yourself with our Russian alphabet challenge!

Russian alphabet characters are not the same as the Latin alphabet. So, we have adapted our existing course structure and added a new Russian alphabet section.

Listen to the entire Russian alphabet and then test your skills with our fun Russian alphabet challenge!

Привет to all our Russian-speaking members!

We would also like to welcome all our Russian-speaking users to busuu.com – you can now use our website with a complete Russian interface! Just go to your settings page and change your interface language to ‘Russian’ or have a look at our new Russian frontpage http://www.busuu.com/ru.

До свидания (that’s ‘goodbye’) for now – we hope you enjoy trying out our new Russian course. Stay tuned for more important updates within the next few weeks!

Try out our new language learning game!

Imagine you could improve your language skills and challenge your busuu.com friends at the same time to see who is best at memorising vocabulary?

Believe it or not…it is now possible on busuu.com! If you want to see for yourself, check out our great new language learning game!

Playing this game is simple and fun: you play against one of your friends and try to match words from two different languages into pairs. The player who gets the most pairs right, wins the game and gets five tasty busuu-berries!

To access the game, you have two options:

  • click on the new ‘Games’ tab within your language area. Then pick among the available players and send him or her an invitation to play by pressing the button.

  • challenge another user directly by going on their profile and clicking on the new button .

Once the other user accepts the challenge, you will enter the game room and the game begins!

When it´s your turn, click on the cards on the left hand side and find the matching words or phrases in two different languages. But hurry because time is running! If you find the right pair, the cards will flip and you will receive a point.

Whoever has the most points when all cards are turned, wins the game and receives five juicy busuu-berries!

Will you be the new language game champion on busuu.com?

We are sure you will love our new language learning game and are looking forward to your feedback!  Stay tuned for more exciting new features on busuu.com!