Author Archives: bernhard

New PONS grammar guides now available on busuu.com

busuu.com is exited to say that we have extended our existing partnership with the renowned publisher PONS! We now offer English grammar guides to our French and Italian speaking users.

The guides are completely online and fully integrated into our existing learning material. They contain detailed English grammar explanations in French and in Italian.


The grammar guides are available for only 9,99 EUR to basic users and 7,99 EUR if you are a Premium User .

Plus, if you buy these useful guides before the 15th of August, you will receive a 10% discount! Just use the code BZN3PS when buying them online!

This special promotion is also valid for all our PONS guides, including those available for German and Spanish speaking users. Find out more about the different guides we offer!

Make sure you check our blog regularly, because we will soon extend busuu.com with more useful language learning material!

New sounds for the vocabulary review

We are planning to update our existing sounds for the vocabulary review (some of you might have heard them already several thousand times! ;-) and therefore we would love to hear your opinion!

Please let us know which sounds you like best for the correct and the wrong answers! Thanks for your participation!


busuu.com and the future of e-learning

This week Bernhard, one of the Co-Founders of busuu.com was invited to hold a keynote speech at the conference “Future Learningscapes – a 21st century Challenge” organized by the University of Greenwich close to London.


Bernhard shared his experience of managing Europe´s leading online community for learning languages and gave his thoughts about how future learningscapes could look like.

According to his opinion, future learning will include a mix of learning activities (self-studying, peer-to-peer-learning, live teachers) and learning places (offline, online, mobile). Additionally, technology will be used in a much smarter way in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning progress of each student.

The conference was a great experience, a fantastically organized event and it was very good to see that the academic world more and more is aware of innovative learning tools like busuu.com, which could be used to improve the way students learn new languages within their academic studies.

busuu.com offers new Travel Course

busuu.com now offers you a brand new Travel Course to help you to get ready for your holidays!

This interactive course contains all of the essential words and expressions you need to know when you travel abroad. It also includes new exclusive features such as role plays plus a very useful PDF with survival phrases to carry around. This course is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese.

You have three different options to get access the Travel Course:

Invite your friends:

If you successfully invite 10 of your friends to busuu.com you will have free access to our travel course. You can directly invite them via our website and once they signed up, you will get immediate access!

Buy it now online:

If you can’t wait to try our new course, you can also get an immediate access to the Travel Course in all languages by buying it online for only 9.99 EUR!

Become a Premium user:

Premium users have free access to the travel course. The course will automatically be added to the existing Premium features. So upgrade now your account and enjoy the full range of learning functionalities!

We hope you will enjoy this new course and we are sure it will perfectly prepare you for your holidays abroad!

busuu.com named Red Herring Top 100 European Innovator

We are very proud to announce that busuu.com has been officially elected as the Red Herring 100 European Winner 2010!

The award was received during the official awards ceremony in Paris today.

Established in 1996, Red Herring 100 lists are regarded as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocate the most promising private ventures from around the world.

All lists consider both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management and execution of strategy.

a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the world European business region.

busuu.com was selected out of several hundred participants across Europe.

The Red Herring 100 award adds to our increasing list of prestigious recognitions, such as:

It shows that we are on the right track in building an innovative tool for learning languages.  We want to thank all our users for helping us in continuously improving our platform!