Author Archives: The busuu.com team

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!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in all different languages!

The day of love has arrived – Happy Valentine’s Day! The 14th of February is a day when people all over the world express their affection by sending cards, flowers and chocolates to their loved ones. Shops and streets are filled with red hearts and you can certainly feel that love is in the air.

 

 

Spread the love with the busuu.com community – you can connect with 25 million users worldwide using busuutalk and celebrate this day with us!

Can you express your romantic feelings in more than one language?

busuu.com is giving you an extra help on this special day. We are featuring a special Valentine’s unit. Try it now and find out what “to have butterflies” means. Surprise your partner with romantic expressions in different languages: you can really impress your loved one with our Valentine’s unit!

 

 

Do you know any more romantic expressions in your language or in the language you are learning? Share them with us!

If you are not confident expressing yourself in another language, perhaps you need to practice more. Take advantage of our 20% discount and upgrade to Premium.

The offer ends tomorrow, so be quick!

Enjoy your new 20% discount!

We have decided to extend the discount and to give you a huge 20% off all our language-learning products until 15 February 2013.

This means that you can get a year’s Premium Membership for only 4.67 EUR per month.

It is really easy to claim your discount:

  • Go to our subscribe page
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Remember that this offer is until 15 February 2013! Upgrade now!

New iPad app: learn English, for kids!

With the brand new busuu.com iPad app for kids, children will have fun while quickly and easily learning 150 English words. Educate, engage and entertain at the same time!

Our very first language-learning product for children teaches 150 words of English through a carefully structured course of 30 learning units, packed full of exciting educational games. And you can download the basic version for free!

A magical growing garden to reward learning. The busuu.com Kids app can be a shared experience: progress can be monitored at a glance in the child’s very own language-learning garden. Children will be delighted to watch their garden flourish as they learn, motivating them to continue.

Every time the child completes an exercise, a watering can will water a flower in their language garden to make it grow. And each plant holds a secret to discover – their flowers are faces made out of fun vocabulary pictures, created to make the kids laugh!

Stimulating activities, at home or on the go. Colourful illustrations by leading artists and audio recordings by a professional voice actor all create a stimulating and engaging learning environment. There are also plenty of animations to make sure children stay interested. The use of text is limited and all the exercises are clear and self-explanatory, so that they can easily complete the activities without guidance. No need to help – they can amuse themselves and learn wherever they are, whether at home or in the car.

Download our free iPad app for kids now! Designed by experts, made for children

Each lesson follows a specially developed 5-step methodology to help kids:

  • discover new words
  • learn vocabulary
  • test understanding
  • get training in spelling and phonetics
  • create fun works of art with new words.

 

Download the free basic version now!

The basic busuu.com iPad app for children is free and includes 3 learning units. Once you have downloaded it, you can choose to upgrade for the full course of 30 learning units. Hours of fun and education – all for less than the price of an equivalent children’s book. The learning units cover engaging topics such as farm animals, clothes, toys and the weather.

Download the free busuu.com iPad app for kids from the app store

Help make a difference with the gift of education

Become a Premium Member in December and busuu.com will sponsor a week of school for a child in Cameroon

Boost your learning and someone else’s at the same time!

For every Premium Membership bought between 1-31 December 2012, we will make a donation to the  Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). CAPEC will use the funds to provide school access to children.

All you have to do is upgrade  – there is no extra charge. Upgrade now and help make a difference!

Together, we can do more!

We have also created a special Facebook app to help you easily tell your friends about our campaign. By subscribing, they will benefit from the busuu.com learning experience and help provide education to those who need it. Tell your friends!

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.

So why not  upgrade now to improve your own language-learning progress with our award-winning Premium tools and help to boost opportunities through education in Africa too?