Author Archives: The busuu.com team

153

The new busuutalk is here!

We have re-launched busuutalk – and it’s now better than ever before!

Following your suggestions and feedback, we are happy to announce that busuu.com has launched a brand new version of busuutalk. Our new busuutalk  not only looks nicer, but it is also packed with loads of new features and functionalities.

New busuutalk

  Here are the key improvements:

  1. An “Away” status, so your friends can still send you busuutalk requests when you have to pop away from your computer for a little while.
  2. Additional unit vocab and phrases, adapted to your level (A1 & A2) will help you to better engage in conversations by introducing you to new words and sentences, and helping you to use them in context.
  3. A list of useful phrases displayed in the busuutalk chat window will give you ideas for new words and sentences and guide you on how to use them.
  4. The busuu dictionary will help you find vocabulary you have seen in the busuu learning units and give you their translation, so you don’t have to worry if you can’t remember something.
  5. Special character keyboards for all 12 languages and a whole range of cool emoticons that will make your conversations even more fun!
  6. New improved sound and video quality
  7. … and that’s not all! You can also now save your conversation, print it out and review the vocabulary at the end of your chat.

As usual, you can choose to start busuutalk  from either your home page or from within a unit. Once you have selected a chat partner, a pop-up window will appear and you will be connected. Within the chat window, you can take advantage of all new functions and start improving your language skills with our community of native speakers. Our Premium MembersPremium Member can enjoy busuutalk and all of its new features absolutely free! Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Don’t worry, you can still use busuutalk for just 10 busuu-berries per conversation, or upgrade now!

152

More reasons to learn a new language

You already know some of the benefits of learning a language – if you’re a member of  busuu.com! But are you aware of some of the less obvious reasons to learn a new language?

We all know some of the main benefits of learning to speak a new language, such as making it easier for you to meet people when travelling, or improving your skills to make your CV stand out.

But there are some more surprising reasons to learn a language . Here are a few suggestions based on recent research – do you have any more benefits to add? Let us know in the comments!

 

Languages benefits

Develop understanding and respect

By speaking another community’s language, you can really get to understand its culture and traditions. This in turn helps you to develop a fresh perspective on the world and respect for other people – and that can only be a good thing.

Improve your brain power

Learning a language could improve your brain power. A  Swedish study has shown that learning a new language in a short period of time can make specific parts of the brain get bigger.

What’s more, if you learn a foreign language for 4 years or more, you could outperform your colleagues or classmates in other areas.

Keep your health for longer

Further research suggests that people who speak two or more languages are 4 times less likely to have a cognitive impairment. You could help delay the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Learn a third language more easily

Are you finding it difficult to learn a second language? Keep working, because studies have shown that once you’ve mastered this one, you’ll find it easier to learn a third language!

Do you feel really motivated to learn a language after reading this post? Take full advantage of all our award-winning products by upgrading to Premium on busuu.com!

What benefits have you experienced from learning a new language? Let us know in the comments below!

 

151

Help us to win – vote for busuu.com!

busuu.com has been chosen from over 300 start-ups and founders from 14 countries to compete for a big media prize – and we need your help to win!

We are one of just seven finalists to present live to the Seven Ventures Pitch Day (7VPD) judging panel, part of the NOAH London internet conference in London, 6-7 November 2012.

Vote for busuu.com!

 

So if you love  busuu.com, please vote for us! There are seven judges – and the seventh judge is you!

All you have to do is vote online for busuu.com before 7 November 2012 by visiting the 7VPD website

Thank you for being part of busuu.com and making us the world’s largest social network for learning languages online!

 

147

15% discount and motivational tips for language learning

The holidays are almost over and this is the perfect time for brushing up on your language skills to get ahead with schoolwork or make your CV stand out!

To motivate you, we are offering a back-to-school promotion – enjoy a 15% discount on all our products until 15 September 2012!

discount motivation

 

To get you in the mood, here are our busuu.com top 10 motivational tips!

  1. Set a goal – With My Goal your progress is monitored and you will receive personalised messages to give you a motivational boost when you need it most!
  2. Do a busuu Challenge – Motivate yourself and your friends to continue learning and challenge each other to finish 3 learning units within 24 hours.
  3. Be creative – Describe our daily updated pictures from National Geographic and discuss them with native speakers.
  4. Learn by playing – Check out the memory game on busuu.com and play by yourself or with others!
  5. Talk to native speakers – In the busuu-talk you’ll find lots of people who will help you achieve fluency in the language you are learning!
  6. Watch a video unit - Pick out an interesting topic and write a review about it. Your desire to express your opinion will give you extra motivation!
  7. Have a ‘foreign language’ day – Immerse yourself in the culture of the language you are learning: watch a foreign movie in the original language, listen to songs, or cook a typical foreign meal.
  8. Share your progress – Have you just set a goal or finished a learning unit? Be proud of your achievement and share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
  9. Be brave – Everybody makes mistakes when learning a foreign language, so help out others by correcting their posts. They will do the same for you!

…and the best motivation to kick-start your language learning again:

  1. Our 15%-back-to-school discount! Take advantage of the 15% discount and become Premium Premium crown now!

It’s easy to apply the discount:

  1. Go to the order page.
  2. Choose the product you would like to buy.
  3. Copy and paste the code SEP2012 into the relevant box.

With our Premium MembershipPremium Member and our motivational tips you will get the most out of your busuu.com learning experience! Only until 15 September 2012!

Did we miss a motivational tip? Just add your own tips to our list!

 

146

Challenge your friends to win 50 busuu-berries!

Do you have a competitive spirit? You can now challenge your friends on busuu.com! See who’s learning languages faster and get 50 juicy busuu-berries busuu-berry if you win the challenge!

To challenge a friend you just need to:

  1. Click on the new challenge icon busuu Challenge on your friend’s profile
  2. If your friend accepts the challenge, click on “Go
  3. Finish the three units assigned to you plus the test in less than 24 hours

busuu Challenge

The busuu Challenge is available to everybody, Premium Members Premium Member and basic members. Start a busuu challenge now!

As a reward you will get 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry if you win! But be careful, if you lose the challenge, you will also lose 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry.

Go to your course area and click on “busuu Challenge” in the new menu section “Fun and Games”. In your current challenge, you will see how much time is left, how many units you still have to complete and how many units your opponent did so far.

You can also check your challenge history to look at previous challenges or look for new friends to set up a new challenge with, if you’re currently not challenging anybody.

What are you waiting for? Challenge a friend and encourage him to do 3 learning units within 24 hours! If you both win, you both get 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry! Good luck!