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Share your best football moments to win!

Starting today and running until July 16th – to coincide with the football tournament in Brazil – we’re running a photo competition on Facebook. We want to see how you share good moments and enjoy the matches.

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Fußball or futebol? Fútbol or Futbol? It’s all football!

We want to see how you support your team when they’re taking part in this massive football competition. What really gets you going? Do you have a goal celebration? What do you wear to watch them? What about hats? Scarves? Do you and your friends have a special kit you all wear? Do you all paint your faces? If so, we want to see it!

Throughout the tournament we want you to take a photo – of you or a group of you if you share with friends – so we can see you enjoying the football competition, then just upload it onto our Facebook app to take part in the competition. We know how much passion there is for football, whether you call it football, Fußball, futebol, fútbol or Futbol!

Win, win, win

All you have to do is upload your photo onto our football photo competition app and share it with other Facebook users who will be voting for their favourite picture. So what are you waiting for?

We’ll also be choosing five winners from the entries with the most public votes that best represent the football spirit, to win a 12-month Premium Membership too, with access to everything on our rather super app.

It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Watch the football tournament
  2. Take a photo of your best football moment
  3. Upload it onto our Facebook app – or use #busuufootball on Instagram or Twitter
  4. Achieve instant fame as other users vote for their top photo
  5. Have a chance of winning a 12-month Premium Membership with busuu

You can join in the fun on Twitter or take a photo on Instagram using #busuufootball or just upload it straight onto Facebook.

WIN an iPhone 5s with our Football Masterclass!

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There are only 15 days left until the 2014 Football Tournament kicks off in Brazil and thousands of people will be travelling there to watch it. Language learning is so important when you travel abroad, you always need a few basic phrases like, “Where is the toilet?”, “How can I get to…?”, and you can’t get far without knowing how to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.

My nan could have scored that!

We thought that some common football expressions would be really useful for the World Cup too so we’ve put together a special ‘Football Masterclass’. You can learn all the football expressions you need to show off to your friends and be able to shout at the TV like a pro during matches! Everyone who completes the Football Masterclass will be in with a chance of winning an iPhone 5s in our cool competition too.

Win an iPhone 5s

Everything is at your fingertips when you learn languages online with busuu, so access the masterclass hereit’s available to ALL members (Free and Premium) throughout the tournament until July 13. The masterclass includes 11 useful and funny football expressions, such as “the referee needs glasses!”, “that was clearly a penalty”, and “If that was on target, it would have been a goal”! There are 3 vocabulary exercises, a “drag-and-drop” test and a review to check your progress.

Not only will you be able to impress your friends with your new knowledge, but everyone who completes the unit will be automatically entered into our competition to win an iPhone 5s and a 12-month Premium Membership as well as access to all busuu content on the learning app. Another 10 people who complete the unit will win the membership and access to all of the content as well.

To be in with a chance of winning, log in to the Football Masterclass now and start learning those all-important phrases.

Please note: you can only access the Football Masterclass on your web browser.

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Celebrate 6 years of busuu!

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It’s busuu’s 6th birthday!

To celebrate 6 years of busuu, we are giving away a free Premium Membership to everyone who buys a Premium Membership before the 21st of May to share with a friend! Make the most of this amazing opportunity and share a language-learning gift with your family and friends.

Make the most of your language-learning

Here are 6 tips to help you improve your language studies:

1. Study every day

Try to set aside some time every day for your studies. It’s better to study for 30 minutes every day than for 3 hours once a week. This has to do with our brain’s learning curve: it’s better to keep refreshing knowledge, otherwise we’re less likely to remember it.

2. Watch TV and films in the language you’re learning

Watching TV is a great way to learn more vocabulary. You can often find internet sites that show programmes from all over the world. You could also watch foreign films with subtitles in your native language, or even in the language you’re learning.

3. Listen to music and the radio

Listening to native speakers on the radio is an excellent way to practice your listening skills. If you do not live in a country where they speak the language you’re learning, why not listen to an online radio station? There are 100s to choose from.

4. Have fun

Try to find other ways to make language learning fun. This could involve games, stories, tongue twisters, jokes and anything else you can think of. Why not sing along to your favourite foreign songs?

5. Don’t be afraid to speak

Don’t be ashamed to speak the language you’re learning and make some mistakes. The best way to learn a language is to speak and listen and get a feel for how the language sounds and is used. Practice with native speakers or other learners; the most important thing is that you give yourself an opportunity to use the language.

6. Learn about the culture

The absolute best way to learn a language is to surround yourself with it. Find out about the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, visit cultural centres or if you can, visit a country where they speak the language. There is loads of information available online, so even if you can’t travel you can find out a huge amount from the internet.

Continue learning with busuu, here!

A language pays off

It’s International Workers’ Day (or Labour Day) and many countries across the world are having a well deserved day off. At the turn of the 20th century, people fought for their right to an eight hour working day, leading to the May Day Riots in the US (1894). We can thank them for changing attitudes to work and for campaigning to create an official holiday to celebrate workers everywhere.

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Beat the Monday blues!

Do a job you love, earn more, travel, rise to the top. Learning a language can do wonders for you and your career. We’ve been taking a close look at why…

Bilingual is getting bigger

31% of executives speak two languages
An added 20% speak 3 languages
9% speak 4 languages
4% speak more than 4

US Source: Korn Ferry (world’s largest executive search firm) in a poll of 12,562 visitors to their website.

Language learning brings in the money

A second language can boost earning potential by up to 20%

US Source: Michael Thomas Language Centre

The Economist says that the benefits of compound interest on your earnings potential (2% more year-on-year) is why the gains are big. Take a look at their graph and you can compare some key languages. Read here.

Lots of awesome jobs for language learners

– Government and public administration… from diplomatic services to spies!
– Business services… Apple has been hiring technical translators who speak Korean, Mexican Spanish and Chinese.
– Museums and libraries… from tour guides to website content editors
– Hospitality, tourism and leisure… the easiest place to start
– Media and publishing… globalising clients means media agencies need multilingual teams
– Science, engineering and technology… if you have a technical skill and a language you’ll be in high demand, as both is hard to find
– Transport and logistics… language-driven by its very nature
– Charities and voluntary work… especially with international charities or with placements abroad
– Sales, marketing/ PR… from customer service to translation and transcreation
– Finance… global markets mean global clients

A little language goes a long way

“Employers value language skills… However this does not always mean you need to achieve native-speaker fluency. A little language goes a long way. Some 74% of employers are looking for people with conversational competence because it helps their business to be able to communicate, even at a basic level, with customers and clients”

UK source: CBI Education and Skills Survey 2009

Start by brushing up on interview phrases

Do you know what these mean?

FrenchDites-moi quelquechose à propos de vous
Be ready for open-ended questions…

GermanIch bin ein Teamplayer
Show them you’ve got the ‘Büro-sprech’ (office speak) and the Denglisch sorted.

EnglishHow do you see the company changing in the next 5 years?
Remember to ask your own, thoughtful questions.

SpanishCreo que es una magnífica oportunidad para progresar laboralmente.
See the positive.

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Get that dream job with a Premium Membership. For 48 hours we’re giving 48% off – Happy Labour Day!

Why reading is a must for language learning

This is a week of celebration, for the lives of so many incredible authors, who strangely, were born and died on this day.

It was Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary this week. This week it’s also exactly 450 years since he died. It’s the day when Spain’s most famous author Cervantes died. Iceland’s Nobel Winning author Laxness and French writer Druon were born. And it’s the day when William Wordsworth died.

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The best ever day for a book

So if you haven’t picked up a book for a while, today would be the perfect day. Another excellent reason is that reading a book in the language you’re learning in has been proven to boost your learning speed and vocabulary.

What would Shakespeare think about reading today?

We think he might be pleased that global literacy is at its highest, 84% (2010, UNESCO). And very surprised at HOW we’re reading.

With eBooks and eReaders, reading anywhere and everywhere is second nature to us now. So why has the simple act of reading the written word on a page endured all this technology? Well, all the writers who were born or died today would be able to tell you.

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It’s emotional

Reading a complete novel is about how you feel about the characters, about wanting to find out what happens, about finding something out about yourself or learning something new.

busuu’s top five tips for reading to learn language

So to keep you reading and learning faster, with a richer vocabulary, here are some quick tips.

1. Choose a book that’s not too hard, but not for children
You won’t identify with the stories or characters if the book is for young children, you’ll need to want to read it. We love Harry Potter! You don’t need to understand all the words, you’ll pick them up when you see them in context.

2. Make reading social
Start a book club, share good reads. If you know someone will love a particular character or story, tell them (it will make you look clever too!).

3. Find your favourite writers on social media
We loved reading ‘The Shock of the Fall.’ Then we found it’s author Nathan Filer on Twitter.

4. Read with sound effects and classical scores
Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling are just a few amazing enhanced eBook experiences to keep you learning.

5. Make digital notes
You can make notes without ruining your books on eReaders. Pick phrases or thoughts that capture your attention. Language idioms or ideas that you want to remember.

Get learning with busuu and share your favourite books with our community!