We have won the EdTech Innovator award
As mentioned in a previous blog post, busuu has reached the short-list for the EdTech Innovator Award 2014, an award set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.
We are thrilled to announce that we have won this award and want to thank all of our users for their continued support – busuu would not be without its global community of language learners!
Win a brand new iPhone 5s, incl. all busuu mobile apps!
The busuu language-learning apps to connect learners with native speakers worldwide are now downloaded an average of 25,000 times a day, enabling our users to learn on the go – wherever they are and whenever they want!
We are now giving one lucky winner the chance to win a brand new iPhone 5s, complete with full access to all mobile apps from busuu!
All you need to do is to become a fan of the busuu Facebook page and you are in for a chance of winning!
Once you have entered, make sure to share the sweepstake with all of your friends as you will get one bonus entry for each of your friends that enter too!
Hi, I am Shino, and have written this guest blog in Japanese.
We have some great news:
Our mobile apps have been downloaded 20 million times!
Read a summary of our official press release here and in case you have not done it yet, download one of our free mobile learning apps!
The first language-learning app to connect learners with native speakers worldwide is now downloaded an average of 25,000 times a day, meeting growing global demand for mobile learning.
busuu’s mobile app allows users to learn up to 11 languages and connect to over 35 million native speakers in its global language-learning community. The top three languages downloaded for learning are English, French and Spanish.
The top three countries by number of downloads are the US, Germany and Russia, although there is also rapid growth in emerging markets such as Brazil, Turkey and China.
Interaction with native speakers is an important part of successfully learning a new language, so busuu’s huge, active community is a key feature. Via the app, users connect to native speakers by completing writing exercises and submitting these for feedback and corrections. They can then do the same in return, acting as a tutor of their own mother tongue.
Since the beginning of 2013, busuu members have completed over 12 million vocabulary exercises via the app. The general shift to mobile learning is further demonstrated by the fact that busuu users now complete 33% more exercises via the app than online. Mobile users now also have the possibility to set a learning goal on their mobile phone in order to track their progress.
The busuu language-learning app is free, with access to 20 learning units (5 for each level). Premium Members of the web version automatically have full access included in their membership.
Since 2001, the European Day of Languages has been held every year on 26 September. It aims to encourage Europe’s 800 million inhabitants, whatever their age, to learn more languages to help intercultural understanding and preserve our heritage.
Who’s it for?
The European Day of Languages is for everyone! From students and teachers to you and your next-door neighbour, the aim is to have a fun experience and learn a bit more about new languages and cultures.
Where can I take part?
If you want to get involved, look out for activities such as language classes and conferences. If you can’t make it to one of these, there are also television and radio programmes, and online activities.
Search for an event near you on the European Day of Languages website.
I have an idea for an event!
Why not arrange your own activity, such as a film evening with movies in different languages or a special dinner with different dishes from a range of countries.
Can I do something smaller?
Why not invite your friends or neighbours from different cultures for tea and a quiz based on fun language facts? You could also simply decorate your home, classroom or local community meeting place with posters.
What will you do?
Let us know in the comments if you’ll take part in an event or even organise your own! Even if you can’t get to an activity, don’t forget to log on to busuu on 26 September to continue your own language learning and talk to native speakers!