Category Archives: Living in Spain

Cultural experiences of one guy from Liechtenstein and one from Austria, living in Madrid! ;-)

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World of Work: Marly de Gomez

Learning a language can help you move on in your career or find new opportunities. In our ‘World of Work’ series, we speak to people who use languages every day in their job. In our first post, we spoke to Daniel, a hotel reception manager from Spain.

Let’s meet Marly de Gomez from Venezuela

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Hi Marly! Thanks for talking to busuu. Could you tell us what you do?

Hi busuu! At the moment, I’m a self-employed clothing, bed and bag designer for small pets. I work to satisfy the needs of both pets and their owners, and it’s a lot of fun.

Why are languages necessary for what you do?

I must often work from patterns in other languages, above all in English and sometimes in German. And in this technology-dominated, globalised world, it’s essential to learn new languages anyway.

Even if this seems like a difficult challenge, we must keep in mind that learning a language is very beneficial. It creates the prospect of a better future, whether finding a new job or communicating with other people.

Our mindset is largely determined by language. If you can talk the same language as the person you’re speaking to, you will be able to better understand how they think, which increases your chances of commercial success.

That’s one of the reason why I love busuu – as well as improving my English language skills, I learn more about English-speaking cultures, too, through the units and talking to native speakers.

Could you tell us about the languages you speak and how you learnt them?

Spanish is my mother tongue and I’m currently learning English with busuu. I’m amazed by the progress that I have made in such a short time with busuu’s online language-learning method.

I can also adapt my learning to my schedule, thanks to the flexibility busuu offers for studying languages, and the direct contact with native speakers is something that would otherwise be impossible here in Venezuela.

Which languages do you think are challenging to learn?

As well as learning to speak English fluently, I would like to learn German too. It has very difficult grammar, but if you know a language’s grammatical structure, everything becomes easier.

And which language do you think is easiest?

I think English is one of the easiest and most important languages to learn. It’s spread throughout the world and is the international language for not just business, but everything!

Which learning materials or methods have helped you most?

There’s no doubt that to correctly learn a language, it’s essential to understand its grammar because it makes comprehension simpler.

As well as books, learning tools such as ‘busuu-Talk‘ and voice recordings are very useful. They both enable me to practise my pronunciation by recording part of a dialogue, so that native English speakers in busuu’s community can correct me.

Marly, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to busuu!

What do you think?

What did you think of this interview? Let us know in the comments!

Are languages essential in your day-to-day work? Would you like to be considered for a World of Work interview? Then please send an email to pr@busuu.com (subject: ‘World of Work’) with just 2-3 short sentences telling us where you’re from, what you do and which languages you speak. Thanks!

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busuu.com in Top 3 of best website of the year award!

busuu.com has been nominated as Top 3 candidate for the Spanish Award “Premios de Internet” to become the best website of the year! This award is organized by the Spanish Association of Internet users since 1997 and it recognizes websites which have significantly contributed to the development and good use of internet. More than 560 websites applied from all over the world and we are very proud that busuu.com made it to the TOP 3! The winner is defined by the number of votes received (1/3 of votes come from users, 2/3 from a selected jury) so we still need your vote:

http://www.premiosdeinternet.org/index.php?body=categoria&id_rubrique=4

Please press the blue “votar button” and then “confirmar” next to our entry in order to support our candidature!

Thanks a lot in advance and we will keep you updated – this Wednesday we will find out whether we made it to the top!

UPDATE: Unfortunately we didn´t win the price but we were still overwhelmed by the number of votes we received from the users – more than 1200 people voted for our candidature! So thanks a lot for your support and we congratulate the winner Bubok who offers a very exciting and innovative concept to publish your own books!

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Radio interview for the “Radio Nacional de España”


Today, I had the chance to give a short interview for the Spanish National Radio for the programme “Otros Acentos”.

Within this program, different immigrants who currently live here in Spain, are interviewed each week to speak about their personal experience in this country. And this week they needed someone from Austria! ;-)

Besides my honest love confession for the Spanish “marcha” I had the chance to speak as well about our project busuu.com! You can listen to the interview here.

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busuu.com has a new home!


After having had the typical start-up office atmosphere (meaning having no office at all) for several weeks, we have now decided to finally “settle down”.

We have found a wonderful office location next to Madrid’s famous Retiro park, which is kind of the green lung of the city.

So there is nothing more to refrain us from nice rollerblade action in the park after a day of heavy coding! :-)

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We have finally founded our company!

Tataaaaaaaaaa….YES, it took the Spanish bureaucracy only 4 weeks to finally let us found our company! :-) And we only had to re-write the foundation contract two times as BUSUU is apparently not so easy to write correctly! ;-)

But anyway…now this important step is done and there is nothing more to hold us back in order to conquer the world of language learning!