Category Archives: Meet the team

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Meet the team: Jonathan

We are back!

In our last ‘Meet the team’ blog post we introduced you to the smiley Maria.

This time we introduce you to Jonathan, most commonly called Jo by all of us here at the busuu office. Jo is a Product Manager for English and is extremely interested in how people learn languages, and even writes a blog about it. This weekend he will be in Istanbul talking about online language learning at the TELT conference.

Jo also likes his sport; he cycles to the office every day and he can’t say no to a ping-pong challenge! Find out more about Jo in the interview below:

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How long have you been with busuu?
Around 9 months.

Where are you from?
Bath, England.

How many languages do you speak and what are they?
English and Turkish, although I don’t practise my Turkish enough these days.

Have you experienced any funny misunderstandings when learning a new language or visiting a foreign country?
When I lived in Istanbul I learned how to say ‘How much does it cost?’ before being able to understand the answers, so after asking I would just hold out my hand and let them take out the correct money!

How would you describe working at busuu?
It’s a great place to work. All the people here are friendly and really do their jobs well. It’s good to think that people will learn more and more as we continue to improve the busuu experience.

For me, language learning means …
…creating a slightly different version of yourself! You can be a different person when you communicate in another language.

Did you like meeting Jo, our Product Manager for English? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet the team: Maria

It’s that time again, where we tell you a bit about the people that make up busuu HQ.

In our last ‘Meet the team’ blog post we introduced you to the lovely Jennifer, our Head of Talent. Today we introduce you to Maria, our happy, smiley Junior Product Manager. Maria describes herself as an ice-skating fanatic, Roger Federer admirer and Russian language enthusiast!

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How long have you been with busuu?
One year.

Where are you from?
Italy.

How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I speak Italian, Russian and English and I have a basic knowledge of Czech and Bulgarian

Have you experienced any funny misunderstandings when learning a new language or visiting a foreign country?
Yes, when I was learning Russian I once asked a question that sounded like “What kind of person is in that sandwich?”

How would you describe working at busuu?
Working at busuu is really exciting: every day is different and full of new challenges and our team is amazing and very multicultural. It’s definitely a great place to work.

For me language learning means…
…being able to communicate with more people, discover different cultures and broaden my knowledge of the world.

Did you like meeting Maria, our Junior Product Manager? Are you looking forward to meeting the rest of the team? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet the team: Jennifer

It’s time to get personal!

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at busuu HQ?!

We’re about to reveal all! From 06 December we’ll be interviewing one busuu team member every 2 weeks and getting them to reveal all about their language learning experiences.

We’re kicking off the fun with our Head of Talent!

Jennifer will tell you about where she’s from, her time at busuu, and her language learning experiences so far.

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How long have you been with busuu?
Two months.

Where are you from?
I’m from Ireland.

How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I’m an English native speaker but I can also speak Irish and French.

Have you experienced any funny misunderstandings when learning a new language or visiting a foreign country?
Yes, when I was in Japan I tried using some of the phrases I had learned like ‘hello’, ‘how are you’ and how to order certain things, but every time I spoke Japanese, the Japanese people would just giggle and talk to me in English.

How would you describe working at busuu?
Working at busuu is challenging, fulfilling and most of all exciting. There is so much potential for our product and the team that I can’t wait to get into the office each morning.

For me language learning means…
…being able to communicate with people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to and make the world so much more accessible.

Did you like meeting Jennifer, our Head of Talent? Are you looking forward to meeting the rest of the team? Tell us in the comments!