Here at the busuu office we recently celebrated the arrival of another busuu baby; with another member of our team becoming a proud parent! So naturally there has been a lot of discussion about how children learn languages and how we can help them become fluent language speakers.
Make it fun
Adults tend to think that learning a language is a huge challenge, and while it’s true that it does take a lot of effort, this is something that young people are not aware of. Getting children to learn through fun games and activities from an early age can mean that they grow up with a more positive attitude to other languages and the process of learning.
Keep things moving
Children have much shorter attention spans than adults and it’s important to make sure there is a lot of variety for them. The language games they play should be short enough so that they don’t get bored. Children don’t understand the logic of hard work paying off in the future, so it has to be engaging in the present!
Songs and chants
Children love to sing, and songs can be one of the best ways of helping young people become familiar with the rhythm and tone of a new language. This can have a big impact on both listening skills and on their pronunciation. It also helps children remember ‘chunks’ of language; phrases and sentences that help them to become aware of the structures of language without having to focus on grammar.
Download the busuu kids app
If you want to help your child learn English or Spanish, we have a great app to help. The app, (available for iPad and Android) is made up of 30 fun and engaging learning units, each helping your child learn 5 useful words. And because learning is most fun when it’s interactive, why not use the words from each unit to make a song or a game to play with your child at home.
The most important thing, whatever your age, is to love learning. Here at busuu we aim to make learning fun and engaging for all; whether you’re four or one hundred and four!
It’s the biggest makeover we’ve ever done on our app, and it’s finally here.
A beautiful new interface
Our vibrant but clear new look makes it easier to find what you want to learn, to check your progress, and to continue where you left off, whilst the lightning quick interface helps you go through your courses faster than ever before. Add to this the fact we have made your exercises more fun to do, this leads to an altogether more motivational language learning experience. And more motivation means finally mastering your favourite languages!
Interact more with other users
We’ve also made it easier to get instant access to your busuu Community. We’ve put ‘My Corrections’ in a handy side menu so it’s readily available for you to check what native speakers think of your work, or help others and make friends!
11 languages in one app!
What’s more, we’ve packed all our mobile courses into one app without compromising on usability. Never before have you been able to learn so many languages in such a fun and easy way.
You’ve got to try it to believe it
Download now for free on iOS from the App Store or Android on Google Play.
With the brand new busuu Android app for kids, children will have fun while quickly and easily learning 150 English words. Educate, engage and entertain at the same time!
Our very first Android language-learning product for children teaches 150 words of English through a carefully structured course of 30 learning units, packed full of exciting educational games. And you can download the basic version for free!
A magical growing garden to reward learning
The busuu Kids app can be a shared experience: progress can be monitored at a glance in the child’s very own language-learning garden. Children will be delighted to watch their garden flourish as they learn, motivating them to continue.
Every time the child completes an exercise, a watering can will water a flower in their language garden to make it grow. And each plant holds a secret to discover – their flowers are faces made out of fun vocabulary pictures, created to make the kids laugh!
Stimulating activities, at home or on the go
Colourful illustrations by leading artists and audio recordings by a professional voice actor all create a stimulating and engaging learning environment. There are also plenty of animations to make sure children stay interested. The use of text is limited and all the exercises are clear and self-explanatory, so that they can easily complete the activities without guidance. No need to help – they can amuse themselves and learn wherever they are, whether at home or in the car.
Download our free Android app for kids now! Designed by experts, made for children each lesson follows a specially developed 5-step methodology to help kids:
- discover new words
- learn vocabulary
- test understanding
- get training in spelling and phonetics
- create fun works of art with new words.
The basic busuu Android app for children is free and includes 3 learning units. Once you have downloaded it, you can choose to upgrade for the full course of 30 learning units. Hours of fun and education – all for less than the price of an equivalent children’s book. The learning units cover engaging topics such as farm animals, clothes, toys and the weather.
Download the free busuu Android app “Kids Learn English with busuu”!
Download the free busuu Android app “Kids Learn Spanish with busuu”!
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!
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.