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Enjoy the Olympics with busuu.com!

At busuu.com, we are very excited about the Olympic Games in London. To celebrate this event, we offer you a free special Learning Unit with sporting words and phrases!

The Olympic Games are the biggest sport event in the world, bringing together thousands of athletes and fans from over 200 different countries. This is the perfect time to brush up on your sports vocabulary and “talk sports” with other users of our community in the busuutalk.

Olympic Games Unit

Our Olympic Games Unit includes all the usual exercises:

And if you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can also do a voice recording exercise and download the vocabulary in PDF and MP3 format. Upgrade to Premium nowPremium Member !

Olympic Games Unit

To get you into the mood for our Special Unit, here are some fun facts and interesting information about the Olympic Games:

  1. The official languages of the Games are English and French and, if different, the language of the host country.
  2. The Olympic rings stand for the unity of America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
  3. The Olympic mottoCitius, Altius, Fortius” is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger“.
  4. Despite the motto, the Olympic Games are not about winning but about participating and celebrating this big international sport event together.
  5. Mind you that spelling competition is not yet considered as an Olympic sport ;)

Olympic Games UnitNow it’s time for you to get active and learn some new vocabulary about sports and about the ceremony itself. Go to the Special Unit by clicking on the ‘recommended unit’ link on the left-hand side of your Home area. Or just try it out now!

Have lots of fun with our Olympic Games Unit!

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Get new gifts for your language garden!

Make your language garden stand out with our fun gifts!

In the new busuu Shop, you can use your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry to buy lots of animated gifts for your garden. Or trade them for a discount on our Premium Membership Premium Membership!

busuu Shop

Check out the busuu Shop now:

  1. Access the busuu Shop by clicking on the new busuu-berry counter busuu Shop at the top of the page.
  2. Choose a discount or a gift that you would like for your garden.
  3. Confirm that you want to buy the item with your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry.

Once you have bought a gift, it’s immediately displayed in your garden. Hover over the new gift and discover how it interacts with your garden!

Get your personal gift now!

language garden

The busuu Shop is for everybody! However, Premium Members Premium Membership can choose from a much wider selection of gifts, in total 20 different animations. Check out the busuu Shop or upgrade to Premium now Premium Membership!

Get a discount with your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry:

  1. Choose a discount in the busuu Shop.
  2. Click on “Upgrade now!” to get to the subscription page and choose a product.
  3. Copy the discount code displayed at the top of the page and use it on the following payment page.

Enjoy browsing the new busuu Shop and choosing a discount or a fun gift for your language garden!

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Get into the holiday spirit with our Travel Course!

It’s almost the holiday season! So brush up on your language skills with our interactive Travel Course and get ready to enjoy your adventures abroad!

Holidays

Learn all the essential words and expressions you need to know when travelling with the following categories:

  • Basic Expressions
  • Transportation
  • Moving around
  • Money, shopping and eating
  • Planning and accommodation

Each of these categories includes 3 learning units. Plus, you get our special Survival guide, a very useful PDF containing survival phrases to carry around while exploring the city.

The Travel Course is available in each of the 12 languages offered on busuu.com. It’s also available in all our mobile apps, so leave your dictionaries at home and improve your language skills on the way to your holiday destination! Download your app now!

busuu.com Travel Course

Access our Travel Course in three easy ways:

  1. Invite your friends
    For free access to the online version, simply invite 10 of your friends to join busuu.com. Once they’ve signed up, you’ll get access straight away!
  2. Buy it now
    If you want immediate access to the Travel Course, buy it now – just choose whether you’d like the online version or the mobile app version!
  3. Become a Premium MemberPremium Membership
    Premium Members automatically have free access to both the online version and the mobile app version of the Travel Course.

Upgrade now to enjoy our full range of award-winning learning tools!

We hope you have lots of fun preparing for your trip with our Travel Course – we’re sure it will get you into the holiday spirit!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

In Madrid it’s freezing cold, it’s great to have a day to celebrate love and spread warmth amongst your dear ones. Valentine’s day may be controversial for some of you, but let’s forget the commercial side of it and have a look at its roots!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The truth is, little is known about St. Valentine, we don’t even know which of the many St.Valentines we are actually commemorating! Believe it or not, there were as many as 14 martyred saints of ancient Rome called Valentine. However, what we do know is that St. Valentine was buried on February 14 on the Via Flaminia, an ancient road that leads from Rome to Rimini.

So the fact is that St. Valentine’s Day does not have romantic roots whatsoever. Luckily, love doesn’t rely on historical facts to create legends and so it happened that in the Middle Ages the story of St. Valentine was romanticised. Legend has it that St. Valentine was a priest in the times of the Roman Emperor Claudius II (213 –270 AD). The Emperor had forbidden marriage in order to create a strong army of single warriors focused on war and nothing else but war. Priest Valentine fought for love instead and resisted the order of Claudius II by secretly marrying young couples.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

And this is how we got to celebrate the day of love. To get you in the mood, we are featuring a special Valentine’s unit! Try it out now and find out how to say “I am crazy about you” in the language you are learning. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a bilingual relationship or not, our Valentine’s unit will surely come in very handy for you: Surprise your partner with love declarations in as many as twelve languages!

Have a look at our special busuu.com I-love-you list in all the languages we offer:

Ich liebe dich
Te quiero
Je t’aime
Ti amo
Eu amo você
Я тебя люблю
Kocham cię
Seni seviyorum
أُحِبُّكَ.
わたし は あなた を あいしています
我爱你
I love you

Do you know how to say “I love you” in another language than those listed above? Feel free to add more “I love yous” to our list! And if you have a special Valentine story to share, we’d love to hear that too!

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More variety in our Live Units!

Your learning experience is very important to us. That is why we have extended our list of Live Unit sources and now offer even more diversity than before. If you are a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can now watch interesting videos about nature, travel, science and news. As usual, you’ll be able to write a comment about what you’ve watched and have this comment corrected by the community.

There are two ways to access the videos:

1. The Live Units are included in your Intermediate level courses, usually appearing every 4 or 5 units, and you will recognise them by the TV icon . This can be found in your home area, but also in your language area, where you see the unit you are currently working on. To navigate through the level, just click on the arrows on the left and right. Click on the “Start” button to begin the unit.

Live Units

Live Units2. If after this you are eager to do more Live Units, you can access them any time via your Resources menu, both in your home area and your language area. This way, you can access the video overview directly and choose the one you find most interesting:

Live Units

Write a short comment about the video and send it to our community’s native speakers who will then correct your comment. Of course, you will be rewarded with busuu-berriesbusuu-berry for your efforts!

The video-based learning tool is designed to strengthen your listening comprehension and to provide you with interesting material on a wide range of topics like nature, animals, travelling, etc. With our improved list of themes, you can be sure to find a video that will catch your eye. They are updated automatically, so you can enjoy topical learning material every day!

 Live Units

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Take advantage of our New Year 15% discount and upgrade your account now! Enjoy our Premium FunctionsPremium Member and improve your listening, reading and writing comprehension with our improved Live Units.

We have some more exciting news on the way so stay tuned!