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busuu is joining Tech City UK’s Future Fifty Programme

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We’re delighted to be joining Tech City UK‘s Future Fifty programme, alongside companies such as Onefinestay,  Made.com, Skyscanner and many others. As a fast growth UK-based business, we’re looking forward to being a part of this exciting network of peers, as well as getting support from the Future Fifty’s private sector partners. We hope to take advantage of Government support mechanisms, links to the UK’s institutional investor base, capital markets, and the one to one service the Future Fifty team offers. For more information, visit: www.futurefifty.com

The new busuu Grammar units are here!

busuu New Grammar Launch

Here at busuu we worked hard and improved our Grammar units to make your learning experience even better.

New grammar units

Grammar is the backbone of any language and we believe that learning grammar is as important as learning any other aspect of the language.

Our language experts have created new and more detailed English and Spanish Grammar units with the explanation you need to improve your language skills.

The new Grammar units are designed to teach you grammar in an intuitive and natural way, while keeping you motivated. These units have been designed to help you and guide you in the acquisition of grammatical rules through different exercises and explanations. They also prepare you to engage in communicative situations using appropriate language structures.

Your opinion matters to us

Keep sending us your suggestions. We are always thriving to improve our product and provide you with the best language learning experience. So, don’t waste more time and start learning with our new grammar units :)

 

Money Talks – in Many Tongues

Money talks in many tongues

You’re a busuu language learner, which means you already know that learning a new language gets you more out of life, friendship, adventure and culture…but money?

It turns out that being bilingual or multilingual can help you earn big.

Competition in a changing world

In a global market communication is king, so the more languages the better.

Some markets are rapidly growing, like Brazil and China, so speaking Portuguese or Mandarin could really boost your career prospects.

Stand out from the crowd

In a global market, bosses are loving languages more than ever. Learning more than one language can give you an edge over the competition. Put your hand up for projects involving travel to other countries or international clients and you’ll be noticed.

Bilingual Boost

You can add between 10% and 15% to your earnings by learning another language.* But it’s the compound interest that really counts. Read more about how learning a language pays off here.

*Source: The Guardian.

Jobs on the rise

Big business is now global bringing different cultures together, and interpreters and translators are among the top five fastest growing occupations. In fact, opportunities are expected to increase by a whopping 46 % between 2012 and 2022 in these jobs.

(Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

It’s who you know.

Learning a language could make you more popular! Learn French for example, and you can expand your professional network to include people from other countries like France, Canada and parts of Africa much more easily.

Poco-a-poco

(Spanish: little by little)

You don’t need to speak your new language fluently to get the benefits at work. You’ll make a great impression with a client who doesn’t speak the native tongue if you attempt a bit of ‘small talk’ after your meeting or in the bar.

Useful work phrases in some money-boosting languages :)

French:            Félicitations pour avoir décroché ce poste.

Congratulations on getting the job.

Spanish:          Lo estás haciendo muy bien. Sigue así.

You are doing very well. Keep it up.

Russian:          Ты прекрасный переводчик

You are a first class interpreter.

Japanese:        Majime: Describe yourself as ‘Majime’ to a potential employer. It means you are earnest, reliable and you get things done.

One language is never enough!

Learn a second language, invest in your career!

Give yourself the competitive edge with a busuu Premium Membership.

 

The best busuu iOS app yet

We have just launched our new iOS app!

Version 5.0 of our iOS app has been radically re-designed to improve user experience, while still providing free access to engaging content and courses. The new release features more interactive exercises, an attractive fresh design and improved navigation to make your language learning experience easier and even more fun!

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The new iOS app features a range of improvements to enhance user experience and learning. First, the steps to enter the learning content when opening the apps have been reduced by one third. The content has been re-organised in a beautiful user interface with better quality images and a brighter design. A number of illustrations have been added, including a new progress bar that allows you to quickly see how you are advancing with your language learning.

The app also features a Today widget in the Notification Centre so you can now receive Teasers in your Today stream to quickly test your language skills and keep on track. In addition, version 5.0 has been integrated with the password tool 1Password to make logging in as straightforward as possible for you.

busuu, the world’s leading social network for language learning with over 50 million users

busuu is the only language-learning platform in the world that connects its users so that they can help each other learn through peer-to-peer corrections. A new tab in this new version will enable you to switch quickly and easily from your language studies to receiving feedback on your work or correcting other students.

Download the new iOS app today!

An Unusual Language Learning Tip

busuu - singing to learn languages

This week we’ve got a great tip for you. Believe it or not, singing can help you learn a new language.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that when different groups of people heard a number of phrases in Hungarian, the people who sang them back had much better recall than the people who spoke them.

In one of the tests, the singing group did twice as well as the speaking group. The reasons why singing a phrase makes it easier to remember than speaking isn’t known but it’s thought that it may have something to do with the melody.

Other benefits of singing in a foreign tongue

Not only can it help your powers of recall but singing can help you learn a second language in lots of other ways too. We know that a number of you like to use your new language skills when you abroad, so how about singing while you’re there? It would certainly be an unusual way of introducing yourself. Or you could even have a go at karaoke in your new language.

If you’d rather keep your singing to the confines of your own home, it can still help you learn. By listening to the songs from a foreign country you can learn a lot about the country’s culture. It’s also a great way of picking up new vocabulary and phrases that you might not hear elsewhere.

Just by listening to songs in a different language you’ll be improving your listening skills and improving your accent without trying. And having lots of fun in the process.

Why not make it part of your learning?

All you have to do is find a few songs in the language you’re learning online then add them to your mobile phone or MP3 player. That way you can listen to them while you’re out and about and learn on the go, just like you do with the busuu apps.

So why not give it a go?

If you are feeling super confident, why not film yourself while singing in the language you are learning and tweet us your video on @busuu?