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Learning a language makes your travel experiences so much better

 

Learning a language makes your travel experiences so much better

Even a little knowledge of a foreign language can help you make a good impression when you meet people from other countries.

You will never truly experience the local culture if you limit yourself to interacting on a touristic level alone. A deeper level of communication will help you fully immerse yourself in the culture.

In other words, speaking another language helps to break down barriers.

Learning a foreign language can enrich your travel experience

Of course, nowadays you can travel anywhere and everywhere without speaking any other languages, but the experience can be completely different!

Learning a foreign language can help you become a more confident traveller, but also it will give you the opportunity to meet local people, explore different places off the beaten track, and learn more about the culture and cuisine of the place you are visiting…

Particularly if you are travelling alone, speaking a foreign language can make your trip so much easier, and more enjoyable too: for social reasons when meeting new people and discovering cool new places; or for personal safety reasons, like when asking for help in case of emergencies (obviously, we hope the former would be more relevant, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!).

There are plenty of good reasons to learn a foreign language and busuu.com can help you to enjoy the process of learning a new language using our app and website!

Continue your language learning today!

Goodbye to one of the best years for busuu!

 

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What have we done to improve your experience with busuu?

We have been working to create a better user experience for you and to make your language learning easier and more enjoyable.

Here are some of examples

  • We launched a brand new learning platform with:
  1. New content – our language experts have created new English and Spanish vocabulary and grammar units. The new Grammar units are designed to develop your skills in an intuitive and natural way, while keeping you motivated.
  2. Digestible learning units and activities – It is easier to complete shorter lessons while keeping you more motivated
  3. Objective based content - each lesson will help you achieve a specific objective.
  • We are delighted to be partnering with Pearson English to bring you a new online language test, GSET (Global Scale of English Test)

This is a brand new test that will revolutionise the way your level of English is measured! busuu is currently the only place where you can take this test and get your certificate, so you will be one of the first people in the world to benefit from it!

  • New mobile apps

Our apps have been radically re-designed to improve the 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!

All of these improvements have been recognised several times throughout the year:

EdTech Innovator Award 2014

busuu has reached the short-list for the EdTech Innovator Award 2014, an award set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.

Best App 2014

At the end of every year Apple releases a list of its best Apps.

And this year our busuu app is featured on the list of the Best of 2014 in Switzerland.

We are included in the “MUST HAVE APPS”

Our Android app has been selected by Google among the 127 best Android apps in the world, These “Must have apps” will be featured in the Google play store.

Busuu is joining Tech City UK’s Future Fifty Programme

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.

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But our best award is our global community of language learners!

In 2014, busuu reached the milestone of 50 million users worldwide!

It’s a pretty amazing achievement given that busuu was only set up six years ago and it is now the largest online language-learning platform on the planet!

Up to 40,000 users join busuu every single day!

We want to thank all of our users for their continued support.

Busuu would not be what it is today without its global community of language learners!


Thank you!

 

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!

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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.