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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

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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?

Back to school wouldn’t be the same without busuu!

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Go back to school with our help :)

Learning a language has never been this easy and fun, so with 25% percent off our Premium memberships you won’t have an excuse to only speak your native language.

Don’t wait too long busuuers, this Back to School promotion will only last until September 10th! Get hold of your membership by clicking here.

It’s your last chance to win an iPhone 5s

There’s still time to complete the Football Masterclass and be in with a chance of winning a gorgeous iPhone 5s – plus 12 months’ Premium Membership – but you’d better be quick! The competition ends at 3pm BST on July 13th – the same day as the football final in Brazil – so log in now to take part:

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Are you ready for the football final?

Have you enjoyed the football tournament in Brazil? We can’t believe it’s nearly over, it’s been so exciting, but as we all know “It’s not over until it’s over!”

While you’ve been watching the matches have you shouted, “the referee needs glasses” at the television? Or did you find yourself saying, “If that was on target it would have been a goal”? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to support your favourite team by knowing these expressions in a different language?

Well you can! If you log in now and do the Football Masterclass you can learn all these expressions plus another 8 in time for the final on July 13th, including “there are no easy games in international football” and “At the end of the day, the best team won”!

Everyone can enter

You can take part whether you’re a Free or Premium Member – and once you’ve completed the special unit you’ll be in with a chance of winning a very stylish iPhone 5s PLUS a year’s Premium Membership – with access to all the busuu content on the language app to help you learn languages online.

Here in the busuu office we can’t wait to find out who’s won the iPhone 5s (and 12-month Premium Membership), as well as the other 10 winners of a year’s Premium Membership. The winners will be selected at random from everyone who completes the Football Masterclass and we’ll be announcing who they are on 17th July.

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning log in to the Football Masterclass now and complete the special unit. Even if you don’t win you’ll have helped your language learning with lots of football expressions to impress your friends – and shout at the television!

You’ve got until 3pm BST on July 13th to take part so that you can use your new language skills during the football final.