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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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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.

There’s still time to win an iPhone 5s

The round of 16 of the football tournament it’s almost over. Are you one of the lucky ones who’s still in Brazil watching it? Or are you at home, like us, watching it round the TV with friends? Or maybe you’re watching the games at the pub with other footie fans?

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How’s your team doing?

It’s your team still in the game? At busuu we’ve all been enjoying the football games and cheered up for our teams, even though some didn’t make it through. In the end, only one team can win. How about you? Have you found yourself shouting, “The referee needs glasses”, at the television yet? Or, as they say in Spain, ¡El árbitro necesita gafas!

Impress your friends

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to impress your friends by knowing how to say, “He certainly knows where the goal is”, in Portuguese – “Ele certamente sabe onde fica o gol” – when Brazil scores a brilliant goal? Or when someone misses, how about exclaiming, “Gdyby ten strzał był skierowany na bramkę, to mielibyśmy gola” – that’s, “If that was on target it would have been a goal”, in Polish.

Learn essential football expressions online

You can still learn 11 handy and funny football expressions to enhance your enjoyment of the football games and impress your friends in our special Football Masterclass unit, including the ones above and lots more. There’s the classic, “It’s not over until it’s over”, as well as my favourite, “Only one team is going to be the winner today”. You can go straight to the special unit here .

Win an iPhone 5s PLUS a 12-month Premium Membership

Complete the special unit – that’s the 11 key phrases, 3 vocabulary exercises, a drag-and-drop exercise and a review – for your chance to win an iPhone 5s in our competition, another pretty cool way of impressing your friends! You’ll also win a 12-month Premium Membership and access to all of our content on the busuu learning app to help you learn languages online. Another 10 lucky people will win a 12-month Premium membership and access to all the content too.

All busuu members can get onside, learn the phrases and take part in the competition – it’s available until July 13th to coincide with the football tournament.

Please note: you can only access the Football Masterclass on your web browser.

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Easter treats and discounts for you!

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Why the Easter chicken doesn’t exist and other Easter treats…

Don’t worry we’re not about to tell you the Easter bunny isn’t coming this year. To help us with our cultural and language learning, we’ve been eating chocolate eggs and reading about Easter (a lot) and now we’ve got questions …

So why is the bunny delivering the chickens’ eggs?

A symbol of fertility and new life (they can make up to 14 bunnies in one go and get pregnant while they are already pregnant) rabbits have been a part of springtime tradition since ancient times, and so too has the egg.

Many ancient Egyptians, Persians and Hindus believed the world began with an huge egg.  It’s also thought that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion.

In the 1700s, German immigrants brought the ‘Osterhase’ tradition with them to America a hare that laid colourful eggs.

Why would you paint your eggs?

There is evidence of egg colouring in early Christian North African tribes. And as far back as the 13th century, it’s believed painting eggs was a celebration of being able to eat them again, as they were forbidden over Lent.

Who hunts for eggs?

From Sweden to Germany, the UK to France, people will be hiding Easter eggs all over the place hard boiled, chocolate or filled with sweets. And lots of little ones (and some adults like us) will be hunting them out.

And who rolls them?

In Egypt children roll red and yellow eggs. In Denmark they’re rolled down slopes of grassland or forest. In Germany they’re rolled down a track made of sticks. In America, some children are invited to roll theirs on the White House lawn.

Your last chance to grab your Easter treat

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