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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

The Easter bunny’s giving you one last chance to get a 25% discount on a Premium Membership.

You’ll be fluent, quicker:

  • Get one-to-one support: record your exercises and get direct feedback.
  • Get exclusive high-end content: from The Guardian and National Geographic.
  • Master the difficult bits: added grammar support and practise.
  • Pick up and practise: unlimited access to our full mobile app content

Our promotion ends on the 21st of April 2014. Become Premium for less!

busuu partners with Pearson English

Here at busuu we are very happy to announce an exciting partnership with learning giant Pearson, allowing us to provide all our members with an even better learning experience. The deal means access to a new, affordable online test to measure English level at different stages of the learning journey.

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Available Summer 2014

The test will be free to all busuu Premium Members from the summer and will be available to all free members for a small fee. Initially busuu will be the only place that this test is available, providing a great opportunity for all busuu members to have exclusive access to this high quality product.

Accurate Scores

The test, known as the gSET, will be measured against Pearson English’s Global Scale of English (GSE), a detailed scale that tells learners exactly what their language level is in different areas. The tests will score busuu users against the GSE for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, giving an accurate understanding of strengths and weaknesses in English.

Helping You Learn Better

Pearson has a great deal of experience in the world of English language teaching and we are really excited to give all busuu members access to this high quality test. We know how important it is to keep track of learning, and this test will allow our whole community to see their progress as they spend time with us.

A big thank you to all of the team for helping make this happen, we’re really looking forward to the launch this summer.

World of Work: Marly de Gomez

Learning a language can help you move on in your career or find new opportunities. In our ‘World of Work’ series, we speak to people who use languages every day in their job. In our first post, we spoke to Daniel, a hotel reception manager from Spain.

Let’s meet Marly de Gomez from Venezuela

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Hi Marly! Thanks for talking to busuu. Could you tell us what you do?

Hi busuu! At the moment, I’m a self-employed clothing, bed and bag designer for small pets. I work to satisfy the needs of both pets and their owners, and it’s a lot of fun.

Why are languages necessary for what you do?

I must often work from patterns in other languages, above all in English and sometimes in German. And in this technology-dominated, globalised world, it’s essential to learn new languages anyway.

Even if this seems like a difficult challenge, we must keep in mind that learning a language is very beneficial. It creates the prospect of a better future, whether finding a new job or communicating with other people.

Our mindset is largely determined by language. If you can talk the same language as the person you’re speaking to, you will be able to better understand how they think, which increases your chances of commercial success.

That’s one of the reason why I love busuu – as well as improving my English language skills, I learn more about English-speaking cultures, too, through the units and talking to native speakers.

Could you tell us about the languages you speak and how you learnt them?

Spanish is my mother tongue and I’m currently learning English with busuu. I’m amazed by the progress that I have made in such a short time with busuu’s online language-learning method.

I can also adapt my learning to my schedule, thanks to the flexibility busuu offers for studying languages, and the direct contact with native speakers is something that would otherwise be impossible here in Venezuela.

Which languages do you think are challenging to learn?

As well as learning to speak English fluently, I would like to learn German too. It has very difficult grammar, but if you know a language’s grammatical structure, everything becomes easier.

And which language do you think is easiest?

I think English is one of the easiest and most important languages to learn. It’s spread throughout the world and is the international language for not just business, but everything!

Which learning materials or methods have helped you most?

There’s no doubt that to correctly learn a language, it’s essential to understand its grammar because it makes comprehension simpler.

As well as books, learning tools such as ‘busuu-Talk‘ and voice recordings are very useful. They both enable me to practise my pronunciation by recording part of a dialogue, so that native English speakers in busuu’s community can correct me.

Marly, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to busuu!

What do you think?

What did you think of this interview? Let us know in the comments!

Are languages essential in your day-to-day work? Would you like to be considered for a World of Work interview? Then please send an email to pr@busuu.com (subject: ‘World of Work’) with just 2-3 short sentences telling us where you’re from, what you do and which languages you speak. Thanks!