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Enjoy your new 20% discount!

We have decided to extend the discount and to give you a huge 20% off all our language-learning products until 15 February 2013.

This means that you can get a year’s Premium Membership for only 4.67 EUR per month.

It is really easy to claim your discount:

  • Go to our subscribe page
  • Choose one or more products
  • Submit your order (the discount will be automatically applied)

Remember that this offer is until 15 February 2013! Upgrade now!

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Thank you for supporting our 2012 charity campaign!

A big thank you to everyone who upgraded to a Premium Membership in December 2012 to support our charity campaign!

It was a great success – with your help, we sponsored thousands of weeks of education for children in Cameroon, Africa. The money will be used to buy furniture, textbooks and other teaching materials for children.

Throughout the month of December 2012, busuu.com sponsored school for children in Cameroon, Africa for every Premium Membership sold.

All donations went to  CAPECthe Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The organisation will use the funds to give children access to school.

Why have we chosen CAPEC? Our name comes from Busuu, which is an endangered language spoken by fewer than eight people in Cameroon. That’s why we decided to help a charity that supports children in the region. CAPEC is one of Cameroon’s leading child welfare organisations and we have been supporting it since 2009. CAPEC’s aim is to help children by giving them opportunities for a better life.

 

Thank you from all of us at busuu.com!

 

If you have not upgraded to a Premium Membership in December, you can still do this now by clicking here!

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busuu.com is in the Europas finals! Vote for us!

We’re very excited to be in the finals of The Europas – the European Tech Startup Awards again!

Last year you have helped us win the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’.

With your help, we can do it again this year! 

Please vote for us and click on the Facebook Like icon underneath busuu.com.

Thank you so much for being part of our great community!

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Get ready for Halloween 2012!

While Halloween, or All Saint’s Eve, is most popular in America, countries around the world are now beginning to adopt this holiday too.

Halloween

If you are planning to attend, or even host a Halloween party, you should make sure you know the most common words related to this holiday. Halloween words borrow from many different languages. Today, these words are used in countries all around the world.

Do you know where some of these words come from?

Let’s take a look at the most common ones:

HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a condensed form of the phrase All Hallow Even, i.e. All Saints’ Eve. Hallow means “holy”, so Halloween is the Eve of All Hallows, i.e. all saints. Hallow and Halloween derive from the Old English adjective halig (holy).

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin derives from the Greek pepon, a kind of melon eaten only when very ripe. The word root is very interesting: Latin took over pepon as pepo, then French produced popon/pompon, then pumpion, and finally pumpkin.

BROOM

There is no witch in town that would make a Halloween appearance without a broom. The word derives from a Germanic plant name that appears as bramo, bramma and bramio in various Germanic languages. So a broom essentially bears the Germanic name of the twig plant.

COFFIN

This word appears in various languages. In Greek it’s kophinus (a basket), in Latin cophinus and French cofin. Initially, the word meant ‘box’ but in the 16th century it took on two meanings, one of which is the dreaded coffin.

GHOST

In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that appears to the living. However, Halloween ghosts will be disappointed to know that their linguistic ancestors where neither scary nor vengeful. In Old English, ghost simply meant “spirit”, a meaning preserved when we refer to the Holy Ghost.

To get you in the right mood for Halloween, here are the top 10 Halloween songs of all time.

To learn more words related to this fantastic holiday, complete our fun Halloween exercise on busuu.com

 

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busuu announces €3.5 million investment and moves to London

We are very happy to announce a €3.5 million investment in busuu.com by PROFounders Capital and private investors as well as our headquarters relocation from Madrid to London.

Apart from improving our online and mobile language learning courses and developing brand new products to improve our service, we will use the investment to grow our team and give you the best language learning experience out there.

With the investment, we are also happy to add Brent Hoberman, co-founder of lastminute.com, to our board of advisers.

“We are thrilled to welcome on board Brent Hoberman and the PROfounders Capital team,” said Bernhard Niesner, busuu.com CEO and co-founder. “Brent’s valuable experience in building leading global internet companies will help us achieve our aim of becoming the world leader in language education.”

“We were really impressed by what busuu.com has achieved so far with very few resources,” added PROfounders Capital investment partner Brent Hoberman. “We are looking forward to supporting the company in its future growth plans and shaking up the global language learning market.”

At busuu.com, we have more than 25 million users in over 200 countries and we are growing at a rate of 40,000 new members per day – enough people to fill the seats of London’s Olympic stadium in just two days.

Join them now, register for free and start learning a language today!

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