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New interactive video course, ‘London Central’

Are you learning English? Our specially developed 10-episode series for beginners is the world’s first video course to include direct interaction with native English speakers. It’s a fun, easy and fast way to learn! The video series follows the exciting adventures of Leo, a young Brazilian man who goes to London to learn English, get a job and find love. Watch as he settles down and adapts to British life, forming relationships with interesting people from around the world. You will grow fond of Leo and his friends, and be on the edge of your seat as they encounter challenges along the way. These realistic situations are similar to those you might encounter in everyday life, so they will prepare you with helpful words and phrases for having natural conversations at a basic level with English speakers.

A new way to learn: watch and interact

‘London Central’ is the first of its kind to include direct interaction with native English speakers via our integrated video-chat application, busuutalk.

  • Watch the video to improve your listening comprehension and learn new words, phrases and grammar in a fun, relaxing and interesting way.
  • Test your understanding by answering comprehension and language-related questions based on each episode’s content.
  • Write a short text to practise what you have learnt and send it to native English speakers for corrections and tips for improvement.
  • Interact directly with native English speakers from our global community to try out your new speaking skills based on themes from each episode.

Learn key words and phrases at A1 level. We have specially selected the course’s learning material to include the most important vocabulary and grammar points covered at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These include familiar expressions, basic phrases and answers to questions about personal details. The course also touches upon learning material seen in other busuu.com learning units at A1 level, making it a great revision tool. If you would like to see more of Leo and his friends, stay tuned for more exciting series to help you learn and improve your English at levels A2 to B2.

 

Watch the trailer now! busuu.com’s London Central

 

What do you think of this first series of ‘London Central’? Let us know below in the comments. But no spoilers, please – let’s keep the surprise for other viewers to enjoy too, as they follow Leo’s story!

New iPad app: learn English, for kids!

With the brand new busuu.com iPad app for kids, children will have fun while quickly and easily learning 150 English words. Educate, engage and entertain at the same time!

Our very first language-learning product for children teaches 150 words of English through a carefully structured course of 30 learning units, packed full of exciting educational games. And you can download the basic version for free!

A magical growing garden to reward learning. The busuu.com Kids app can be a shared experience: progress can be monitored at a glance in the child’s very own language-learning garden. Children will be delighted to watch their garden flourish as they learn, motivating them to continue.

Every time the child completes an exercise, a watering can will water a flower in their language garden to make it grow. And each plant holds a secret to discover – their flowers are faces made out of fun vocabulary pictures, created to make the kids laugh!

Stimulating activities, at home or on the go. Colourful illustrations by leading artists and audio recordings by a professional voice actor all create a stimulating and engaging learning environment. There are also plenty of animations to make sure children stay interested. The use of text is limited and all the exercises are clear and self-explanatory, so that they can easily complete the activities without guidance. No need to help – they can amuse themselves and learn wherever they are, whether at home or in the car.

Download our free iPad app for kids now! Designed by experts, made for children

Each lesson follows a specially developed 5-step methodology to help kids:

  • discover new words
  • learn vocabulary
  • test understanding
  • get training in spelling and phonetics
  • create fun works of art with new words.

 

Download the free basic version now!

The basic busuu.com iPad app for children is free and includes 3 learning units. Once you have downloaded it, you can choose to upgrade for the full course of 30 learning units. Hours of fun and education – all for less than the price of an equivalent children’s book. The learning units cover engaging topics such as farm animals, clothes, toys and the weather.

Download the free busuu.com iPad app for kids from the app store

2012 – what a great year it was!

2012 was a fantastic year for busuu.com which saw many improvements, new features and products!

Here is an overview of our highlights of 2012:

January 2012

  • To celebrate the new year, we launched a new language! Our users can now learn Japanese for free on busuu.com! Japanese is the mother tongue of over 130 million people and the 10th most spoken language in the world.
  • Great news for all our mobile users! We launched an update for our iPhone/iPad app. Now, all units in our popular apps for iPhone/iPad are automatically activated if you are a Premium member.

February 2012

  • Chinese was added to the list of busuu.com languages. Users can now learn Chinese for free on busuu.com! It’s the most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of one quarter of the global population.

March 2012

  • Profile customisation: Make your profile stand out with this feature on busuu.com! If you’re a Premium Member, you can create a Photo Gallery to share your favourite images with our community.
  • New writing exercises with pictures from National Geographic: Learn with National Geographic Pictures on busuu.com as part of our Live Units! You can improve your writing skills by practising new picture-based writing exercises, no matter your level!
  • Language level test: Users can now test their language level to find out which course they should begin with.
April 2012
May 2012
  • On 10 May 2012, busuu.com celebrated its 4th birthday!
  • We have launched My Goal, our improved learning progress tracker, you can find out how many hours you should study per week to finish your course by a certain date. This way you’ll be sure to complete your Spanish Course before you board that plane!

June 2012

  • We launched two new apps for iPhone and iPad, so you can now learn Chinese and Japanese for free on your mobile. Both apps are also available for Android.
  • We launched our improved dialogues,  to improve your listening comprehension! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better!

July 2012

  • busuu.com apps reach 10 milion downloads! In less than two years, our apps for Android, iPhone and iPads were downloaded over 10 million times! Since then, we register 20,000 new app downloads every day!
August 2012
October 2012
  • We were 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.
  • We have introduced Checkpoints – a simple new feature that will help you to learn new words and phrases and remember them!
November 2012
  • We have re-launched busuutalk – and it’s now better than ever before! Following your suggestions and feedback, we were happy to announce that busuu.com had launched a brand new version of busuutalk.
  • busuu.com won the first price at the Seven Ventures Pitch Day – a €4m media budget in Germany!
December 2012
So you can see, it was an exciting year here at busuu.com, and hopefully for you too!

Thank you for being part of busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community! What makes busuu.com special is our interactive community. Without you, we would not have reached all these milestones in 2011!

 

15% discount and motivational tips for language learning

The holidays are almost over and this is the perfect time for brushing up on your language skills to get ahead with schoolwork or make your CV stand out!

To motivate you, we are offering a back-to-school promotion – enjoy a 15% discount on all our products until 15 September 2012!

discount motivation

 

To get you in the mood, here are our busuu.com top 10 motivational tips!

  1. Set a goal – With My Goal your progress is monitored and you will receive personalised messages to give you a motivational boost when you need it most!
  2. Do a busuu Challenge – Motivate yourself and your friends to continue learning and challenge each other to finish 3 learning units within 24 hours.
  3. Be creative – Describe our daily updated pictures from National Geographic and discuss them with native speakers.
  4. Learn by playing – Check out the memory game on busuu.com and play by yourself or with others!
  5. Talk to native speakers – In the busuu-talk you’ll find lots of people who will help you achieve fluency in the language you are learning!
  6. Watch a video unit - Pick out an interesting topic and write a review about it. Your desire to express your opinion will give you extra motivation!
  7. Have a ‘foreign language’ day – Immerse yourself in the culture of the language you are learning: watch a foreign movie in the original language, listen to songs, or cook a typical foreign meal.
  8. Share your progress – Have you just set a goal or finished a learning unit? Be proud of your achievement and share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
  9. Be brave – Everybody makes mistakes when learning a foreign language, so help out others by correcting their posts. They will do the same for you!

…and the best motivation to kick-start your language learning again:

  1. Our 15%-back-to-school discount! Take advantage of the 15% discount and become Premium Premium crown now!

It’s easy to apply the discount:

  1. Go to the order page.
  2. Choose the product you would like to buy.
  3. Copy and paste the code SEP2012 into the relevant box.

With our Premium MembershipPremium Member and our motivational tips you will get the most out of your busuu.com learning experience! Only until 15 September 2012!

Did we miss a motivational tip? Just add your own tips to our list!

 

Challenge your friends to win 50 busuu-berries!

Do you have a competitive spirit? You can now challenge your friends on busuu.com! See who’s learning languages faster and get 50 juicy busuu-berries busuu-berry if you win the challenge!

To challenge a friend you just need to:

  1. Click on the new challenge icon busuu Challenge on your friend’s profile
  2. If your friend accepts the challenge, click on “Go
  3. Finish the three units assigned to you plus the test in less than 24 hours

busuu Challenge

The busuu Challenge is available to everybody, Premium Members Premium Member and basic members. Start a busuu challenge now!

As a reward you will get 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry if you win! But be careful, if you lose the challenge, you will also lose 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry.

Go to your course area and click on “busuu Challenge” in the new menu section “Fun and Games”. In your current challenge, you will see how much time is left, how many units you still have to complete and how many units your opponent did so far.

You can also check your challenge history to look at previous challenges or look for new friends to set up a new challenge with, if you’re currently not challenging anybody.

What are you waiting for? Challenge a friend and encourage him to do 3 learning units within 24 hours! If you both win, you both get 50 busuu-berries busuu-berry! Good luck!