Category Archives: What’s new on busuu.com?

Improvement and fixed issues regarding our website www.busuu.com

Check out our improved dialogues!

Practise your listening comprehension with our improved dialogues! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better! If you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member you can now:

  1. See the part that is being spoken in yellow
  2. Pause the dialogue wherever you want
  3. Repeat any sentence that you want to hear again
busuu.com dialogue

Whenever you open a dialogue, the audio will start automatically and the part that is being spoken will be highlighted in yellow, so you can follow the dialogue easily. We recommend you listen to the dialogue as a whole at first. If you then want to hear a specific sentence again, or listen to one sentence at a time, just use the forward and backward buttons to navigate through the dialogue. Try it out now!

dialogue toolbar

Learn at your own pace by listening to each sentence as often as you wish or pausing the dialogue at any time. This way you can develop an ear for the language you are learning and you can also practise your pronunciation by listening to the sentences repeatedly and saying them out loud.

As usual, after listening to the dialogue, you will have to answer three short questions to show that you have understood the conversation. Test your listening comprehension now!

These new functions are part of the busuu.com Premium MembershipPremium Member.

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Upgrade now to learn languages more efficiently or have a look at the complete list of our Premium functions here!

Have fun with our improved dialogues!

Get the new ‘super corrector’ badge for your busuu.com profile!

Making mistakes is an important part of learning languages and learning in general. When we correct them, we understand our error, we remember what to do next time and we don’t repeat the mistake.

That’s why you should help other people learning your language by correcting their exercises in a clear and constructive way.

  • Use the toolbar above the correction area to highlight any mistakes – for example, put them in bold or in a bright colour.
    Correction toolbar
  • Explain why you’ve highlighted the word or phrase and suggest a better alternative.
  • Give the post’s author a tip to help him avoid making mistakes
  • Leave an encouraging note to the post’s author to help them stay motivated and continue learning!

busuu.com correction

And when you’ve done a good job by providing useful corrections, other members of the busuu.com community can give you a ‘thumbs up’! You could even win one of our new badges for your profile:

  • super corrector super corrector (more than 1,000 thumbs up)
  • very helpful corrector very helpful corrector (500-999 thumbs up)
  • helpful corrector helpful corrector (50-499 thumbs up)

Plus, if at least 3 people give you a ‘thumbs up’, you will get 5 extra busuu-berries busuu-berry.

But be careful with your corrections, you can also receive a ‘thumbs down’ thumbs down! This means that your corrections need to improve.

So should you see this badge thumbs down on your profile, just follow our tips on how to make helpful corrections and collect some more ‘thumbs up’. As soon as you have more ‘thumbs up’ than ‘thumbs down’, the badge will disappear and you’re on your way to becoming a super corrector super corrector.

Start correcting now to win lots of ‘thumbs up’ and become a super corrector super corrector in no time!

Happy Birthday busuuuuu!

We’re celebrating our 4th birthday! More than 16 million users worldwide learn up to 12 different languages on busuu.com and we want to celebrate our big day with all of you!

So we’ve prepared two special surprises! Until 23 May 2012, you can:

  1. try out our Premium MembershipPremium Member for free
  2. get a 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Member when you upgrade!

Happy Birthday busuu.com

4 years of online language learning on busuu.com have added up to many experiences and we’re very happy to have come so far in such a short time. Only in the last year, we:

And much more! Try out our Premium functionsPremium Member for yourself for free until 23 May 2012 to test all the new features we have added to the Premium experiencePremium Member!

10% discountAs a Premium MemberPremium Member, you will be able to:

  • get a busuu.com certificate
  • access grammar units
  • listen to key phrases and dialogues
  • access all of our mobile app content
  • and much, much more!

Have a look at the full list of Premium functionsPremium Member. But be quick, because the 10% discount will end on 23 May 2012.

Thanks for being part of the global busuu.com community; we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays and other special occasions with you!

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A new design for your course area!

Your learning experience is important to us! This is why we have taken a closer look at your course area to make it even more straightforward.

1. You now have a full overview of your course:

New course overview

Having an overview of the complete course, will allow you to know exactly where you are. This gives you a feeling of how you’re advancing in your language learning. The units are grouped in different lines and each line ends with a test to review the learned vocabulary.

At the end of the course, Premium MembersPremium Membership can print a certificate that states the total hours and the skills that they have achieved throughout the course. Once completed, the learning units and the final course test will turn green and you can click on the black graduation hat to generate your personal certificate.

New course overview

 

2. You clearly see which units you have completed

New course overview

Upon completing all the mandatory tasks of a unit (vocabulary, dialogue, writing exercise, busuu talk, review), the learning unit will turn green. When hovering with the mouse over the individual units, you will see the picture and title of the completed units.

That allows you to quickly see which units of the course are completed and which ones you still have to do. So no more losing track of your learning progress! Of course you can enter your completed units at any time to do the exercises again.

 

3. Your current unit is marked

New course overview

The course overview highlights the next unit you have to do by marking it with a blue frame. The course follows a specific structure that teaches you relevant vocabulary according to your position in the course.

We’re sure that this new course overview will make your learning even more effective and enjoyable! Try it out now and let us know what you think, we’re always happy to have your feedback!

Track your learning progress with My Goal!

Want to learn Spanish before your summer holidays? No problem! With 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!

This is normally a Premium functionPremium Membership, but we want you all to have a go of the new My Goal! So you can try it out for free until 20 May 2012If you want to continue tracking your learning progress, become a Premium MemberPremium Membership! Until May 20 2012 we are also offering you a 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Your goal can be set from your course area. Simply click “Set a goal”, which you will see at the top of your course overview. Depending on how much time you want to study per week, My Goal calculates your course finish date. Just move the cursor along the carrot to set your study hours. At the top right you will see that the finish date changes according to your learning intensity. This gives you a real idea of the course duration, try it out now!

Set a goal

Why does goal setting help boost your language learning?

Sometimes, if you lose focus of what you want to achieve, you can lose track of time and feel like you are falling behind with your learning. This makes your learning objectives seem further away and can affect your motivation.

You won’t have this problem if you use My Goal! It will help you to stay motivated and focus on your studies since you will have a concrete date to work towards and you will always know whether you are keeping up with it. My Goal recognises your personal study needs and tells you whether you are on track with your learning progress or whether you need to pick up the pace to reach your objective.

And of course we give you something extra to aim for! Finish your goal on time and get 500 juicy busuu-berriesbusuu-berries and our official busuu.com certificate for your efforts.

My Goal

So set your goal now to track your learning progress. Remember, you can try it out for free until May 20 2012. And if you want to keep tracking your learning progress and become a Premium MemberPremium Membership before the 20th, we will give you 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Post your goal date here and tell us your reasons for wanting to achieve your objective! Good luck with your language learning!