Here at busuu we’re all incredibly proud to have reached the short-list for the EdTech Innovator Award 2014. The award was set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.
The final six companies will all meet at the BETT education fair in London this Thursday and our CEO Bernhard Niesner will have the honour of telling the judges all about the excellent work we do here at busuu.
busuu was set up back in 2008 with the aim of revolutionising the way people learn languages all over the world. We think that learning is most effective when you’re part of a community, so we provide not only high quality teaching materials, but also opportunities to interact with our millions of users all over the world.
If you’re at the BETT education fair, we’ll see you down there on Thursday, 23 January 2014, as the judges make their final decision about which of the companies is the best EdTech Innovator, we hope they’ll agree with us that it’s busuu!
It’s that time again, where we tell you a bit about the people that make up busuu HQ.
In our last ‘Meet the team’ blog post we introduced you to the lovely Jennifer, our Head of Talent. Today we introduce you to Maria, our happy, smiley Junior Product Manager. Maria describes herself as an ice-skating fanatic, Roger Federer admirer and Russian language enthusiast!
How long have you been with busuu?
Where are you from?
How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I speak Italian, Russian and English and I have a basic knowledge of Czech and Bulgarian
Have you experienced any funny misunderstandings when learning a new language or visiting a foreign country?
Yes, when I was learning Russian I once asked a question that sounded like “What kind of person is in that sandwich?”
How would you describe working at busuu?
Working at busuu is really exciting: every day is different and full of new challenges and our team is amazing and very multicultural. It’s definitely a great place to work.
For me language learning means…
…being able to communicate with more people, discover different cultures and broaden my knowledge of the world.
Did you like meeting Maria, our Junior Product Manager? Are you looking forward to meeting the rest of the team? Tell us in the comments!
One of the best ways to keep your motivation levels high is to reward the hard work and effort that you’re putting into your learning. In this post we’ll give you some ideas about how you can use goals, rewards and incentives to keep you learning more throughout 2014.
Watch your garden grow
Here at busuu we reward you for all of your learning with busuu-berries and gifts for your garden. The berries can be used to make your busuu garden look even more amazing, and that’s something to really be proud of. Take a look at the shop, decide on a gift you want to buy for your garden and then work hard to get enough berries for that gift. If you want some extra motivation you can even set yourself a time limit.
Goals and certificates
We know how important it is to set your learning goals. You should make a plan of what you want to achieve and how much you want to study each day. It’s important to be realistic when you decide your goals though; a manageable goal is a far better motivator than an unmanageable one! And for all Premium users, when you finish a level on busuu you will get a busuu certificate to show for all your hard work and achievement.
Real world rewards
Gifts, berries and certificates are all well and good, but sometimes you just want some chocolate! So why not give yourself real-world rewards for your language learning. These can be for completing an hour of study, or maybe for learning 50 new words and phrases. If you set your own goals you can also set your own rewards!
And as an extra incentive from busuu we’re giving a 20% discount on Premium Memberships until the end of the month. This means you will have access to all the grammar units, recording exercises, certificates and more. Get your 2014 of language learning off to the perfect start with busuu Go and a Premium Membership.
One of the best things about busuu is the contact you can have with other users from around the world. In this post we give you some advice that will help you benefit from their feedback and keep you fully motivated into 2014.
Every time you do a writing or recording exercise on busuu you can submit your work to the community or to your busuu friends for feedback and correction. You can also connect with people in real time text and video conversations with the busuutalk feature and get direct feedback on your language skills.
How does feedback help?
Learning a language is much quicker if you notice the difference between the way that you use the language and the way that native speakers use it. Getting feedback is a great way to notice these differences as it helps us update our own understanding of the language that we are learning. This helps us use it more naturally and accurately in the future. So it’s important to pay attention to what the other users say, and to use their feedback to really see your language skills improve over the year ahead.
It’s good to share
Getting feedback from other users will help you to realise what kind of information is most effective and therefore put you in the perfect position to help other users. The more you help, the better our busuu community will be, and that will benefit all of us.
Unlock all the Premium features
And as a little incentive from busuu, we’re offering you 20% off all Premium Memberships in January. Premium members have unlimited access to busuutalk and all Premium only features such as recording exercises and grammar units. So why not really make the most of the feedback offered on busuu and get your year of language learning off to the perfect start.
How important is feedback for your learning progress? Let us know in the comments!
It’s the biggest makeover we’ve ever done on our app, and it’s finally here.
A beautiful new interface
Our vibrant but clear new look makes it easier to find what you want to learn, to check your progress, and to continue where you left off, whilst the lightning quick interface helps you go through your courses faster than ever before. Add to this the fact we have made your exercises more fun to do, this leads to an altogether more motivational language learning experience. And more motivation means finally mastering your favourite languages!
Interact more with other users
We’ve also made it easier to get instant access to your busuu Community. We’ve put ‘My Corrections’ in a handy side menu so it’s readily available for you to check what native speakers think of your work, or help others and make friends!
11 languages in one app!
What’s more, we’ve packed all our mobile courses into one app without compromising on usability. Never before have you been able to learn so many languages in such a fun and easy way.
You’ve got to try it to believe it
Download now for free on iOS from the App Store or Android on Google Play.