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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.

Terms and Conditions apply, read more here

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busuu wins EdTech Europe award!

 

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We have won

busuu came top of the EdTech 20 ranking of Europe’s premier e-Learning focused conference platform, EdTech Europe.

EdTech 20 includes e-Learning companies who have illustrated the most significant innovation and growth over the last year and whose businesses are primarily based within Europe. Rankings are determined by a global panel of industry-leading judges including representatives from TSL, Pearson and Emerge Education.

We are thrilled to have won this award and want to thank all of our global community of language learners for their continued support to busuu.

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Share your best football moments to win!

Starting today and running until July 16th – to coincide with the football tournament in Brazil – we’re running a photo competition on Facebook. We want to see how you share good moments and enjoy the matches.

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Fußball or futebol? Fútbol or Futbol? It’s all football!

We want to see how you support your team when they’re taking part in this massive football competition. What really gets you going? Do you have a goal celebration? What do you wear to watch them? What about hats? Scarves? Do you and your friends have a special kit you all wear? Do you all paint your faces? If so, we want to see it!

Throughout the tournament we want you to take a photo – of you or a group of you if you share with friends – so we can see you enjoying the football competition, then just upload it onto our Facebook app to take part in the competition. We know how much passion there is for football, whether you call it football, Fußball, futebol, fútbol or Futbol!

Win, win, win

All you have to do is upload your photo onto our football photo competition app and share it with other Facebook users who will be voting for their favourite picture. So what are you waiting for?

We’ll also be choosing five winners from the entries with the most public votes that best represent the football spirit, to win a 12-month Premium Membership too, with access to everything on our rather super app.

It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Watch the football tournament
  2. Take a photo of your best football moment
  3. Upload it onto our Facebook app – or use #busuufootball on Instagram or Twitter
  4. Achieve instant fame as other users vote for their top photo
  5. Have a chance of winning a 12-month Premium Membership with busuu

You can join in the fun on Twitter or take a photo on Instagram using #busuufootball or just upload it straight onto Facebook.

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WIN an iPhone 5s with our Football Masterclass!

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There are only 15 days left until the 2014 Football Tournament kicks off in Brazil and thousands of people will be travelling there to watch it. Language learning is so important when you travel abroad, you always need a few basic phrases like, “Where is the toilet?”, “How can I get to…?”, and you can’t get far without knowing how to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.

My nan could have scored that!

We thought that some common football expressions would be really useful for the World Cup too so we’ve put together a special ‘Football Masterclass’. You can learn all the football expressions you need to show off to your friends and be able to shout at the TV like a pro during matches! Everyone who completes the Football Masterclass will be in with a chance of winning an iPhone 5s in our cool competition too.

Win an iPhone 5s

Everything is at your fingertips when you learn languages online with busuu, so access the masterclass hereit’s available to ALL members (Free and Premium) throughout the tournament until July 13. The masterclass includes 11 useful and funny football expressions, such as “the referee needs glasses!”, “that was clearly a penalty”, and “If that was on target, it would have been a goal”! There are 3 vocabulary exercises, a “drag-and-drop” test and a review to check your progress.

Not only will you be able to impress your friends with your new knowledge, but everyone who completes the unit will be automatically entered into our competition to win an iPhone 5s and a 12-month Premium Membership as well as access to all busuu content on the learning app. Another 10 people who complete the unit will win the membership and access to all of the content as well.

To be in with a chance of winning, log in to the Football Masterclass now and start learning those all-important phrases.

Please note: you can only access the Football Masterclass on your web browser.

Terms and Conditions apply, read more here

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Celebrate 6 years of busuu!

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It’s busuu’s 6th birthday!

To celebrate 6 years of busuu, we are giving away a free Premium Membership to everyone who buys a Premium Membership before the 21st of May to share with a friend! Make the most of this amazing opportunity and share a language-learning gift with your family and friends.

Make the most of your language-learning

Here are 6 tips to help you improve your language studies:

1. Study every day

Try to set aside some time every day for your studies. It’s better to study for 30 minutes every day than for 3 hours once a week. This has to do with our brain’s learning curve: it’s better to keep refreshing knowledge, otherwise we’re less likely to remember it.

2. Watch TV and films in the language you’re learning

Watching TV is a great way to learn more vocabulary. You can often find internet sites that show programmes from all over the world. You could also watch foreign films with subtitles in your native language, or even in the language you’re learning.

3. Listen to music and the radio

Listening to native speakers on the radio is an excellent way to practice your listening skills. If you do not live in a country where they speak the language you’re learning, why not listen to an online radio station? There are 100s to choose from.

4. Have fun

Try to find other ways to make language learning fun. This could involve games, stories, tongue twisters, jokes and anything else you can think of. Why not sing along to your favourite foreign songs?

5. Don’t be afraid to speak

Don’t be ashamed to speak the language you’re learning and make some mistakes. The best way to learn a language is to speak and listen and get a feel for how the language sounds and is used. Practice with native speakers or other learners; the most important thing is that you give yourself an opportunity to use the language.

6. Learn about the culture

The absolute best way to learn a language is to surround yourself with it. Find out about the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, visit cultural centres or if you can, visit a country where they speak the language. There is loads of information available online, so even if you can’t travel you can find out a huge amount from the internet.

Continue learning with busuu, here!