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Take a look at what you did!

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We’re at the end of busuu Go, our month of motivation. So here’s a handy summary of all the tips from our busuu Go blog posts – follow these to see your language skills improve in 2014!

Love your learning

  • Be positive: believe in yourself, take control of your learning and aim high!
  • Set yourself goals, such as how much you want to learn and for how long you want to study each week.
  • Track your progress to easily see if you’re on track or whether you need to work harder to meet your targets!
  • Read the full post ‘Love learning with busuu Go’.

Make the most of feedback

  • Notice the differences between how you use a language and how native speakers use it. You’ll learn faster!
  • Feedback is a great way to notice these differences. It helps update our own understanding of a language.
  • Pay attention to what other users say about your exercises to really see improvements in your new skills.
  • Read the full post ‘Make the most of your feedback’.

Enjoy a well-deserved reward!

  • At busuu, we give busuu-berries and gifts for your garden to reward you for all your language learning.
  • For the best chance of success, set realistic goals. You’ll be more motivated if you know they are manageable.
  • Premium members get a busuu certificate for all their hard work when they achieve a completed level.
  • If you set your own goals, you can also set your own rewards!
  • Read the full post ‘You deserve a reward’.

Experience lots of benefits

  • Understand other cultures, solve problems more easily and boost your brain power!
  • Speaking a second language can help you work more effectively with colleagues or classmates.
  • It can help you progress with a job promotion, or even support you in a completely new career.
  • Grow in confidence as you travel through your language-learning journey and achieve your personal goals.
  • You’ll also make lots of new friends from around the world along the way!
  • Read the full post ‘Learn a language for lots of benefits’.

Last chance for 20% off Premium

Stay motivated for the rest of the year! Why not make the most of our helpful tips and achieve your language-learning goals in 2014 by upgrading to Premium Membership?

As part of busuu Go, we’re offering a huge 20% discount until 31 January – upgrade now before it expires!

Has busuu Go got you going?

Have you already started using some of our motivational tips? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget: you can also follow busuu on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for more motivation!

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busuu wins EdTech Innovator award


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We have won the EdTech Innovator award

As mentioned in a previous blog post, busuu has reached the short-list for the EdTech Innovator Award 2014, an award set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.

We are thrilled to announce that we have won this award and want to thank all of our users for their continued support – busuu would not be without its global community of language learners!

 

 

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Learn a language for lots of benefits!

With busuu Go, we want to make you feel motivated and excited about language learning! In this post, we would like to remind you of all the benefits of learning a language.

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More than one skill for life

Learning a new language is a skill that you’ll never lose (as long as you keep practising). But have you thought about all the other skills speaking a foreign language can offer?

  • Understand other cultures – communicate with people from other countries to build stronger relationships.
  • Solve problems more easily – whether on holiday or a work trip, use your new language to manage all sorts of situations.
  • Boost your brain power – studies show that speaking another language can improve your mental performance.

New year, new job – or career

Languages are essential in today’s globalised, multicultural marketplace. Speaking a second language can help you work more effectively with colleagues or offer better customer service.

What’s more, your new-found language skill could help you progress in your job with a promotion, or even support you in a completely new career that you’ve always dreamed of!

More confidence and new friends

Whatever your reasons for learning a language, you will certainly gain confidence as you travel through your language-learning journey and achieve your personal goals.

You’ll also make lots of new friends along the way, whether they are people from your immediate neighbourhood or native speakers in the busuu community who live on a different continent!

Stay motivated with the busuu Go discount

We want everyone to learn a language and enjoy these amazing benefits. Our fun language-learning tools – such as busuutalk and writing exercises – will help you achieve them.

Our Premium package offers you even more, including unlimited access to features like recording exercises, grammar units and all mobile app content (for iOS and Android).

And as part of the busuu Go month of motivation, you can enjoy a massive 20% discount on Premium Membership until 31 January 2014. Time is running out – upgrade to Premium now!

Has busuu Go got you going?

Tell us how busuu Go is helping you get 2014 off to a flying start! Have you tried any of our tips so far? Do you have some ideas of your own to share? Let us know in the comments. Happy learning!

Don’t forget: you can also follow busuu on Twitter, Facebook and Google+  for more motivation!

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busuu leading the way

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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!

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Meet the team: Maria

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!

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How long have you been with busuu?
One year.

Where are you from?
Italy.

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!