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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!

 

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!

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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!

Refresh your vocabulary with new, fun review exercises!

New Improved Review!

It’s time for spring cleaning and a fresh start! So get back into learning a language by brushing up on your vocabulary. Give our new review exercises a try – they make testing your language skills even more fun!

More fun and effective exercises

Our new review exercises will make your tests even more fun and effective. We have made some of them a little more challenging to improve your learning progress!

Increasing the number of possible answers in the vocabulary exercises:

vocabulary exercises:

Showing the answers one at a time in the drag and drop exercises:

 drag and drop exercises:

Building several phrases in one exercise, to practise your sentence structure:

 sentence structure

The new formats are designed to improve your vocabulary, spelling and sentence structure. What’s more, we have introduced more varied exercises as well as improved sounds. To help you remember the correct answer, it is now repeated automatically in certain exercise types after you have chosen your answer.

Improved Review Summary and My Mistakes

We have also redesigned our Review Summary page so that, once you finish a test, you will be able to clearly see the vocabulary you know, as well as those phrases you are more rusty on.

And Premium MembersPremium Membership get even more benefits! Correct your mistakes right away to stop the bugs from eating your language garden and choose which skills you want to practise in your Customised Review! Now you have the choice to specify whether your review is based on Vocabulary, Spelling, Sentence Structure, or any combination of the 3!

Upgrade to Premium now, from only 4.99 EUR per month!

Now there’s no excuse not to study, try out the new review exercises and boost your language skills!

busuu.com Easter Egg Hunt

Are you ready for the Easter Egg hunt on busuu.com?  We’ve just finished hiding 80 golden Easter eggs in our learning content, so let the hunting begin!

 busuu.com Easter Egg Hunt

Hurry up and start looking for those golden Eggs – you might get lucky and win one of the 10 Premium MembershipsPremium Membership we are giving away! All you have to do is look carefully in our learning content. If you find one of the 80 golden Easter Eggs, just click on it and you automatically enter the raffle.

The ten lucky winners will get a free one month Premium MembershipPremium Membership. As a Premium Member, you have access to lots of extra functions and exercises. Practise your pronunciation with our voice recording exercises and audio for all key phrases and dialogues. Or improve your writing skills by commenting on our Video Units or National Geographic Pictures.

To take part in the Easter Egg Hunt, you just have to:

  1. Go to busuu.com
  2. Start searching for the hidden Easter eggs in the learning units
  3. …and if you find one, just click on it!

So start hunting for those golden eggs now and win a one month Premium MembershipPremium Membership! We will inform the lucky winners by e-mail after Easter.

Happy Easter and good luck with the Easter Egg Hunt!

 

NEW busuu.com dictionary, with special audiovisual features!

Our award-winning audiovisual learning content is now available in a free and easy-to-use dictionary! The new busuu.com dictionary is available in all of our languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Polish!

However, it is not an ordinary dictionary! Just like our learning units, the busuu.com dictionary includes:

  • recordings by native speakers to help you pronounce words
  • pictures to help you visualise words
  • key phrases to show words in everyday usage.

These special learning features will help you to remember any word that you need to look up! The dictionary includes all the vocabulary from every language and course offered on busuu.com.

And of course, our new dictionary will keep growing with busuu.com! Whenever we add fresh course material, the busuu.com dictionary will also be updated.

Have fun with the new busuu.com dictionary! Take a look now to learn and remember even more new vocabulary with our easy-to-use dictionary.