2012 was a fantastic year for busuu.com which saw many improvements, new features and products!
Here is an overview of our highlights of 2012:
To celebrate the new year, we launched a new language! Our users can now learn Japanese for free on busuu.com! Japanese is the mother tongue of over 130 million people and the 10th most spoken language in the world.
Great news for all our mobile users! We launched an update for our iPhone/iPad app. Now, all units in our popular apps for iPhone/iPad are automatically activated if you are a Premium member.
Chinese was added to the list of busuu.com languages. Users can now learn Chinese for free on busuu.com! It’s the most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of one quarter of the global population.
Profile customisation: Make your profile stand out with this feature on busuu.com! If you’re a Premium Member, you can create a Photo Gallery to share your favourite images with our community.
New writing exercises with pictures from National Geographic: Learn with National Geographic Pictures on busuu.com as part of our Live Units! You can improve your writing skills by practising new picture-based writing exercises, no matter your level!
Language level test: Users can now test their language level to find out which course they should begin with.
On 10 May 2012, busuu.com celebrated its 4th birthday!
We have launched 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!
We launched two new apps for iPhone and iPad, so you can now learn Chinese and Japanese for free on your mobile. Both apps are also available for Android.
busuu.com apps reach 10 milion downloads! In less than two years, our apps for Android, iPhone and iPads were downloaded over 10 million times! Since then, we register 20,000 new app downloads every day!
So you can see, it was an exciting year here at busuu.com, and hopefully for you too!
Thank you for being part of busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community! What makes busuu.com special is our interactive community. Without you, we would not have reached all these milestones in 2011!
The winners of The Europas were announced on the 17th of November 2011 and we are thrilled to announce that busuu.com won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’. This is fantastic news and we are honoured to be the best European Education Startup. This would not have been possible without you, a BIG thank you for all your support!
This was the third year that The Europas took place, in 2010 we received a‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. The advisory board, formed by 22 key European VCs and journalists, selected the finalists from 400 candidates which then went to the public vote and generated about 40,000 online votes. Almost 500 people attended the award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs.
Thanks again for your votes and this important award! This is an amazing recognition which motivates us to continue working hard and to keep improving busuu.com!
Voting is easy: Go to the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup‘ and vote for busuu.com. In 2010 we were ‘Highly Commended‘ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. This year we want to do even better. Help us win the award for ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’ and vote for us now!
Online education has grown strongly in the past few years. In the case of language learning, it makes sense to go online: busuu.com connects people from over 200 countries worldwide who teach and learn languages in our online community.
In only 3 years we have grown to become a community with over 4 million users. Let’s keep up the good work and show the world that we really are one of the best European Tech Startups! Vote for us and tell your friends, too!
The winners will be announced on 17 November 2011 in London. We will of course let you know if we are selected.
Christmas is the perfect time to help others, so if you are also interested in supporting the impressive work done by CAPEC, you can find more information here. You can collaborate in several ways like sponsoring a child for a school year, financing summer programs for the orphans, or even volunteering in their school as a teacher.
We already wish all of you, the team of CAPEC and the little children from their school a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are happy to announce that busuu.com has been awarded with the European Language Label!This prestigious award is co-ordinated by the European Commission and awared every year by the individual Member States of the European Union. busuu.com has received this prize here in Spain (please find here the official award notification in Spanish).
The award recognizes “new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewarding new techniques in language teaching, spreading the knowledge of their existence and thereby promoting good practice”.
We are very proud to receive this award as it definitely shows that our busuu-baby is going in the right direction. Having started not even 2 years ago with a simple idea and now being awarded with such an important prize, really compensates for all the effort the whole busuu.com team has placed in our project. Obviously, the award would have never been possible without the support of our great community which continuously helps us to improve this language learning platform by giving us their open feedback.
The prize is compensated with 1,500 EUR and we have decided to donate this money to a NGO in Cameroon. As you probably know, the name from our website, Busuu, comes from a nearly extinct language from Cameroon, spoken by only 8 people. We have donated the money to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). This wonderful NGO is involved in various projects to offer education to underpriviledged children in the region. As we from busuu.com fully believe, that education is the most effective way out of poverty, we are very pleased to support their activities. In specific, the money will be used to construct a school for children in the Nkolfoulou neighbourhood located in the Centre Province of Cameroon. If you are also interested in supporting this cause or even sponsor a child for a full school year, you find more information about their programs here.
Once again, we are very happy to have received this award and are glad, that our online community not only helps thousands of users from all over the world to improve their language skills, but also makes a small contribution to the fight against poverty in Cameroon – a country, where our wonderful name comes from!