Are you learning English? Our specially developed 10-episode series for beginners is the world’s first video course to include direct interaction with native English speakers. It’s a fun, easy and fast way to learn! The video series follows the exciting adventures of Leo, a young Brazilian man who goes to London to learn English, get a job and find love. Watch as he settles down and adapts to British life, forming relationships with interesting people from around the world. You will grow fond of Leo and his friends, and be on the edge of your seat as they encounter challenges along the way. These realistic situations are similar to those you might encounter in everyday life, so they will prepare you with helpful words and phrases for having natural conversations at a basic level with English speakers.
A new way to learn: watch and interact
‘London Central’ is the first of its kind to include direct interaction with native English speakers via our integrated video-chat application, busuutalk.
Watch the video to improve your listening comprehension and learn new words, phrases and grammar in a fun, relaxing and interesting way.
Test your understanding by answering comprehension and language-related questions based on each episode’s content.
Write a short text to practise what you have learnt and send it to native English speakers for corrections and tips for improvement.
Interact directly with native English speakers from our global community to try out your new speaking skills based on themes from each episode.
Learn key words and phrases at A1 level. We have specially selected the course’s learning material to include the most important vocabulary and grammar points covered at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These include familiar expressions, basic phrases and answers to questions about personal details. The course also touches upon learning material seen in other busuu.com learning units at A1 level, making it a great revision tool. If you would like to see more of Leo and his friends, stay tuned for more exciting series to help you learn and improve your English at levels A2 to B2.
What do you think of this first series of ‘London Central’? Let us know below in the comments. But no spoilers, please – let’s keep the surprise for other viewers to enjoy too, as they follow Leo’s story!
Everyone at busuu.com would like to wish you a Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, Bonne Année, ein Frohes Neues Jahr, Feliz Ano Novo, Felice Anno Nuovo, С Новым Годом, Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku, Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun 元旦快乐, 明けましておめでとうございますand عامٌ سَعيدٌ!
To help you reach your language-learning goals in 2013, we are offering 15% off all our products. That includes all of our Premium Memberships too!
A big thank you to everyone who upgraded to a Premium Membership in December 2012 to support our charity campaign!
It was a great success – with your help, we sponsored thousands of weeks of education for children in Cameroon, Africa. The money will be used to buy furniture, textbooks and other teaching materials for children.
All donations went to CAPEC, the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The organisation will use the funds to give children access to school.
Why have we chosen CAPEC? Our name comes from Busuu, which is an endangered language spoken by fewer than eight people in Cameroon. That’s why we decided to help a charity that supports children in the region. CAPEC is one of Cameroon’s leading child welfare organisations and we have been supporting it since 2009. CAPEC’s aim is to help children by giving them opportunities for a better life.
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!