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.
- Improved Reviews: Brush up on your vocabulary. Give our new review exercises a try – they make testing your language skills even more fun!
- 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.
- We launched our improved dialogues, to improve your listening comprehension! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better!
- 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!
- We were very happy to announce a €3.5 million investment in busuu.com by PROFounders Capital and private investors as well as our headquarters relocation from Madrid to London.
- We have introduced Checkpoints – a simple new feature that will help you to learn new words and phrases and remember them!
- We have re-launched busuutalk – and it’s now better than ever before! Following your suggestions and feedback, we were happy to announce that busuu.com had launched a brand new version of busuutalk.
- busuu.com won the first price at the Seven Ventures Pitch Day - a €4m media budget in Germany!
- For every Premium Membership bought between 1-31 December 2012, we will make a donation to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). CAPEC will use the funds to provide school access to children.
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!