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Track your learning progress with My Goal!

Want to learn Spanish before your summer holidays? No problem! With 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!

This is normally a Premium functionPremium Membership, but we want you all to have a go of the new My Goal! So you can try it out for free until 20 May 2012If you want to continue tracking your learning progress, become a Premium MemberPremium Membership! Until May 20 2012 we are also offering you a 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Your goal can be set from your course area. Simply click “Set a goal”, which you will see at the top of your course overview. Depending on how much time you want to study per week, My Goal calculates your course finish date. Just move the cursor along the carrot to set your study hours. At the top right you will see that the finish date changes according to your learning intensity. This gives you a real idea of the course duration, try it out now!

Set a goal

Why does goal setting help boost your language learning?

Sometimes, if you lose focus of what you want to achieve, you can lose track of time and feel like you are falling behind with your learning. This makes your learning objectives seem further away and can affect your motivation.

You won’t have this problem if you use My Goal! It will help you to stay motivated and focus on your studies since you will have a concrete date to work towards and you will always know whether you are keeping up with it. My Goal recognises your personal study needs and tells you whether you are on track with your learning progress or whether you need to pick up the pace to reach your objective.

And of course we give you something extra to aim for! Finish your goal on time and get 500 juicy busuu-berriesbusuu-berries and our official busuu.com certificate for your efforts.

My Goal

So set your goal now to track your learning progress. Remember, you can try it out for free until May 20 2012. And if you want to keep tracking your learning progress and become a Premium MemberPremium Membership before the 20th, we will give you 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Post your goal date here and tell us your reasons for wanting to achieve your objective! Good luck with your language learning!

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Interact with native speakers – wherever you are!

We’ve updated our Android, iPhone and iPad apps so that you can now interact with native speakers wherever you are – busuu.com is the first language learning community to offer this feature in an app!

App update

Our updated apps include our popular writing exercises. So even on the move, you can:

  • complete writing exercises
  • ask native speakers to correct your exercises
  • correct their writing exercises too

Simply go to ‘My Corrections‘ in the menu and either choose an exercise to correct, see the exercises you have written or check the latest corrections of your writing exercises, done by native speakers of our community. Imagine getting a correction of your writing exercise from a native speaker while you’re on the bus! Download and try our free apps now!

The apps include 20 free learning units each. You can purchase the complete courses (A1-B2 and the Travel Course) from inside the app and get access to further vocabulary and grammar material. Learn languages on the go with our audiovisual learning content.

If you’re a Premium MemberPremium Membership, the whole app content is activated for you automatically! Not a Premium MemberPremium Membership yet? Check out the full list of our Premium functions or upgrade now!

App update

The apps can be used without an internet connection and can be synchronised with your online profile on busuu.com.

So, whether you’re waiting for the bus or just relaxing in the sun, connect with over 15 million members from the busuu.com community, by sending writing exercises to native speakers for correction via our mobile app. With these apps language learning is becoming even more communicative and entertaining! Download your free app now!

Have fun with our updated mobile apps and enjoy learning languages with busuu.com, even on the go!

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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!

 

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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! As with the Video Units, the National Geographic Picture is updated daily.

National Geographic Picture of the day

National Geographic is known for its award winning pictures which we are sure that you will enjoy commenting on. Choose from several high quality images and write a text which you can send to native speakers for correction. Practising your writing skills has never been so picturesque.

The National Geographic Picture is a Premium function Premium Member, but to introduce you to this new exercise, we allow you to try it out for free! You will be rewarded with 10 juicy busuu-berriesbusuu-berry for this exercise.

Free access until 1 April 2012 – Try it out now!

National Geographic Picture of the day

The National Geographic Picture is part of our Live Units, access them:

  1. Via your regular course structure. As this is an essential tool to practise your writing skills, you will see the Live Unit icon Live Unit in all your courses. Just click on the Live Unit and choose National Geographic Picture.
  2. If this is not enough, you can also access the National Geographic Picture through the Live Unit link of your Resources menu whenever you want. The Resources menu is in your home area and in your course area.
  3. You also have a direct access to the writing exercises using the National Geographic icon on the left hand side of your home area.

National Geographic Picture of the day

Remember that our Live Units also include daily updated Video Units with interesting videos from various sources as National Geographic, BBC Earth, etc. Comment on your favourite topic, for example animals, nature, travelling, news etc.

If you are learning English on busuu.com, The Guardian news articles will help you improve your reading comprehension. If you stumble across an unknown word, just look it up in the integrated dictionary provided by Macmillan.

So you can practise your listening, reading and writing comprehension with our Live Units. Check out the updated Live Units featuring the National Geographic Picture now!

If you want to use the Live Units after the 1st of April 2012, upgrade to PremiumPremium Member now and take advantage of all our Premium functions!

Let yourself be inspired by the amazing pictures of National Geographic and practise your writing skills now!

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New: Test your language level on busuu.com!

We have an exciting new feature on busuu.com: You can now test your language level to find out which course you should begin with, when taking up a new language course.

The Level Test will greatly improve your language learning experience on busuu.com. Take the Level Test to evaluate your language level, before starting to learn a new language. Depending on your test result you will automatically be directed to the course that is more appropriate to you: A1, A2, B1 or B2.

The Level Test will be accessible for all users when taking it for the first time.
Premium MembersPremium Member can take the test more than once to track their progress.

busuu.com Level Test

The test covers the most important skills in language learning: listening, reading, writing and comprehension skills.

Starting with our A1 course, the Level Test questions and vocabulary will gradually become more difficult in order to identify your level.

While taking the test, you can see the difficulty of the questions in the upper right corner to see where you’re at. The maximum score is 100%. When finishing the test, you can immediately start learning to keep improving your language skills.

busuu.com Level Test

Are you curious to see your language level progress? As a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can do the Level Test as often as you want to compare your results and check your progress. Just go to your Level Test History to see all the tests you have taken.

Whenever you add a new language, you will first be asked whether you would like to do the Level Test in order to identify the best course for you. Throughout the course you can then access the Level Test at any time via the Resources menu on your home area or your course area.

busuu.com Level Test

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Upgrade now and track your learning progress with our new Level Test!