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Complete a Live Unit in 48 hours to earn 100 busuu-berries!

Here’s a quick challenge for you!

Complete a Live Unit on busuu.com between Wednesday, 03 July 2013 at 3pm GMT and Friday, 05 July 2013 at 9pm GMT and earn bonus busuu-berries!

Once you have completed the Live Unit, you will earn 100 busuu-berries as a special reward!

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Maybe you can use them towards an animated gift from the busuu-Shop to help bring your Language Garden to life or get a discount on our Premium Memberships!

Don’t miss out and complete the Live Unit now!

Take part in ‘Language of the Month’

Learning a language is about much more than remembering grammar rules and memorising words. It’s about discovering new, exciting cultures and a fresh perspective on the world.

So join us here at busuu.com as we take a look at a different language every month! We’ll journey through each one, focusing on the linguistic differences as well as the cultural ones.

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Get social and get involved

How does it work? During a whole month, we’ll dedicate posts across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to one of the 12 languages we teach on busuu.com. And we want you to get involved!

We’d love to hear about any crazy phrases or curious facts you might have about each Language of the Month. So make sure you join in the fun to discover something new about your favourite language.

Learn a language, jump into the culture

You’ll learn unusual words and phrases, and find out fun things that you won’t hear in the classroom or language classes. We’ll help you fire up your passion for each language, boost your motivation and learn faster – almost without realising it!

We’ll explore the different countries where each Language of the Month is spoken, as well as finding out interesting (and sometimes unusual) facts. You’ll learn language tips and discover new music, food and other cultural aspects.

Spanish – our first Language of the Month

We’re going to kick things off with Spanish, spoken in Spain and throughout Latin America. It has nearly half a billion speakers worldwide and it’s the second most widely used language on Twitter.

So if you’d like to know the difference between ‘estupendo’, ‘regio’ and ‘chévere’, discover Spain’s 12 cultural treasures or find out how to cook ‘mole’ (and what it is), follow busuu.com on  FacebookTwitter and Google+ ¡Hasta pronto!

Imitation is the key to learning languages

Did you know that if you mimic someone’s accent, you’ll be able to better understand what they say? As playwright George Bernhard Shaw once said: “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”

That’s what psychologists at the UK’s University of Manchester and Holland’s Radboud University discovered in a study in 2010. The results showed that imitating the person you’re talking to helps your speech comprehension.

So for language learners, this means it’s best to practise your conversation skills with a native speaker.

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Imitation speeds up learning

In the 1970s, American psychologist Andrew N. Meltzoff identified so-called ‘social learning’, where people or animals observe and then copy their companions.

“Imitation accelerates learning and multiplies learning opportunities”, he noted. “It is faster than individual discovery and safer than learning by trial and error.”

 

Practise talking with a native speaker

So if you want to learn a new language, don’t just study books. Make contact with native speakers to set up a language exchange – you’ll learn, have fun and make new friends, all at the same time!

People who want to learn at any time and anywhere have met native speakers from all over the world on busuu.com, the online language-learning community. Its integrated video-chat function makes it easy to log in and start talking.

 

Hot tip for learning even faster

Don’t simply imitate your partner’s way of speaking, accent or intonation; try to mimic their gestures and facial expressions too. Not only will you sound like a native speaker, you’ll also act like one!

There are so many benefits to learning a language like this. As well as having a great time and enjoying interesting conversations, you’ll practise your observation and socialising skills.

Tell us what you think! What languages have you learnt by interacting with native speakers? What extra benefits have you found? And do you have any tips for successful conversations?

New busuu.com TV-spot in Germany!

We have just launched our brand new busuu.com TV-spot in Germany!

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As it’s in German, we have added English subtitles so you can all have a look at it!

Have a look and share it with your friends now!

Use the following link to share the clip with your friends on Facebook! www.busuu.com/enc/tvspot

 

Planning a trip? Get the most out of your holiday with our Travel Course!

We’re approaching holiday season, the perfect time to brush up on your language skills with our interactive Travel Course and get ready to enjoy your adventures abroad!

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Get around with ease by learning all the essential travelling vocabulary:

  • Basic Expressions
  • Transportation
  • Moving around
  • Money, shopping and eating
  • Planning and accommodation

Each of these categories includes 3 learning units. Plus, you get our special survival guide, a very useful PDF containing survival phrases to carry around while exploring your holiday destination!

Brush up on your essential holiday phrases now with our Travel Course for only €14.99! Get it now!

Premium Members automatically have free access to both the online version and the mobile app version of the Travel Course. Become a Premium Member now!

We hope you have lots of fun preparing for your trip with our Travel Course - we’re sure it will get you into the holiday spirit!

Why not tweet us from your holiday destination, using the hashtag #busuuholiday.

We look forward to hearing about your holiday adventures!