busuu.com is the world’s largest social network for language learning and we are getting bigger by the day. You are part of an active, vibrant global community that now has 30 million members in countries ranging from A to Z – or Austria to Zimbabwe!
This means that as well as having 30 million language-learning students, we also have 30 million tutors with which you can make friends, practise your language skills and share your knowledge of your own mother tongue.
How many people is 30 million?
If we had our own language, we would have the same number of native speakers as Ukrainian, Hakka (a Chinese language) or Bhojpuri (an Indian language). (source: Wikipedia) Or if busuu.com were a country with a population of 30 million, we would be about the same size as Sudan, Peru, Malaysia or Uzbekistan. (source: Wikipedia)
30 million reasons to learn with us!
Every single one of our members is a perfect reason to learn with busuu.com – direct interaction with native speakers is the best way to learn a language. You can also add our growing portfolio of language-learning tools and aids for children and adults.
A user-friendly, interactive website for easily learning up to 12 languages, whether as a free member or a Premium member.
Specially developed mobile apps for the iPad, the iPhone and Android phones – for learning on the go, even without an internet connection.
Proven, effective and in-depth learning materials throughout all of our courses, from free exercises through to paid-for content.
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!
busuu.com has always upheld great missions such as saving endangered languages, or recently fighting against social exclusion. This is why busuu.com is participating in a European project to help the social integration of immigrants in the European society.busuu.com is one of the 14 partners from all over Europe working together to reduce the risks of social exclusion and ensure the bridging of cultural differences.
Immigrants represent a substantial part of the European information society. In 2005, 1.8 million people or 85% of the European population growth immigrated from outside Europe. MASELTOV, which stands for Mobile Assistance for Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Immigrants with Persuasive Learning Technologies and Social Network Services, identifies the huge potential of mobile services for promoting integration and cultural diversity in Europe.
In fact, the project, with its interdisciplinary partners, aims at researching and developing new ICT instruments that evolve around and take advantage of what mobile phones can offer to facilitate and foster local community building, raising consciousness and knowledge for the bridging of cultural differences. MASELTOV with a representative application of most essential and beneficial information and learning services, such as ubiquitous language translation, navigation, administrative and emergency health services will enable a massive social impact on the future with respect to more cooperative, more successful integration of millions of migrants living with hundreds of millions cohabitating European citizens.
busuu.com and its partners in the education and technology fields will be developing the language learning aspect of this project. busuu.com will provide language learning on the go, knowing that it currently offers similar services with its mobile applications. The language learning content will be offered in a customized manner taking into account place, time and need.
We are very happy to be part of this extraordinary project and we are proud to play a positive role in creating cultural bridges with language learning.
We have re-launched busuutalk – and it’s now better than ever before!
Following your suggestions and feedback, we are happy to announce that busuu.com has launched a brand new version of busuutalk. Our new busuutalk not only looks nicer, but it is also packed with loads of new features and functionalities.
Here are the key improvements:
An “Away” status, so your friends can still send you busuutalk requests when you have to pop away from your computer for a little while.
Additional unit vocab and phrases, adapted to yourlevel (A1 & A2) will help you to better engage in conversations by introducing you to new words and sentences, and helping you to use them in context.
A list of usefulphrases displayed in the busuutalk chat window will give you ideas for new words and sentences and guide you on how to use them.
The busuu dictionary will help you find vocabulary you have seen in the busuu learning units and give you their translation, so you don’t have to worry if you can’t remember something.
Special character keyboards for all 12 languages and a whole range of cool emoticons that will make your conversations even more fun!
New improved sound and video quality
… and that’s not all! You can also now save your conversation, print it out and review the vocabulary at the end of your chat.
As usual, you can choose to start busuutalkfrom either your home page or from within a unit. Once you have selected a chat partner, a pop-up window will appear and you will be connected. Within the chat window, you can take advantage of all new functions and start improving your language skills with our community of native speakers. Our Premium Members can enjoy busuutalk and all of its new features absolutely free! Not a Premium Member yet? Don’t worry, you can still use busuutalk for just 10 busuu-berries per conversation, or upgrade now!