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Celebrate our 5th birthday with our top 5 learning tips!

On 16 May 2013, busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community, will celebrate its 5th birthday!

It has been a fun and exciting journey over the past 5 years, and we are now joined by over 30 million users worldwide, learning up to 12 languages with busuu.com.

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 To mark this momentous occasion, we have compiled our Top 5 language learning tips!

Here are the top 5 busuu.com learning tips to help you find fresh motivation: 

  • Set a goal - Easily track your learning progress with My Goal to see how often you should study each week to reach your aim.
  • Have a ‘foreign language’ day - Immerse yourself in the culture of the language you are learning – for example, watch a movie in the original version, listen to songs or cook a typical meal.
  • Read a newspaper or watch our Live Units – Pick out an interesting topic and write a review about it. Your desire to express your opinion will give you extra motivation!
  • Talk to native speakers – This is an essential part of learning. Not sure who to talk to? Try out busuu-talk and have a conversation with a native speaker!
  • Be brave – Everybody makes mistakes when learning a foreign language, so help out others by correcting their posts. They will do the same for you!

 

Feeling inspired?

As it’s our birthday, a very special occasion, why not complete our special occasions learning unit “I wish you…” and test out your language skills today!

Complete unit now!

London Central – try the first unit for free!

After the successful launch of our English video course, London Central, we are now giving you the chance to try out the first unit for free! You will be surprised how much fun learning English can be!

Leo arrives in London

London Central is our specially developed 10-episode series for learning English and 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.

Try the first unit for free now!

busuu.com is a partner in the MASELTOV project for migrant integration!

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.

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!

The Language Archive opens in Berlin

Great news for all language fans out there: This month, the Max Planck Institute has opened The Language Archive in Berlin, one of the largest linguistic archives in the world! We wish all the best to The Archive on its inauguration and we are looking forward to seeing the development of this new space for language research.

Storing information about endangered languages online is an excellent way to keep a record of their pronunciation. The special units Busuu and Silbo Gomero on busuu.com are further examples of how you can get a taste of exotic and endangered languages that you are unlikely to experience when travelling abroad. With the audio files you can try out the language for yourself, and perfect your pronunciation! You may not be likely to use it in real life, but it is certainly great fun!

      

The Language ArchiveBy creating a space for research and the conservation of languages, The Language Archive also provides an account of the cultures, people and history that the language embraces. This valuable cultural heritage is now preserved for current and future generations of researchers who log in to the database.

Storing already 80 Terabytes (written out that’s 80,000,000,000,000 bytes!!!) worth of data from over 200 languages, The Language Archive plans to further extend its collection in the future.

Languages constantly change, cease and disappear. As stated in our blog entry on the European Day of Languages, 50% of the 6,000 to 7,000 existing ones are likely to become extinct by the end of this century. However, as we have seen in this blog entry, this does not mean that they will be forgotten!

Are you ready to get out there and discover some extraordinary languages for yourself? Try out our special learning units for Busuu and Silbo Gomero – a whole new way to test your foreign language skills!