Tag Archives: languages

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European Day of Languages

We at busuu.com love languages and as it’s the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages we would like to present you with one curious language fact for each year.

Before we get going, we have great news for you! Our back-to-school promotion was such a success that we decided to extend the offer and grant you a 15% discount on all our products until Sunday, the 2nd of October 2011.

Just like the Council of Europe, which created the European Day of Languages as part of the European year of languages in 2001, busuu.com wants to encourage language learning, not only in Europe but across the whole world. In case you didn’t already know, our online community connects people from over 200 different countries, with each person teaching their native language whilst also learning new ones.

Today’s blog entry is not so much about learning languages (for study advice, check our motivational tips), but about language curiosities. Did you know that:

1. There are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages in the world – spoken by six billion people.

2. Experts warn that by the end of this century half of these languages will disappear if nothing is done.

3. It is estimated that in the United States alone, 115 out of 280 languages disappeared in the last five centuries.

4. The majority of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.

5. At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or multilingual.

6. Bilingualism not only makes the learning of additional languages easier, it enriches the thinking process, as well.

7. Many languages have over 50,000 words, but in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.

8. Languages are constantly changing: In the past, English borrowed words from other languages, now many languages borrow English words.

9. At the age of five, a child already has a vocabulary of several thousand words.

10. Back to Europe: There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe. That’s 3% of the world’s total.

If these facts make you thirstier for more language learning, don’t forget that until the 2nd of October 2011, you get discounted access to our premium memberships and additional products!

PS: Let’s be honest. We didn’t come up with all these facts ourselves. Further information can be found on the website of the European Day of Languages and in the UNESCO‘s data on endangered languages.

 

 

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busuu.com launches Android apps for nine languages

Our popular iPhone apps have been downloaded more than 2 million times and many of you have been asking for applications for other devices, as well.  Now, busuu.com apps are also available for Android phones!

We have launched nine new Android apps for devices like HTC, Samsung, Google Phone, LG and Motorola. Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Polish and English on the go!

Download your FREE busuu.com Android app now!

busuu Android app

Like our iPhone apps, each Android app:

  • has extensive vocabulary – over 3,000 words and key phrases
  • beginner and advanced intermediate levels (A1 – B2)
  • includes our audiovisual learning content consisting of pictures and sounds
  • can be used even without an Internet connection.

Of course, you can also earn busuu-berries and synchronise your progress with your online profile on busuu.com.

So start earning busuu-berries on your phone by downloading your free Android app now!

We are sure you will have fun with our new Android app and hope you will enjoy learning languages with busuu.com, wherever you are!

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Update: busuu.com collaborates with NGO in Cameroon

As you probably already know, in September 2009 we won the European Language Label for innovative projects in language learning.

The award was compensated with 1,500 EUR, which we donated to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The money was used to construct a classroom for underprivileged children.

Children school

The work has now been finished, and we are very proud that we could make our small contribution.

Christmas is the perfect time to help others, so if you are also interested in supporting the impressive work done by CAPEC, you can find more information here. You can collaborate in several ways like sponsoring a child for a school year, financing summer programs for the orphans, or even volunteering in their school as a teacher.

We already wish all of you, the team of CAPEC and the little children from their school a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Are you still looking for the perfect Christmas present?

Christmas is coming soon and you are still searching for the perfect Christmas present?

For sure some of your friends are currently learning a new language and would also love to improve their skills with busuu.com!

Why don´t you surprise them with a 3 months premium language course as a Christmas present?

Christmas garden

You just have to go to our Christmas voucher page and purchase the gift online. Then your friends will receive an email (on the day you decide) and you can even print out a Christmas Gift Card to put it under the Christmas tree! As soon as they log on to busuu.com, they will automatically become a Premium Member for 3 months!

We are sure that your friends will love this very special Christmas presentso get your Christmas gift here!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas in advance, and enjoy language learning with busuu.com!

PS: Of course, you can also give this Christmas present to yourself! ;-)

 

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Connect busuu.com with facebook!

We are glad to announce that you can now connect your busuu.com account with your facebook account!

Facebook

You probably all know facebook – with more than 300 million users, this website is the largest social network worldwide. Once you register for free you can upload photos, add friends and thereby stay connected with people from all over the world.

Now you can connect your busuu-account with your facebook-account:

1. Log into your busuu.com account with your facebook account

All you need to do is to connect your busuu.com and facebook account. The process is very easy – next time you log on to busuu.com simply click on the new button on our homepage: F_connect

2. Share your learning progress with your facebook friends.

Additionally, you have the option to share your learning progress with all your friends on facebook! Every time you earn new busuu-berries, receive stars or badges, you can share this directly on your facebook wall with your facebook friends. Just click on the new button F_share next to your busuu-berry counter.

We hope that you like this new feature and enjoy sharing your language progress with your friends on facebook.

PS: You can also become a fan of busuu.com on facebook!