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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!

Help make a difference with the gift of education

Become a Premium Member in December and busuu.com will sponsor a week of school for a child in Cameroon

Boost your learning and someone else’s at the same time!

For every Premium Membership bought between 1-31 December 2012, we will make a donation to the  Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). CAPEC will use the funds to provide school access to children.

All you have to do is upgrade  – there is no extra charge. Upgrade now and help make a difference!

Together, we can do more!

We have also created a special Facebook app to help you easily tell your friends about our campaign. By subscribing, they will benefit from the busuu.com learning experience and help provide education to those who need it. Tell your friends!

Why have we chosen CAPEC? Our name comes from Busuu, which is an endangered language spoken by fewer than eight people in Cameroon. That’s why we decided to help a charity that supports children in the region. CAPEC is one of Cameroon’s leading child welfare organisations and we have been supporting it since 2009. CAPEC’s aim is to help children by giving them opportunities for a better life.

So why not  upgrade now to improve your own language-learning progress with our award-winning Premium tools and help to boost opportunities through education in Africa too?

Learn vocabulary even faster!

To become comfortable with new words, practise by using the word in your writing, speaking and everyday thoughts.

The more you use and think about new words, the better you can remember them. In order for a word to become a part of your vocabulary, you have to use and hear it in several ways.

The key to building up a good vocabulary is to be curious and to keep practising what you have learned.

This is why we have introduced CheckpointsCheckpointsa simple new feature that will help you to learn new words and phrases and remember them!

 Checkpoints

 

In addition, here are our top tips for you to remember new words:

  1. Practise saying the word and listen to others to get the pronunciation right.
  2. Try to learn the word and its meaning the first time you see it.
  3. Practise writing the word and its definition often.
  4. Take advantage of Checkpoints, our new tool to help you to remember new words.
  5. Vary the words: Try to make them plural and use them in different sentences.
  6. Repeat the word many times in your mind!
  7. And ALWAYS have fun learning new words!

CheckpointsCheckpoints is only available for Premium membersPremium! Upgrade to Premium today to take advantage of this great new feature!

Get new gifts for your language garden!

Make your language garden stand out with our fun gifts!

In the new busuu Shop, you can use your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry to buy lots of animated gifts for your garden. Or trade them for a discount on our Premium Membership Premium Membership!

busuu Shop

Check out the busuu Shop now:

  1. Access the busuu Shop by clicking on the new busuu-berry counter busuu Shop at the top of the page.
  2. Choose a discount or a gift that you would like for your garden.
  3. Confirm that you want to buy the item with your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry.

Once you have bought a gift, it’s immediately displayed in your garden. Hover over the new gift and discover how it interacts with your garden!

Get your personal gift now!

language garden

The busuu Shop is for everybody! However, Premium Members Premium Membership can choose from a much wider selection of gifts, in total 20 different animations. Check out the busuu Shop or upgrade to Premium now Premium Membership!

Get a discount with your busuu-berriesbusuu-berry:

  1. Choose a discount in the busuu Shop.
  2. Click on “Upgrade now!” to get to the subscription page and choose a product.
  3. Copy the discount code displayed at the top of the page and use it on the following payment page.

Enjoy browsing the new busuu Shop and choosing a discount or a fun gift for your language garden!

Check out our improved dialogues!

Practise your listening comprehension with our improved dialogues! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better! If you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member you can now:

  1. See the part that is being spoken in yellow
  2. Pause the dialogue wherever you want
  3. Repeat any sentence that you want to hear again
busuu.com dialogue

Whenever you open a dialogue, the audio will start automatically and the part that is being spoken will be highlighted in yellow, so you can follow the dialogue easily. We recommend you listen to the dialogue as a whole at first. If you then want to hear a specific sentence again, or listen to one sentence at a time, just use the forward and backward buttons to navigate through the dialogue. Try it out now!

dialogue toolbar

Learn at your own pace by listening to each sentence as often as you wish or pausing the dialogue at any time. This way you can develop an ear for the language you are learning and you can also practise your pronunciation by listening to the sentences repeatedly and saying them out loud.

As usual, after listening to the dialogue, you will have to answer three short questions to show that you have understood the conversation. Test your listening comprehension now!

These new functions are part of the busuu.com Premium MembershipPremium Member.

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Upgrade now to learn languages more efficiently or have a look at the complete list of our Premium functions here!

Have fun with our improved dialogues!