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Get the new ‘super corrector’ badge for your busuu.com profile!

Making mistakes is an important part of learning languages and learning in general. When we correct them, we understand our error, we remember what to do next time and we don’t repeat the mistake.

That’s why you should help other people learning your language by correcting their exercises in a clear and constructive way.

  • Use the toolbar above the correction area to highlight any mistakes – for example, put them in bold or in a bright colour.
    Correction toolbar
  • Explain why you’ve highlighted the word or phrase and suggest a better alternative.
  • Give the post’s author a tip to help him avoid making mistakes
  • Leave an encouraging note to the post’s author to help them stay motivated and continue learning!

busuu.com correction

And when you’ve done a good job by providing useful corrections, other members of the busuu.com community can give you a ‘thumbs up’! You could even win one of our new badges for your profile:

  • super corrector super corrector (more than 1,000 thumbs up)
  • very helpful corrector very helpful corrector (500-999 thumbs up)
  • helpful corrector helpful corrector (50-499 thumbs up)

Plus, if at least 3 people give you a ‘thumbs up’, you will get 5 extra busuu-berries busuu-berry.

But be careful with your corrections, you can also receive a ‘thumbs down’ thumbs down! This means that your corrections need to improve.

So should you see this badge thumbs down on your profile, just follow our tips on how to make helpful corrections and collect some more ‘thumbs up’. As soon as you have more ‘thumbs up’ than ‘thumbs down’, the badge will disappear and you’re on your way to becoming a super corrector super corrector.

Start correcting now to win lots of ‘thumbs up’ and become a super corrector super corrector in no time!

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Record your voice and get your pronuncation corrected by a native speaker!

Today we are launching an exciting feature that you, our users, have been demanding for a while, and which has kept us busy for the last few months: voice recording!

Pronunciation is an essential part of language learning and we are thrilled that we can offer this new feature to you.

From now on, you can record your own voice on busuu.com and get it corrected by a native speaker from our worldwide community! There are 150 fun new dialogues in seven languages, recorded by professional voice artists, for you to practice on and improve your pronunciation skills. The recording exercise is a dialogue that consists of a conversation between two people.

There is one new exercise within our existing learning units. You choose the character you want to practice (e.g. receptionist or hotel guest) and record your own voice. Our system will automatically mix your recording with the voice of the professional voice artist, who plays the second person in the role play. You can then send the new dialogue with your own voice to a native speaker for correction.

How does voice recording work?
You can access the new dialogues by clicking on the voice recording icon in the learning unit overview:

Learning unit overview

You are only able to do the pronunciation exercise if you have a microphone. You can either use the microphone that is built in your computer or an external one. First of all, you will need to enable your microphone. If it is disabled, the window below will appear.


It is important that you make sure that the allow button is clicked on the right hand side and the remember box ticked. You are now ready to record!

Once your microphone is enabled, you will choose your character by clicking on one of the two characters you would like to be. A green frame will indicate your choice of character. If you don’t choose one, the system will automatically choose the second one for you.

The image below shows the first screen you see when entering the voice recording exercise. You can now listen to your character’s part as well as the other character’s part by clicking on the play button next to the text box.

As shown above, your character’s part that you have to record will be shown in green. To record it, click on the red record button and wait until the 30 second countdown appears. Record the sentence by speaking clearly, slowly and matching the volume of the voice artist.

You will listen to what you recorded by clicking on the play button and you can record as many times as you want.

Before submitting it at the end, you will be able to hear the full dialogue matched with the voice artist’s voice. If you are not satisfied with the recording, you can record it again by clicking on .

Once you are happy with the results, you can then submit the voice recording for corrections to the community or to friends that you select by notifying them. You will also receive five juicy busuu-berries for completing this pronunciation exercise.

All voice recordings done by the community will be in the section review posts of others, followed by this icon .

Normally, this feature is only available to our Premium Users, but as this is a new tool we want you to try it for free! So, you have until Sunday 27th of March 2011 to use our new voice recording absolutely free. Try it out now!

Hurry and take advantage of our new feature! We wish you a great and entertaining pronunciation practice! Try it out now!

Update: We have issued a special 10% off discount during the trial period of the new recording functionality. Use the code: ADFG2011 when upgrading to a Premium Membership. Only valid until the 27th of March!

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Earn more busuu-berries for excellent writing exercises and helpful corrections!

You can now earn additional busuu-berries for excellent writing excercises or very helpful text corrections of other users’ exercises. So, how does it work?

Writing exercises
If your writing exercise is given a four- or five-star rating by at least three other users, you will receive five bonus busuu-berries!  So try to write as well as you can – you can be sure your efforts will be rewarded!

Likewise, if you think that a writing exercise of another user is excellent, simply give it a great rating and reward them with some extra berries!

Text corrections
If your text correction of a writing exercise is given the thumbs up button by at least three other users, you will also receive five bonus busuu-berries!  So try to be as thorough as possible when correcting other users’ exercises and you will be rewarded with extra berries.

On the other hand, if someone has put a lot of effort into correcting your exercise, click the thumbs up button to reward them with extra berries too.

The same applies for group discussion entries – if you really like a users’ contribution to a discussion within a group, simply vote for it to help them earn additional busuu-berries.

With this new feature, we want to give an extra reward to both hard-working students and to excellent correctors!

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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!