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Learn to speak Russian for free with busuu.com!

Привет (that’s ‘hello’ in Russian)!

Spoken by more than 280 million people, Russian is the largest native language in Europe and the 8th most important language in the world. In addition, we received a lot of requests from our users to add this language to the courses we offer.

So, we’re very excited to launch our new Russian language course on busuu.com!

Learn Russian with free access to more than 150 audiovisual learning units across 4 different levels. In addition, you can  connect with thousands of Russian speakers from our rapidly growing community.

Russian Tree

You want to learn Russian? This is how you start:

To start your free interactive Russian course, simply:

  1. go to your settings page
  2. add Russian as a language you want to learn
  3. click on your new snowy Russian tree in your language garden to begin!

Start learning Russian with our free language course now!

If you are a premium user, you will also have immediate access to all of the new Russian course’s Premium features, such as audio dialogues and key phrases, PDFs, podcasts and much more!

So upgrade your account now to enjoy busuu.com’s full range of award-winning learning tools for seven different languages!

Test yourself with our Russian alphabet challenge!

Russian alphabet characters are not the same as the Latin alphabet. So, we have adapted our existing course structure and added a new Russian alphabet section.

Listen to the entire Russian alphabet and then test your skills with our fun Russian alphabet challenge!

Привет to all our Russian-speaking members!

We would also like to welcome all our Russian-speaking users to busuu.com – you can now use our website with a complete Russian interface! Just go to your settings page and change your interface language to ‘Russian’ or have a look at our new Russian frontpage http://www.busuu.com/ru.

До свидания (that’s ‘goodbye’) for now – we hope you enjoy trying out our new Russian course. Stay tuned for more important updates within the next few weeks!

busuu.com adds Portuguese online course and receives substantial funding!

Today we from busuu.com have two reasons to celebrate:

First, we are happy to announce that we have closed our first financing round with an Austrian business angel. The important six-figure investment will be used to further expand our language learning platform and grow our international user base.

This is an important step in the history of our Start-Up and we are very pleased to have found the right partner who shares our vision to revolutionize the way people learn languages!

Second, from now on you can learn Brazilian Portuguese on busuu.com! We offer an interactive language course in Brazilian Portuguese completely for free.

You can now get access to more than 150 learning units on 4 different levels and practice your language skills directly with Portuguese native speakers of our community!

In order to start with your free Brazilian Portuguese course, go to your settings page and add Portuguese to the languages you want to learn. Then you can immediately access your courses by clicking on your new Brazilian Portuguese tree in your language garden!

So today the whole busuu.com team is going to celebrate with some Caipirinhas! ;-) But stay tuned, more languages and exciting new features are going to be added soon!

Tips to learn a new language online (part3)

Here is the third installment of our blog series on language learning tips.

3. Practice language actively

Whenever possible, speak the language aloud rather than reciting it silently to yourself. In doing this you can gain confidence in you pronounciation and in your language skills. Say vocabulary words out loud e.g. while doing a busuu.com learning unit, you should listen to the vocabulary and then the key phrase (if you are a Premium Member) and repeat them as many times as is needed.

The same goes for the busuu.com dialogues. You can listen to them and reapeat them as many times as you need to. Pronunciation activities should be done orally and not just mentally. Transferring language from your mind to your mouth is a skill that requires a great deal of practice! So take advantage of the busuu.com learning material to start actively improving your language skills!

We hope to be of assistance for your language learning! If you need further help, take a look at part 1 and part 2 of our language learning tips.