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We have 30 million members!

busuu.com is the world’s largest social network for language learning and we are getting bigger by the day. You are part of an active, vibrant global community that now has 30 million members in countries ranging from A to Z – or Austria to Zimbabwe!

This means that as well as having 30 million language-learning students, we also have 30 million tutors with which you can make friends, practise your language skills and share your knowledge of your own mother tongue.

30 million users

How many people is 30 million?

If we had our own language, we would have the same number of native speakers as Ukrainian, Hakka (a Chinese language) or Bhojpuri (an Indian language). (source: Wikipedia) Or if busuu.com were a country with a population of 30 million, we would be about the same size as Sudan, Peru, Malaysia or Uzbekistan. (source: Wikipedia)

30 million reasons to learn with us!

Every single one of our members is a perfect reason to learn with busuu.com – direct interaction with native speakers is the best way to learn a language. You can also add our growing portfolio of language-learning tools and aids for children and adults.

  • A user-friendly, interactive website for easily learning up to 12 languages, whether as a free member or a Premium member.
  • Specially developed mobile apps for the iPad, the iPhone and Android phones – for learning on the go, even without an internet connection.
  • Proven, effective and in-depth learning materials throughout all of our courses, from free exercises through to paid-for content.

 

How long have you been a busuu.com member? What do you love most about our global language-learning community? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Happy Easter – 15% off everything!

We want to wish you all a Happy Easter and take this opportunity to thank you for being part of busuu.com, the language learning community!

easter bunny

15 discount

For one week only, we are now offering you a special discount that gives you 15% off all our products, including our feature-packed Premium Memberships!

Click here and take advantage of this offer! The discount will be automatically applied.

Don’t miss out! This offer is valid until 04 April 2013 only!

 

Thank you for supporting our 2012 charity campaign!

A big thank you to everyone who upgraded to a Premium Membership in December 2012 to support our charity campaign!

It was a great success – with your help, we sponsored thousands of weeks of education for children in Cameroon, Africa. The money will be used to buy furniture, textbooks and other teaching materials for children.

Throughout the month of December 2012, busuu.com sponsored school for children in Cameroon, Africa for every Premium Membership sold.

All donations went to  CAPECthe Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The organisation will use the funds to give children access to school.

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.

 

Thank you from all of us at busuu.com!

 

If you have not upgraded to a Premium Membership in December, you can still do this now by clicking here!

2012 – what a great year it was!

2012 was a fantastic year for busuu.com which saw many improvements, new features and products!

Here is an overview of our highlights of 2012:

January 2012

  • To celebrate the new year, we launched a new language! Our users can now learn Japanese for free on busuu.com! Japanese is the mother tongue of over 130 million people and the 10th most spoken language in the world.
  • Great news for all our mobile users! We launched an update for our iPhone/iPad app. Now, all units in our popular apps for iPhone/iPad are automatically activated if you are a Premium member.

February 2012

  • Chinese was added to the list of busuu.com languages. Users can now learn Chinese for free on busuu.com! It’s the most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of one quarter of the global population.

March 2012

  • Profile customisation: Make your profile stand out with this feature on busuu.com! If you’re a Premium Member, you can create a Photo Gallery to share your favourite images with our community.
  • New writing exercises with pictures from National Geographic: Learn with National Geographic Pictures on busuu.com as part of our Live Units! You can improve your writing skills by practising new picture-based writing exercises, no matter your level!
  • Language level test: Users can now test their language level to find out which course they should begin with.
April 2012
May 2012
  • On 10 May 2012, busuu.com celebrated its 4th birthday!
  • We have launched My Goal, our improved learning progress tracker, you can find out how many hours you should study per week to finish your course by a certain date. This way you’ll be sure to complete your Spanish Course before you board that plane!

June 2012

  • We launched two new apps for iPhone and iPad, so you can now learn Chinese and Japanese for free on your mobile. Both apps are also available for Android.
  • We launched our improved dialogues,  to improve your listening comprehension! We’ve added new functions that will help you understand the dialogues even better!

July 2012

  • busuu.com apps reach 10 milion downloads! In less than two years, our apps for Android, iPhone and iPads were downloaded over 10 million times! Since then, we register 20,000 new app downloads every day!
August 2012
October 2012
  • We were very happy to announce a €3.5 million investment in busuu.com by PROFounders Capital and private investors as well as our headquarters relocation from Madrid to London.
  • We have introduced Checkpoints – a simple new feature that will help you to learn new words and phrases and remember them!
November 2012
  • We have re-launched busuutalk – and it’s now better than ever before! Following your suggestions and feedback, we were happy to announce that busuu.com had launched a brand new version of busuutalk.
  • busuu.com won the first price at the Seven Ventures Pitch Day – a €4m media budget in Germany!
December 2012
So you can see, it was an exciting year here at busuu.com, and hopefully for you too!

Thank you for being part of busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community! What makes busuu.com special is our interactive community. Without you, we would not have reached all these milestones in 2011!

 

Get ready for Halloween 2012!

While Halloween, or All Saint’s Eve, is most popular in America, countries around the world are now beginning to adopt this holiday too.

Halloween

If you are planning to attend, or even host a Halloween party, you should make sure you know the most common words related to this holiday. Halloween words borrow from many different languages. Today, these words are used in countries all around the world.

Do you know where some of these words come from?

Let’s take a look at the most common ones:

HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a condensed form of the phrase All Hallow Even, i.e. All Saints’ Eve. Hallow means “holy”, so Halloween is the Eve of All Hallows, i.e. all saints. Hallow and Halloween derive from the Old English adjective halig (holy).

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin derives from the Greek pepon, a kind of melon eaten only when very ripe. The word root is very interesting: Latin took over pepon as pepo, then French produced popon/pompon, then pumpion, and finally pumpkin.

BROOM

There is no witch in town that would make a Halloween appearance without a broom. The word derives from a Germanic plant name that appears as bramo, bramma and bramio in various Germanic languages. So a broom essentially bears the Germanic name of the twig plant.

COFFIN

This word appears in various languages. In Greek it’s kophinus (a basket), in Latin cophinus and French cofin. Initially, the word meant ‘box’ but in the 16th century it took on two meanings, one of which is the dreaded coffin.

GHOST

In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that appears to the living. However, Halloween ghosts will be disappointed to know that their linguistic ancestors where neither scary nor vengeful. In Old English, ghost simply meant “spirit”, a meaning preserved when we refer to the Holy Ghost.

To get you in the right mood for Halloween, here are the top 10 Halloween songs of all time.

To learn more words related to this fantastic holiday, complete our fun Halloween exercise on busuu.com