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New: Test your language level on busuu.com!

We have an exciting new feature on busuu.com: You can now test your language level to find out which course you should begin with, when taking up a new language course.

The Level Test will greatly improve your language learning experience on busuu.com. Take the Level Test to evaluate your language level, before starting to learn a new language. Depending on your test result you will automatically be directed to the course that is more appropriate to you: A1, A2, B1 or B2.

The Level Test will be accessible for all users when taking it for the first time.
Premium MembersPremium Member can take the test more than once to track their progress.

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The test covers the most important skills in language learning: listening, reading, writing and comprehension skills.

Starting with our A1 course, the Level Test questions and vocabulary will gradually become more difficult in order to identify your level.

While taking the test, you can see the difficulty of the questions in the upper right corner to see where you’re at. The maximum score is 100%. When finishing the test, you can immediately start learning to keep improving your language skills.

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Are you curious to see your language level progress? As a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can do the Level Test as often as you want to compare your results and check your progress. Just go to your Level Test History to see all the tests you have taken.

Whenever you add a new language, you will first be asked whether you would like to do the Level Test in order to identify the best course for you. Throughout the course you can then access the Level Test at any time via the Resources menu on your home area or your course area.

busuu.com Level Test

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Upgrade now and track your learning progress with our new Level Test!

New: Learn Chinese on busuu.com!

We have exciting news for you: you 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 (that is 1.34 billion people – incredible).

Learn Chinese for free on busuu.com

Chinese is also the Lingua Franca of Asia. You can never go wrong with Chinese in Asia! So start learning Chinese now and practise with native speakers from our busuu.com community! You will discover one of the oldest cultures in the world with over 5000 years of customs and traditions.

Chinese is known for being a tonal language. In fact, there are 4 tones (plus a ‘neutral’ tone). This may be challenging for Chinese beginners, however, as the language has no plural and no tenses, the grammar part will be a piece of cake for you. To give you an easy introduction, our learning content is availabe in both the Latin alphabet and the Chinese script. This way you will be able to easily understand the pronunciation that is so important when learning Chinese.

Learn Chinese for free on busuu.com

And if you’re a native Chinese speaker, you can of course use busuu.com in your own language! Just go to your settings page to change the interface language to Chinese.

Start learning Chinese for free!

Begin your Chinese course in 3 easy steps:

  1. Go to ‘Add a new language‘ in your course menu.
  2. Add ‘Chinese‘ to the languages you learn.
  3. Click on the new Chinese tree in your garden to start learning.

Premium MembersPremium Member can listen to key phrases and dialogues, do voice recording exercises and access podcasts and many more tools for learning this tonal language more effectively. Upgrade now to make the most out of our Chinese course or have a look at our full list of Premium Functions here!

Do you already learn Chinese? Share your learning tips and tell us how you like our Chinese course! We’re looking forward to your feedback and hope you’ll enjoy learning Chinese with busuu.com!

New: learn Japanese with busuu.com!

To celebrate the New Year, you 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.

Japanese Course

It’s easy to learn too (it doesn’t use genders, articles or plurals)! To make it even easier, we offer our content in the Latin alphabet in addition to the Japanese script. As usual, you can listen to the pronunciation of the vocabulary words. Premium MembersPremium Member also have access to the audio of our key phrases and dialogues. This, in combination with the Latin transcription, will sharpen your understanding of the Japanese pronunciation.

When starting to learn Japanese, it’s best to start with Hiragana, which is a basic Japanese alphabet that represents a specific sound. Each sound does not have any meaning by itself. On busuu.com we teach Hiragana to introduce you to the Japanese language. Learning Hiragana alongside with the Latin transcription, you will be able to have a perfect conversation in Japanese.

Learn Japanese

So learn over 3,000 Japanese words and key phrases on busuu.com and try out what you’ve learnt with our growing community of native speakers.
Start learning Japanese now!

It’s really easy to start learning Japanese:
1. Go to ‘Add a new language‘ in your course menu.
2. Add ‘Japanese‘ to the languages you learn.
3. Click on the new Japanese tree in your garden to start learning.

Premium MembersPremium Member have all the usual benefits, such as PDFs, podcasts, voice recording exercises and much more. Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Use our 15% new year discount to upgrade to Premium now!

Learn Japanese

And if you’re a native Japanese speaker, you can now use busuu.com in Kanji! Just go to your settings page to change the interface language to Japanese.

Short explanation for non-natives:
The modern Japanese script is called Kanji, it’s a logographic form of writing, meaning that it does not use letters but symbols that represent ideas and concepts. Each Kanji has a specific meaning.

We’re excited to start 2012 with the launch of Japanese. That means we now offer 11 languages in total! Are you as excited as us? Start learning now and upgrade to PremiumPremium Member with our 15% new year discount to learn even faster!

More variety in our Live Units!

Your learning experience is very important to us. That is why we have extended our list of Live Unit sources and now offer even more diversity than before. If you are a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can now watch interesting videos about nature, travel, science and news. As usual, you’ll be able to write a comment about what you’ve watched and have this comment corrected by the community.

There are two ways to access the videos:

1. The Live Units are included in your Intermediate level courses, usually appearing every 4 or 5 units, and you will recognise them by the TV icon . This can be found in your home area, but also in your language area, where you see the unit you are currently working on. To navigate through the level, just click on the arrows on the left and right. Click on the “Start” button to begin the unit.

Live Units

Live Units2. If after this you are eager to do more Live Units, you can access them any time via your Resources menu, both in your home area and your language area. This way, you can access the video overview directly and choose the one you find most interesting:

Live Units

Write a short comment about the video and send it to our community’s native speakers who will then correct your comment. Of course, you will be rewarded with busuu-berriesbusuu-berry for your efforts!

The video-based learning tool is designed to strengthen your listening comprehension and to provide you with interesting material on a wide range of topics like nature, animals, travelling, etc. With our improved list of themes, you can be sure to find a video that will catch your eye. They are updated automatically, so you can enjoy topical learning material every day!

 Live Units

Not a Premium MemberPremium Member yet? Take advantage of our New Year 15% discount and upgrade your account now! Enjoy our Premium FunctionsPremium Member and improve your listening, reading and writing comprehension with our improved Live Units.

We have some more exciting news on the way so stay tuned!

Apps now included in Premium Membership!

Great news for all our mobile users! We just launched an update for our iPhone/iPad app. From now on, all units in our popular apps for iPhone/iPad are automatically activated if you are a  Premium memberPremium Member. Of course the same is true of our app for Android devices, such as HTC, Samsung, Google Phone, LG and Motorola.

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Synchronise the app with your online profile to earn busuu-berriesbusuu-berry and reach your Mybusuu goal, wherever you might be. The app includes over 3,000 words and key phrases with pictures and recordings to help you pronounce and memorise them. Learn languages easily with our vocabulary and dialogue exercises and test yourself with our interactive review at the end of each unit.

In addition to this, the iOS update automatically activates our Travel Course on your app! This course will help you learn essential words and expressions you need to know when travelling abroad. Download your app now!

busuu.com App

Our apps have already been downloaded a total of over 6 million times. Don’t miss out on this perfect add-on for language learning and get your own app to learn languages on the go!

Not yet a Premium MemberPremium Member? Use our New Year’s 15% discount to upgrade your account and access all our Premium FunctionsPremium Member, including the premium content of our apps. Until 31 January 2011, you can become a Premium MemberPremium Member from only 4,24€ per month!

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