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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!



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!

Refresh your vocabulary with new, fun review exercises!

New Improved Review!

It’s time for spring cleaning and a fresh start! So get back into learning a language by brushing up on your vocabulary. Give our new review exercises a try – they make testing your language skills even more fun!

More fun and effective exercises

Our new review exercises will make your tests even more fun and effective. We have made some of them a little more challenging to improve your learning progress!

Increasing the number of possible answers in the vocabulary exercises:

vocabulary exercises:

Showing the answers one at a time in the drag and drop exercises:

 drag and drop exercises:

Building several phrases in one exercise, to practise your sentence structure:

 sentence structure

The new formats are designed to improve your vocabulary, spelling and sentence structure. What’s more, we have introduced more varied exercises as well as improved sounds. To help you remember the correct answer, it is now repeated automatically in certain exercise types after you have chosen your answer.

Improved Review Summary and My Mistakes

We have also redesigned our Review Summary page so that, once you finish a test, you will be able to clearly see the vocabulary you know, as well as those phrases you are more rusty on.

And Premium MembersPremium Membership get even more benefits! Correct your mistakes right away to stop the bugs from eating your language garden and choose which skills you want to practise in your Customised Review! Now you have the choice to specify whether your review is based on Vocabulary, Spelling, Sentence Structure, or any combination of the 3!

Upgrade to Premium now, from only 4.99 EUR per month!

Now there’s no excuse not to study, try out the new review exercises and boost your language skills!

Reflections on 2011 and Best Wishes for 2012

Another successful year has passed and we’re all ready to begin 2012 with lots of energy and motivation!

Happy 2012!

But before rushing into this new year, let’s have a quick look back at an eventful and successful 2011 with busuu.com:


  • We started our Blog series on endangered languages to raise awareness about nearly extinct languages. Every couple of months we introduce you to another endangered language.




  • We included new features in our popular iPhone app and made it also available for iPad to enhance your mobile learning experience!
  • Having been a huge success in 2010, we repeated our big Easter Egg Hunt to find the golden egg! Among the successful hunters we did a raffle for 10 Premium MembershipsPremium Crown!
  • Martin Varsavsky, a great fan of busuu.com and well respected entrepreneur, supported us with his investment to continue our successful journey in the online world of language learning.


  • We added Polish and Turkish to our existing language courses and thus made our community available to Polish and Turikish users. Once again: Witam and Hoşgeldiniz!
  • We celebrated our 3rd Birthday! Thanks to all of you for the many good wishes :)





  • We took our courses to the next level, creating further content, including a new course for Business English.
  • We released new Grammar Guides and strengthened our partnership with PONS to provide you with detailed explanations directly linked to our grammar units.



  • We launched a new design to make your language learning experience even more intuitive and fun.
  • We reached over 5 million users online and 5 million users via our mobile apps! That’s 10 million in total and we are still growing!
  • busuu.com won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media StartUp’ at The Europas, the annual European Tech Startup Awards.


As you can see 2011 was a very successful and exciting year for us and hopefully also for you! Thank you again for all of the support and feedback you gave us during the year. What makes busuu.com special is our interactive community. Without you, we would not have reached all these milestones in 2011!

Stay tuned in 2012! We will surprise you with new exciting features pretty soon!

Remember that during the month of January we are offering you a 15% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Crown!

Check out our new review types!

At busuu.com we are constantly working to improve your learning process and to make language learning more interesting and efficient for you. The review at the end of each unit is an important evaluation exercise, allowing you to see how much you have learned from our learning units. During this review you can test your vocabulary, syntax, writing skills, listening and reading comprehension. In order to make the review a bit more difficult but also more fun, we have added three new types of exercises.

The examples below are for English speakers learning Spanish. Of course the test is available for all languages offered on busuu.com. With us you can practice your Italian vocabulary, German syntax, Turkish writing skills, English listening comprehension, Russian reading comprehension etc…

Check out the new review types:

1 . New vocabulary exercise
You will see the vocabulary in your own language without images nor sounds (just showing the busuu.com logo). Then you have to choose the corresponding translation in the language you are learning. This exercise type is an adapted version of our existing vocabulary training exercises. It trains you to recognize words and syntaxes in the language that you are learning, without the help of images or sounds.

Vocabulary review


2. New syntax exercise
You will see an image and several words which you have to put into the right order to describe the image. Click on the words and drop them in the box below to form a correct sentence. If you want a clue, just click on the sentence at the bottom of the exercise to see a translation in your language.

Syntax exercise


3.New writing exercise
You will see an image and several letters which you have to put into the right order to spell out the word which is shown by the image. Drag and drop the letters in the box below to form the correct word. If you want a clue, just click on the sentence at the bottom of the exercise to see the word in your language.

Writing exercise


If you are a Premium User you are also able to customize your review by selecting the type of review exercises which most fits your needs. Just go to our customized review – there you can then add the new review exercises to your personal review test.

Have fun trying out our new review types and enjoy language learning with busuu.com! New features will be added very soon!

A look back at 2010 and a warm welcome to 2011!

Last year is already history as 2011 has started with a lot of positive energy! Nevertheless, we believe it’s still worth taking a closer look at all the stuff that happened with busuu.com in 2010.



  • busuu.com was a finalist in the BBVA Open Talent competition, being the 5th most voted project (with more than 6,000 votes) out of more than 400 participants.
  • We launched our fully interactive Brazilian Portuguese language course, the 6th language in our portfolio
  • We translated our interface into Portuguese to welcome our new Portuguese-speaking users (mainly from Brazil), who enriched our growing community with their positive Latin vibes!
  • We closed our first financing round with an Austrian business angel, enabling us to further strengthen our rapid international growth.


  • Our project received more awards as we won the Innovators Award at the CeBIT fair in Germany, one of the most important events for the digital industry in Europe.
  • We launched our new groups feature, letting our users create their own content around topics of their choice; this popular feature now has more than 5,000 groups.
  • We surprised our users with our fun Easter egg hunt – so watch out again this Easter for the golden egg to win some Premium Memberships! ;-)


  • busuu.com had its second birthday which we celebrated with more than 450,000 users registered users from over 200 different countries.
  • We were selected as the Red Herring 100 European Winner, a competition that recognises the most innovative companies in Europe.


  • We launched our Travel course for all the language basics you need when travelling abroad, available as a PDF for easy use on the go.



  • We launched our first language game, in which users can challenge each other on their language skills to win juicy busuu berries!
  • We implemented our interactive Russian course, bringing our total offering to 7 different languages and opening the gates to our active Russian community.




Phew…as you can see, 2010 was a very busy, successful year for our small start-up! Thank you again for all of your support and feedback – the above has only been possible with your help!

But watch out for 2011! We have ambitious plans and exciting new features in the pipeline already – so rest assured that we won’t stop until we create the best language learning solution on Earth! :-)

So, we wish our users all the best and are looking forward to a fantastic 2011!