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Help your child get a head start in Spanish!

Our ‘Kids learn English with busuu‘ iPad app has been so successful – with over 200,000 downloads so far – that we are launching a brand new version to teach Spanish! Kids learn Spanish with busuu‘ is also specially developed just for children aged 4-7 years.

Like ‘Kids learn English with busuu‘, ‘Kids learn Spanish with busuu‘ is the most advanced, interactive and easy-to-use app available on the market. Our educational experts designed the carefully structured course to help your child learn 150 Spanish words in an enjoyable and stimulating way.

It’s perfect for firing up their interest in languages, helping them to make fast progress and teaching them useful vocabulary that they can use with confidence in real life. So next time you’re on holiday in a Spanish-speaking country, they can order their own ‘helado‘ (ice-cream)!

spanish kids app

An effective, fun way to learn Spanish

We developed ‘Kids learn Spanish with busuu‘ to make the most of all the iPad’s special features, so that your child will enjoy learning and want to continue.

  • The course is based on a proven, five-step approach that engages, teaches, tests, rewards and motivates children.
  • It has a magical garden that grows each time your child learns, encouraging them to carry on and allowing you to easily monitor their progress.
  • There are high-quality animal illustrations and animated graphics that come to life on the iPad’s Retina display, for mental and visual stimulation.
  • The app’s advanced user interface takes advantage of the iPad’s intuitive touch screen, for a truly interactive experience.
  • Limited text and clear, self-explanatory exercises mean it’s perfect for your child to complete alone and keep on learning, wherever they are.

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Try it out – download a free basic version!

Kids learn Spanish with busuu‘ has 30 learning units covering a range of topics, including colours, numbers, pets, food and transport. You can download a free basic version, containing three learning units, from the iTunes app store. You can then upgrade to the full app for 8.99€ or buy learning units in bundles of three for 1.79€.

What do you think of ‘Kids learn Spanish with busuu‘? Did you try ‘Kids learn English with busuu‘ too? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

Get into the holiday spirit with our Travel Course!

It’s almost the holiday season! So brush up on your language skills with our interactive Travel Course and get ready to enjoy your adventures abroad!

Holidays

Learn all the essential words and expressions you need to know when travelling with the following categories:

  • Basic Expressions
  • Transportation
  • Moving around
  • Money, shopping and eating
  • Planning and accommodation

Each of these categories includes 3 learning units. Plus, you get our special Survival guide, a very useful PDF containing survival phrases to carry around while exploring the city.

The Travel Course is available in each of the 12 languages offered on busuu.com. It’s also available in all our mobile apps, so leave your dictionaries at home and improve your language skills on the way to your holiday destination! Download your app now!

busuu.com Travel Course

Access our Travel Course in three easy ways:

  1. Invite your friends
    For free access to the online version, simply invite 10 of your friends to join busuu.com. Once they’ve signed up, you’ll get access straight away!
  2. Buy it now
    If you want immediate access to the Travel Course, buy it now – just choose whether you’d like the online version or the mobile app version!
  3. Become a Premium MemberPremium Membership
    Premium Members automatically have free access to both the online version and the mobile app version of the Travel Course.

Upgrade now to enjoy our full range of award-winning learning tools!

We hope you have lots of fun preparing for your trip with our Travel Course – we’re sure it will get you into the holiday spirit!

Track your learning progress with My Goal!

Want to learn Spanish before your summer holidays? No problem! With 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!

This is normally a Premium functionPremium Membership, but we want you all to have a go of the new My Goal! So you can try it out for free until 20 May 2012If you want to continue tracking your learning progress, become a Premium MemberPremium Membership! Until May 20 2012 we are also offering you a 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Your goal can be set from your course area. Simply click “Set a goal”, which you will see at the top of your course overview. Depending on how much time you want to study per week, My Goal calculates your course finish date. Just move the cursor along the carrot to set your study hours. At the top right you will see that the finish date changes according to your learning intensity. This gives you a real idea of the course duration, try it out now!

Set a goal

Why does goal setting help boost your language learning?

Sometimes, if you lose focus of what you want to achieve, you can lose track of time and feel like you are falling behind with your learning. This makes your learning objectives seem further away and can affect your motivation.

You won’t have this problem if you use My Goal! It will help you to stay motivated and focus on your studies since you will have a concrete date to work towards and you will always know whether you are keeping up with it. My Goal recognises your personal study needs and tells you whether you are on track with your learning progress or whether you need to pick up the pace to reach your objective.

And of course we give you something extra to aim for! Finish your goal on time and get 500 juicy busuu-berriesbusuu-berries and our official busuu.com certificate for your efforts.

My Goal

So set your goal now to track your learning progress. Remember, you can try it out for free until May 20 2012. And if you want to keep tracking your learning progress and become a Premium MemberPremium Membership before the 20th, we will give you 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Membership!

Post your goal date here and tell us your reasons for wanting to achieve your objective! Good luck with your language learning!

Watch out for false friends when learning foreign languages!

Everybody knows them and everybody has been tricked by them when speaking a foreign language: false friends. These sneaky little expressions come in disguise, appearing to be an obvious translation from our mother tongue when really their meaning is completely different.

So, get your imagination going and try to work out which false friend caused confusion in this situation:

 False Friends

Our guess is that the customer is a German lady in an English restaurant who didn’t get her order right. Even though English and German have a lot in common, often the similarity of words can be misleading. For example the German word “bekommen” resembles strongly the English word “become” but actually means something slightly different…

So let’s assume this German lady said: “I would like to become a steak, please” – would you not look as bewildered as the waiter? This is a classic example of a German false friend in English.

But what exactly are false friends and why do they occur?

False friends, or faux amis in French, are words that sound similar but have different meanings. Sticking to our example, you will have guessed already that the German word “bekommen” doesn’t actually translate as “to become” but as “to get”. Since German and English are both Germanic languages, both verbs derive from the Proto-Germanic word “bikweman” which means “to get something”. In Old English it changed its meaning, while in German it stayed the same. So even though these two words have the same linguistic historical origin, “become” and “bekommen” are no longer interchangeable.

Let’s have a look at another example: Imagine an English woman is going out with a Spanish man. One day the English woman spills her coffee all over her Spanish boyfriend. When she tells her boyfriend “Estoy embarazada”, she might think she is telling him that she is embarrassed, but on seeing the look of shock on his face she realises she has said something completely different! No, she has not told him that she feels ashamed of what she has done, she has actually told him that she is pregnant!

To help you avoid this kind of problem we have selected a few typical false friends that could cause you trouble:

English –> German

English word German Translation False friend False friend translation
concurrence
ankle
café
happen
Einverständnis
Fußknöchel
small restaurant
geschehen
Konkurrenz
Enkel
Kaffee
Happen
competition
grandchild
coffee
snack

 

Spanish –> English

Spanish word English Translation False friend False friend translation
asilo
raro/rara
boda
home for senior citizens
strange
wedding
asylum
rare
body
manicomio
especial
cuerpo

 

Portuguese –> English

Portuguese word English Translation False friend False friend translation
palazzo
compromisso
costume
building
commitment
habit
palace
compromise
costume
reggia
chegar a um termo comum
traje típico

In the end, being tricked by a false friend might turn into a funny anecdote you end up laughing about. Tell us your own anecdote about “making false friends” and help us extend our list!

New Grammar Guides on busuu.com

We are proud to announce that we are strengthening our partnership with PONS. In addition to our existing Grammar Guides, we are offering new Spanish and English Grammar Guides on busuu.com!

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The PONS Grammar Guides for English are now available for Portuguese and Russian native speakers, and we are also now offering PONS Grammar Guides for Spanish for Italian and French native speakers. With these guides you have access to detailed grammar explanations that are directly linked to our existing grammar units.

You should also know that your grammar learning is in the hands of professionals: PONS has been developing language learning material and dictionaries for over 30 years and forms part of the publishing house Klett Group, one of Europe’s largest providers of educational services and supplies. We are very proud to be able to offer you the expertise of PONS and thus further enhance your language learning experience on busuu.com.

From now on, by clicking on the new PONS button within the grammar units you will receive detailed explanations about a specific grammar topic.

Grammar Guide

You can also access your Grammar Guide directly by clicking on the PONS symbol on your homepage or in your course area. This way you can choose which topic you would like to learn, or simply revise earlier lessons. The Grammar Guide covers important topics such as tenses, sentence structure, phrasal verbs, etc.

Grammar Guide

And we saved the best part for last! With our back-to-school promotion, you will automatically get a 15% discount on your Grammar Guide by using the promotion code SEP2011 when upgrading your account – only valid until the end of this month.

So Premium Members Premium Crown can access the Grammar Guide for only 6.79 EUR and free members will only pay 8.49 EUR until the end of September 2011.

Have a look at the grammar guides that are available in your language and brush up on your grammar skills now!