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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!

Get ready for Halloween with busuu.com!

Spice up this year’s Halloween with our busuu.com special learning unit! Find out how to say ‘trick or treat‘ in the language you are learning and discover some fun facts about curious Halloween traditions and origins.

Halloween Learning Unit

Ghosts, zombies, witches – Nothing will frighten you this year… With our Halloween unit you’ll learn how to name all sorts of spooky creatures in the language you study on busuu.com. But this unit is not just about vocabulary, you might even get some inspiration for your own Halloween Party with our pictures of scary costumestraditional Halloween games and pumpkin carvings.

Speaking of pumpkins, there are some really fun facts we would like to share with you. Did you know that 99% of the pumpkins that are sold end up as Jack O’ Lanterns? Carving pumpkins is even considered a sport by some Halloween fans. The record lies with Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio who carved a pumpkin in only 37 seconds! And last but not least, the biggest pumpkin was weighed in October 2004 at a pumpkin festival in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada: It tipped the scales at an impressive 1,446 pounds. Halloween Learning Unit

Would you like to translate our spooky Halloween vocabulary into other languages quickly and easily? Try out the busuu.com dictionary! Simply select the language and type in the word to see your translation, a picture and even listen to the pronunciation! By clicking on the different flags at the bottom of the page, you can see the  translation for all the languages we offer on busuu.com.

busuu.com dictionary

The Halloween Unit includes all the usual exercises and if you’re a Premium MemberPremium Member, you can of course download the vocabulary in PDF and MP3 format. Go to our Halloween special by clicking on the ‘recommended unit‘ link on the left-hand side of your home area. Or just try it out now!

We wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and lots of fun with our special Halloween Unit!

Happy Halloween

Improve your CV with our new Business Spanish Course!

We know that foreign language skills are a plus on everybody’s CV. That is why our Business Course is now available for you in Spanish! This intensive course has over 600 words and key phrases to help you master challenging business situations – such as presentations or interviews – in professional Spanish.

Just like our Business English Course, our Business Spanish Course provides you with vocabulary from typical business contexts:

  • Empleo – make a good impression with your CV, cover letter and at your interview
  • Al teléfono – manage phone calls, messages and complaints
  • Correos electrónico – learn how to write professional business emails
  • Reuniones – handle formal meetings and discussions
  • Presentaciones – tips and useful phrases for presentations
  • Marketing I – discuss products, pricing, distribution channels and promotions

Business Spanish Course

To access our new Business Spanish Course, simply go to the ‘Courses’ menu and choose ‘Business Spanish Course‘ or click on the Business Course iconon the left hand side of your home area.

The Business Course is designed for intermediate to advanced learners. The course material is only available in Spanish and includes exercises which will help you identify and masterfully handle typical business situations. You will complete formal texts, like emails or cover letters, and will learn how to apply the new vocabulary to your own everyday professional life. You will also be able to record your voice and have your pronunciation corrected by native Spanish speakers of our busuu.com community.

Our Business Courses include:

More than 600 vocabulary and key phrases with pictures and sounds
Real situation dialogues pronounced by native speakers
Sample texts such as business emails, cover letters or CVs
Recording exercises to test your pronunciation skills
Video-chat with role plays to test your business skills with our community
New exercise types which help you to handle typical business situations.

 

When you successfully complete the Business Spanish Course, you can download a busuu.com certificate. This new feature is also available for our Business English Course.  After completing all exercises and tests of the Business course, all the symbols in your course overview will appear green.

In order to generate your certificate, just click on the graduation hat .  A window will open, where you can enter the name that you want to appear on the certificate. You can then save the certificate as a PDF document on your computer. The certificate states details such as the course topics, the duration and your finishing date.

In addition, all your efforts will be rewarded with busuu-berriesand you will receive a special ‘Manager’ badge when you finish the course.

Start improving your Business Spanish skills now – get access for one year with a one-time payment of only 29.99 EUR!

busuu.com launches Business English Course!

This summer, we have been working hard on our new Business English Course! This intensive course has more than 600 words and key phrases to help you improve your Business English and succeed in the professional world.

Boost your Business English on busuu.com with the following topics:

  • Applying for a job – make a good impression with your CV, cover letter and in interviews
  • On the telephone – manage phone calls, messages and complaints
  • Writing emails – learn to write professional business emails
  • In meetings –  handle formal meetings and discussions
  • Presenting – tips and useful phrases for presentations
  • Marketing I – discuss products, pricing, distribution channels and promotions

The Business Course is designed for intermediate to advanced learners. The course material is only available in English. Of course, all your efforts will be rewarded with busuu-berries and you will receive a special ‘Manager’ badge when you finish the course.

To access our new Business English Course, simply go to the ‘Courses’ menu and choose ‘Business English‘ or click on the new icon on the left side of your home area.

Of course our Business English Course includes:

  • More than 600 vocabulary and key phrases with pictures and sounds
  • Real situation dialogues pronounced by native speakers
  • Sample texts such as business emails, cover letters or CVs
  • Recording exercises to test your pronunciation skills
  • Video-chat with role plays to test your business skills with our community

In addition, we included brand new exercises, where you will have to complete formal texts, like emails or cover letters, and relate the learned vocabulary to situations of your every-day professional life.  This will help you identify and masterfully handle typical business situations.

Throughout September, we are offering a huge 15% discount on all our products, including our new Business English Course!  With this discount, you can get access to the Business English Course for just 25.49 EUR for one whole year!

So take advantage of our special promotion to upgrade your account or buy our new Business English Course now!