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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!

 Checkpoints

 

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!

Get the new ‘super corrector’ badge for your busuu.com profile!

Making mistakes is an important part of learning languages and learning in general. When we correct them, we understand our error, we remember what to do next time and we don’t repeat the mistake.

That’s why you should help other people learning your language by correcting their exercises in a clear and constructive way.

  • Use the toolbar above the correction area to highlight any mistakes – for example, put them in bold or in a bright colour.
    Correction toolbar
  • Explain why you’ve highlighted the word or phrase and suggest a better alternative.
  • Give the post’s author a tip to help him avoid making mistakes
  • Leave an encouraging note to the post’s author to help them stay motivated and continue learning!

busuu.com correction

And when you’ve done a good job by providing useful corrections, other members of the busuu.com community can give you a ‘thumbs up’! You could even win one of our new badges for your profile:

  • super corrector super corrector (more than 1,000 thumbs up)
  • very helpful corrector very helpful corrector (500-999 thumbs up)
  • helpful corrector helpful corrector (50-499 thumbs up)

Plus, if at least 3 people give you a ‘thumbs up’, you will get 5 extra busuu-berries busuu-berry.

But be careful with your corrections, you can also receive a ‘thumbs down’ thumbs down! This means that your corrections need to improve.

So should you see this badge thumbs down on your profile, just follow our tips on how to make helpful corrections and collect some more ‘thumbs up’. As soon as you have more ‘thumbs up’ than ‘thumbs down’, the badge will disappear and you’re on your way to becoming a super corrector super corrector.

Start correcting now to win lots of ‘thumbs up’ and become a super corrector super corrector in no time!

A new design for your course area!

Your learning experience is important to us! This is why we have taken a closer look at your course area to make it even more straightforward.

1. You now have a full overview of your course:

New course overview

Having an overview of the complete course, will allow you to know exactly where you are. This gives you a feeling of how you’re advancing in your language learning. The units are grouped in different lines and each line ends with a test to review the learned vocabulary.

At the end of the course, Premium MembersPremium Membership can print a certificate that states the total hours and the skills that they have achieved throughout the course. Once completed, the learning units and the final course test will turn green and you can click on the black graduation hat to generate your personal certificate.

New course overview

 

2. You clearly see which units you have completed

New course overview

Upon completing all the mandatory tasks of a unit (vocabulary, dialogue, writing exercise, busuu talk, review), the learning unit will turn green. When hovering with the mouse over the individual units, you will see the picture and title of the completed units.

That allows you to quickly see which units of the course are completed and which ones you still have to do. So no more losing track of your learning progress! Of course you can enter your completed units at any time to do the exercises again.

 

3. Your current unit is marked

New course overview

The course overview highlights the next unit you have to do by marking it with a blue frame. The course follows a specific structure that teaches you relevant vocabulary according to your position in the course.

We’re sure that this new course overview will make your learning even more effective and enjoyable! Try it out now and let us know what you think, we’re always happy to have your feedback!

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!