10 fun British phrases (& what they mean)

If you go to UK to improve your English, or even just for a holiday, these 10 expressions might help you recognise some popular British phrases. You might think you know the meaning of some of these British sayings, but the different situations where you can use them and their double meanings might just surprise […]

London by season: what to do come rain or shine

If you’ve ever been to London, or you know someone who lives there, you probably know that the weather can be a bit of a sore subject. We’ve just had our first few warm sunny days of the year (long overdue!) and London has well and truly come to life! I always hear people saying […]

Learn office lingo on the go: Our business course is now on mobile!

Starting work in an English-speaking company and want to get to grips with the office lingo? If you’ve ever used our Business English course before, you’ll know that it will help you communicate in various office scenarios, such as starting a new job, communicating in the office, working with computers and software and participating in […]

Why every company should invest in language training

Stop losing your potential revenue due to communication problems In an increasingly global world, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is becoming an imperative for the successful growth of any business. Lack of language skills can cause misunderstanding and conflict between international suppliers and clients. According to Professor James Foreman-Peck for the Department of […]

From Brazilian rabanada to Norwegian gløgg – Festive food around the world

I love food. I love talking about it, making it and eating it. I also love Christmas, so combine the two and you have my full attention. I’m from the UK, and I’ve only ever experienced one kind of Christmas: you know, stuffing, brussel sprouts, mince pies (not all at the same time)… But working […]

How learning languages can further your career

The world is shrinking. Ok, not literally, we’re not in a live action Disney movie. But as the world becomes more global, having a second language is handier than ever. In fact, research shows that studying a second language means a bump of 2% in annual income. Kerching! Forbes even think having a second language […]

Five expressions to become a London pro


Do you like London as much as we do? If so, check out these unique London expressions and brush up on your Cockney rhyming slang. You’ll be ready to ride a Boris bike, cycle to the Palace and spend a few quid in no time. Yay! “Let’s jump on a Boris Bike” Boris bikes are […]

Why is English so hard?


I’d love to tell you in a hugely over-the-top reassuring tone that “it’s not that hard – learning English is a doddle!”  The truth is that learning any language is challenging: it’s the whole reason why we at busuu have a job. But equally, language learning should not be defined by its difficulty; if you […]

New English course that you can’t resist


We have launched a brand new business English course on our website. English is increasingly the language of business, so we thought it was time to give our English learners a course specifically for communicating in the 21st Century workplace. The course covers the most common everyday language used in English-speaking workplaces. For example, in […]

The Intro to English course for complete beginners is here!


Are you a complete beginner to the English Language? Has it been too long since you learnt the “abc”’s? Don’t worry, the English Introductory Course is here to help you get acquainted! Get ready to learn the basics of the English language including the alphabet, spelling and pronunciation. This new introductory course is great if you […]