Meet the team: Jonathan

We are back!

In our last ‘Meet the team’ blog post we introduced you to the smiley Maria.

This time we introduce you to Jonathan, most commonly called Jo by all of us here at the busuu office. Jo is a Product Manager for English and is extremely interested in how people learn languages, and even writes a blog about it. This weekend he will be in Istanbul talking about online language learning at the TELT conference.

Jo also likes his sport; he cycles to the office every day and he can’t say no to a ping-pong challenge! Find out more about Jo in the interview below:

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How long have you been with busuu?
Around 9 months.

Where are you from?
Bath, England.

How many languages do you speak and what are they?
English and Turkish, although I don’t practise my Turkish enough these days.

Have you experienced any funny misunderstandings when learning a new language or visiting a foreign country?
When I lived in Istanbul I learned how to say ‘How much does it cost?’ before being able to understand the answers, so after asking I would just hold out my hand and let them take out the correct money!

How would you describe working at busuu?
It’s a great place to work. All the people here are friendly and really do their jobs well. It’s good to think that people will learn more and more as we continue to improve the busuu experience.

For me, language learning means …
…creating a slightly different version of yourself! You can be a different person when you communicate in another language.

Did you like meeting Jo, our Product Manager for English? Tell us in the comments!

Leave a Comment:


  1. I-oni'

    This blog sounds very interesting. I’m an English Major and I use the Busuu apps to improve on my Spanish as well as learn new words!

    • Fabia Alves

      Hi I-oni’,

      We are glad you enjoy our blog. We hope you are having fun with our app whilst improving your Spanish 🙂

      Ciao for now,

  2. Lis

    If you speak english you Can visit al country over the World .

    • Fabia Alves

      Hi Lis,

      We totally agree with you. Learning more languages makes it easier to travel around the world and contact with other cultures.

      Ciao for now,

  3. Emmanuel

    Well-done Jo ! I think the world is getting to the attitude of making the people speaks one language . But if that is so then the world ( people ) will loses many of it’s heritages and customs . In the end all people will becomes one heritage , one opinion , one custom , one direction and one ideal . In the end we become robot-like on the planet .
    But in another way “” has to reach to all our continents and picks as many languges as it can in each continent . But not only concentrate in the languages of developed world . Thank’ s bye .

    • Fabia Alves

      Hello Emmanuel,

      Thank you very much for your comment.

      Ciao for now,

  4. kamlesh

    Hello MR Jonathan:

    It is nice to see you as a member of busuu team. I am also helping students in correction of English exercises. It is really wonderful even I am not from native English speaker.

    Many thanks.


    • Fabia Alves

      Hello kamlesh,

      Nice to meet you too and thank you so much for the nice comment and for helping students by correcting their exercises.

      Ciao for now,

  5. Slobodan Kocev

    I cannot give you any carnival photos at the moment, but since I shall be spending most of the season in Turkey as a tennis coach, I believe there will be many opportunities to make funny photos. Be sure that I will send them promptly.

    • Fabia Alves

      Hello Slobodan,

      Thanks for your message. There will be more competitions and we hope you can participate on those.
      We already have the winners of the Carnival photo competition. You can check them out in this blog post:

      Ciao for now,

  6. Almarzooq.j.m

    Hellow JOE.

    I am very happy to be a student in learning French .
    Looking forward to be able to read ,understand more.
    Sincerely yours

    • Fabia Alves

      Hello Almarzooq.j.m,

      Great to know you are enjoying your French course on busuu!
      Happy language learning with us 🙂

      Ciao for now,

  7. sydney

    I have been studying French for many years but have not learn as much and as fast as I would like to. I am now seventy nine and still learning. Is there anyone out there who shares my frustration and wants to communicate with me in French?

    • Fabia Alves

      Hello sydney,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Are you already learning with busuu? If not, you can register for free at and you can improve your French skills with the help of native speakers 🙂

      Ciao for now,

  8. Adelz

    Доброго времени суток!Я очень рада что вам понравилось.Поддержу любое начинание.

  9. Lydia

    Yes meeting Jo was good..

    and Yes! its true when you speak another language other than your mother tongue, its feels great. I always feel that the world has shrunk to a big family with so much of variety….

    Here at Busuu! it feels great to be a part of it….Busuu Family

  10. huong

    I would like to make friends with all people, but i coudnt because i cant speak english well. Who can help me practice speaking, please?

    • Fabia Alves

      Hello huong,

      With busuu you can learn with the help of native speakers! You can register with us here:

      Ciao for now,

  11. Sohair Najeeb

    It’s great ! me too I liked learning languages with busuu . Good luck Jonathan . I hope you think about learning arabic , it’s difficult a bit but wonderful .

    • Fabia Alves

      Hi Sohair,

      Thank you for the nice comment! Happy language learning with busuu 🙂

      Ciao for now,

  12. Rob

    Joe looks like an absolute dude. Great blog too! You guys are lucky to have such pioneer working with you!

    • Fabia Alves

      Hi Rob,

      It’s great to work with Jo! Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      Ciao for now,