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Busuu

Social Network Language Learning


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Published 11/12/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Busuu is an online web-based application that was developed to assist a worldwide community with learning various languages while the user is offered the opportunity to share native language skills with others. Writing exercises and interactive tests include grading as well as different levels such as advanced, intermediate or beginner. Awards and badges can be earned as fluency develops. Native speaker members offer support through grading and online video chat. Busuu offers users access to a variety of audio and visual learning material exams and testing. Busuu basic is free and upgrades are available for separate purchase to enhance and extend the learning process. Various languages are offered and expanding as Busuu's membership base expands worldwide.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Busuu was launched in 2008 by co-founders, Adrian Hilti and Bernhard Niesner. Both co-founders are graduates of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Busuu was developed while the co-founders were working toward their International MBA. Busuu's application was designed to combine language learning with a social media setting and acquired it's name from a language spoken in Cameroon. Busuu joined Facebook on July 15, 2008 and records show that 229,647 recommend this site as of June 2012. Twitter reflects 1909 Tweets, 1023 Following and 8652 Followers. Busuu is a web-based online social media application that was developed to assist a worldwide community with learning various languages while expanding service to hand-held media devices such as iPhone and iPad.

What are the differences to other apps?

Busuu offers online language exercises, exams and testing including grading and correction. Different levels of fluency are available for the user to choose from such as advanced, intermediate and beginner. Native speakers offer live conversation to experience, hear and see the language lesson first hand. An onsite video tour is available to better acclimate the new user. Awards and badges can be earned as the language student gains fluency and/or instructs and corrects others. Busuu offers iPhone (iOS, iOS4 and Android) and iPad, iPod Touch availability and no internet connection is required. Busuu was developed to assist a worldwide community with learning a variety of languages. Extensive audio and visual learning material is offered involving written exams and language testing at different levels.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Busuu appears to be fully functional and is well designed. New user's navigate the site easily and an instructional video tour is available to acclimate the new user. Numerous features are available for the user to try and free trial periods are offered as well as discounts. Pricing is available after registration. User's sign in with a registered email address and create a password. Busuu offers online language exercises and interactive testing as well as grading and correction with different levels of expertise. Native speakers offer live conversation to assist with learning. Awards and badges can be earned as the language student gains fluency or instructs others. Busuu offers applications for hand-held media devices such as iPhones or iPads or iPod Touch.

How does the registration process work?

Busuu registration starts by entering the new user's name and email address. The registrant then confirms the email address and selects a password. After entering the user's birthday and the user's native language, enter the language to be learned and also select the level of Advanced, Intermediate or Beginner. Read the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy and select "Join Now for Free!" button. Go to sign in and enter registered email address and registered password. An email notification will send the registrant to check user's email for a validation email. Go to the email and select "Activate Account" link. User will be redirected back to the Busuu site to set up personal profile info such as gender, city, country, occupation and upload a photo if desired.

What does it cost to use the application?

The Busuu basic version is free indefinitely for it's users and offers 20 learning units. Busuu also offers various upgrades and packages to extend the user's language studies. Upgrades can be billed monthly, yearly or bi-yearly and discounted package rates are from $17.99 USD per month to $152.99 USD every two years. Full standard price package rates are $22.49 USD every month to $539.99 USD every two years. Payment can be submitted using Visa, Mastercard, America Express, PayPal or a bank transfer. Mobile device applications can be purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch at App Store, Android Market or iTunes Store. As of June 2012, discounts for upgrades are offered to new users upon registration.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Busuu would be of value to all people interested in expanding language skills particularly teachers and students, public service employees, doctors, firemen, police, real estate agents, social workers, politicians, clergy and missionaries. Extended families that face language barriers might be candidates. People looking to expand a circle of friends from around the world might consider Busuu. Business people looking to expand markets to foreign speaking countries would be likely candidates. A growing smartphone market should expand membership with Busuu since applications are available for iPhone (iOS, iOS4 and Android), iPad and iPod Touch. Different levels of expertise are offered from advanced to intermediate or beginner. An instructional video tour is available.

  • Learn to speak and write various languages.
  • Interact with worldwide community of native language speakers.
  • Exchange language skills with online community.
  • Instructional video tour is available onsite.
  • Upgrades are available for purchase for extended learning.
  • Various language studies are available now with more to come.


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Busuu contact details

Email: info@busuu.com
Postal address:
Busuu Online S.L.
CIF: B85337087
Calle Columela 2, 1-D
28001 Madrid, Spain


Busuu pricing

FREE - Permanently free version

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