App of the week: busuu
busuu is the world leader in providing learning language apps, with over 60 million users worldwide, busuu is the one stop shop to learn another language in an easy and effective way.
With the philosophy that language learning can empower everyone, busuu has dedicated its app to providing language learning that is not difficult, time consuming or expensive, with two membership types, one free and one premium to suit all its users.
busuu have redefined the way languages are taught, their team of educational experts have meticulously created the language content to equip learners with the best tools to assist in reading, writing, listening and speaking from beginner to advanced levels. They are the only language platform in the world which allows it users to practice its skills directly with its community of native speakers from around the world. Via an integrated chat system users are able to engage and practice their pronunciation and vocabulary, whilst receiving personalised feedback on their completed exercises.
Offering 12 different language courses from Italian to Japanese, busuu provides you with the essential vocabulary needed to communicate in everyday situations. Fully accessible on both mobile; iPhone and Android and through the web, so if it’s a weekend break or a round the world trip, you can be confident that you will be able to learn the language on the go. And if its more permanent move abroad or just a desire to learn something new, busuu has recently partnered with McGraw-Hill Education, one of the world’s largest education companies to offer its Premium users official certification of the language being learnt.
Last month busuu announced the launch of its new language learning platform busuu PRO for use in schools, universities and companies. busuu Pro will offer access to premium language courses that can be accessed by an interactive dashboard that can even be used in offline mode to help students grasp the language more quickly.
So if your New Year’s resolution was to learn a language and you haven’t got around to it, there’s still time to download the free app. An independent university study that measured the effectiveness of learning a language using busuu found that 100% of people who studied for at least 16 hours significantly improved their language skills. busuu also has also been awarded the TechCrunch Europe Award and the Best Education Startup in Europe, as well as being named the Best Google Play App last year.