Busuu – How to learn languages with this application app
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busuu is a free language learning app that both connects you with millions of native speakers and gives you access to interactive resources to help you learn a new language.
Languages You Can Learn at busuu:
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
How busuu Works:
After choosing the language you’d like to learn, you can create a new busuu account or login with Facebook or Google.
There are different sections of the site that are free to use, called Lessons, Practice, and Vocabulary, that you can access through the menu at the top of the screen.
The free lessons range from beginner and elementary up to intermediate. You’re able to skip around from the tasks in one lesson into the other lessons without having to complete them, which means you can skip ahead if you know you’re ready for more difficult tasks.
Some of the lessons are locked, and only available if you pay for a subscription, but there are still lots of lessons available for free users. There are also some business and travel courses you can take for free.
The lessons at busuu include images, audio, and text all mixed together to help you remember the concepts. You can always listen to phrases over and over again as many times as you need to, as well as move back through a lesson.
You’re always quizzed immediately after you’ve learned a few things, which is great. busuu doesn’t wait until you’ve learned dozens of concepts before it tests you, which is one thing I like about it versus traditional language learning textbooks.
If you’re stuck on a word or would like to ensure you remember it, you can always add it to your vocabulary list.
This is really just like a bookmark for that particular word or phrase, which you can access from the Vocabulary menu. Additional features, like downloading a PDF of your vocabulary list, are available only for premium members.
The Practice section of busuu is a language exchange service. You can chat with native speakers of the language you’re learning, as well as correct text written in the language that you understand.
As you move through lessons and help other people in the busuu community, you’ll earn what’s called busuu-berries. These are basically just points that you are rewarded for your learning efforts. The busuu-berries can be sent to friends, used in the busuu shop for animated gifts, and as discount vouchers for subscribing to the premium version.
busuu provides an app that’s easy to use and is flexible in how you work with the courses. Just choose a supported language you’d like to learn, login, and then decide where in the course you’d like to start – Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, or Travel.
The best feature of busuu is that the words and phrases you’ll learn are very helpful for beginners who may already be around foreign speakers and need to learn words in context quickly.
The app teaches you vocabulary words and phrases, both isolated and in sentences, and then quizzes you as you move forward through the levels to test your knowledge.