Have you ever heard of “Busuu”?
Busuu is a social network for learning languages based on a “Freemium” model (offering both free and premium services). The website is named after a Cameroon language with only three living speakers in 2005!
This is how the Busuu describes their method: “Instead of studying alone at home with your uninspiring grammar book, you can learn directly from native speakers around the world. In addition to learning directly from other members, you can use [Busuu’s] highly interactive learning material completely free of charge. Additionally, by paying a minimal monthly fee, you can become a Premium Member and have access to even more functionalities and learning material.”
The “free of charge” definitely got my vote!The 12 currently available languages are English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese but Busuu is hoping to include many more languages in the near future. “There are two ways to improve your language skills with busuu.com:
- Learn directly from a native speaker: you can connect with native speakers in the busuu.com community by using [Busuu’s] video-chat application to practice your language skills.
- Learn with the busuu.com learning content: [Busuu has] prepared over 150 learning units covering diverse topic areas and grammar units covering the most important grammar points. The content is image and sound-based; you can listen to key vocabulary, example phrases and dialogues narrated by professional voice artists speaking in their own language.”
So why don’t you try it and let us know what you thought of your Busuu experience?