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Busuu App

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  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About Busuu App

Busuu is an interactive, language-learning app gradually guides the user through the study of a new language. Busuu is available via its browser-based platform at busuu.com and via apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Both the website and busuu app are user-friendly and simple to use. The languages you can learn at Busuu is quite impressive, ranging from Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, to 6 other languages. Busuu languages is geared at regular interval learning, whereby little and often’ will reap the greatest rewards, as part of a daily schedule in the app’s ‘Study Plan’. In the website, Busuu already boasts an impressive 90 million users. Busuu app download is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and for Android devices

Teacher Review

Busuu is an extremely well-presented language learning app that is clear and effective in what it sets out to do, as it guides learners through the practical skills-base required in learning a new language – speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Busuu provides an offline mode that helps you learn a language even when you don't have Wi-Fi or an internet connection, however you will need a subscription for this to work. 

How Busuu works

After choosing the language you'd like to learn, you can create a new Busuu account via the website or app with your email address or log in with Facebook or Google. Subsequently, the user can easily choose his/her language pairs for study and then will embark on their language-learning adventure.  To which I have previously alluded, there are twelve languages from which you can choose.  Each with well-structured and comprehensive target-language contexts, and specific to your current competence level, thanks to the ‘Placement Tests’.  With support from the app and volunteer native speakers you are effectively and conscientiously guided through the learning process, if you wish attaining a level and/or certificate showcasing your progression and achievement. We've covered the advantages of and differences between apps like Duolingo, Babbel and Memrise.

Can Busuu make you fluent?

Yes, Busuu app is easy to use! Busuu app offers an easy-to-follow progression from the receptive vocabulary learning, whereby the users choose the context of learning and, subsequently, complete a range of reinforcement activities aimed at gradually increasing familiarity and, thereby, accuracy of use and understanding. These activities appear intermittently throughout the vocabulary-learning process, and recap the words that the user has recently accessed.  They apprise the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  Each activity is an effective and engaging tool to reinforce the prior learning process.

The courses on offer deal with grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing, reading and conversations – this latter is perhaps one of the standout features from busuu.  Thanks to a plethora of registered native speakers, all users can practice their writing and speaking skills as part of the ‘Social’ feature.  All of these can be found within the clearly defined study sets, allowing the user to either work through all of them as part of their ‘Completion Certificate’ or to choose individual, isolated units as per their need.  This more refined focus is best showcased through the ‘Travel Language Course’, which, according to busuu itself, “covers all the survival phrases for your next holiday”.

How can Busuu help teachers?

From an educator’s perspective, the relevant and clearly-presented content mean that this represents a very useful addition to the language learning classroom, with vocabulary showcased in entertaining, engaging, and extremely accurate ways.  The score retention and positive manner in which progression is praised will be a huge motivational factor for the majority of students.  In addition to this, the ability to structure your language learning into daily challenges, with a specific end goal (fluency level: A1, A2, B1, B2) and end-goal date, also serve as engagement factors. Busuu app will work independently as a solid, comprehensive, and efficient language-learning software, but would complement well most school-based curricula. 

How much does Busuu cost?

Busuu offers a free plan that includes conversations with native speakers, while two other premium levels offer more advanced features. You can opt to pay quarterly, every 12 months, or every two years, with different discounts offering better value for longer subscriptions. 
 
Premium plans are offered for $11.30 per month for a monthly plan, $6.59 per month for an annual plan, $6.12 per month two-year plans. However, the official prices are billed in euros as it is a European-based company. Premium Plus plans are offered for $12.43 a month for monthly plans, $7.53 a month for annual, and $7.06 per month for two-year plans. Plans can be canceled at any time within 14 days after purchase.

Is Busuu worth paying for?

Busuu is an excellent choice for language learning, it does represent an engaging and motivating piece of software, with the clear, varied and entertaining presentations being its stand-out features. The potential for exploration of multiple languages is a real asset here and its individual interaction with each user and the option to link into Target-language communities and native speakers make this a considered and effective tool for all. Busuu is suited for almost all genre of user, with the potential of this app being what you make of it. Premium subscription adds a lot and is worth the cost. 

Personally, I have already experimented – quite successfully – with integrating this app into my own classroom. Download Busuu app and try it for yourself today! 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Communication Skills
Academic Relevance
Cognitive Development
Engagement and Usability
Creative Development
Organisational and Productivity Skills
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

busuu Limited

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Description

Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese and 6 other languages. Language learning is simple, fun and effective with busuu. You can even fit language learning into your daily schedule with the help of our study plan. 90 million users are already learning languages with busuu! Join them today and learn a language! 

We tested our app against other language learning apps such as Babbel and Duolingo with the university of New York, and they found that, “ Among all the language learning apps studied so far, the efficacy of busuu is the best. ” – Roumen Vesselinov, City University of New York.

HIGH QUALITY CONTENT

Our language courses are created by our talented language experts who are native speakers in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Portuguese and more! 

SPEAK LIKE A LOCAL

Learn how to order a croissant in French, greet your friend in Spanish, buy a train ticket in German or ask a local for direction in Italian. No matter which language you choose to learn, busuu offers you the closest thing to living in that country.

IMPROVE YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS

Our courses cover grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing, reading and conversations. You can even learn basic Japanese and Chinese characters with busuu. Practice your writing and speaking skills with native speakers and help others in your native language using the social feature. 

TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST

How good are you in Spanish vocabulary? Or do you already speak basic German. Don’t worry, we have both beginner and intermediate level courses adapted to what you already know. Take the language placement test and find your starting level!

TRAVEL LANGUAGE COURSE

Are you travelling to a new country and don’t know the local language? Our bonus travel course covers all the survival phrases for your next holiday. 

OTHER FEATURES

Offline mode - download lessons and learn languages on the go without Wi-Fi

Official language certification – take the end level test and earn an official McGraw-Hill Education language certification for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Italian and English

Study plan - We will create a personalised study plan for you to keep you motivated and help you achieve your language learning goals!

LANGUAGES WE OFFER

Learn Spanish, German, French, Italian, English, Russia, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic and Polish

PLEASE NOTE

A lot of the features are free, but you will need a subscription in order to get access to all features of this app. Your subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current payment period. Your iTunes account will be automatically charged at the same price for renewal within the 24-hour period prior to the end of the current payment period unless you change your subscription preferences in your Account Settings.

Busuu Subscription 

  • The 1 month subscription for (or the equivalent in your currency), renewed automatically until canceled.
  • The 6 month subscription for (or the equivalent in your currency), renewed automatically until canceled.
  • The 12 month subscription for (or the equivalent in your currency), renewed automatically until canceled.
  • Any unused portion of your 7 day free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited you purchase a subscription.
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