Busuu is a language learning community that offers interactive language courses and lets learners to communicate directly with native speakers to get help with exercises and practice language skills. Currently site offers language courses in 4 languages – English, German, French and Spanish.
Language learning methodology
An interactive language course consists of units. You can master units through a ste-by-step guided course or by picking them from a Catalogue. Each unit is basically a topic like “In a restaurant” or “Personal pronouns”. It includes picture based vocabulary for the topic, reading comprehension practice, writing short text and letting native speakers correct it, chatting with a native speaker on the topic, and the final exam.
On your homepage, you can see native speakers of the language you are learning, view their online status, add them as friends or start chatting with them using the busuu live messenger. Each member has a ranking, which is based on the learning performance and the number of posts corrected of other users.
Most of the material on the site is available for free through a Basic membership, which includes most the learning materials. Premium paid membership gives you addional features like an audio for 3000 key phrases, listening comprehension and grammar exercises, and the ability to download the learning materials in PDF transcript or as a podcast.
- Learn languages (English, Frech, Spanish, German) through interactive fun materials
- Communicate with native speakers to help with your exercises and improve your speaking skills
- Increase your member ranking by improving learning performance and correcting posts of other users
- Basic membership is free, includes most of learning materials on the site
- Premium paid memberhip gives additional features like an audio for 3000 key phrases, listening and grammar comprehension exercises, and the ability to download the learning materials in PDF transcript or as a podcast.
- Similar sites: MangoLanguages and LiveMocha.
Check out Busuu @ www.busuu.com