Today we are going to take a closer look at the language learning game called Busuu. It has been around already for years and during the last years, its interface has dramatically changed. Nowadays they offer a modern and user-friendly way of learning a new language.
In this article, I will show what kind of features they offer and what is my opinion about Busuu.
Price: Free to Join. Premium Membership Starting from 0,12€/day.
Overall Rank: 88 out of 100
What Is Busuu?
Busuu is a language learning game and community that you can speak a language in 10 minutes a day. You can study at the moment 12 different languages including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, French, German and so on. In the picture below you can see all languages what they have available.
Busuu is based on the same idea like other language learning games: Learning languages should be fun and easy. I think that they have achieved that purpose very well.
How Does Busuu Work?
First, you sign up which takes less than 15 seconds. You can also connect with your Facebook or Google+ account. Then you are ready to start language learning and take your skills to the next level.
Then you choose what is your current level in your target language. They are using European Standard levels A1, A2, B1, and B2. Even though you choose, for example, A2 you can go through all lessons from A1 as well.
Honestly, I enjoy Busuu platform very much because it shows you how much each lesson approximately takes and it’s so user-friendly. Have a look at the picture below:
Okay, now I want to choose my first lesson. Let’s have a look how it looks inside the lesson.
Busuu Language Learning Lessons
There are several sections inside the lessons.
Each of these parts teaches you the language with different ways. You will learn new words, listen to the pronunciation and write/speak the language yourself. Here is an example of dialogue lesson in Busuu.
In this section, you can see and hear the conversation between Josefine and Reiseberater (Trip consultant). There are white boxes where you need to choose the right word which is missing. You can drag & drop the or choose it by clicking the right word.
Let’s have a look at the vocabulary lesson:
In this part, you will hear and see the new word. Below you can also see an example sentence where this new word is used. When you have gone through all the new words, it will give you exercises where you need to use the word that you have just learned.
In Memorize and Quiz section Busuu will test your skills and learning during the past lessons. The great thing with language games like Busuu is that they show your progress in numbers. Many times it’s hard to measure how fast you are progressing with your target language but if it’s measured in words and numbers, it makes tracking much easier.
Busuu Language Community
Busuu has also a community of language learners where you can help others and they can help you.
You can practice your writing and speaking skills and other members can give you feedback. In the picture above you can see what some language students have already written and you can give them feedback.
If you are a premium member you can also connect with other members by having conversations with them. If you want to connect with other language learners for free, I recommend having a look at Italki. It’s my #1 recommended language learning community.
Busuu Premium Price
All of the Busuu lessons are not free. They have a free version and a paid version just like LingQ and Babbel. Duolingo is exceptional because their language game is completely free. However, some people say that it’s not as good as paid language learning games.
In the picture below you can see details of Busuu Premium. There’s also an interesting fact that 22 hours of Busuu Premium equal to 1 college semester of language study. I believe it’s totally true. I have learned languages much faster by playing these games rather than sitting in the boring lessons.
NOTE: It seems that sometimes Busuu offers 30% discount on all premium membership plans. Then the cheapest plan costs the only 0,12€/day.
Pros & Cons
- Busuu has a very user-friendly and a modern platform
- It’s easy to track your progress with Busuu
- Busuu has several kinds of language learning exercises that reinforce your learning
- They offer a mobile app
- Language learning sections are divided according to your current level: A1, A2, B1, B2
- You can connect with other language learners within the community
- They don’t offer courses for already fluent speakers
Conclusion – Is Busuu a Good Language Learning Site?
Yes, it is.
In my opinion, Busuu is a great way of learning new languages. Already in their first lesson, I learned a couple of new words. Their platform is very intuitive and easy-to-use so even inexperienced computer users are able to use it for their language learning.
They also provide a mobile app for Android and Apple phones. You can use it when you are connected to the Internet or you can download the offline version if you are a premium member.
Have you ever tried Busuu? What kind of experiences did you have?
Let me know in the comments below!
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