The language learning community busuu turned three today. Time really flies, so happy birthday to Bernhard, Adrian and the team at busuu!
As a side note to the event busuu shared that over 2.5 million people now have signed up to learn a language with the service. All in all, busuu seems to be on a role at the moment, getting some nice coverage in the press, for example yesterday on the Washington Post blog.
In their birthday blog post busuu also gives an overview on last year’s milestones:
- busuu.com was the Red Herring 100 European Winner. This competition honors the most innovative companies in Europe.
- The first busuu language game was born: Users can challenge each other on their language skills to win juicy busuu berries!
- Our interactive Russian course was implemented, followed by Turkish and Polish courses bringing our total offering to 9 different languages.
- busuu.com went mobile with our 7 new iPhone applications, which include our full content and are available for free download from the iTunes App Store.
- busuu.com received a “highly recommended” distinction at the TechCrunch Awards, in the Best Learning Start-Up category!
- A strategic partnership with leading publisher Collins was finalized, allowing us to offer detailed grammar explanations in 4 languages to our native English speakers.
- A successful campaign to save the nearly extinct Busuu language, including our funny YouTube music video (now seen by 200,000+ people), and our Save Busuu Facebook fanpage (with nearly 6,000 fans worldwide), was launched.
- A cooperation with The Guardian and Macmillan offers the possibility to read The Guardian on busuu.com and look up definitions in the integrated Macmillan dictionary.
- A voice recording feature was added to our list of functionalities. You can nowrecord your voice and have your pronunciation corrected by a native speaker!
- The busuu.com Language Barometer 2011, the worldwide largest online survey about the future of language learning, was created in collaboration with the IE Business School.
- Martin Varsavsky, a great fan of busuu.com and well respected serial entrepreneur, decided to invest in our start-up to help us grow our language learning platform to the next level.
busuu have also just added new review functionalities for vocabulary, syntax and writing exercises and the possibility to customize your review as a premium member by selecting the type of exercise that fits your personal needs best.
All of the above brings me to the 7 days in which everyone is invited to try out the premium features for free. So, if you are a student who wonders whether the premium upgrade is actually worth it or a teacher who would like to experience the premium features in order to recommend busuu to your students as additional learning tool: now is the time to sign up.
And if you happen to be a Business Intelligence Manager with a love for languages, busuu is hiring one at the moment.