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Madrid-based busuu launches an interactive app for learning languages, a Madrid-based startup that created one of the leading language learning communities, just launched the first language learning app in the world that allows you to interact with native speakers.

Whether you’re waiting for the train, or for a friend to arrive, the new version of the busuu app on iOS and Android allows you to connect to over 15 million members from the community, by sending writing exercises to native speakers for correction. In this way, language learning is communicative and entertaining; an Italian learner could do a writing exercise or receive a correction from a user in Rome while taking the bus to the office.

By clicking on the new menu option “My corrections”, users can see writing exercises from the community which need to be corrected, as well as their own completed writing exercises and the latest corrections they received for these exercises.busuu-writing_pool_iPad

Here are some of the app highlights:

  • +3,000 words and key phrases
  • Beginner to upper-intermediate level (A1 to B2)
  • Travel courses
  • 150 different learning topics covering everyday situations
  • Comprehensive and audio-visual learning tools
  • Vocabulary training, dialogues, writing exercises and interactive tests
  • No internet connection required
  • For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

The free version includes 20 learning units, and the complete courses (A1-B2 and the Travel Course) can be purchased from inside the app, giving access to further vocabulary and grammar material. For the Premium Members, all app content is automatically activated. was founded in 2008 by Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti. In case you’re wondering where the name “busuu” comes from, busuu is a language spoken in Cameroon, which apparently only eight people can speak worldwide.

Find this interesting? You can learn more about the Madrid-based startup by reading the interview we did with Bernhard Niesner, co-founder and CEO of Busuu.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).


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