busuu

busuu, a social network for learning languages, enables users to access audio-visual language courses and practice with native speakers.

With more than 80 million users globally, busuu is the world's largest social network for language learning. Through a website and mobile apps, the business offers free and premium paid-for access to interactive courses for 12 languages.

Uniquely, the platform encourages collaborative learning by offering users the unique opportunity to learn the language and practice their listening, writing, reading and speaking with assistance from a rapidly growing community of native speakers. In this way, every busuu user is both student of a foreign language and tutor of their own ‘mother tongue’.

busuu was founded by Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti in early 2008, with a vision to enable everyone in the world to learn a second language. Based in London, busuu offers an integrated, cross-channel platform which is constantly evolving to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile world population. Winner of 'Best Education Startā€up' at The Europas TechCrunch Awards in 2011 and CeBIT Innovation Award in 2010. The company now also offers corporate language training solutions for large international companies around the world.

The company is named after the busuu language of Cameroon. According to an ethnological study from the 1980s, Busuu is spoken by only 8 people.

Founders:  Adrian Hilti, Bernhard Niesner

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