CALICO Journal, Vol 37, No 1 (2020)

Busuu: A Social Network Application to Learn Languages

Michael D. Winans
Issued Date: 2 Mar 2020


With a high-quality, user-friendly interface that is both easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing, Busuu delivers, but the reason to choose Busuu over others would be to purchase the premium version for the social networking aspects. Even as a native speaker of English, I was able to learn about dialectal differences. Interactions with native speakers of the target language is both interesting and motivating. This is one of the better apps on the market, but at $9.99 when paid per month, it might be a bit expensive for the casual language learner.

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.37781


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