Parents' Guide to

Learn French, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages for free with busuu

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Uneven language-learning social network better for adults.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire Free to try, Paid, Free Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Good features in busuu include thoughtfully leveled content and a nice Travel Guide feature that offers tourist-ready vocabulary and phrases. However, there are serious questions about the content. Some vocabulary lessons feature images and words that promote racial, ethnic, and gender stereotypes, and quizzes tend to test superficial knowledge rather than meaningful content.

The social element sounds promising, but it's uneven. In the "Help Others" section, it's not always clear what question other users are trying to address, making it tough to give helpful feedback. Also, there's no guarantee a native speaker will respond to your written responses.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free (In-app purchases range from $4.99 to $64.99 for courses, memberships, and more.)
  • Release date: May 21, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Busuu Limited
  • Version: 5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android varies with device.
  • Last updated: February 15, 2020

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