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One of the best ways for foreigners to learn English is via traditional instruction. Another great way is through immersion.

Popular language app busuu (download for Android and iOS) now offers the best of both worlds with newly created language learning courses, featuring news and cultural content from "The New York Times" and "The Economist." Users who open the English course in busuu's app will now find cutting-edge lessons, full of timely and topical articles from "The Economist" and videos from "The New York Times."

"As one of the world's most immersive digital language learning products, we're constantly looking at ways to enrich our learning experience through meaningful and engaging content," said Bernhard Niesner, busuu's CEO and co-founder. "We're thrilled to bring our learners content from 'The Economist' and 'The New York Times' to provide them with a range of topical content combined with busuu's award-winning methodology."

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Students will be instructed in key vocabulary before they are given an article or video content to practice their reading and listening comprehension with. After a lesson, users can turn in a speaking or writing exercise and get feedback from busuu's native speaker community.

Busuu provides courses in a dozen languages to 90 million-plus students worldwide. Through the app, students can get feedback on their speaking and writing exercises from a built-in community of native speakers.

While many turn to busuu to study Spanish, French, Italian, German and Chinese, the company says that around 50 percent of busuu's users are trying to improve their English skills. The videos from "The New York Times" will help beginning to intermediate users expand their knowledge and the articles from "The Economist" will aid more advanced users.

"Busuu students learn languages to communicate and interact with the rest of the world," said Kirsten Campbell-Howes, busuu's Head of Education. "These lessons bring the real world into the app via the best international journalism, creating an immersive learning experience that no other language learning app currently offers."

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Takeaways

  1. Popular language app busuu now offers language learning courses, featuring news and cultural content from "The New York Times" and "The Economist."
  2. The videos from "The New York Times" will help beginning to intermediate users expand their knowledge and the articles from "The Economist" will aid more advanced users.

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Joshua is an editor for CNET's Download.com. He covers the mobile tech and apps that power our lives and interviews celebrities about their favorite apps. Previously, he worked as an editor at Healthline and Gay.com and as a contributing writer for Mac Directory, MacAddict, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, and SF Chronicle.