Bliu Bliu challenges do wonders in language acquisition. They boost your motivation and set you on the right path in language learning. However, it’s not enough to sign up and wait for enlightenment. You have to be active, use your brain and practice often. So it’s your own responsibility to get the most out of language challenges.
Here are the most essential tips on using our challenges to your advantage.
Quality over quantity
You have to make sure that every minute spent doing tasks of the challenge counts. 10 minutes of focused attention using Bliu Bliu is better than 30 minutes of reading a text while daydreaming simultaneously. If you’re focusing on time and not on your effort you’re wasting time and energy. Keep checking yourself. And if it’s really hard to focus, take a break. This brings us to our second point.
Set moderate goals and don’t strain yourself
You might be inspired to use your target language for 2 hours every day of your challenge. But it will take enormous effort to keep up with such a load in the long run.
People like to set concrete goals for themselves every day. For example, to read for an hour. After they become tired and spend only 30 minutes on reading, they become disappointed with themselves. But there really is no reason to feel so. It’s a good idea to control your excitement in the beginning and take moderate steps towards your goal. Start leaping forward and you will be tired, dissatisfied and unable to continue very soon. Have patience and don’t let your excitement imprison your mind.
Focus on building a habit
Short sessions of learning are easier to turn into a habit than long ones. And habit is absolutely crucial. Without habit you will find it difficult to continue learning your language after the challenge ends. However, if you get used to using Bliu Bliu for 10 minutes every day, you will continue using it for as long as you need to become fluent. A small amount of time every day beats long sessions two times per week. So if you don’t do every single task of our challenge (as there are quite a few) you won’t necessarily fail. But you will fail if you don’t do at least a bit every single day.
Set process-related goals
Goals like “increase my word counter on Bliu Bliu by 30 every day” might not do. It only suggests that you should push 30 red words to make them white. Instead, you should focus on actually seeing and hearing those words in different context as much as possible. Don’t worry over exact number of words learnt, exact seconds spent reading or exact number of pages covered. Just set a time that you will spend reading, speaking or listening actively and with focused attention. With your mind ON THE TASK. You will learn those 30 words faster without worrying about them all the time. And if you learn no more than 29 or even 19 – that’s amazing too!
Step out of your comfort zone
Step out of it now. Expanding your boundaries is never easy. But once you do it, it doesn’t hurt anymore! That’s why our challenges exist. They make you do things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Afraid to talk to natives in their language? Can’t imagine yourself singing in it? Bliu Bliu challenge is a perfect place to test yourself, to expand your abilities and boost your confidence. If you don’t push yourself to your limits during the challenge, there’s no telling when you will. If you ever will. So don’t skip the chance to find new methods of language learning. Methods that might work very well for you.
Don’t get used to one activity. Experiment!
Bliu Bliu challenges offer all kinds of tips and suggestions on how you can learn your target language. Don’t just stick to reading various topics on Bliu Bliu. Read our daily
challenge tasks and newsletters. They contain something new that you can try almost every single day. Some people learn better by watching videos, others by listening, speaking or writing. Try everything you can, especially things you’ve never tried before. When you find what works best for you, do it often, but don’t forget all the other methods either. Maybe you’ll find some combinations and habits that will work even better!
Use the opportunity to learn with other people
Bliu Bliu challenge brings dozens of people together. People from all around the world who have a common goal and can help each other out. The challenges are, in fact, built in a way that significantly depends on communication among participants.
There are many things you can learn from other people even if their language level is lower than yours. For example, a different perspective towards various aspects of the language. Different ideas on how to learn and what to try. Also, motivation. It’s always easier to learn with others rather than on your own. You can also learn from the experience and mistakes of others. You don’t have to search for people to practice writing or speaking with. They’re always by your side. And, of course, you can end the challenge with many new friends from all the corners of the world.
Talk to native speakers and your challenge host
After all, languages exist so that people could share information. One can only learn a language by using it for what it’s supposed to be used. Talking to native speakers has some benefits that other participants of the challenge cannot provide. Natives know lots of useful phrases and idioms, they use slang and can teach you quite a bit about proper pronunciation. They will greatly increase your listening skills. They will challenge you to really dig into your current knowledge and expand it as you try to come up with an answer in just a moment’s notice.
It might be intimidating at first, but it should be easier after our challenge. That’s why we have a host. A native speaker who is always eager to talk to you and point out your mistakes. So talk to your host and make yourself heard. After talking to a native in such a goal-oriented environment, it should be easy to start talking to other native people as well.