Here the video of me talking Lithuanian for
20 10 minutes.
My computer was not working properly so I had to restart right before we went live…and Elena had to kill the first minutes all by herself.
This is the experiment:
I spoke Lithuanian with Elena for 10 minutes (I am italian, she is lithuanian)
We discussed about sticking points, what we did wrong and what we could have done better.
Generally it was quite pleasant to talk, not to hard, except when I wanted to express a complicated concept about paradise and religious people
This morning we found a lovely surprise in our mailbox. Amsterdam is famous for being a revolutionary place. not afraid of trying and discovering new things…and guess what? They are in love with Bliu Bliu
This is the story of Debora, an italian girl who lives in Amsterdam and wants to learn Dutch. She discovers Bliu Bliu, tries it, falls in love and talks about it with all the other students. The teacher loves us too and now Bliu Bliu is the official homework for the class.
Thank you to Stefano (you should check out Stefano’s amazing Pastbook) for letting us know this beautiful story.
Bliu Bliu is spreading and students are using us not just in Amsterdam but also in Helsinki, London, Zagreb, Berlin, Zurich, New York, Sao Paulo, Cambridge, Tokyo, Rome, Miami, Los Angeles and many other cities.
What about you? Did you talk about it with your teacher? We would love to feature your story in the blog.
In this episode me and Elena talk about
- the weather
- what do we know about languages
37 minutes of fun with Claudio&Elena from Bliu Bliu.
We discussed about our theories on learning languages but most important, we shared personal stories on how we managed to learn the languages we know – what worked and what did not work.
Elena learning Russian by accident while watching cartoons.
Claudio learning English while being busy trying to learn Finnish
Want to partecipate to Language Lovers #03?
3rd of December, Tuesday, 17:00 GMT +2 (Vilnius )
This week we are the Startup Pick at Inventures.eu
Thanks to Stefanie Rauchegger for the lovely interview.
The one thing we would save from our burning office is…
The box with the love letters from our users
Lovely, even software developers like us
I think Bliu Bliu is brilliant! We have a small group a software developers here in Hungary, and we’re continuously brainstorm ideas about many concepts. One of them is the language learning, and how to do it effectively. I think Bliu Bliu nails it, it is really a brilliant way to learn a language.
We don’t like to brag (of course we do!) but this message from Caroline is so cute that we absolutely have to publish it
This last 3 days I haven’t been able to use Bliu Bliu because I’m on my finals at school, so I have no time for anything else which is actually a pitty, since I got pretty addicted to Bliu Bliu xD
Thanks for that!
And I just wanted to let you know that I’m very thankful for you website! It’s an amazing idea, just how you have to learn by actually learning, and not memorizing endless things. It’s exactly like you were in the a country surrounded only by that country’s language.
I’ve been telling about it to all my friends. Even though I have been using it for not so long, I already see the results on how much it’s been helping me, and how far I’ll be able to get! Which makes me even more excited about it!
I’m a great granddaughter of Lithuanians, and I’m very active in the Lithuanian community in Brazil. As a child I used to learn Lithuanian, but it wasn’t for long, so I didn’t really learn much more than basic words. There are no teachers or places that teach the language around here. And one of the things I want the most is to learn it, and as soon as my tests are over I’ll try to thoroughly dedicate to it!
Well, thanks again!
Did you know that you can add your favorite blogs and newspapers into Bliu Bliu?
Anything that has a RSS Feed is quite easy to upload on Bliu Bliu. All you have to do is find the link to the RSS feed and paste it in the Help Others section.
I made a quick video today to explain how to do it
Example: you want to add an RSS for English Language
First go to this page
If you are logged in and you selected your native language you should see this
If a website has this icon:
- Click on the RSS icon
- Copy the link of the page you just opened
- Paste the link into Bliu Bliu
Unfortunately you won’t get any confirmation but trust me, everything went well. We will approve your RSS very fast and the content will be indexed on Bliu Bliu.
Don’t worry about duplicates, the system checks it automatically.
Just make sure you post the RSS under the correct language, we don’t want to have Spanish news delivered to people learning Chinese
on our side
If you are really curious, this is how easy it is on our side
PS: I am italian, don’t bother about my english
We started to produce some tutorial video on how Bliu Bliu looks like
These days we are working to help people understanding “What am I doing here?”
Bliu Bliu has a new approach and in this video I try to explain the core in less than 1 minute.
This pops up once somebody finishes the tutorial. In the future we will try to offer this in the language you are native with. For now there is only english (my broken italian english, sorry!)
The core messages:
We don’t offer lessons, we don’t focus on teaching you anything specific.
We believe that the exposure to the language will do a good job – and users testimonials confirm this
We are in beta, forgive us if sometimes we screw it badly
The tech part is quite complex but on your side we try to make it look as simple as possible: exposure to content at your level about topics you like.
She is new at Bliu Bliu …………
Me (Claudio) and Elena we will be talking about language learning during our first public Hangout.
Elena speaks 5 languages and she is an amazing teacher.
Bio: Elena Vienožinskytė is an innovative educator who speaks 5 languages – Lithuanian, English, Spanish, Russian and German. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Teaching. Elena taught English in various countries, such as France, Spain, Lithuania and the United States. Currently she teaches at Education First, a prestigious English language school in Boston, Massachusetts (http://www.ef.com/ils/destinations/united-states/boston/). Elena was recognized for “Innovation in Teaching” and her teaching methods have been adapted school-wide. Learning and teaching languages are Elena’s two greatest passions. She is researching various methodologies and develops innovative techniques focusing on individual needs and interests of every student. Her most recent experiment was to teach her husband Spanish in 30 days: https://www.facebook.com/espaniol30dias.
“My job is to discover what motivates and inspires my students, create a collaborative and supportive community through meaningful team building activities and engage learners with interesting and challenging materials that improve their language skills.”