Great and Quick progress

Hey folks
did you miss us? Lately we haven’t posted so much on the blog but as you can imagine Christmas is a busy season, so many new students coming to our website. New Year is coming, a time for new resolutions. Together with “getting back in shape”, the “learn a new language” resolution is on top of everybody’s list.

Bliu Bliu is here to help you and 2015 is going to be a great year for language learning.
We are closing 2014 with lots of enthusiasm, receiving everyday message like this one:

Hi, Claudio,
I’m very happy to find a very simple and smart way to improve my English knowledge. My English words luggage was big enough, but I had a problem to use them in right way when I need to talk with other people and try to understand them. Bliu Bliu method shows me the way how to do that simply and effectively. Suddenly I find out that I can understand what singers are singing in their songs :)))
I already told about Bliu Bliu to my friends who live and work in England and have the same problems. They began to use Bliu Bliu and are very satisfied how great and quick progress they done.
Thank you very much for your great job!

Sincerely Yours,
Šarūnas

Read a Book

Reading has been proved again and again to be one of the best ways to acquire lots of vocabularies.
It worked for your native language and it works like magic for any second language you want to master.

That’s why BOOKS play an important role in Bliu Bliu.
http://bliubliu.com


From the main menu click on BOOKS, once inside you can pick a book from the free books available.


What if you can’t find what you are looking for? You can always upload your own books or pdf documents.


The interface is clean and it’s easy to skip pages. It looks beautiful even on your phone.


When you find a page that you like you can add it to your Favorites to make it easy to go back later to the best parts of the book.


Bliu Bliu knows which words are difficult for you (they are in RED) and it helps you to understand them, offering an inline translation, quick and easy to access.


And of course you can also translate the entire paragraph to make sure you understand what is going on in the story.

We just updated this page few hours ago, fell free to take a look and we can’t wait to get your feedback.
http://bliubliu.com

Languages are possible – the ADD1Challenge

 

Are you sick and tired of not being able to speak the language you’ve studied for years?
If you are, we highly recommend the Add1Challenge!
This is where language learners around the world, aim for the goal of a 15 minutes conversation with a native speaker in 90 days.

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We’ve seen lots of successful stories in the past already.
http://add1challenge.com/category/add1challenge-day-91-results/

A FANTASTIC PRICE FOR THE WINNER

AND you won’t just be able to speak in 3 months, you will also have a chance to win a FANTASTIC PRIZE even we are drooling over…
So stay tune, more info coming soon next week!

Rewarding Moments

Jason sent us this email with his reasons why he likes Bliu Bliu and what he would like to see improved in our system.

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Hello Claudio,

I found Bliu Bliu entirely by accident and it has been very useful. For several years I have tried learning Spanish through traditional methods and I seem to only retain one or two new pieces from each: for example Rosetta Stone taught me the conjugations of “ser” & “ir”, but not much else.

Then a little more than a year ago I discovered a combination of online learning aids that allowed me to make real progress. Duolingo, Memrise, Forvo, & Ankidroid.

So finally I arrived at the stage in learning Spanish where my largest obstacle is getting enough practice, and just at that moment I found Bliu Bliu. The best parts of your site design are that it is not translation driven, that many phrases have native speakers reading the sentences rather than the robot voice, and that the site builds competence through practice using actual phrases. Of the sections, I like best los chistes. The jokes are actually funny and one of the most rewarding moments I have ever had was reading and understanding a “what is the difference?” joke that was a wordplay on a Spanish idiom.

Bliu Bliu was born with the mission of make language learning rewarding, we are always happy to see that it’s working for more and more people.

How can we improve?

Jason added few more ideas to help us improving Bliu Bliu.

The weaknesses that I see in Bliu Bliu at the moment are that the phrases are too often telegraphic headlines that only make sense in a larger context (so they are both confusing and do not represent actual Spanish usage), I would prefer more readings by Spanish speakers, and there is very little for the student to mark their progress by in the current design of the site. The Minimum/Standard/Huge dose milestones were motivating, but I haven’t seen them in a long time.

YES YES YES. We are guilty! We need to work on content curation to add more interesting texts. We are moving out of the Newspaper headlines, they were useful in the beginning to test the system but not we are adding more interesting and juicy content.
A new dashboard has been brainstormed in the office. We want to visually show the progress and help people understanding their actual level and how a 5 minutes reading session every day can impact your knowledge in the long run.

Thank you very much for listening to my thoughts, and I do assure you that I enjoy your site very much and look forward to using it on a regular basis.

Best wishes

Jason

Jason has read almost 1000 texts on Bliu Bliu…what about you?
Time to learn a new language. Start now

Just like how I learned my first language

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Ciao Bliu Bliu!

Your site has now become a daily routine for me.
I love the simple and non pressuring method. This allows me to familiarize with the new language just like how I learned my first language when I was younger.
My favorite is the drilling and the music videos. I used to go to youtube and open the lyrics site, but this allows me to listen, watch and read on the same page.
I wish google translate was more accurate but that’s an added challenge I guess
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Take That Tech to UK

Last week we were invited by UK Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Helsinki with 9 other startup from Scandinavia and the Baltics.
Take That Tech to UK was very well organized, we met lots of interesting people and WE WON a ticket to London Technology Week 2015.
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Here our pitch at the British Embassy in Helsinki

Quality is not the best but some higher quality version might come next month.

Talking about this

http://sc.bns.lt/view/item.php?id=174108

http://www.baltic-course.com/rus/good_for_business/?doc=99172

http://www.arcticstartup.com/2014/11/25/top-10-startups-ready-to-expand-to-the-uk

This is the inspiring message we got from Nicole Yershon at the end of the event
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Languages, Music, Photography, Nature

Today we are really please to introduce you to Andrew Williams – not only a polyglot with more than 60 languages under the belt, but also an extraordinary person with such a beautiful story to share.

Who are you and where have you lived in the last 12 months

My name is Andrew Henry Williams. I live basically in England, UK, but in the last 12 months I have spent time in Germany, Denmark, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, sometimes more than once.
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What languages do you speak?

I speak 10-20 or so fairly well, but I have worked on over 60.
I can work up the others to speaking levels, if required.

Languages are just a hobby or you make money out of them?

I sometimes make money out of them. They are more than a hobby, they are a deep part of my being and daily life.

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Tell us something about your First Time.

I grew up bilingual with English/Hindustani/Hindi, I don’t know if that counts as First Time. I went to a wonderful primary school in Calcutta/Kolkata, India, where I also started Latin (Latin with Laughter was the textbook), French and German. After that, the first language I chose to study on my own was Italian, when I went to Rome on a school trip in 1963, aged 15.

Any terrible experience? Like a language you could not learn and you gave up…

I NEVER give up! But I am struggling at present with understanding spoken Danish and speaking it. Reading it is no problem. I used to speak it quite well 40+ years ago. Since then I have learnt and used Swedish a lot, and coming back to Danish I find it has changed a great deal. Those two things seem to put a block on my path to recovering spoken Danish, so far. But I will keep trying!

What about an “easy” experience

Italian, but only in the early stages.

Why languages and not…..

I do and am interested in loads of other things, languages help with them, as well as being interesting in themselves.
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Do you have a mentor? Does anybody inspire you?

No prime mentor, except that I am inspired by anyone who can speak or knows anything!

Do you have a secret weapon to learn languages?

Not that I know of.

Can you share with us your language learning routine?

I use every method possible. Generally if I want to learn a new language I get something like Teach Yourself X or the Colloquial series and work through that, trying not to go too fast. Very important to hear and speak as much as possible, to chew and eat the words till they become part of my being, not just to read with the eyes. Finding a native speaker who can help (not always easy) in the right way, is good. Repetition, better to do 5″ a day than 2 hours a week ( though that is how I learnt Japanese in a very good immersion class 25 years ago!).

Do you try to read/watch content at your level? Is it easy to find?

Yes, I try to read, watch and hear as much as I can.

Your final words: share anything you want with our passionate community of language lovers.

Just keep at it! I sagged in my middle years when I paid less attention to languages and learning or maintaining them, but at 67 I have come back to them fulltime now. Finding the wonderful Polyglot Gathering in Berlin have been a terrific boost and encouragement to me, and a confirmation that one was on the right path all along, if a bit alone, with only a few companions on the road. Now I know there are loads of us around!
Ciao

Andrew

 

Find out more

Check out this beautiful interview of Andrew at ActualFluency.com

Natalia – Passion for Foreign Languages

I met Natalia at the Polyglot Conference in Novi Sad. I am always impressed when a foreigner can speak Italian as good as a native, sometimes even better than I do.

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Who are you and where have you lived in the last 12 months?

My name is Natalia Ursu. I am a student of foreign languages. For the last 12 months I have lived in Udine, Italy.

What languages do you speak?

I speak Russian, which is my mother tongue, Serbian, Italian, English and currently I’m studying French at the university.

Languages are just a hobby or you make money out of them?

Since I’ve moved to Montenegro at the age of 12 I discovered that studying languages is actually easy. I don’t remember when exactly, but I decided that one day I’ll be studying foreign languages. I can’t say that for me studying languages is a hobby, it’s more like preparation for my future job. It’s great when you can make money out of something you love.

Tell us something about your First Time.

My first time? :) Well, despite of difficulties I had by moving to a completely different country it was an amazing experience for me, which inspired me to move on with languages. The first foreign language I’ve learnt was Serbian. I didn’t use any particular techniques, I simply started to go to school, to speak with native people and I did it. Now I consider Serbian my second mother tongue.
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Any terrible experience? Like a language you could not learn and you gave up…

I usually never give up, but if I do it’s because I don’t really want to do something. I’ve never started to study a language by my own, every language I speak I learnt it by living in the country where it’s spoken.
As for me, it’s the best way to get to know a language.

Why languages and not…..

I like this question.. :) I believe that’s the only thing I’m really good at :)

Do you have a mentor? Does anybody inspire you?

I don’t have a mentor and nobody to inspire me but myself. It’s a great feeling when you’re able to speak a foreign language like it was your native.

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Do you have a secret weapon to learn languages?

Absolutely not. I think there’s no secret weapon, you just read, listen to the music, watch the movies and the most important, you speak to people.

Can you share with us your language learning routine?

I don’t have a routine when it’s about learning languages, because, like I said before, every language I’ve learnt, I did it because of living in the country where it’s spoken. I lived in Montenegro for seven years so I speak Serbian, now I live in Italy for two years. My next place will be somewhere in France :)

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Do you try to read/watch content at your level? Is it easy to find?

The language I’m trying to learn currently is French, so yes, I’ve already read some books in French, I listen a lot to French music, and I regularly watch movies in French without subtitles. I can say that it’s very useful and it helps a lot!

Have you already used Bliu Bliu? :)

Not really :) I discovered it a few days ago and I think I’ll use it to improve the languages I already speak.

Your final words: share anything you want with our passionate community of language lovers.

If you want to communicate with people of a different culture, if you want get other people to know your culture, the traditions of your country – the foreign languages are absolutely the best way to do it!

There is an Serbian adverb that says: “ Bogat si onoliko koliko jezika znaš” which means: “ You are as rich as many languages you know”.
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How can people get in touch with you…

You can find me on facebook :)
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006672648873