We just visited Indiegogo office here in Berlin. Indiegogo, together with Kickstarted, is one of the most famous crowd funding platform on the Internet.

What is crowdfunding?

An example to make it very clear: at Bliu Bliu we want to change the world by changing the way people learn a language. We want to make an app that will always show you videos at your level for the language you want to learn. You will be able to understand all these videos learning new words all the time, improving your skills and getting better and better at understanding how people speak.

Now let’s imagine we managed to build a prototype for 104 languages that you can already use and that now we need your help to go all the way till the end and change the world.

If enough people share the same dream, all we need to do is to post the project on indiegogo asking for your help.
You give us 1€ 10€ 100€ and with your money and the money of other people, we build the vision, giving you in exchange early access or a lifetime premium account.

Bliu Bliu doesn’t have any active campaign at the moment but you never know…

Software for language learning

Lovely things we found on the Internet

More and more people all around the world are using Bliu Bliu to practice their reading skills.
Bliu Bliu offers a gentle solution, finding for you content at your level making sure you expand your vocabulary one word at the time.

We have 106 languages already, some of them with higher quality but all of them can be used to get an idea how the system works.

KSENIA – Languages on an emotional level

Today we want to take you to sunny and warm Portugal. In the capital, Lisbon, lives a Russian polyglot, Ksenia Ashrafullina, who speaks more than 7 languages. Let’s travel together in the stunning and unpredictable life of a ´Lispoeta´.

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

For the last 12 months I have been a ´Lispoeta´. It is a word play on ´Lisboeta´, a person who lives in Lisbon. After a year of backpacking and sticking my nose into every small Portuguese village and accent, I decided to settle down in Portugal´s capital, where among other projects I am building an app for the EU that unites cultural events of EU language centres and embassies (EUNIC APP).

What languages do you speak?

Russian is native, English feels like one. Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are the languages that make me a more emotional and communicative person, if not frenetic! French and Czech are still a little bit of a battle for perfection. Then there is Polish, Slovak and Serbian: my inspiration is to get past the panslavic improvisation stage. Gourmet-tasting Turkish and Greek right now.

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

In a roundabout way all my income is somehow related to languages. Striking a common note is easier when one has not only a language skill, but also empathy for the culture and mentality of others.

Tell us something about your First Time

I was a Soviet child dreaming to see London and New York. My first teacher made every English class a party, so I´d say it was easy.

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

I only give up if the essence of communication happening in a certain language is not satisfactory to me. I would say that on an emotional level Czech is still the most difficult one.

What about an “easy” experience

Italian without any doubt. The innate excitability and desire to communicate that the Italians have make you a pro in no time.

Why languages and not…..

Maybe because I got it all wrong in my life, and now I can not stop myself from learning new languages? :)

Do you have a mentor? Does anybody inspire you?

People´s voices on a tram, musicality of everyday interactions, cinema with its sophisticated choice of sounds and images, names of dishes. I have a strong physical reaction to intonations and accents, so my best inspiration is life in all its euphony.

Do you have a secret weapon to learn languages?

Repeat to yourself anything you hear others say — as they are saying it: in a real conversation or on a device.

Can you share with us your language learning routine?

1. Get inspired by travelling or meeting someone outstanding ´from´ that language
2. Get a grammar book to get the basics
3. Couchsurf, travel, read, listen, ask ask ask questions.

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

It is a good way to look at the challenge: what is my level? how do I find the right content? I´ve never though of it this way — I am learning!

Have you already used Bliu Bliu?

I am registered and starting to explore it. As I am trying to kickstart my Greek now, I´ll be glad to test it with Bliu Bliu:)

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

Somehow food tastes better if you can first pronounce it in the original language. Yellow and giallo are different colours. You start moving differently in a foreign language. Enjoy observing yourself and your culinary, visual and motor advances!

To find more about Ksenia and the projects she is in:

About Ksenia – find here
The app to unite cultural agendas – EU cultural centres
Visual inspiration for those who would like to learn Portuguese.
Lispoets FB page – reflections on the beauty of Lisbon:

Kristina, Lithuanian Language Online Lessons

Today we want to introduce you to Kristina. Kristina is a YouTube Superstar: she has been very active over the recent years helping people learning Lithuanian on her YouTube channel.
Her videos are very nice and she managed to gather around her a lovely community of students.

Bali, Monkey Forest

Who are you and which countries have you lived in before?

My name is Kristina, and I have a youtube channel where I teach the Lithuanian language. I am Lithuanian and lived there a substantial part of my life. However, I have moved quite a bit up to now and lived in Germany, UK, Norway, Turkey and Brunei. I am proud to be Lithuanian but also consider myself a citizen of ‘Planet Earth’ . Now I am happily married and my husband and me enjoy travelling. At the moment we are expecting our first child, so it is inevitable that our schedules and travel plans will change as well.
My husband and me in Vilnius

What languages do you speak?

I speak 2 languages fluently: Lithuanian (mother tongue) and English. I also know 3 other languages but they are at different levels. I have studied Russian in high school, however it is pretty rusty nowadays. I lived in Norway for 2 years so had to learn Norwegian. It has been more than one year since I had moved out of Norway and have realised that I am forgetting it very quickly. The reason for this is that I have started learning some Turkish. Every time I try speaking Norwegian, Turkish words come out of my mouth unintentionally. Previously there have been intentions to learn Spanish and Italian, however I have never continued it very seriously.

Tell us something about your YouTube channel.

The first video was uploaded in 2008. I cannot believe it myself that it’s been 7 years that I have been uploading videos.

Your YouTube videos are just a hobby or you make money out of them?

This was more of a hobby that turned into a chore for some time. Now I am not uploading so many videos anymore. Circumstances change and priorities shift over the years. I am still trying to upload videos once in a while, however I do not stress about it. It is definitely not my job and I do not expect to earn any money from it.
My husband and me in Tromso, chasing the northern lights.

Where you inspired by another YouTube Star?

The reason for the first video was another Youtube video(s) that I saw. I saw some basketball stars being interviewed and they were asked what Lithuanian words they knew. A lot of the words were swearwords. Then there were some other videos of Lithuanians teaching their foreign workmates and classmates things I would not want them to learn first. Therefore the first video I had filmed was ‘Greetings’. And this was how it started. At that time I thought it was going to be only one video, however after a few encouraging comments I started filming more.

How did you decide to start talking about languages on YouTube

Well I only teach some basic Lithuanian phrases and grammar. I am not a teacher therefore it is sometimes hard to explain something in a short video. I do not talk about languages in general. And all of the languages that I know, I know because of various circumstances in my life.

Which one is your most seen video so far?

The two most seen videos are:

  • Lithuanian tutorial – cute words, hey babe (70.000 views)
  • Lithuanian language tutorial – I love you (aš tave myliu) (48.000 views)

I assume the first video is most seen because of the title name. You can see the trend that a lot of people start learning Lithuanian because of ‘love’.

Which one is the video you are most proud of?

I am proud of all my videos.

Why you talk about languages and not…..

I cannot say that I talk about languages. I talk about one language – Lithuanian
India. Many people wanted to take a picture with me. I assume because I looked different

What is the nicest comment you got so far.

I could not tell one specific comment. The ones that I am happy about are always encouraging me to continue doing what I am doing .Over the years I have learnt to ignore the comments that are not so nice.

What secret would you share with people that are trying to learn a language?

I know it is easier said than done, but the most important things when learning something new are motivation and practice. I always say: ‘practice makes perfect’.

Have you already used Bliu Bliu?

I am looking forward to try it out.

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

I am happy to know that there are people interested in learning Lithuanian. I wish everyone all the best not only in learning a new language but also in all of the other projects that they are going to take up.

This is closed FB group for the like minded people who are learning Lithuanian:

SO don’t forget to visit Kristina’s YouTube Channel: kristytamo

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Smarter German

As you know we moved to Berlin for 3 months. We are networking over here and few days ago we met Michael from We invited him from dinner and we had an amazing conversation about the future of learning language.

Smarter German

Michael is a German tutor and he developed his own system to bring you from 0 to B1 in 30 days.
He can actually do it in 15 days and bring you to B2 in 30…but this require extra work.

He is very passionate about what he is doing and we think together we can deliver a beautiful system.

I am currently working on an online German course and also got in touch with Claudio and Donates from who have very promising plans for the future of language learning. I already loved BliuBliu when I saw it but it didn’t serve my purpose back then. Even today there’s still much to do on their side but I will now help to get BB to a point where I can fit the smarterGerman system in so that you as a German learner (or rather future learners) will have a very smooth and highly efficient German learning experience.
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More to come soon.

Proud of myself

This is what Kristina thinks about Bliu Bliu

Hey, I´m just now learning Russian on Bliu Bliu!
Already added 154 words today, so proud of myself.
- Kristina


And she got more to say about her experience as a total beginner in Slovenian

I now started learning Slovenian. I don´t really have much idea about the language, but it´s fun to try.
I realized I know a lot of words. more than I would ever imagine
. I like Bliu Bliu
- Kristina

Apparently we are moving in the right direction
Thank you Kristina for the testimonial

What about you? What do you think about Bliu Bliu?

Chris Broholm – Actual Fluency

Today we talk with polyglot, blogger and languages teacher – Chris Broholm.
Chris shares with us not only his secrets on how to learn a language in fast and efficient way, but also he tells us about the challenges he faces during the process.

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

I’m Chris, a 26 year old Dane who has been living in Denmark for most of my life.

What languages do you speak?

I speak comfortably in English, Danish and German and I’m adding Russian and Esperanto this year.

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

Learning them is definitely a hobby, but I do teach people Danish via iTalki.
Chris Broholm Actual Fluency

Tell us something about your First Time.

First time I knew I liked languages was when, in English, I found an idiom in the dictionary and successfully memorised it to impress my teacher at the time.
I think it was In for a penny – in for a pound!

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

I gave up on French in school, but not because it was difficult. I simply gave up because I was not bothered by languages at the time.
I’d much rather spend my time procrastinating and going to parties. I hope to return to it again soon.

What about an “easy” experience

I’m about a month into Esperanto and it is definitely an easy experience. All the vocabulary can be related to languages I know and the structure is very logical and simple. Also 100% phonetic, which I appreciate.

Why languages and not…..

I’m diving into languages because languages can be used for anything. You don’t do languages for the sake of the language itself, you do it so that you can use it. For me that is communicating with native speakers or for later job opportunities or hobbies. I love video games and one of the most popular ones has a huge Russian community, which is a big reason for me to learn Russian. Maybe one day I can work with one of the big companies to provide translation or interpretation services at big competitions or events.

Do you have a mentor? Does anybody inspire you?

I have tons of mentors, all my language learning friends on Facebook and Skype all inspire me to work harder. I have mentors for individual languages as well and I’m sure I would never be so far I am today without them.

Do you have a secret weapon to learn languages?

Yes! My blog! By blogging about my experience to the same audience, I get a much higher level of accountability (and thus motivation) to work harder.

Can you share with us your language learning routine?


Initial phase – getting acquainted, touristy phrases: Here I’ll find simple audio courses, my favourite being Michel Thomas and simply get my feet wet in the language. This is also where I will look for the basic phrases and write a script (My name is, I’m x old, I live in etc.)

Once I have a basic understanding of the language I will start a grammar book and also begin vocabulary building with Memrise.

Once I’ve built up a reasonable vocabulary I will start exploring in native texts either in print or using software like Bliu Bliu. This is also generally the point where I think it’s a good time to hire a tutor from iTalki or somewhere else who can correct any mistakes or help you with any grammar you don’t quite understand.

That’s basically it, and obviously try to write/speak with native speakers of the language as much as possible all through the procedure.

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

Yes, I’ve downloaded some films and my local library has “easy reader” for Russian, so I can get introduced to reading Russian without too much difficulty.

Have you already used Bliu Bliu? :)

Yes and I’m a big fan. The way you feed me content that I mostly understand, gives me wins in language learning that motivate me to work harder.

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

Remember to make language learning your own, don’t let anyone else try and tell you what to do, and just enjoy the journey – It’s a great one! If you want language learning advice or inspiration you can check out my blog: where I also host my actual fluency podcast, which is my weekly language learning show to inspire and motivate.

Stay Inspired!

~ Chris

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