Our pitch at Slush13, Helsinki Finland, back in November 2013
We just found it today
Our pitch at Slush13, Helsinki Finland, back in November 2013
We just found it today
Discover how we select what you are reading and how this is going to help you learning/acquiring a foreign language.
Science has already proved that we learn languages when we are exposed to messages we can understand and we are interested in (INPUT Hypothesis – Stephen Krashen). Bliu Bliu main goal is to find for you content (text audio video) EASY for you to understand and INTERESTING, RELEVANT, based on your personal interests or goals.
With Bliu Bliu you become very good at pattern recognition and after few weeks of using it the real language (from reality or movies or tv) becomes easier and easier to understand. Little by little speaking becomes easier. Even without active practicing (no speaking and no exercise) you will manage to acquire the language effortless.
Anytime you tell Bliu Bliu you can understand a word, the highlight is removed. Bliu Bliu collects all these known words and searches on the internet for articles & videos containing mostly words you can already understand.
Try to pick a random text or video from the Internet, it’s very probable that you won’t understand what you are reading listening or watching.
On the other hand, if you train Bliu Bliu and keep telling the words you can understand, you get way better chances to understand the articles/videos as they will contain a lot of words you can understand.
So you told Bliu Bliu you know 20/200/2000/… words.
Bliu Bliu knows the word you can understand, your level, the frequency of the words you know, topics you are familiar with, words you are having problems with, what other similar people to you are doing.
This is how Bliu Bliu predicts more and more words you might know and understand – Bliu Bliu highlights them in orange.
If you don’t change the status of the words Bliu Bliu will keep them predicted as known, so they will pop up more frequently. Click on these words to change the status if you understand or don’t understand them. All the predictions for many other words will be updated based on your choice.
Bliu Bliu also collects the list of words you don’t understand, words you explicitly told Bliu Bliu you don’t know or words Bliu Bliu predicts you don’t understand yet, based on their frequency in the language or you not being familiar with the topic or Bliu Bliu knowing that similar students have been struggling already with these words.
We try to find content with only few unknown words, to make sure that you will still be able to understand the content you are consuming and maybe, hopefully, understand the meaning of these unknown words from the context.
Bliu Bliu constantly exposes you to the language you are trying to learn. Even if we would use 100% of words you already know, your level will improve tremendously. Comprehension is the key (Stephen Krashen has been studying and proving this).
Bliu Bliu aim is to expose you to new words in a gentle way. When Bliu Bliu predicts you will understand a new word, this is when ideally you will be exposed to it for the first time. Sometimes this is not possible, because we don’t have enough of good content, but this is our final goal and this is what we are working on with our team.
Last weekend we attended TedxVilnius. If you don’t know what is TED or TEDx, please visit www.ted.com right now.
Inspiring things we captured during the day.
Kids, kids kids. Let’s focus on kids’ education. Let’s create a new system that doesn’t aim only to get good grades but inspire kids to think and be creative. And dont’ tell a kid he/she is smart. Actually don’t praise anybody for being smart. Praise the effort. And don’t fight reality, make a new system that makes the other one obsolete.
Being a teacher is awesome. You get to see the change, to influence kids and to inspire them.
Amazing = challenge + relationship + marketing environment + change.
Kids come to you to learn. It’s challenging but if you establish relationships, face to face not face to facebook, if you understand the single people and threat them as unique…you will see the change. And it’s going to be awesome.
Stop and look at the butterflies
Touch the environment. In a world where everything is digital we are forgetting about reality. Do experiments, go outside, forget your phone. Speed, quick fix, easy. Life is exciting but we forgot that there is some pain involved. Sometimes things are slow and there is pleasure in waiting for things to happen. Like butterflies.
Cope with failure
99 out of 100 experiments won’t work. So 99% is heart breaking experience. But you need to cope with failure if you want to find success. If you want to be like Newton you need to learn how to think like Newton.
Failure is the key - Fail Safely!
Games are important because they teach us that failure is the path to mastery. And in games is safe to fail. You die, you start again, in one click. No shame, limited pain, slightly out of the comfort zone.
Failure is the key, learn perseverance.
Behind success there is always failure, we just don’t see it.
Make a difference. Learn to give and receive short genuine compliments.
Spanish answer with “de nada” but we should learn to accept compliments with a “thank you”
Don’t push people away, start attracting them.
All you need is love
Relationships are the future.
The day you die…
you will complain you worked too much
you didn’t dream enough…or you did not try to pursuit your dreams
And you spent little time with your dearest
Create bonds. 2 years of psychoanalysis or 5 years of love can fix you
Life is not an easy task. Joy > Suffer > Joy. Not everything is pleasant.
Today we have less tools to deal with life, we don’t know how to deal with difficulties and we are deprived of relationships.
Push Humanity Forward – The Future is Ours
Accept the risk
when you do something innovative, you will need to accept the risk that people will laugh at you.
Soap Opera plus Bliu Bliu = awesome results.
We just got a letter from Šarūnė
From Šarūnė K
to Bliu Bliu
I have been using BliuBliu to learn spanish for 20 days now and i really feel the progress. I now know a lot of new words and I even understand most of the jokes, which is great . I try to improve my spanish by not only using BliuBliu ,but I also watch at least one episode of a spanish soap opera . And when you combine both audible and visual learning it is a lot easier . I’m glad I found BliuBliu
We can’t wait to know the name of the Soap Opera to include the episodes directly into Bliu Bliu.
It’s Monday and we are ready to deliver a lot of beautiful surprises.
Yes we know, so far we haven’t done a great job regarding usability. Let’s be honest: Bliu Bliu is not as easy to use as it should be.
This is our main page:
HARD TO KNOW what to do!
You can set so many filters and get beautiful texts from this page: you can browse jokes, music videos, content about technology or sports.
Problem is, most users have never changed any filters, ending up with boring content (very short phrases for example).
We decided to spice things up and create a compilation of the best filters available.
This is our new Playlist page. All you have to do now is select a playlist and browse high quality specific content. Changes are rolling out slowly and you’ll see this only if you are in our beta-tester list.
We are dividing content based on Content type and Topics
We are rolling out the playlist page for all users. If you are a beta tester you should already see it from this morning.
If you would like to be a beta tester just write us a message on our Facebook page or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are open to content suggestions. If you know of a great website we should include in our system don’t hesitate to tell us.
We love jokes, we love music videos and general video/audio with subtitles. If you know of a good source of content for the language you are learning, let us know
We are almost done with optimizing the prediction. We found lots of bugs and we fixed most of them. Things are getting better and smarter.
It’s finally possible to filter content with audio.
At Bliu Bliu we love to reinvent the way people learn languages.
Last week we introduced the vocabulary boxes and your response has been astounding (we can see it from the stats and from the email we are getting). You have been loving the boxes to much that we decided to finally roll them out to all Bliusers.
I will use an example easy to understand to explain you what is a vocabulary box.
Take the box called “weather” and put inside the weather-box these words: weather, cold, warm, sun, cloud, rain, snow, storm, summer, winter, temperature…
Bliu Bliu uses the “weather-box” to search for content containing mostly these words and it will be highly probable that the topic will be about weather.
On Bliu Bliu you could have infinite vocabulary boxes about any topic: health, food, family, doctor, school, colour, months, cooking, football, Lady Gaga!
You pick your favorite topic and Bliu Bliu find the content for you. You can even filter deeper choosing the kind of media you want to explore: wikipedia, jokes, quotes, news, blogs, music…
This is done Bliu Bliu style: the content are always at your level.
The experience is so much fun now, with one click you can jump from one box to another and getting the exact topic you are looking for.
If you are a content curator you can request new boxes at email@example.com or add more words to refine the existing vocabulary boxes. The sky is the limit: if you are passionate about something we can create a box for you. And if your box is really good, we can make it public and share to all the other users.
As a Content Curator you can add new words to boxes + many other things that normal users can’t do. We just need to know who you are and why you want to do it. Write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org asking to become a content curator. You will love it!!!
We found this lovely review by Jinx from the blog Contains Language
These are her words
I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying Bliu Bliu. It is a fantastic concept and I really feel like I’m learning a lot. I am a professional in the language field and have used almost every type of software and website out there that is marketed towards language learners, and I’ve never been as enthusiastic about a site as I am about Bliu Bliu.
It feels good to get such an email from a blogger, expert in languages and language learning.
BliuBliu is still a relatively new site, it seems, but it is already impressive in its concept and simple but functional execution.
To elaborate more on the review
- free, no payment required
We have payment but yeah, it’s not mandatory. We love when people appreciate what we do and decide to support us but basically language education on Bliu Bliu is free.
- many languages available (far more than on DuoLingo or Busuu)
We have 100, adding 100 more before the summer
- you can study multiple languages and switch easily between them
- context-based learning rather than flash-card isolation
yep, we are not big fans of flash cards.
- interesting, fun texts (often including jokes, proverbs, or song lyrics)
We are getting better and better, the last features we are experimenting with are simply amazing.
- when the text is a song lyric, the music video is often embedded too
We have lots of music and more videos with transcriptions are coming in
- rapid and friendly tech support from the site’s head, Claudio
We do our best to make Bliuser happy
- motivational and realistic suggested “daily minimum” of study
Build the habit and everything will follow
- no audio for many texts (computer-generated audio is quite bad)
Our community is working hard to create more and more audio.
- slightly buggy site (although my only problem was quickly resolved after an email to website support)
We have only 3 developers, 100 languages and 40.000 users. But we do have bugs and we do our best to fix them as fast as possible.
- some vocab words don’t have any example sentences for drilling yet
Our bad. We are importing more short sentences to make sure every word can be drilled on Bliu Bliu.
I would love to answer Jinx concerns about the price. Bliu Bliu at the moment is free, you can subscribe and even decide how much you would like to pay for this. We believe that language education should be free, or extremely cheap.
The basic version of Bliu Bliu will be always free, so you will be able to get a Daily Dose forever.
Read the full review here
To: Bliu Bliu
Dear Mr. Bliu Bliu,
Thank you so much for your wonderful language learning tools.
I’m just a beginner in Spanish but with Bliu Bliu I have been able to quickly learn more than a thousand words. In addition, I’ve learned quite a bit about Spain and the Spanish speaking world from the articles Bliu Bliu presents.
Thank you again for a great experience.
Hi Michael, we are so happy you are enjoying Bliu Bliu
We are introducing fantastic features this month, we are sure you will like them.
On Bliu Bliu you can improve a language using two different modes: Surfing and Drilling
Apparently our User Interface is not so clear and some of our users can’t find the Surfing or the Drilling pages.
Here is a tutorial to explain how it works – and sorry if the interface is not so clear, working on it.
We just added a new button on the menu so all you have to do is click on Dashboard to start the experience:
Once on the Dashboard you can choose between Surfing or Drilling. What are the main differences?
On surfing you can create a personalized playlist filtering content as you prefer.
What Bliu Bliu does is selecting the best content matching your filters and ordering by BB Factor.
The BB Factor is a score we give to content, the higher the BB Factor the better it is.
The content are always ordered based on your level so the entire experience is personalized on you.
1. You can select text, video or both
2. You can select length: short medium long
3. You can pick a topic: jokes being the best!!!
4. You can include controversial stuff
And click to get the results
Bliu Bliu will generate a list of filtered content ordered from the easiest to the hardest. You can now click on a specific content or click on START THIS PLAYLIST so that you don’t have to come back to this page every time you click next.
Drilling mode is quite simple: we pick words you don’t know and we show you as many short sentences as you need to understand the meaning. In this specific case, Bliu Bliu is trying to help me understanding the word “TEAM”. Descriptions are
* random phrases from the internet containing that specific words
* phrases written by other users helping people like me stuck with specific words.
On the right you can find a list of the next words Bliu Bliu will drill you. We are making some changes to make this list more flexible.
You can also see a link that if you share it on Facebook will make sure your friends, native, can write definitions for you for the words you don’t know so that Bliu Bliu doesn’t rely completely on the web but can use nice descriptions crafted by your friends…for the specific words you don’t know.
How would you improve it?