Bliu Bliu – Frequently Asked Questions

lS BLIU BLIU FREE?

Bliu Bliu is freemium. You can use Bliu Bliu for free in blocks of 5 minutes. When your time is over you can decide to:

  1. become premium for unlimited access
  2. wait 5/10 minutes to get more free minutes
  3. record some text in your native language to get free minutes
  4. share Bliu Bliu with your friends to get free minutes

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WHAT IS THE LEVEL TEST ALL ABOUT?

The initial level test serves two purposes

  •  it shows how to use the system
  • it predicts your level

During the level test you have to tell Bliu Bliu if you can recognize 12 words
These 12 words are shown using a Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5) and they change dynamically, depending on your choices. If you don’t know a word, next words we show you are easier words. If you know a word, next we show you more difficult words.
During the test, Bliu Bliu tries to estimate your level based on your clicks

  • did you know all the words shown?
  • did you know very low frequency words?
  • did you know just some of them?
  • did you have trouble with high frequency words?

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The number shows how many words more you can already understand. For some languages this is very accurate, for other less.

The level test is just a starting point. Bliu Bliu now predicts that you can easily recognize these words and it will show them as EASY instead of DIFFICULT (red). Your level gets constantly recalculated while you use Bliu Bliu, adapting and making more accurate prediction about your level.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE TRANSLATIONS?

Translations are not so accurate, we know it.
We use a Google Translate integration and this is accurate only some of the time. You can get a good translation and you can get an horrible translation. Bad translations are more common when you try to translate a single word instead of the entire paragraph.
What to do?
On Bliu Bliu content should be so easy that you can understand them without using the translation.

Use translations as an extra tool
The possiiblity to translate words is just an extra tool.
The beauty of using Bliu Bliu is the possibility of using the language without having to translate anything.

Google Translate is an extra help that you need to use carefully.

WHY WORDS ARE RED AND GREEN?

Bliu Bliu uses a simple metaphor

  • Words in RED are words you don’t know – DIFFICULT
  • Words in GREEN are words you know – EASY.

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Bliu Bliu collects all your words and based on your clicks:

  1. predicts more words that you can probably understand
  2. finds content at your level, containing at least 90% of easy words
  3. helps you learning the words you don’t know, pushing your level up

WHY WHEN I GO NEXT I GET MORE WORDS TO MY WORD COUNT?

When you join Bliu Bliu we don’t know much about your level. After the first level test, Bliu Bliu has information about your knowledge on 12 words. But what about the other 10.000 words in the language? (there are more words in most languages…but let’s use 10.000 for this example)

When you come to Bliu Bliu we don’t know anything about your knowledge. The more words you collect, the more Easy words you click, the better Bliu Bliu can predict how many of the 10.000 words you will already understand.
Sometimes we will show you a word for the first time and it’s already been clicked for you, because we think it will be easy and you will understand it without problem.

  • If you don’t change our prediction, when you go next you get the word added to your count.
  • If you click on the word and switch it to RED, we won’t add it to your word count.

When you have used Bliu Bliu for a week or two, the prediction becomes minimal and we use only real information gathered from your clicks.

HOW ACCURATE IS YOUR PREDICTION

Prediction simply based on the frequency of the words is not perfect but is better than nothing. It’s a good start.
Especially if the frequency list is accurate. Using lots of newspaper will create a different list than movies, for example.

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Bliu Bliu predicts your knowledge also based on the other languages you know. Word friends (cognates) can boost your experience as a beginner – If you know English and you are studying Italian, Bliu Bliu knows that some words will be easier even for a total beginner (problem, giornalista, politico, parlamento, presidente…)

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Bliu Bliu predicts your knowledge based on grammar. If you can understand play you will probably understand playing.

Bliu Bliu is also listening and checking what every single student is doing. We look for patterns, similarities among students. Bliu Bliu is smart enough to correct himself and stop predicting that a word is EASY when enough people change it to DIFFICULT.

WHY DO I HAVE TO CLICK ON WORDS?

Bliu Bliu needs to know your level. Why?
When we know your level we can find for you texts/audios/videos that you can already understand. We can find books of 300 pages that use only words that are easy for you. We can find movies using only easy words for you. The same with news, jokes, music.

Every time you click on a word to tell if it’s easy/difficult two things happen
1 now we know perfectly if you know or don’t know this word.
If you marked it EASY we will use it more to find easy content for you
If you marked it DIFFICULT we will try to find easy content that also have this word inside, to make it easy for you to learn in context.

2 base on your EASY/DIFFICULT words, we can make prediction on all the words in the language that you still haven’t encounter on Bliu Bliu.

SOMETIMES THE QUALITY OF THE CONTENT IS WEIRD!

Bliu Bliu is in Beta and uses lots of content provided by users. At the same time Bliu Bliu learns from other students and provide better and better content.
For some languages, especially the ones we don’t know very well, we don’t offer a big variety of content.
You can help us finding good content. It’s very easy to add thousands of new phrases or videos if we know where to find them. And if you find something wrong, simply copy paste the link and we will fix it.

WILL I LEARN A LANGUAGE ON BLIU BLIU

What Bliu Bliu does, very powerfully, is to help you to understand a language very fast. You will not only be able to read the language faster, you will be able to turn on the TV and understand more, listen to the radio and understand more, partecipate in a conversation and get the meaning of what is said way faster.
Bliu Bliu boosts your understanding power, making it easy to communicate because you can’t have a conversation if you don’t understand what the other people are saying.
You might know how to ask “WHERE IS THE TOILET” but if you don’t understand the answer, your question has no use.

We can’t claim that you will speak a language after using Bliu Bliu. Bliu Bliu software is not enough to speak a language and this is why we constantly run 30 days challenge to integrate Bliu Bliu with in person study.

WHY BLIU BLIU WORKS?

Bliu Bliu works for several reasons.
1 It facilitate the way you consume the language
Bliu Bliu shifts the attention from studying a language to using a language. On Bliu Bliu you don’t study the language, what you do is using the language by consuming real authentic content. Text/Audio/Video made for the natives and selected for you if they match your actual level.

2 You feel confident
All our users report the same feeling: confidence. On Bliu Bliu you feel good because at any moment you can see with your eyes that the language is not so hard as you thought and that there is actually so much that you can already understand.
Instead of focusing on content with so many unknown words, it finds content with few DIFFICULT words.

3 Incidentally/deliberately
You can focus on a specific word and try to learn it but this is not how our brain words. When you are provided with stories that you can understand, your brain in the background does all the work of creating a network of meanings, storing the words in the right positions.
You don’t realize it but while reading on Bliu Bliu you are learning so many words, how they are used, when they are used. You also learn the grammar this way, how rules work and the different structures of the language.
And yes, this is very similar to the way we learn languages when we are children.

CAN I UPLOAD MY OWN CONTENT

Please do!
For more than 100 languages we provide content as books, jokes, music videos, news and much more.

  • You can upload your ebooks
  • You can copy paste any texts
  • You can copy paste the words and a link to a video

Bliu Bliu will help you navigate your content.
We mark in RED words that are difficult for you
We offer inline translation (words/paragraphs)
We have a community of native to voice over your content.

Premium users can upload unlimited content