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7 Wonders of Italy

The world is full of beautiful places that nobody ever talks about and Italy is one of the countries where such hidden gems are plentiful! We’ve been in many places all around the world so far, but Italy keeps surprising every time we return to it.

Rome, Milan, Florence and a few other cities are the most popular travel destinations in Italy, but the country is so much more than that. It has a vibrant intercultural heritage, people of various identities live there today. A rich history spanning over two thousand years and beyond and, of course, a stunning nature both aboveground and underground which is as diverse in the different regions of the country as the people residing there.

We have only written about the German speaking part of Italy before, so it’s high time to tell some more about this amazing country and its hidden curiosities for adventurous tourists to see. 7 wonders of Italy, if you like. Here we go.

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7 Wonders of Italy

A little more than 20 kilometres to the North-east of the city of Perugia is a wondrous 15th century castle owned and exchanged by many landlords since the middle ages. It was turned into a modern luxurious hotel only recently. Yes. A modern hotel. In a medieval castle. The best part about it is the area it is in. The castle is situated on a tall hill surrounded by green countryside, hills, forests and mountains in the background. A truly breathtaking place to take a rest from all of the remaining world. You will truly feel as if you were in another dimension.

SUNKEN CITY OF BAIA

In the gulf of Naples lies a classical Roman city of Baia that has sunken underwater 7 Wonders of Italydue to volcanic activity which subsided the coast. What was an ancient equivalent of Las Vegas where powerful Roman figures used to spend their leisure time, today is an underwater archaeological museum. It is full of classical sculptures and ruins of luxurious villas. Tourists can choose among various ways to experience this majestic heritage. The easiest way is to board a glass-bottom boat, while those who want to explore more closely can snorkel or scuba dive and touch the ancient stone with their own hands.

PARCO DEI MOSTRI

7 Wonders of ItalyThe park of monsters of Bomarzo (a town midway between Rome and Perugia) is a rather simple but unique park. It is full of statues, but these statues are not of Gods or classical heroes of Roman culture. Instead, the park is infested with monsters. Like many things in Italy, it is an old site, commissioned in the middle of 16th century to express the grief of war. War elephant, monstrous fish, two giants tearing each other apart and colossal expressions of horror and madness are among the sights you will encounter. If you’re interested in extravagant pieces of art, this is a place to go to. Salvador Dalí, who visited the park himself and loved it very much, would approve.

TERME DI SATURNIA7 Wonders of Italy

Merely a few kilometres away from the village of Saturnia are a group of natural geothermal springs that are open for tourists to enjoy. The water there maintains temperature which almost equals that of human body (up to 37 celsius or 100 fahrenheit). The natural outdoor spa is also full of small waterfalls and is surrounded by a relaxing atmosphere. Yet again, this wonder is very old. It has consistently flown for over 3,000 years. And yes, this means that the same place has been used by Roman nobles too. So while you’re having a great time there, you’re also becoming a part of history yourself!

CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO7 Wonders of Italy

Another jewel in mid-Italy (literally called “Jewel on the hill”) is an ancient town of Civita di Bagnoregio. It was build on a tall plateau by etruscans 2,500 years ago, the indigenous people of Apennine Peninsula who were later assimilated into what became Roman society. The plateau is overlooking Tiber river valley and the town within these walls is admired for its old architecture full of arches and exciting pathways. The town has about 100 inhabitants in the summer and that is the only time when tourists are freely allowed inside. It has hotels, restaurants and anything you might expect from a town. So don’t sleep and visit the jewel before autumn starts!

THE GIANT BUNNY OF ARTESINA7 Wonders of Italy

One of the hills in Artesina, a village of northwestern Italy, is where a giant pink bunny lies for more than 10 years now. And it doesn’t seem to be going anytime soon, because its entrails are gaping from its side. It was finished in 2005 by an art group of four people known as Gelitin from Vienna. 60 metres long and 20 metres high this giant pink bunny by the name of Hase (meaning, simply, “hare”) surpasses many species of dinosaurs in size, but is far from intimidating. Hikers eagerly climb all over its body and sit on its chest. Nobody seems to be disturbed by the giant’s presence, so it will stay there until it naturally dissolves. According to the bunny’s parents from Vienna, that might happen around 2025 – something to keep in mind if you haven’t seen the world’s largest bunny yet.

CONSONNO

7 Wonders of Italy

Consonno is a “city of toys” that was built in 60s, but never entirely finished. It was an idea of one man who bought an entire village in order to turn it to a tourist destination. It might have worked out, because the village was close to Milan, so a decent number of tourists would have been attracted. However, the construction was never ended because the main road towards Consonno was washed away, so people stopped coming. Nowadays the city of toys stands as a failed and abandoned version of Las Vegas, full of graffiti and deteriorating buildings in the style of medieval castles, islamic minarets, various other influences and remainders from the old village before construction started. Discover restaurants, galleries, hotels, ballrooms and other facilities. You won’t find such as these in Milan!

These are just a few gems from the wonderful land of Italy. There are literally dozens and dozens more curious and unknown places, objects and sites to discover and they are no less intriguing than the ones we chose to write about. Should you find yourself in Italy, don’t underestimate smaller cities and remote regions of the country. Who knows what you will find simply by travelling along the road? More random giant bunnies? Underground caves? Ancient foundations of long forgotten towns overgrown with trees and creepers? Everything seems possible in Italy.

Share your summer moments with us

Share your summer moments with usIt’s summer!! Okey, the weather in Lithuania right now is not the best, however IT’S SUMMER!!! And we want to invite you to share your summer moments with us!

We’re very curious to find out how the summer is going for you, if you had any big or small trips, interesting projects, precious moments, visited any interesting places – in other words WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO THIS SUMMER SO FAR?

Send us your pictures at indre@bliubliu.com with short stories, any tips that you have for summer activities, for places to go to, things to see or do and all summer we will be sharing your stories on our blog, Facebook and Instagram with a #bliubliuersummer.

So let us begin:

Milda, Community Manager at Bliu Bliu

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Milda LOVES camping and she wants to share the ingredients of successful camping with you:

  • Friends
  • Friends
  • More good friends and good mood
  • And all the remaining details like tens, sleeping bags, air beds (if you’re looking for comfort, in that case don’t forget the air pump), something to make fire with, something to cook in, plenty of food and drink, fresh water!, a knife!, summer clothes for daytime and warm clothes for nighttime, anti mosquito spray!!, candles and torches, guitar (if anyone knows who to play it, otherwise, better leave it at home)
  • Many games like football or volleyball ball, playing cards, frisbee, rackets and similar. 

And the best tip – get there early and get the best spot for your tent!

Enjoy camping this summer!

Indre, Social Media Manager at Bliu Bliu

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Indre has been very busy exploring interesting places in Anyksciai in Lithuania. If you are in Lithuania, you should definitely go to Anyksciai and in addition to Tree Top Walking Path and Puntuko Akmuo (which is the biggest stone in Lithuania) also explore Labyrinths’ Park and “Cosmic” Milky Way exhibition.

Odeta, Head of Marketing at Bliu Bliu

You can lay bricks too

IBuilding home doesn't have to be expensiven addition to the trip to Rhodes, which I described in previous post and the Pita Gyros that you should definitely try if you are around Greece or Greek food, I am also reconstructing a house this summer.

My best advise is that you don’t really need people who are demolishing walls or laying bricks! It’s easy to do it all by yourself! :-) The most important thing is to watch a lot of Youtube videos on how to do these things and Voilà! You will save thousands of € or $ or £ and a new home won’t cost you a fortune.

So what have you been up to this summer? Send us your stories to indre@bliubliu.com and we will share them with the whole community to have fun, enjoy and celebrate together! #bliubliuersummer!

How to get free things on holidays

How to get free things on holidays


Do you travel or go on holiday abroad? Do you bother to learn at least couple words in a local language?

Well, you should! And I will tell you why.Rhodes little cities

Recently I was part of a group of 14 people to go to Rhodes, a pretty Greek island with cute beaches, good food and good wind for kitesurfing which was the purpose of our trip.

On the first day of our trip, we went for groceries where I got some tomatoes and a map of Rhodes as gifts from a shop keeper. My friends asked me how I managed that and to be honest, I really wasn’t sure.

 

Olive oil factory, Rhodes

 

The next evening, we went to another grocery store where a shopkeeper offered a lift back to our hotel and couple days later bought me and my boyfriend some drinks in a place where we used to get dinner.

 

Rhodes amazing pita gyrosI also started getting more meat on my Pita Giros (see further note on what it is, if you’re not familiar with Pita Giros) and more free stuff at random grocery stores.

All of my friends were super jealous and I was thinking: “Okey, this is fantastic! Greek people are just amazing and I will never want to leave this place!”

But this was not it.

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A Russian kiting instructor, who lives in Rhodes for 3 years now, has given me extensive advices on technique, found me a kite harness to try when my one wasn’t performing and lifted my kite whenever it fell close to the shore. Just like he did to people who were paying for his services.


He was the one who made me realise why this was all happening. He literally said: “Don’t get me wrong, I love speaking Russian and there’s not so many people who I can speak to here”.

It all started to make sense.

In 2006 I spent a summer in Greece working in a nightclub as a bartender. During the long days on the beach before work I started learning Greek and because I am fascinated with Greek language some of it has stayed with me to date!

So at the shops and at the dinner place I was speaking to people in basic Greek. And I mean basic – I was greeting, saying “efcharistó” meaning “thank you” quite a lot and asking what people’s names where in Greek.

As for Russian, I learned Russian as a child from watching cartoons so although I can’t write and can barely read, speaking is not a problem for me.

So to sum up, here’s what speaking maybe 20 words in Greek and some Russian gave me:

  • 3 tomatoes
  • Map of Rhodes
  • A bar of olive oil soap
  • 4 oranges
  • Kitesurfing advise
  • Kitesurfing assistance
  • A free rent of kite harness for a day
  • A lift home
  • A local drink
  • Extra meat on my Giros
  • Directions on where to find amazing off track beaches

Overall, that’s 1000 times more than I expected, because I didn’t expect anything!

At this point I started thinking about my trips to Spain and France some time ago. And guess what? I too got things for free in those countries and more importantly, very good advices on where to go, where to eat, what to see and where to get the best local experience!

Just for the record, Bliu Bliu tells me that I know 137 words in Spanish and 251 word in French.

Is that a lot? I don’t think so.

Is it worth it? Hell yeah!!

Rhodes, GreeceSo before you go on holiday this summer, why not learn a 100 words in a local language and enjoy a much better experience with so many perks that would not necessarily be available without the language factor.

Because knowing at least couple words can make wonders and enhance your holiday experience immensely!

Enjoy your travel or holiday this summer!

 

P.S. Pita Gyros is almost a kebab, but 100 times better! It’s pork in pita with some tzatziki,onions, tomato and french fries and it is absolutely delicious!

Around The World With German

Due to Germany’s imperialistic past, its language is one of the most popular in the world. It is, in fact, spoken all around the globe by diverse communities of native people and immigrants. So even if you never come to Germany, knowing the language can open many doors, save you time and help bypass various problems while travelling abroad. If you speak German, you can literally wander all around the world and be understood in the most unexpected places.

Around the world with German

While German is an official language in some countries of middle Europe (these are Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), it is spoken in many other European countries as a minority language. German-speaking communities can also be found outside Europe. Here are some of such unknown havens for you to visit and find a little bit of Germany in.

SANTA CATARINA

Brazil has one and a half million German speakers and most of them live in the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul, Espírito Santo and Santa Catarina. There is a number of cities and villages in Santa Catarina where German is the main language of communication.

Pomerode, considered the most German city in Brazil, is a good example. Its German influence can not only be felt in language, but also in architecture, cuisine and other cultural dimensions of the local society. Pomerode receives many tourists every year, so there are always things to do here.oktoberfest

You can stop by the zoo or go on a wildlife tour, visit a theatre or numerous museums if you’re interested in the town’s history and culture. Traditional music, dances and all kinds of fun practiced by the locals themselves can be encountered at any time of the year. As a side note, if you venture outside the town to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, you can see right whales in summer or migrating penguins in winter. Away from the coast you will find spectacular mountain ranges.

Blumenau is another city, similar to Pomerode, but much bigger and famous for Oktoberfest of Blumenau which attracts over a million tourists every year. That makes it the biggest one of them all, except the original festivity in Munich. But you don’t have to visit during October to experience German folk traditions. The locals value their custom with a fervour rarely seen in Germany itself. Besides, the German dialect they speak (in all the states mentioned above) is actually similar to what you would have heard in 19th century Germany. So it’s definitely worth the visit.

THE DAKOTAS

Around the world with German

German is the 2nd language of North Dakota and is spoken almost just as widely in its southern counterpart. A small and cosy town of Wishek, ND, founded by Germans from Russia in the beginning of the 20th century, is famous for its annual Sauerkraut Day that is held the second Wednesday of every October. Last year was the 90th anniversary of this unique tradition. Great music and more than a hundred gallons of delicious sauerkraut is what draws a whole lot of people to town every year. Another thing that the town is famous for is German Sausage at Stan’s Supervalu, where they

Around two percent of Namibian population are of German descent, and almost fifty thousand people speak the language. The majority of speakers live in the capital Windhoek and in smaller cities of Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Otjiwarongo. The latter city (its name means beautiful place in Otjiherero!) is a place you should definitely visit because over one third of its population speaks German. Not only that, the city is home to a number of exotic attractions for tourists, such as Crocodile farm where you can see these formidable creatures up close or even take a selfie with them! Cheetah conservation farms are situated in the city’s vicinity as well. Otjiwarongo Summer festival and the German Carnival are something everyone should experience.

Around the world with GermanTalking about German carnivals, the best one of its kind is annually held in Windhoek, better known by its abbreviation – WIKA. One of its main goals, besides having great fun, is to uphold true German traditions. Over two weeks of live music and dance, parades, performances, good food, German beer and a nice blend of German and African culture is what you will find there, and much more. If you are not fortunate enough to be in Namibia during the festivals, Windhoek has more than enough museums, parks, reserves, activities (such as horse riding) and places to meet people of German ancestry and have a chat in their own language.

SOUTH TYROL

Why not stop in Europe for a while? That’s where German is the most popular of course, but not only in Germany or countries where German is an official language. Italy, for example, is not among them, but its northernmost region of South Tyrol fits right into our list (yep, it’s in the north, but it’s called South Tyrol, because other Tyrols are not in Italy). Despite the fact that South Tyrol is a part of Italy, German is the dominant language of the region.

Around the world with German

There are a number of towns to be visited in South Tyrol. Its capital, Bolzano, has a medieval city centre with many churches, a cathedral and famous museums with Ötzi the Iceman in one of them (namely, South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology). If you’re into nature, you can go skiing in the mountains, see their tops burning with ablaze beacons during summer, take a hike in Terlano Wine Trail (and learn about wine along the way), visit numerous geological parks, the Dolomites (included in UNESCO world heritage), the astonishing lake of Caldaro and so much more.

As for culture, pretty much every village in the region has a music band in traditional costume and you can hear them on various occasions. The region is known for its Christmas and Easter traditions which are actively followed today. For example, Klöckeln is a Christmas advent tradition, where masked people move from house to house singing songs, ringing bells and asking for gifts, representing a very old and symbolic custom of the region. If you get the chance, see it for yourself or even participate! It’s a unique region to explore in its entirety and you don’t need any other language except German to get by!

The world is full of amazing German-speaking regions, cities and villages. Every each of them is different, every each of them was born out of a mixture of different cultures, waiting for you to explore. So there is one more benefit of learning German. One that barely anyone thinks of. You can travel to a whole lot of places all around the world, Germany being the least original of them!

Languages shape multiple personalities

Languages shape our personalities

Language was nothing more than a tool used for speaking until the beginning of the 20th century. After that, we slowly became aware that it is also a discrete system which shapes the social surroundings and experience of every speaker. We became aware that without language our experience would be dramatically reduced. We could have no social interactions. It means no friends, no job, no education, no anything! Using a language is so deeply rooted within us that we rarely reflect on it even today. 

LANGUAGE SHAPES OUR THOUGHTS

Not only do we use language, but it also makes an impact on us. Without us ever knowing it.

Each language has it’s own unique structure making it into a unique system. We use languages to interpret the world, so it is not surprising that by speaking two languages we interpret the world through two distinct systems. Multi-linguists usually notice this through comparing different tongues. This way we can see how differently different languages guide our thoughts regarding similar matters. Same could be said about expressions, phrases and grammatical structures.

EVERYTHING IS EITHER A MAN OR A WOMAN

Nouns have genders

In many languages nouns have genders

Take gender for example. While a German or a French see nouns as males, females or neutrals, for an English speaker it is quite difficult to understand that nouns have genders. Therefore for an English speaker the world changes when he/she has to look at a table as a male or a bed as a female. To add to that, one study found that the nouns used to describe the same word in different languages changed depending on whether the noun was masculine or feminine. German and Spanish speakers were asked to describe objects having opposite genders in those two languages. The descriptions they gave differed in a way predicted by grammatical gender. For example, when asked to describe a “key” — a word that is masculine in German and feminine in Spanish — the German speakers were more likely to use words like “hard,” “heavy,” “jagged,” “metal,” “serrated,” and “useful,” whereas Spanish speakers were more likely to say “golden,” “intricate,” “little,” “lovely,” “shiny,” and “tiny”.

CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE AND YOU’LL CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY

We know now that language influences our cognitive process. But can we also say that for every language a person speaks, one has an additional personality? That bilinguals have two personalities and multilinguals even more? Surely this doesn’t mean they are all schizophrenics. But there are some aspects of our behaviour that are influenced by language as much as our thoughts.

Numerous social researches have been conducted in effort to understand how speaking several languages influence us. The results are diverse and many of them are rather subjective, but most often they agree with the notion that our thoughts and behaviour are indeed shaped by the tongue we use. Bilinguals often give differing answers when they use different languages to the same questions. Particular aspects are stressed depending on what the language system allows to express more easily and straightforward. For example, English forces us to focus on the action, while German makes us pay more attention to the beginning and the end, instead of the whole act as a continuous process. It doesn’t mean that we don’t understand it as such, only that we arrive at such conclusion differently. 

New language - new personalitySome people even notice a change in their character when they use another language. They say they have more patience in one language than in another. They are generally nicer towards others, they swear less or find it easier to apologise, to show affection and their true feelings. While this is subjective, it is nonetheless a fascinating effect which can be used by multilinguals to their own advantage.

Languages shape our personality

Saying that each language applies a unique personality to the speaker might be a little exaggerated, but there is little doubt regarding influence the language has on our thoughts and even actions. The structures, words and rules of sentence construction shape our understanding of the same events and phenomena in ways that can sometimes be unthinkable in another language. Words and various phrases bring cultural context as well. The derivation of words are extremely distinct and it carries its meaning as well, which can even contrast among different languages.

Language and culture are two sides of one coin, so by embracing new languages, we tap into new cultures. We become more tolerant towards that culture and its people, we understand the way they think and see us and the world. We become more tolerant, more experienced. Even if our personalities do not change, with every new language we grow and become the better versions of ourselves.

So lets learn some new languages and grow!

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Have you already heard? Yes, we have just turned 3 this week and we feel very grown up now :-)

It’s definitely has been a long and interesting journey and we can’t thank you all enough for helping us grow, encouraging us with all your great feedback and advices on how to do things better and your growing love!

You are us and every one of you matter to us A LOT!

Thank you! Thank you! AND ONE MORE BIG THANK YOU!

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Oldest languages

WorldBloggers and language enthusiasts all over the Internet claim to know which languages are the oldest and how many of them are still in use worldwide. Surprisingly enough, if you ever read a few of such articles you must have noticed that they all tell a slightly different story. The truth is that there is no unambiguous answer to the question.

DATING A LANGUAGE IS NOT THAT EASY

The lists vary due to different approach, that is whether dead languages are included into the list, whether historical evidence and linguistic data are taken into account, and so on. The popularity of languages also have an effect. But all of these criteria are not objective. Historical evidence does not prove how long was the language used before it was first written on a piece of leather or stone. And you can never know how many ancient texts are yet to be discovered. In this sense, linguistic data is more reliable. But it cannot tell the age of the language. It can only set a wide range regarding the time of language’s origins, sometimes barely fitting into a single millennium. That’s because languages are not born like people are. They take time to develop from their previous forms, so their “birth” goes on for many decades, if not ages. Not even mentioning many other problems such as the different criteria that could be set for deciding when the language has changed enough to be given a separate name.

WHY ARE THESE LANGUAGES THE OLDEST?

Instead of making another list of “oldest languages”, we will inspect those that often appear in such lists and see the reasons behind their appearance there. So let’s get started:

 

Arabic

ARABIC. This name is used for Classical Arabic, which, according to historical evidence, developed from its predecessors in 6th century AD. Nowadays it comprises of over 20 dialects, some of which are so unlike the others that their speakers are unable to understand each other. It is the 5th most popular language in the world.

ARAMAIC. Like arabic, this is a group of languages. According to historical evidence, it is at least 3,000 years old. Its modern forms still exist today among various groups, but they are all on the brink of extinction, due to the speakers being influenced by Hebrew and Arabic, as well as other languages.

ArmenianARMENIAN. Historical data indicate the language existed since 5th century AD, though Armenians themselves are much older than that. The language has its own unique writing system and is still spoken today in two main forms: Eastern and Western.

BASQUE. Spoken today in Southwestern France and Northern Spain, this language is likely to be very old, though it has faced a substantial Latin influence. According to linguistic data, the language is unlike its Indo-European neighbours, suggesting it could be over 4,000 years old.

ChineseCHINESE. This is a group of related, but different languages, including dialect groups like Mandarin, Yue, Wu and others. While its history (based on written artefacts) traces back to the 2nd millennium BC, it remains the most popular language group in the world.

EgyptianEGYPTIAN. This language has its modern counterpart, Coptic, which is liturgical language in Coptic churches today. However the actual Egyptian is considered to be dead. The historical evidence proves it is almost 5,000 years old, making it one of the oldest known languages as far as written artefacts can tell.

FARSI/PERSIAN. Still spoken in contemporary Iran, Afghanistan and a few other countries, the modern form of the language is known since around 800 AD. It’s early form, Old Persian, is attested by historical data since 500 BC.

FINNISH. Used today in Finland and, by lesser degree, in Sweden and Norway. Linguistic data indicates that its origins can be traced back to the 1st millennium BC. It is from Finnic language family, making it seem difficult for its Indo-European-speaking neighbours.

GEORGIAN. A language from Kartvelian language family. While historical evidence dates this language since 500 AD, linguistic data presumes Georgian distinguished from the family in the 1st millennium BC. Throughout its history, the language was being written in a number of different systems.

GREEK. This is one of the scientific languages of contemporary world and is an official language in Greece and Cyprus. Linguistic data traces its origins in the late 3rd millennium BC while historical evidence backs it up at the mid 2nd millennium BC. The similarity between modern and classical Greek is often emphasised as well, making this language a real antiquary.

HebrewHEBREW. This language existed only in written form since the first centuries AD, however it was revived as a spoken language in the 19th century.

Hebrew is about 3,000 years old, according to linguistic data. Historical accounts claim it was in usage in 12th century BC, however these sources are doubted by scholars.

ICELANDIC. The oldest known texts in Icelandic are dated around 1100 AD, however it is the linguistic parameters that bring this language to the list of the ancient ones. Its grammar structure suggests that the language has retained the most archaic form among all the Germanic languages. Though the language has changed considerably since the 12th century, other languages of the branch have changed even more.

IRISH GAELIC. The first official language and at the same time a minority language of Ireland. It is slowly, but certainly deteriorating with only a few villages left where people use it in their everyday lives. According to historical data, its usage started around 4th century AD, when it was first used on stone monuments called Ogham.

KOREAN. Similar to Basque in Europe, Korean is nothing like its neighbours in Far East. The modern language has developed through many phases, the earliest of which is determined by historical data to have started around 1st century AD. It’s origins are even older, but unclear.

LATIN. The number one scientific language in the world and lingua franca of Classical Antiquity period. Its first phase, referred to as Old Latin, was first used in Roman Kingdom since around 6th century BC, which is known from historical records.

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LITHUANIAN. While historical records trace this language’s past barely to 1500 AD, many aspects of the language are considered to be the oldest or older than most among living languages of Indo-European family, including aforementioned Icelandic. Its parent branches are not clearly dated, but Balto-Slavic branch is believed to have distinguished from common Indo-European in the mid 2nd millennium BC.

SANSKRIT. A parent of Old Persian and other Iranian languages. The first historical account is dated to the 2nd century BC, but there are theories that suggest the previous forms of the language are up to 4,000 years old. The language is still used by few people in India, though rarely for everyday communication.

Sumarian

SUMERIAN. The oldest known language according to historical evidence. It can be traced back to the 31st century BC. Its usage was limited since the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC and completely died until 1st century AD.

TAMIL. Spoken mostly in Singapore, Sri Lanka and India, this language is over 2,000 years old according to historical data, which makes it oldest among Indian languages if based on artifacts. However, linguists think it was used around 3rd millennium BC, which is the reason why many think it is the oldest language still in existence.

NOT A COMPETITION

As you can see, there is no clear winner that could boast of being the oldest known language in the world. After all, this is not a competition. All languages are beautiful and all should be respected, despite their lineage, popularity and difficulty.

You can actually try to learn most of them with Bliu Bliu. The exceptions being dead languages as well as Aramaic, Chinese, Georgian and Sanskrit. One from the list, namely Lithuanian, is actually among the most popular target languages. If you want a challenge with great benefits, give these languages a try. The more you know about them, the better you will see their beauty and uniqueness, the better you will understand your own language!

 

So pick a friend and learn languages together !

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Sneak Peak into 30 DAYs German Challenge

This list does not cover everything that awaits you, but it provides a rough outline of what to expect on a certain day. In the beginning of each day you will get various daily tasks via email and your Challenge dashboard. Most of them are not mentioned here.

DAY 1: You will hear the story behind Bliu Bliu and learn how to use it. You will get rid of your dictionary and start learning the language in *our way*. You will also start using Social Wall and get to know other participants.

DAY 2: You will continue learning with other students and find out why you have to make mistakes when you are learning a language.

DAY 3: You will take a deeper look behind Bliu Bliu and find out why it is faster, more enjoyable and more efficient compared to other language learning methods.

DAY 4: We will teach you how to build a habit of learning German daily and you will start working towards it.

DAY 5: You will learn the various options of how and where you can use Bliu Bliu. We will talk some more about habits and introduce a certain way of learning by sentences instead of words.

DAY 6: You will have to speak up for the first time and record a video of yourself doing it.

DAY 7: We will wrap up the week, take a look at the statistics and summarise the results so far.

DAY 8: You will learn some more about motivation in language learning. We will remind you that you have a host to use to your advantage and you will remember another principle that greatly influences language learning.

DAY 9: We will share some interesting facts about German language. You will learn a trick for improving your foreign language skills.

DAY 10: We will focus on motivation once more and introduce the terms of passive and active knowledge. You will get to know their importance in your learning process.

DAY 11: You will get some travelling tips regarding the culture, language and social norms in case you are thinking about a trip to Germany or are living in it. You will upload your own texts to Bliu Bliu.

DAY 12: We will compare German and English language usage. You will learn why it is so easy to learn English and what to do to make German easy as well. We will provide a number of topics to use for German practice. You will get social with other Challenge students.

DAY 13: You will learn how to hack a country and learn any language without spending tons of money. You will make a testimonial for Bliu Bliu.

DAY 14: We will summarise the 2nd week. You will also have to make another video of yourself speaking in German.

DAY 15: You will hear more about the German culture. You will learn what is expected and what is not acceptable among people in Germany. You will understand the effect of context and how to learn the language by the context instead of separate words.

DAY 16: We will provide you with some more motivational arguments and the enormous benefits of not giving up.

DAY 17: We will remind you to have fun, in case you will have forgotten. You will take a look at jokes in German.

DAY 18: This day will be all about music and using it to learn German. We will provide you with some cool beats which will become your new learning material. You will learn how to uncover your new secret identity.

DAY 19: You will have to revisit all the videos you have recorded and see how much you improved. We will share some more wisdom to help you set your goals right and overhaul your learning experience. Finally, we will ask for your feedback about the Challenge, as constant improvement is our priority.

DAY 20: You will get some new content and familiarise yourself with a few most relevant German phrases to complement your knowledge with. We will also share some facts about how student age and language learning ability correlates.

DAY 21: You will have to create one more video, while having your previous videos in mind. We will also see how you managed through the 3rd week of the Challenge.

DAY 22: A new Bliu Bliu feature, books, will be introduced into the Challenge. You will learn how to read books in order to make the best out of them while learning German. You will start reading a book in German, be it from our library or your own choice.

DAY 23: You will learn the fascinating links between language learning and activity of your brain.

DAY 24: We will give you more new content and share a piece of advice regarding personal goals and their fulfillment.

DAY 25: We will discuss the benefits of learning a language. You will learn a load of tips and tricks on how you can practice German non-stop every single day.

DAY 26: You will understand that it’s not only brain that plays a part in language learning. Your heart is just as important. Hint: We will tell you a secret of how to use them both when learning a language.

DAY 27: You will learn some more phrases that will make you sound like a native. You will also start using a simple trick that makes every day more colourful.

DAY 28: You will make one final video for German Challenge. We will share our wisdom about sleeping, yes, *sleeping* and it’s role in language learning.

DAY 29: We will show you some more essential German expressions and help you live the present to the fullest, while the Challenge is still on.

DAY 30: We will revisit our journey together. Your host will have a special thanks prepared for you, while we will direct you how to learn German even further, how to retain your new knowledge and how to keep getting better and better at it.

Take a deep breath and get ready, because once you come out on the other side you will be a whole new person, capable and brave enough to speak in German and even able to start learning other languages much faster, easier and with a healthy excitement!

Bliu Bliu Team and your host Martin