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Get the best deal on Bliu Bliu Language Challenges before it ends!

You can still join any Challenge for only 49.99

Hurry up, because by the 1st of September the price will increase to 109.99!

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Bliu Bliu Language Challenges are better than ever!

When we started Bliu Bliu 30 days Challenges we didn’t know what to expect. We tested the structure, the approach and the results have exceeded our expectations and expectations of participants! However, with more people joining more Challenges in more languages, we need to dedicate more resource and more attention to guarantee the best experience for you. 

This, unfortunately, comes at a higher price for us and hence the Challenge price cannot stay the same. There is a number of reasons why we are increasing the price of the 30 days Challenges:

  1. Bliu Bliu has hosted Challenges for over a year now. All this time we were developing the content, structure and execution. Making sure that Challenges are optimised and provide the most effective results is our biggest task. That’s why we hire only the best people for improving the Challenges and your experience.
  2. We never stop developing the Challenges. They are organic and change according to your experience and preferences with more content created all the time to suite more divers needs. No two Challenges are the same and it takes us many hours to prepare them.
  3. The Challenges are guided by native-speaking Hosts. They personally engage with participants on a daily basis during the Challenge. It’s like having a personal tutor! We found that more engagement and support from Hosts is crucial for the success of each Challenge, hence we need to make sure that best Hosts are giving more of their time to us and to you.
  4. The Internet is full of language courses, however ours is the only one that provides such a real-life experience online so effectively!
  5. The combined experience of Challenge content, unlimited access to Bliu Bliu and guidance of a Host has more benefits than it might seem from the first look. During the Challenge you get invaluable tips & tricks that are just as handy to start learning any other language on your own! We are constantly searching the web and doing research to make sure that we give you only best advises.

 

You can still get all this for only €49.99 which is over 50% less than what it’s worth!

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So if there ever was the right time to try it, THE TIME IS NOW! PICK YOUR LANGUAGE AND GET GOING! 

 

Bliu Bliu Team

Bliu Bliu on your mobile

Many people on Blu Bliu have asked us multiple times about Bliu Bliu app and we have good news for you!

The good news is that the Bliu Bliu app is coming along and should be on your phone soon. We want to make it special and extra convenient for you to use so it is taking a bit more time than we expected.

The even better news is that there is an alternative to Bliu Bliu app in the meantime!

It’s an easy way to get the experience very similar to what Bliu Bliu app would be like now. We’re talking about bookmarking Bliu Bliu to your phone’s home screen. This way you can access the site with a single tap and start learning right away whenever you feel like it.

Once it is set up, you won’t even feel any difference between using an app and using a bookmarked mobile site from your phone’s home screen.

The set up is very easy and should take less than a minute to complete. So here are the instructions for Android and iOS:

Bliu Bliu for Android

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to Bliu Bliu homepage.
  3. Tap menu button and then tap “Add to Home screen”. If you’re using Firefox, this option will be available under Page options. Add to home screen Android
  4. Name the shortcut and tap “Add”.Screenshot_20160811-102202
  5. Bliu Bliu icon is now on your home screen. You can drag it anywhere you want, just like any other app.
  6. Tap it and enjoy Bliu Bliu!Bookmark on your home screen

 

Bliu Bliu for iOS (iPhone, iPad or other iOS device)

  1. Open Safari browser (unfortunately, other browsers for iOS don’t have this feature).
  2. Go to Bliu Bliu homepage.
  3. Tap the Share button.iOS home screen
  4. Tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu.add to bookmark
  5. After you name the shortcut you’ll be able to drag it around and place it wherever it is convenient for you, even in app folders.
  6. Tap the icon and enjoy Bliu Bliu!app on iOS

For both Android and iOS Bliu Bliu will open just as it does when you go to our mobile website. The only difference is that you won’t ever have to do it manually again!

We hope this alternative delivers the most convenient experience with Bliu Bliu until the app shows up.

Follow our blog for more updates and let us know if you have any feedback in comments section!

Bliu Bliu team

Special prices and summer end party – August could not get better

Learn languages in August

August is like a Sunday of the whole year! It’s time to relax before hitting autumn at full speed, the weather is awesome and meteor showers light up the sky (don’t miss one on the 12th of August)!

And you know what else makes August awesome? New course dates, special prices and summer end party, that’s what will make August really awesome!

August is the last month when you can join one of our 30 days Language Challenges for JUST €49.99

Don’t miss your chance to
learn one of the following languages &
get all the necessary tools for effective language learning
for as little as €49.99!

Challenges starting in August:

Join Lithuanian Challenge
Join German Challenge

Challenges starting in September:

– NEW Join Japanese Challenge
Join Lithuanian Challenge
Join Italian Challenge
Join German Challenge

Challenges starting in October:

Join English Challenge
Join Portuguese Challenge
Join French Challenge
Join Spanish Challenge
Join Russian Challenge
Join Swedish Challenge

We’re hosting Bliu Bliu language enthusiasts’ summer end party!

Bliu Bliu summer end party announced

If you’re up for having fun, meeting lots of cool people and you will be around Vilnius or Berlin towards the end of August

WE’RE INVITING YOU to join one of the Challenges
and get invited to the best summer end
languages practitioners’ party ever!

More information will follow soon!

Truly yours,
Bliu Bliu team

Learn a language without ever learning it

Learn a language without ever learning it – I know what you’re thinking right now – “That can never happen”,

Yeah, right, this is just another ambitious marketing trick”,

If it was that easy, everybody would do it”.

I know it, because I would think the same! However, at WSA I was talking to a person who asked me:

So what is so unique about Bliu Bliu and how will it make me want to learn a language?

It was one of those lightbulb moments! 

I have worked at Bliu Bliu for over a year now and the one thing that keeps me from learning Spanish is TIME. Or if we call things their real names, it’s actually MOTIVATION. I think that I have enough motivation, but in reality, I am not moving to Spain, I don’t have Spanish friends and learning Spanish would be a nice thing to do.

Let me tell you something – this is not real motivation!

So without that real motivation I never get around taking time off my daily activities to say: “right now I am going to learn Spanish”. Instead, I always blame busy lifestyle and that working in a startup eats up all my time!

Well, guess what.

The lightbulb moment made me realise that with Bliu Bliu I don’t need to make that conscious decision during my day to learn Spanish.

Instead, I can read whatever I read every day in Spanish on Bliu Bliu and over time I will naturally acquire Spanish as I did Russian when watching TV while I was a child.

This is where you probably think – “Yeah, like reading news in a language that you want to learn is that easy”, or “Yeah, right, she probably knows a lot of Spanish already”.

Spanish test resultsThe truth is – I don’t. My Spanish test on Bliu Bliu suggests that I know roughly 146 words. And that is a huge huge exaggeration, but don’t worry, Bliu Bliu gets more accurate when we teach it.

 

 

And to prove that it works I set myself a challenge:

For 10 days from today I will read at least one article on a subject that matters to me in Spanish. I promise!

SO LETS BEGIN!

I go on Google Translate and find a keyword for what interests me in Spanish.

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I search for that keyword on Google >> Go to Google News >> Pick the first article >> Import it into Bliu Bliu

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Here we go, I start reading Spanish new:

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As you can see, my vocabulary is very poor for this article, however that is fine. This is what I will do:

  1. Go over the whole text clicking on words that I know and highlighting the words that I don’t know to show Bliu Bliu (and myself) which words I actually know and don’t know

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This is how my article looks like right now. Because I know English and some French, I could figure out the meaning of some of the words.

     2. Now I will go over the whole article again doing my best to understand the overall meaning without translating anything.

The truth is that this is not a very complicated article, without understanding exact meaning of every word, I can understand that Toyota is planning to re-start it’s operations in Venezuela with low volumes of 100 to 300 car unites produced monthly. The whole thing is still in a process of planning. 

3. So now I will translate some words that are really difficult and translate the whole text, in order to find out if what I understood is actually correct.

It turns out that there were couple instances where I misunderstood what was said, however overall, I was pretty on the spot AND I now know +44 words in Spanish!

4. I will read couple more stories suggested by Bliu Bliu to make sure that Bliu Bliu finds out about my level more accurately and I put my Spanish skills at practice.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 19.15.28I won’t lie. At the beginning it’s quite difficult, however in less than 15 minutes, I have figured out that I know 188 words in Spanish, that I can understand news in Spanish and found out some interesting facts about Spain!

As I was clicking away on words that I know and I don’t know, I was showing Bliu Bliu my actual Spanish knowledge becoming more accurate on guessing what content to serve me next.

I am definitely coming back for more tomorrow!

I am sure that I will get into a routine of doing regularly and if this is the holy grail of Spanish – I’m loving it!

So stay tuned! Or better, choose your target language and join me in this challenge!

Never learn a language againBecause if it works, we won’t have to learn a new language ever again or better, WE WON’T HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION THAT WE ARE GOING TO LEARN A LANGUAGE EVER AGAIN. Instead, we will acquire any new language by fitting it into our daily schedules.


CYMERA_20160715_195050Drop me a line at
odeta@bliubliu.com if you are up for the challenge!

 

And now, it’s time to enjoy life,

Odeta

World Summit Award and what it actually means

WSA winner 2015So we’ve been bragging about winning a WSA award lately quite a lot and with the main congress just passed, we’re ready to give you more information on what it is and why it is significant.

WSA Singapore AwardTo begin with, WSA is the United Nations based World Summit Award Social Innovation Congress that honours digital innovations creating sustainable social change and impact world-wide. Every year, WSA chooses 40 best e-solutions in 8 categories from all 193 member states. The 3 day congress in Singapore has wrapped up the successful edition of world’s top digital content in 2015. During the 3 days Congress in Singapore, the selected best of digital start-ups, young entrepreneurs and distinguished experts from around the globe offered outstanding examples and insights of how digital technologies drive the United Nations agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s).

What it means for us to be amongst the top 5 best e-learning and science solutions in the UN?

First of all, this is by far the biggest recognition that Bliu Bliu has had to date and the first global award that we won! It means that our language learning methodology is making sustainable impact locally and globally and is getting worldwide recognition.

It also acknowledges the innovative approach that we’re taking to language learning that is otherwise a very traditional process defined by billions and only questions by few.

For us personally, it is the greatest encouragement to continue adding more languages, better content and easier ways to consume content at individual level.  


Additionally, we are super proud to be part of WSA community of social entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact across the globe. Some of the other winners include:

  • Coderdojo that is an open source, volunteer led, global movement offering free programming clubs for young people.
  • MIROCULUS low-cost, open source device that can easily and affordably check for cancer using a single blood sample.
  • Social Coin help enterprises, smart cities, and universities to achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility goals by engaging communities in acts of altruism and community-building.
  • PARE 360 an empowering violence prevention tool that allows children to combat bullying through anonymous reporting and involvement in schools.
  • In the absence of a formal Emergency Medical System in developing countries, the majority of accident victims with potentially survivable injuries die before they reach a hospital. Criticalink uses an innovative dispatch system and location-based mobile technology to save these lives by providing roadside accident victims with emergency medical care through a network of volunteer First Responders.

 

As you can see, WSA is much more than award. It is a community of people who don’t wait for someone to solve their or their neighbours’ problems and instead takes action to solve them with digital technologies.

WSA communityOver the 3 days event in Singapore we took part in workshops, meetings, discussions and lots of social activities with greatest entrepreneurs of today. We came back full of ideas, inspirations, new connections and friends who will hopefully contribute to Bliu Bliu’s goal to bring more languages to more people across the globe!

You can check out the pictures from the event on our Facebook.

And don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to find out more about WSA, the congress or Bliu Bliu! :-)

Milda & Odeta Bliu Bliu Team

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Let’s look at what Bliubliuers are up to this summer

Summer is at it’s full swing and we have looked at what BliuBliuers from across the globe are doing this summer. Here is some for your weekend planning and don’t forget to send us your photos, stories and advises! We want to hear what you’re up to and we want to share your advises with the whole Bliu Bliu community! Send your stories to indre@bliubliu.com

Here we go….

Let's look what bliubliuers is up to this summer“It’s my third time in Lithuania and I love it! A good food, old architecture, hot weather, BBQ parties I just love it! Also, my local friends is introducing me to more and more people who are really friendly, fun and I believe will stay my friends after I leave :) Lithuania is worth visiting!”

-Mhara, UK

 

 

 

 

Let's look what bliubliuers is up to this summer“After a long walks power nap is always a good idea!”

-Agne, Lithuania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What can I say, don’t drive during the storm and beware of falling trees”

-Thomas, Mexico

Let's look what bliubliuers is up to this summer

Children raised by bilingual couples are more intelligent and have better memory

Bilingual children are more intelligent and have better memory

Merely a couple decades ago cross-culturalism was feared for its (purportedly) negative effects for children. It was said that growing up in a multilingual society is confusing for a child who doesn’t have proper language and cognitive skills. That such children will never learn any language properly and will grow up somehow mentally disadvantaged. Nonsense! The media was overwhelmed with multiple scientific evidences that state quite the opposite.

Multicultural environment should is advised for those who want their children to grow up with a well-rounded mental training, because bilingualism does train the brain!

Bilingual settings and executive functions

Sara, a child whose parents are an Irish and an Argentinian, is raised in a society that speaks only Spanish, while her parents speak both Spanish and English at home. She was also taught a little bit of Irish Gaelic. Once, Sara participated in a test of cognitive performance and was evaluated to have a truly decent executive functions, such as attention focus, distraction resistance, decision-making, responsiveness to feedback, task switching and mental flexibility in general. Better than those who know only one language. “All this due to prolonged exposure to multilingual environment”, it was said.

Children raised by bilingual couples are more intelligent and have better memorySince she is switching from English to Spanish and back all the time, Sara is more perceptive to the situation she is in. Language switching requires keeping track of changes around you in the same way that drivers monitor their surroundings while on the road. Similarly, choosing the right word while blocking the same one from another language trains us to suppress irrelevant information and forces the brain to solve a problem. So it’s an exercise to the brain much like a weight to a muscle!

These mental skills are essential for children in school and in the world generally. Flexible mind makes sense from the new information easier. It can make connections and understand the big picture – the skills that are taught and nurtured in school.

The working memory of bilinguals

One of executive functions is working memory. It is closely related to attention control and focus, something that parents and teachers struggle to bring out in their offspring or pupils. Not surprisingly, knowing two languages improves working memory too!

To give an example of scientific evidence, a study at a few universities from Spain and Canada in 2013 revealed substantial information on this topic. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology concluded that bilingual children have better working memory, which holds, processes and updates transitory information. It affects all the tasks that requires keeping things in mind for a short time, from mental calculation to reading and understanding a text from a beginning to an end.

Children raised by bilingual couples are more intelligent and have better memoryEven though working memory forms in the first years of human’s life, it can be trained and improved. The same goes with many other executive functions. The mind is really flexible, so children who are exposed to a few languages since the early youth experience the benefits of such flexibility most efficiently! Differences between monolingual and bilingual children have been confirmed by studies that tested participants as young as 6-year-olds. And the differences have been significant even at such an age.

A peek into bilingual brain

There are physical differences between monolingual and bilingual brain as well. Simultaneous usage of multiple languages restructures the brain by increasing the process of myelination. It means the production of myelin, a substance among the nerve cells that is responsible for faster impulse propagation in the brain. In short, this means a faster processing of information and fewer losses of such activity.Children raised by bilingual couples are more intelligent and have better memory

 

So even very young children who hear more than one language in their environment will not only grow up with betterexecutive functions and memory, but will also sense and comprehend various information faster than those who can only speak one language.

If you want to know more about the effects multilingualism has on the brain, we have more on this topic.

Cross-cultural environment is widespread. A married couple of a Spaniard and a Chinese doesn’t surprise anyone anymore. And it shouldn’t! Freedom to experience any and all cultures and languages not only allows us to understand others, but makes our minds sharper. If you thought that cross-cultural family is too difficult to be a part of, you were only partially right. While raising a bilingual child might not be easy, the effort is not meaningless. The interplay of cultures and languages in society keeps it brilliant and mentally healthy!

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 with it’ wonders 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.

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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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Cosmic Milky Way in Anyksciai

 

 

 

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!