BliuBliu

Advantages of speaking multiple languages

Advantages of speaking multiple languagesDifferent cultures coexist in the same places. So naturally, speaking multiple languages is relevant. You might have noticed that multilingual people are common these days. What’s strange is that there still are many who know only one or two languages. And they have no idea what they’re missing! That’s why this post is dedicated to you, dear monolingual. Once you know a few benefits of speaking multiple languages, you might want to take up learning a new language on your own.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. At the same time, we can easily navigate in more places around the world. Multilingual people, therefore, are more flexible and mobile than their monolingual counterparts. In this respect, the fewer languages we know, the more handicapped we are. We have fewer opportunities regarding education, career, contacts and, ultimately, access to information. Problems in foreign surroundings follow us, even if people out there are friendly towards us. We still have to understand them to be able to accept their welcome.

A PAIR OF GLASSES

If we know a language, we see its culture as if we were a part of it ourselves. If a language is foreign, its culture seems barbarian too. It’s like the difference between looking towards the ground from a plane on a sunny, cloudless day and when it’s overcast. If you know the language, you see the world through it, if you don’t, you are blind towards it. Of course, foreign people can tell something about themselves in English, but only by knowing their own language can we truly understand them.

Languages are like pairs of glasses. We see everything through them. So different languages offer different perspectives on the world, on ourselves and other people. Why would we need more than one pair of glasses, you might ask? Wouldn’t we get confused by all the angles different pairs of glasses reveal? On the contrary, we get to know the broader context in which we can evaluate ourselves on a much larger scale. So the more languages we are capable of speaking, the better we can understand humanity as a whole and its differences. Every language is a unique structure of thinking. For every language acquired we gain a separate identity of our own.

Pairs of glasses

UNDERSTANDING HUMANITY

If we speak multiple languages we can compare them. Different languages use different structures of words, sentences, grammar and semantics. By knowing such differences we become aware of the structure of our own language. We can better understand what it is and how it works. Ultimately, we become better at using all the languages including our own. We can express ourselves more easily, we can think more constructively and even increase our cognitive abilities. On top of that, we can see how diverse the communication can be. And with this, we might understand how diverse the cultures are. That’s where tolerance towards different people comes from. We become less foreign to each other.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

Language usage has a great impact towards the way we think because it’s mainly through the language that we do it. We can’t think about something without words in our mind, can we? They still come forth no matter how hard we try to ignore them. Therefore, multiple languages provide multiple modes of thinking. And multiple ways of thinking boost our perception of abstract ideas as well as material objects around us. That’s because we gain multiple filters through which we can interpret whatever we’re thinking or observing. For example, if we are travelling in New Zealand and come across a tree of Manoao (silver pine), we can identify it if we know English, Latin or Maori language. However, there are only a few other languages which have their own name for the tree. Manoao is nothing else but another foreign tree to them.

Manoao

SPEAKING MULTIPLE LANGUAGES IS HEALTHY

Science has led to a conclusion that language learning increases grey matter in the brain. Not only that, it does it faster than any other cognitive activity. In case you were wondering, grey matter is responsible for pretty much everything. For example, grey matter is related to memory. That’s why language learning is beneficial for long-term memory. We use language a lot when we memorise the words and use them in the future. On the same note, speaking multiple languages repels cognitive diseases related to old age. Yep, we’re talking Alzheimer’s, dementia and other dreaded illnesses.

The benefits of multilingualism are undeniable. Learning a new language is neither quick nor easy, but our time and effort pay off in the long run. Along with other languages, we get more possibilities in our life. We gain a better understanding of the world, human brain and humanity as a whole. We stay healthy longer. So if you were considering whether you have enough time or motivation to study a foreign language, hesitate no more. We can help with motivation and there’s no need to study 5 hours per day or spend years to learn a new language. Just give it a try! If you succeed, your life will reach a whole new level of quality.

Why are Scandinavians fluent in English?

Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians speak English very well. Their English Proficiency Index is pretty much the best in the world. If there is any competition in this field, it is among these three countries.

Scandinavians fluent in EnglishBesides, it isn’t just boring statistics. Foreigners see this for themselves the very moment they step out of the airport. Anyone who’s been to Norway, Sweden or Denmark will tell you the same thing. And even if Danes aren’t that good at their own language, they are fluent in English (no offense, venner).

 

But why are Scandinavians fluent in English?

 

LINGUISTIC BACKGROUND

One reason must be that English and Scandinavian languages belong to the same language group. The Scandinavian group is North Germanic, and English is West Germanic. That makes it easier for Scandinavians to understand this language and use it on their own. Swedish and English have over 1,000 words in common, and the sentence structure is similar in all of these languages.

Surely it must be an important factor? It’s a factor all right, but it means little. If it did, French, Spanish, and Italian people could speak all three languages, since they all belong to the same language group as well. So, while this helps Scandinavians learn English faster, it doesn’t determine the outcome. We have to name other reasons.

Scandinavian tourists

DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUND

One of those could be demographic. For one, there aren’t many Swedish or Danish-speaking people in the world. Scandinavian communities in foreign countries are small. Scandinavian countries themselves aren’t that huge. English, on the other hand, is lingua franca of the western world. Knowing this language comes in handy, especially because northerners are really fond of traveling. And it’s much easier to travel when you understand English instead of just, for example, Norwegian.

Another reason could be economics. Economies of Scandinavian countries are among the largest in the world. This is partly due to English proficiency within the local population, as lots of successful international companies are based in these countries. These companies operate mainly in English, so the demand for this language in Scandinavia is very high.

English fluency percentage

Once again, however, none of these are true reasons. They only explain why Scandinavians might want to learn English, but it doesn’t explain why such an extraordinary percent of Swedes (~86-89% according to various sources) speak it so well.

 

The true reasons behind the Scandinavian-English phenomena are very much the same as those behind fluency in foreign languages of Bliu Bliu users!

 

SO WHAT IS THE SECRET OF SCANDINAVIANS?

It’s exposure! It doesn’t matter whether you are in Norway, Denmark or Sweden, you can find many American movies in cinema and American TV shows on local networks. Unlike other parts of Europe, this media is never translated. While the subtitles are provided in the local language, the soundtrack is original. And that’s not all. There’s also other media (such as music) available in English from which local people can learn. So, people in Scandinavian countries learn much just by watching TV or going to the cinema!

 

Another real reason is a high standard of education. Children start learning English from 6 years old in Denmark! And they learn it all the way until graduation. Time isn’t the main factor of education efficiency, though. The main factor is its quality. Most schools all around the world focus on the theory of language. However, up in the north, they focus on theory and practice. Pupils speak English during English lessons. Soon enough, they use English words in other situations, just to express their thoughts more flexibly and freely. Instead of learning grammar, they use the language and have fun with it.

Exposure to English

English is everywhere in Scandinavia, including social media, TV shows, movies, music (the most popular hits are usually English as well), video games, menus in restaurants, signs in streets, education, and international workplaces. This is precisely how we teach Bliu Bliu users to experience language because we know it works. Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes are a shining example of that. They are immersed in English often in their daily lives. They are exposed to the language. They are forced to use it, not just know it.

 

So, is it still surprising that most are fluent in English? Not to us. We know it’s the only possible outcome.

Languages of the future

languages of the futureIf you want to acquire another language and haven’t chosen it yet you’re probably facing a tough decision. There are over 7,000 languages in the world today! However, languages of the future won’t be the same as today. Another language might take the place of English or Arabic. Luckily for you, we can predict the future! No, there are no crystal balls involved. Just some analysis of trends in the present. Should you learn Spanish if you want to increase your employability? Let’s find out!

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS

An important factor regarding benefits of foreign languages is its popularity. The more people speak it, the better for us. It’s just natural! As of today, the most commonly used languages are these (the numbers are an approximation including multilingual speakers):

BUSINESS LANGUAGES OF THE FUTURE

The number of speakers doesn’t mean everything. In the world of business, languages have different values. Demographic and economic predictions conclude that by the middle of the century the most popular languages within economic centres of the world will differ from today. So if you are seeking new languages for future profit, heed this information (the numbers indicate speakers by 2050 in the countries with greatest economies of the time):

  • Chinese and Hindi (1,3B speakers each)
  • Bengali (around three-quarters of a billion)
  • Urdu, Indonesian (over 300M)
  • Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic (over 200M)
  • Russian, Vietnamese, Turkish (over 100M)
  • Farsi, Thai, Korean (over 50M)

Future business languagesACADEMIC AND PUBLICATION LANGUAGES

Alternatively, if you are an aspiring academic, English remains lingua franca of the sciences. In fact, its usage is increasing over time. This is especially true in the natural sciences, while publications in humanities are released in local languages more often.

English is also the most popular language when it comes to non-academic books, journals and magazines. It is the most popular target language of translators, while Russian, Spanish, French, German and Dutch are not very far behind.

DISTRIBUTION OF LANGUAGES

Chinese is spoken by more people than English. However, English is the most widespread language in the world! In many situations, the spread of a language matters more than anything. For example, if you are a travelling type these languages will make your life abroad much easier:

  • English (spoken in over 100 countries)
  • Arabic (around 60 countries)
  • French (around 50 countries)
  • Chinese, Spanish, Persian (around 30 countries each)

What languages will people of the future speak?Obviously, languages are not evenly distributed in different regions. Asia is home to almost one-third of all the languages of the world. Africa is not far behind. Europe, meanwhile, contains less than 5% of all the languages. It’s by far the least diverse continent in this respect (but, hey, it’s still awesome).

Speaking about distinct countries, Papua New Guinea has the most native languages in its territory. India, Indonesia, South Africa and region of Central Africa also have extremely diversely speaking populations. On the other side, you might face some problems in countries like Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Iceland, Colombia and Hungary. There are only one or two native languages there!

Each language has its own social, geographic and economic context which should be kept in mind when choosing a language to invest the time and endeavour in. Some of them bring greater profit statistically, but unusual choices will always open unique, though not as many opportunities. The great part is that we offer many not-so-popular languages to learn. Including the languages of the future. You won’t find online courses for them anywhere else!

So choose wisely. Ensure that your effort is paying off and not going down the drain.

New team member joins Bliu Bliu!

Our platform is 3 years old and it feels like it’s been a long journey together. However, three years is not much for a person and we like to think of Bliu Bliu as of something that’s alive and has its own spirit. In this perspective, Bliu Bliu is just a little more than a toddler! That’s good, though. Since we’re still so young, we’re walking forward restlessly, gaining new skills every day and growing very quickly!

Recently, we’ve grown in height again.

How? A new team member has joined our happy family!

Who? Someone who can use a pen and a quill! (And a text editor.)

Can you just cut to the chase? Yes! We have a new copywriter!

 

Meet Tomas the Copywriter

a new team member

This guy over here is responsible for writing all kinds of texts for Bliu Bliu. Like the one you’re reading right now! You don’t know it, but you probably know him already. Especially if you’ve been participating in one of Bliu Bliu challenges recently, reading our blog, getting our newsletters or visiting our Facebook page. He’s been behind many of these texts!

 

He says you can simply call him Tom and likes to share random facts of mythology. He’s like:

“Good morning, I’m fine too. Did you know that aboriginal people of Australia believed the world was created by ancient spirits in a series of events called Dreamtime?”

Yeah, he must be fun at parties.

 

And since we were sharing our summer moments with everyone, here’s one more:

summer momentsThis is a view from an observation tower deep in the eastern part of Lithuania. It’s surrounded by 3 lakes and is just one of the many observation towers in the country. Tomas visited some of them this summer! Having done that (and not for the first time), he says that the view from these towers is always magnificent, be it sunshine or rain, summer or winter.

(Who cares if the summer is over? Sunshine is forever in our hearts, so if you have anything to remember, share your own summer moments with us! It’s not too late! We’re always eager to hear from you!)

And now, if you’ll excuse us, the new team member has some more work to do.

Stay tuned!

Back to school in different parts of the world

Pencils back to schoolCongratulations with the 1st of September!

Also known as the first day of academic year and the day when pupils get back to school!

…at least here in Lithuania.

To our great surprise back to school is celebrated on different days across the glob!

So here are some fun facts about the academic traditions across the globe:

  • Lithuanian pupils come back to school on the 1st of September. It is also called Knowledge day. Many ex-Soviet Union countries share this tradition and return to school around the beginning of autumn. This includes Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova and Russia itself.
  • Many countries across the globe start schools year on the same day without celebrating the Knowledge day. Some of these are: China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Mongolia, Somalia.
  • Quite a few countries start academic year during late August or early September. This applies to Great Britain, France, Belgium and some countries outside Europe like Mexico and numerous states of America.
  • Danish and Finnish schoolchildren go back to school in the first half of August.
  • Greece, Italy, Iran and Turkey choose to do so in mid or late September.
  • Pupils in Australia, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa go back to school in January!
  • Argentina, Chile, South Korea and Uruguay begin their academic year at the beginning of March.
  • Filipino schoolchildren do so in the first half of June, a time when many of their foreign counterparts end their “work” year!

Across the globeWHY ARE THE DATES SO DIFFERENT?

There are many reasons for such a diversity. One of the main reasons is weather and climate. Northern hemisphere tends to stick to August and September. Southern hemisphere has an inverted schedule from our point of view. Below the equator it’s usual to return to school around January or February.

It might also have a connection with farming! Traditionally, during the harvest season people needed as many hands as possible. So it was inconvenient to let the children go to school before all the work at home was done.

However, that was a long time ago. Today the reason might be related to freedom instead of work. A school-free summer makes it possible for many people to go on vacations. That’s the season when people travel the most. So culture is another variable that influences this date significantly.

Such differences make us unique! So it doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you are going back to school today, in a few weeks or have been studying for months already.

We hope you enjoy your studies and finish it as a better version of yourself!

 

Remember that you can always expand your limits and reach for more. So go back to school with a goal and a smile in your face!

Get the most from language Challenges

Bliu Bliu Challenges do wonders in language acquisition. They boost your motivation and set you on the right path in language learning. However, signing up and waiting for enlightenment is not enough. You have to be active, use our advices and practice often. So at the end of the day, no matter how we try to make sure that you learn, it’s up to you how much you get out from our language Challenges.

get the most out of language challenges

Here are essential tips that will help you to get the most from a Challenge.

Quality over quantity

We advise that during a Challenge you should spend at least 10 to 20 minutes a day practicing a language of your choice. So make sure that every minute spent doing Challenge tasks counts. 10 minutes of focused attention using Bliu Bliu is better than 30 minutes of reading a text while daydreaming simultaneously. If you’re focusing on time and not on your effort you’re wasting time and energy. Keep checking yourself. And if it’s really hard to focus, take a break. This brings us to our second point.

Set moderate goals and don’t strain yourself

You might be inspired to use your target language for 2 hours every day of your Challenge. However, it will take enormous effort to keep up with such a load in the long run.

We like to set ambitious goals for ourselves, for example, to read for an hour every day. It is natural that such a goal is very hard to keep. Eventually an hour would become 30 minutes and even less and this would make us disappointed with ourselves. But there really is no reason to feel so.

So control your excitement at the beginning, start by learning for 30 minutes or an hour at max. Think realistically how long you will be able to spend throughout the 30 days. Take moderate steps towards your goal. If you start leaping forward you will get tired, dissatisfied and unable to continue very soon. Have patience and don’t let your excitement imprison your mind.

Language learning is like stacking stones

Language learning is like stacking stones. You need some patience.

Set process-related goals

Goals like “increase my word counter on Bliu Bliu by 30 every day” might not do. It only suggests that you should push 30 red words to make them white. Instead, you should focus on actually seeing and hearing those words in different context as much as possible. Don’t worry over exact number of words learnt, exact seconds spent reading or exact number of pages covered. Just set a time that you will spend reading, speaking or listening actively with focused attention. With your mind ON THE TASK. You will learn those 30 words faster without worrying about them all the time. And if you learn no more than 29 or even 19 – that’s amazing too!

Afraid to leave the comfort zone

Focus on building a habit

Short sessions of learning are easier to turn into a habit than long ones. And getting into a habit of practicing your target language is absolutely crucial. Without a habit of practicing on a regular basis you will find it difficult to continue excelling in your target language after the Challenge is over. However, if you get into a habit of practicing at least 10 minutes every day, you will continue progressing and you will never forget what you’ve learnt so far. 

A short time every day beats long sessions two times per week. So if you don’t complete every single task on a Challenge you won’t necessarily fail. But you will fail if you don’t do at least a bit every single day.

Step out of your comfort zone

Step out of it now. Expanding your boundaries is never easy. However, once you start doing it, it will get easier and easier over time. That’s one of the main goals of our Challenges. They encourage you to do things that you wouldn’t do otherwise. Afraid to talk to natives in their language? Can’t imagine yourself singing in it? Bliu Bliu Challenge is a perfect place to test yourself, to expand your skills and boost your confidence. If you don’t push yourself to your limits during the Challenge, there’s no telling when you will. If you ever will. So don’t miss a chance to find new language learning methods and techniques. 

Don’t get used to one activity. Experiment!

Bliu Bliu Challenges offer all kinds of tips and suggestions on how to learn a target language. Don’t just stick to reading various topics on Bliu Bliu. Read our daily Challenge tasks and newsletters. They contain something new every day. Some people learn better by watching videos, others by listening, speaking or writing. Try everything you can, especially things you’ve never tried before. When you find what works best for you, do it often, but don’t forget all the other methods either. Maybe you’ll find some combinations and habits that will work even better in a  long run!

The joy of experimenting

Use the opportunity to learn with other people

Bliu Bliu Challenges bring dozens of people together. People from all around the world who have a common goal and can help each other in achieving that goal. Challenges are, in fact, built in a way that significantly depends on communication among participants.

There are many things you can learn from other people even if their language level is lower than yours. For example, a different perspective towards various aspects of a language. Different ideas on how to learn and what to try. Also, motivation. It’s always easier to learn with others rather than on your own. You can also learn from the experience and mistakes of others. You don’t have to search for people to practice writing or speaking with. They’re always by your side. And most importantly, people in your Challenge group can easily become your friends! Who doesn’t want to have friends from around the world? Just imagine travelling to your new friends’ countries.

Talk to your native Challenge host

After all, languages exist so that people could share information. One can only learn a language by using it for what it’s supposed to be used. While it is important to practice with other practitioners, talking to natives have clear benefits. Natives know lots of useful phrases and idioms, they use slang and can teach you quite a bit about proper pronunciation. Hence every Challenge has a host, a native speaker who is there for you. They will greatly increase your listening skills. They will challenge you to really dig into your current knowledge and expand it as you try to come up with an answer in just a moment’s notice.

So if talking to native speakers is intimidating for you, it should be easier after you complete a Challenge. So talk to your host and make yourself heard. After talking to a native in such a goal-oriented environment, it should be easy to start talking to other native people as well.

language learning determination

So now you know how to get the most out of Bliu Bliu’s 30 days language Challenges!

Remember these tips and you will be able to speak your target language by DAY 30, no matter your current level.

Go to Bliu Bliu Challenges, pick one and start your journey!

Don’t forget that until 1st of September all the Challenges cost less than half of their worth, just €49.99! So NOW is your best chance to sign up!

Bliu Bliu Challenges

The Best Deal on Bliu Bliu Language Challenges Ends Soon

Bliu Bliu Language Challenges only €49.99!

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!

Choose your Language Challenge:

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!

Bliu Bliu Challenges

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.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 18.06.51

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

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 18.10.28

Here we go, I start reading Spanish new:

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 18.16.35

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

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 18.42.39

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