When I lived in Finland I went to an intensive language course. Finnish is not that hard, don’t get me wrong, lot of grammar, rules and lot of words to remember that don’t sound like anything else you have ever heard before. But the rules are consistent and, especially for an italian, finnish language it’s pretty easy to pronounce.
Even if we could understand 2 hours of full finnish classes, that didn’t prepare us very much for reality.
In class it was easy to understand the teacher, 2 full hours totally in finnish where we could understand everything. We even spoke a lot, with the teacher and with other students. But then you went out in the real world and you could not understand a single word. I could understand something but not very much. Reason was, I believe, that in class we didn’t really study anything connected with how people spoke on the street. In class we were learning how Tarja Halonen speaks during conferences (she is the president of Finland), nothing about how my friends speak in a bar or saturday night after two beers.
Finnish are too good with english, all the time it was easier to switch to english instead of keep trying speaking/practicing finnish. It was too boring for them or too challenging for me.
I realized very fast that no matter how much I studied, immigrants who didn’t know any english were speaking finnish way more than I did. It was because they were forced to use it. For me, it was just too easy to switch to english, a language I was more confident with.
Bliu Bliu wants to solve this
You will learn by reading, watching and listening material made by natives for natives, nothing artificially created in a laboratory to teach the language. Reality can do it very well, if you filter and select the right things. And Bliu Bliu will do all the work for you. They will never tell you in class how to say “I am going to pee“, they might teach how to say “Where is the toilet?” and that’s all. Problem is that if you are 20 “where is the toilet” won’t be on of the most common phrases you can hear during an evening spent drinking with finnish friends. A phrase like “I am Claudio and I am italian” that in finnish is kind of “Minä olen Claudio, italialainen” it’s nice and grammatically correct, but nothing can beat “onks Petteri kusella?” that means, in a bad rude saturday night slang – “Is Peter peeing?”.
When you don’t understand something they teach you in school to say “could you please repeat slowly?” and you change immediately into I am an idiot MODE. What if you answer “vaikea sanoa?” that basically means “hard to say”. You can answer to any kind of question “vaikea sanoa!”, hard to say. It’s fun, it’s practicing and you doesn’t sound so stupid as when you ask “could you please repeat it slower?
The Future is coming
Now we are not suggesting for you to be rude or tell jokes all the time.
What we are saying is that there is a different way to learn languages, a way that works, keeps you confident and is tailored and personalized on your life, on the reality you are dealing everyday. And that reality might not be always politically correct :)
Bliu Bliu is coming…