How to practice languages over Christmas

Family eating Christmas dinner

Christmas is that special time of the year where you can relax, really disconnect from work, spend quality time with family and friends, sleep in, watch the season’s most anticipated movies, (over)eat good food and, yes, recharge for the new year! It’s also a great opportunity to hit the slopes or an exotic place for New Year fireworks, if you can manage it. Despite all the fun that awaits, you should not stop practicing and improving your language learning. If anything, practicing language should become an integrated part of your fun!



Learning with people is always more fun and effective. So learn Christmas related vocabulary in your target language and see who in your family will guess most words. You can even play a simple charade game where you will have to guess words in that language.



Visiting relatives abroad? Spending New Year’s even in an exotic place? Do not forget to bring Bliu Bliu with you! Travel gives the best opportunity to practice languages. So forget your mother tongue or English and embrace the local language. Even if you’re not intending on being fluent in that language. Knowing few words in the local language will enhance your experience and will introduce you to yet another language structure.  The more language structures you know, the easier it becomes to learn them.



Which are the Christmas movies that TV in your country plays on repeat every year? Yes, we all have those. Here in Lithuania it’s Home Alone all over again. And we will watch it again for sure! The trick is to find movies that you know by heart on the Internet in your target language and watch them.



Have you tried to learn a language through singing? Yes, singing! Christmas season is always full of festive music, and singing is a fun and fast way to learn new vocabulary!

Here are some Christmas song inspirations for you to learn and teach your family so decorating Christmas tree becomes even more fun:

Jingle Bells in Spanish

Jingle Bells in French

– Jingle Bells in Russian

Jingle Bells in German

Jingle Bells in Italian

Jingle Bells in Lithuanian


Have fun!

Bliu Bliu Christmas special


Language learning is the best Christmas gift ever!

Special Christmas gift

How many gloves, scarves, candles, frames, moisturisers, pyjamas, table games, wine and…..and….. did you give and get for Christmas in your life?

Yessss, a lot. We all have. It’s so useful to stack up on different flavour teas and different patterns socks for the rest of the year! But there is something missing, don’t you think?

Giving same and same gifts year after year wear out. We feel less excited about gift giving and it’s obvious that our loved ones are not as happy about yet another set of underwear as they were couple years ago. In reality, finding meaningful gifts to a special person is a challenging and time consuming task.

I guess it’s just natural that we think that giving someone ability to learn a language is the best gift ever. So before you judge, LANGUAGE IS A GIFT THAT:

  • Enables greater travel experiences

Enable better travel experiencesAdmit, whenever you meet a foreign person trying to speak your language, you immediately feel more inclined to help and enhance this person’s experience in your country. It goes for everyone. Regardless of the type of holiday you choose, knowing a local language can turn it into an exceptional experience. So whether you’re looking for a restaurant recommendation from a hotel owner or want to find out hidden local spots in a bar, you will gain more scores if you can speak the local language.

If you know that your friend is going on a long trip this year – give them a chance to fit in!


  • Gives a chance to make new friends and even find a girlfriend or a boyfriend!

Languages help to make friendsAs we’re getting older, finding new friends is getting more difficult. Having said that, finding foreign friends is getting easier. Technology makes communicate between continents easy. With more people living abroad and travelling more it is very useful to have friends all over the world! Friends across the globe means – quality travel tips, free accommodation, good company and who knows, one of those friends can turn into the one and only! Being able to speak the same language and understand each others culture is equally important in all kinds of friendships, especially the romantic ones!

Is your friend dating a foreigner and still can’t speak his/her language? Does your friend live abroad and is finding difficulty to make new friends? Wait no more! Give them ability to speak that language!


  • Gives a chance to find a job

languages & jobIt’s not a secret that a lot of employers like to hire multi-linguists. With today’s global economy less and less businesses are local. Speaking in clients or suppliers’ tongue helps to make a stronger bond which can turn into a competitive advantage.

So if you know that your dear ones work in a multilingual environment, give them a chance to succeed. 


  •  Lasts

Languages last for a lifetimeAbility to speak a language does not come in a day and thus it does not expire in a day. Languages, if learnt in a right way, stay with us for a lifetime. Even if we remember just few words when we’re passing the country, or can say “Jasas” to a Greek person when we randomly meet him in our local neighbourhood.

More on how to learn a language so it sticks.


  • Opens horizons and gives wings to fly

Languages open horizons and give wings to flyAlongside language acquisition comes cultural awareness and openness to change, meet new people, explore and experience. Nowadays language learning is not just about being able to speak a foreign language. The world is connected and being able to speak multiple languages keeps us connected to it too! For richer experiences, better job, more friends, broader horizons, deeper relationship.


We’re not saying language is a gift to be given every year, we’re saying it’s the best gift this year! If you want to make someone happy this Christmas, give them a chance to speak another language.

Our 3 most popular courses wrapped up and ready to go through a chimney and under your friends and loved ones’ Christmas trees! 

Bliu Bliu Christmas Gift Ideas. Just pick the language and we will do the rest!

Bliu Bliu Christmas special

Marry Christmas and happy gift giving!

Why some people will never be fluent in a foreign languages



The answer is very simple – because they don’t know what we know….

It is a common believe that children learn languages more effectively than adults. And although it was scientifically proven that there is no correlation between age and ability to acquire a second language, language does not need to be taught to a child. Instead, language acquisition in childhood is a natural consequence and not an intentional plan. For adults, on the other hand, language acquisition is a language learning –  a deliberate, painstaking, intellectual process that regardless of intellectual ability or want to learn rarely, if ever, results in the total native fluency acquired so naturally by any small child.

Lets look at the 5 key things that children do and we don’t in language learning that prevent us from fluency:



Are children afraid to make mistakes?

No, children lack self-consciousness and concentrate on the only goal – to convey their messages to the world. They do not see mistakes as failure. Actually the concept of mistakes and failure is planted in us at nurseries and schools. Schooling system is based on grading where mistakes are penalised with low marks and usually anxiety that consciously or unconsciously impacts self-esteem.  

Unfortunately, schools do it so well that we carry a burden of being judged by others for all our lives. This state of mind also impacts our learning process and ability to succeed in acquiring new languages.

Yet, at the same time, humans are incredible in that we learn from our mistakes. Usually failure even helps to learn much quicker with a longer lasting impact.

So remember – we learn by making mistakes. Choose environment that allows you to fail without judgement and embarrassment. Embrace mistakes and learn from them – this is the only way to fluency!



Children do not learn grammar. They learn from environment and context. So why do we, adults, think that knowing rules of how to use past simple versus past perfect continuous will make us fluent?

The concept of learning without grammar is very unusual to us. Some would even say unnatural. But think about children. They don’t learn grammar, they are curious and they learn from context which is a natural setting. Grammar, on the other hand, puts a language in a box, restricts it and puts pressure on a learner. At the end of the day, it’s impossible to learn all the grammar as there are too many exceptions, irregularities and diversions from rules.

So why bother wasting your time on becoming proficient in grammar instead of focusing on becoming proficient in a language? Grammar cannot make you fluent! Words and word conjunctions in a context will make you fluent.

As professor, linguist, educational researcher, and activist Dr. Stephen Krashen says: “Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill.”

He continues: [language] acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concerned not with the form of their utterances but with the messages they are conveying and understanding.”

Don’t get us wrong. If you want to pass an exam or become a writer, you will need grammar. On all other occasions, get to know the language, learn expressions and structures, gain understanding how the language is used in it’s natural form and only then worry about grammar.



When children start to speak, they do not talk about rocket science because it’s A) irrelevant to them, B) the language used in rocket science is not at their language skill level.

Dr. Karshen argues that second language acquisition is most successful when the conditions are similar to those present in first language acquisition that is: 


1) Focus on meaning rather than form

In a short term, trying to understand something without knowing each word and why it’s used the way it is used might feel weird. However, in a long run, getting to know a language through it’s natural use will make a more significant impact in becoming fluent.

Focus on enjoying the content and not getting caught up in detail and you will see how you will start to understand the use of words and their conjunctions in different contexts without studying any rules.


2) Input is at or just above the proficiency of the learner

Remember, children do not learn about rocket science because it’s not at their proficiency level.

If we start learning from content where we don’t recognise a single word, it is natural that we won’t understand anything.

However, if we are given interesting content with few familiar words and we can understand some more from the context, for example watching a movie and seeing people behave in a certain way after saying specific words, we will be able to understand the overall meaning of what’s going on.

Over time, such comprehension helps us to acquire more phrases, word conjunctions and language structures and language proficiency inevitably improves.


3) Engage in meaningful use of that language

Have you ever heard about adults who learn their second language just by watching movies, singing songs or being in a relationship with a foreigner? We hear it all the time!

In fact, learning from interesting and relevant content is gaining ground even in formal education. British Council has been promoting Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) as a competence-based teaching approach. 

This way learning is improved through increased motivation and the study of natural language seen in context. When learners are interested in a topic they are motivated to acquire language to communicate.

To sum up, learn from books, movies, music, news or any other content that interests you. Make sure that this content is just above your language skill level, that you can understand some of it and figure out the rest from the setting, context or visualisations. Do not focus on grammar or meaning of individual words. Enjoy the content, try to understand the meaning of the message and you will see improvement in no time.



Just to be clear – desire is something we want while motivation is the reason for performing an action. Motivation has been widely discussed and accepted as one of the factors greatly influencing the rate and success in language learning. Just think about this:

When learning a first language a child needs to gain identity within the family and the wider community. A child has a very strong and credible reason to perform an action of acquiring a language.

Now think about yourself. Are you that motivated to learn a language? Probably not, unless you’re moving to a place where nobody will understand you in any of the languages that you already speak.

It is natural that with busy adult lives our motivation is not the same as it was when we were children. So find a reason why, build a habit of learning and practising, find a language buddy, find somebody or something that gives you reason to learn and overcome that nagging desire to skip practising today/this week/this month.



We forget languages that we don’t use. Period.

I’ve been learning German at school for 6 years. Later on I went to study in France and work in Greece. I was learning both French and Greek and I was able to socialise and converse in both languages while I was in those countries. If you ask me if I can have a conversation in any of those languages now, the answer will be No. So what happened? No matter how much we want to speak a language or how much of it we know, if we’re not exposed to that language on a daily basis, we simply forget it. It is very unfortunate, but it is a given truth.

There is no way around it, except to keep practising at least a bit every day. Even 10 minutes a day will do. Read news in that language, text a friend who speaks that language, download a book or an audio-book to your phone. Whatever suits you most, just practice a bit on a regular basis.



  • Bliu Bliu provides you with interesting content at your current language skill level
  • Bliu Bliu learns about your level and adjusts the content to your individual knowledge
  • You acquire new words, contexts and language structures by focusing on the meaning of the content rather than memorizing words
  • All of the sudden you realize that you’re no longer noticing that the content you’re consuming is in a different language
  • Bliu Bliu provides a stress free environment where mistakes are welcome
  • Bliu Bliu gives you friends to learn with
  • Bliu Bliu provides daily guidance over 30 days to help you build a habit and keep you motivated
  • Bliu Bliu keeps you motivated
  • Bliu Bliu gives you ability to upload your own content so you’re learning from something that truly interests you
  • Bliu Bliu teaches a language without teaching it



30DAYS German Challenge

Gutten Tag Unsere Freunde,

In the previous BLOG we’ve mentioned that Bliu Bliu 30DAYS German Challenge is going to start very soon.

NOW we are shouting that 30DAYS German Challenge starts on 2nd NOVEMBER!


Join 30DAYS German Challenge now and get a special bonus: 1 year PREMIUM account on Bliu Bliu!


  • 30 days with a group of motivated people to learn German;
  • Discovering how easy can be to speak German;
  • No more fear of making mistakes;
  • Being guided by our HOST – Marco Rösler;
  • Learning how to get the best out of Bliu Bliu;
  • Personalized content made just for you.


“Hello, I’m Marco Rösler.
I am German and I live in the fascinating city of Berlin. I am constantly striving to improve myself and it is my life goal to help as many people as possible to do the same.
I love Bliu Bliu because I am using it to learn Italian very, very quickly. I like the approach of learning a language through interesting conversations.
I also want to help others, so I’m excited to host the German Challenge!”



The challenge is ONLINE: you can be at home, on the bus, in the office. Interacting with us is really easy!



Have a nice day and see you on 2nd NOVEMBER!



Email us if you need more information:


Good news for German learners!

Hello Guys,

We have THREE amazing news for German learners:

FIRST – we are going to start our 30 DAYS GERMAN CHALLENGE very shortly.
SECOND – we have an incredible HOST – Marco Rösler

THIRD -you can book your SKYPE call with Marco NOW before the challenge will start !
You need just go on this link to book your date and time:

Don’t be afraid – you need to practice your pronunciation. Marco will help you to make it easy. Don’t stress about it and do your best German – always remember that you’re doing this to improve your goal – to learn German !
To make it easier you can let him know straight up what level you are, tell him how long you’ve been learning, what your trouble with, what you just can’t get yet. This way you won’t be worried about him ‘figuring out’ how bad you are. Just only remember – don’t be afraid to do mistakes !

P.S. Think about the time zones – our host is enjoying his life in German.

If you’ve got any questions simply email us to


Bliu Bliu

Bliu Bliu Community Manager

Hey you out there

  • do you love languages?
  • do you have 5/8 hours available everyday?
  • do you live in Vilnius?

Become Bliu Bliu Community Manager

We are looking for a Community Manager to make our users happy and offer them the best language learning experience ever created.
So far it was possible for our CEO to keep a personal relationship with most of the users, replying to every single email. But recently Bliu Bliu started to grow faster, our challenges got very popular and we can’t handle all of this alone – we need you.
Being a Community Manager doesn’t require much creativity: it involves doing the same 5/10 things over and over again. But, but…

  • you will be involved with a product dealing with 105 languages
  • it will talk daily with people learning languages, guiding them to get the best experience
  • you will have to use Bliu Bliu quite much, having the chance to learn languages while working



You will be responsible of our inbox.
You will be able to answer most of the messages
For some of the emails you will only have to forward them to the right person inside the team.


You will be responsible for our 30 days challenges, to make sure they are running smoothly.
Before a challenge begins, you will make sure everybody received an email with instructions .
One day before the challenge, you will create the FB group and invite the students to join the group.
During the first week of the challenge, you will poke inactive students to make sure they understand what to do.
You will update 3 times/week the students progress inside the FB groups.
You will communicate with the Host (the native person in charge of the challenge) to make sure everything is all right.
During the entire challenge you will help and support the host, clarifying any doubt they have on what to do.


You will be responsible of uploading new content on Bliu Bliu (texts/audios/videos).
Content will be provided by the hosts of the challenges or our community of volunteers.
You will make sure we have content suitable for total beginners. If not, you will poke our community to create new fresh texts/videos.


As a community manager you will be responsible of the quality of the languages.
You will always have a clear pictures of the kind of content we have in all languages.
We will provide you with tools to improve the quality of our languages.


  • being organized
  • being able to work from our office at least half of the day
  • being kind, with both our nice users and our not so nice ones
  • being able to deal with caos
  • being able to update a Facebook page and keep post scheduled for 2 weeks in advance
  • being able to admin several Facebook groups (temporary, we are moving everything into our own community inside Bliu Bliu)
  • able to use Google Drive, both Docs and Excel.
  • able to use Google Calendar

90% of the time your work will be planned
10% of the time your work will be unplanned/emergency related

If you are interested, drop us an email at

How Do Bliu Bliu Challenges Work?

## Here’s how a challenge works

  • You sign up and get instant access to premium account that allows you to use Bliu Bliu and get familiar with it
  • Day 1 – we officially start and you will watch videos on Bliu Bliu for 10 minutes
  • Day 2 – you will read stories and watch new videos on Bliu Bliu for just 10 minutes
  • Every day on the challenge Bliu Bliu will send you new cool content that keeps adapting to your progress, always giving you new words to learn
  • During the 30 days we will invite you to online conferences where you can speak or listen to others speak Italian
  • You will have personal online sessions via Skype with native speakers to help you grow your skills. Each session won’t take longer than 10 minutes.
  • Monitor your progress all the time on your Bliu Bliu dashboard
  • Day 30 – you will be speaking the language!

Let us show you how easy is to speak and understand a language after being exposed to Bliu Bliu.
The challenges are online so you have maximum flexibility to decide when to do your 10 minutes.
If you skip a day is not a big deal. Building the momentum is important but you can skip a day, especially on weekends (yes, we like to relax on weekends sometimes too).


Learn to write with your left hand in 30 days

Hi, this is Claudio, CEO of Bliu Bliu.
I have been thinking a lot about this and today I feel the need of sharing with you something very important.
Our startup has been in business for 3 years now and for too long Bliu Bliu has been on the verge of bankruptcy.


Teaching languages online is not a good business, so from today we officially PIVOT and we start teaching something more profitable:
“how to write with your left hand”.

Did you know that 200million people in the world are currently learning how to write with their left hand?
Did you know that a “how-to-use-your-left-hand” seminar costs more than 200 euro?


Are you right handed or left handed?
When I was a kid I was writing with both hands: my left hand and my right hand. Unfortunately, at school teachers “corrected” me, because apparently writing with the left wasn’t the right thing to do. I could have grown up bilingual, no, bi-handed, but no. I can only write with my right hand.

Since childhood I have been trying to re-learn how to write with my left hand but I haven’t got very far.

Do you know why it’s so difficult to learn how to write with your left hand?


Now, imagine we would build a business around “writing with the left hand”. There would be schools in every country, professional teachers, software, iPhone apps, seminars, workshops. Some of the teachers would be native left-handed. Some would have learned it during the years, with hard work, till they got fluent…


Bliu Bliu will run the first seminar this month: how to write with your left hand in 30 days.


It is so damn hard to learn how to write with our left hand because we know how to use our right hand.
It’s that simple.

When you try to learn how to use the left, the right hand is there, very close. As soon as the learning experience becomes a bit painful, as soon as you stumble, the pen goes to the right hand! Pain is over. Learning is over.

There is ONLY ONE sure way to learn how to write with your left hand: break your right hand!
Now please, don’t break your right hand. Don’t do it. But think, you probably know a friend that broke his arm, hand, and learned how to write with the left in just 2 weeks
Everybody, even adults, we can all learn how to write with the left hand – when we CAN’T use the right one. It becomes a necessity. Full immersion


Here is the funny thing: with learning languages we have the same problem.

Right Hand = Dominant = English (any language you are fluent or native)
Left Hand = Weak = Spanish (any language you want to learn)

You decide that you want to learn how-to-write-with-your-left-hand (same as learning a language). You buy all the books, go to classes, workshops, hours with tutors.
You study a lot, practice a lot, but in your normal life you switch back to your right hand (your native/fluent language), just because it feels good.

No matter how much you study, if you switch to the right hand (English) then learning how to write with your left (learning Spanish) will take ages.


30 Days Challenges are powerful, they are a powerful way to learn new skills. You can alter the environment by making few changes in your routine, so that you can improve your skills considerably. You don’t have to break your right hand to learn how yo use your left!


You need to create a safe environment where you can inject a bit of Spanish in your everyday life. Don’t just study Spanish, start using Spanish. Start using it to listen to a song that you like, to read a funny joke, to follow the daily news, to read your friends’ status updates, to write messages to your lover, to add a comment under a picture, to share with your friends what you are doing,

You can study all your life and you will never be ready. You know why? Because you are already ready. Today. Now.

Stop studying and start using the language now:
– read a blog post in that language
– find a song on YouTube
– get your 5 minutes Daily Dose on Bliu Bliu
join our Spanish 30 Days challenge


Italian in 30 Days – amazing atmosphere

Buongiorno, come va?
Parliamo Italiano?

Only 39 spots left, join now the Italian in 30 Days Challenge.
The challenge starts 9th of April and it’s going to be a fun ride.
Today we want to invite one of the current participant to share with you his experience

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Italian in 30 days? A testimonial

Hi my name is Ricardo Ribeiro
I am a language enthusiast. recently I decided to learn Italian with Bliu Bliu because Claudio Santori, the founder of Bliu Bliu, organized the challenge, learn Italian in 30 days. Prior to this challenge I haven’t really used Bliu Bliu, so I thought it was an opportunity to kill two birds with two stones.
I would learn Italian and experiment with Bliu Bliu.

A this point I am 15 days into the challenge. We have a Facebook group with 80 learners. Completely motivated to learn Italian. We are all helping and supporting each other. Claudio is recording videos for us, every single day, motivated us, asking about our progress
it really created this amazing atmosphere of support, and really guidance from Claudio. I think that this is the best part of the challenge so far
Regarding Bliu Bliu I find it really really easy to learn with this.
I was learning 30 minutes per day but it really doesn’t feel like 30 minutes. because I am learning italian mostly with Jokes. So Bliu Bliu really predicts my level and I am just learning jokes all the time, and at the same time I am learning Italian without even thinking. A very interesting system.
for more…check Ricardo’s video here

Learn Italian in 30 Days


Speak Italian in 30 Days Challenge starts 9th of April

39 spots left – JOIN NOW

Not convinced yet? Add a comment and ask us anything

Can you learn Italian in 30 days?

Can you learn Italian in 30 days?

Interview with Muezz Vestin- he is participating in a Learn Italian in 30 Days Challenge.
We are 15 days into the challenge:  he has already learned about 1800 Italian words.

Who is Muezz?

Hi, I’m Muezz. I’m working at Bliu Bliu as the marketing manager here in Vilnius, Lithuania. I have learned Mandarin, Japanese, a bit of Russian and Spanish, most recently I learned Lithuanian. I just reached the level of Lithuanian where I don’t need to study anymore since I can quite fluently deal with my everyday activities. That’s why I accepted the challenge to learn Italian in 30 days.

muezz blog

Why Learning Italian?

At Bliu Bliu we want to help people learn Italian as efficiently as possible, in 30 days. The goal is to create the world’s best way to learn any language.

First challenge is for Italian Language (Claudio, Bliu Bliu CEO, is Italian and he can create all the content we need). I started the challenge without knowing more than Mamma Mia. We decided I will be the “test rabbit”, to see how much I will be able to speak and understand in just 30 days. I’m now on day 16, week 3. This is what I have to say so far.

(15 days of Italian on Bliu Bliu, no editing, no script, first cut)

Bliu Bliu content

The cool thing is that Bliu Bliu brings me content that increases with my level. There are several playlists/topics to choose from, as a beginner I am focusing on “Easy Content” and “Good Morning”.

The first day, I could not believe how much Italian I could already understand. The first texts were full of international words and first week I literally picked up 1000 words super easily, just because I know English and a little bit of Spanish.
It is really cool to use a tool that adapts to your previous knowledge. In the first days I discovered so many new words in every text. Either I understood them straight away, or I learned then after seeing them used a few times.

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It is like Bliu Bliu understands me and knows me after only one week using it. The best texts are the ones with just 1-2 unknown words and this is what I get now, so I am constantly learning new words.

My favorite playlist so far is Recorded by Natives. Not only do you read the text, you can listen to it. In the beginning of learning a new language, it’s important that you get as close to the language as possible. Listening to the language, instead of only reading it, brings me closer to it.

“Good morning” topic was added the second week into the challenge. This topic is similar to Easy Content in difficulty, so for me as a beginner it is great. Good Morning is also fantastic because you really can relate the texts to your everyday life, and especially your morning routine.

Look at this picture, even as a beginner you will understand some words and maybe even understand the all sentence.

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What I like the best though

What I really like when I learn a new language is to speak. To speak without fear. No fear of making mistakes. I have had this fear every time before learning another language. I wouldn’t talk to people until I knew the grammatically correct form of each word. I would study 90% of the time and talk 10%. This made learning much longer earlier.


Now learning Italian with Bliu Bliu is great, since I don’t study more than 10-20% of my learning time. 80-90% goes to speaking and I’m learning Italian faster than any other language I have learned before. That is partly thanks to all the word friends from English and Spanish. The biggest part, though, is thanks to this new  Bliu Bliu style of learning.

I cannot stop feeling amazed how great it works. It is truly a great feeling when you develop a product for others, and when you use it yourself it knocks you off your feet.

Join the Italian in 30 Days Challenge

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