Learning together is more fun

When we fail with foreign languages, we often think it’s just our fault for not finding the time to study more. Or we blame the language for being too difficult. Or we convinced our self that we are not talented enough.
Truth is: put people in the right environment and every language becomes easy to learn.

Claudio learning Swedish

Claudio learning Swedish

Help a friend to learn your language

For sure you know somebody who is trying to learn a language: maybe your girlfriend, boyfriend, a Facebook friend…

Help and Get Rewarded

https://bliubliu.com/en/learning/get-more-free-minutes/
What if you could help a friend and at the same time get rewarded and be able to study a language completely for free?
The tool makers
At Bliu Bliu we are the tool makers. We are building new tools and features to create the perfect environment for language learning.
Rewarding
If you use our software to help other people we want to reward you: the more you help, the more you can use our website for free.
For example, every time you record something in your native language, we give you free minutes to learn languages on Bliu Bliu.

What a wonderful world

How to Use Bliu Bliu to help a friend

Write messages

Write personalized messages with interesting stories they can understand.
What happened to you yesterday? What it going on today? Anything you will do together?
Keep the messages real and personal.
Don’t try to teach the grammar: write as you would normally do with a native.

Writing a message to my friend Muezz in Italian

Writing a message to my friend Muezz in Italian

Record your voice

Students have to work hard to master the pronunciation of a foreign language.
What if you could record your messages so that your friends could listen to your voice over and over again?
It takes time to master pronunciation and you might get bored pronouncing the same things multiple times. Record once and your friends will be able to play them all day long.
Keep it natural, don’t try to slow it down too much. We want to understand the real you.

My friend can listen to this message over and over

My friend can listen to this message over and over

All you have to do now is simply send the link of the content to your friends.

Benefits for the students

They can see the message with all the cool Bliu Bliu features

  • highlight on Easy/Difficult words
  • possibility to listen the audio many times
  • single word translation
  • paragraph translation

 

Studying on Bliu Bliuå

Studying on Bliu Bliuå

 

Benefits for the Natives

Natives can see how their friends see the language, how many difficult words, which ones. They can improve to write better and better messages.

Compound Interests

If 60 friends would create 1 minute of material, every student would have 1 hour of personalized content.

Wanna help somebody learning your language? Speak to them in your native language, even if they can’t speak it yet, even if they speak with a lot of mistakes.
Don’t focus too much on grammar and mistakes: focus on talking with a friend about interesting things..

Learning Languages with the Radio

You might have heard this advice millions of time: if you want to learn a language you need to watch a lot of tv and listen to a lot of radio. At Bliu Bliu we went a step forward: we got invited to speak on the radio.

0:00 Intro
0:40 Interview with Simona Bandita
3:58 Secret of learning languages
6:52 We are Singing – in Lithuanian
7:52 Closing – Greetings
8:26 Talking with Simona behind the scenes
9:33 Bloopers

Speaking on the Radio

Speaking on the radio is challenging. You cannot afford to be quiet and think, the timing is everything and you need to speak. Plus the host, Simona in this case, she kept speaking very fast. But I guess we manage to keep it cool, we had fun and we were not too worried about making mistakes (in fact we made tons!)

Singing added a fun element to the all experience as we did not really know what we were singing.

The good news is that we are back on Zip FM next Wednesday for another episode.
Any Idea what we could talk about? Add a comment down here

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Simona Bandita.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

Vilnius University

Today Ieva invited us to visit Vilnius University. She answered to one of our video where we asked for help: we want to meet with people and speak Lithuanian, understand how does it feel to live in Vilnius as a citizen, not as a tourist.

(subtitles coming soon)

0:10 Intro
0:20 Walking around Vilnius University
1:25 Lithuanian Grammar Lesson
2:10 Poems about Sweden and Italy
2:44 About studying the grammar
3:29 Fake Lithuanian language vs Real Lithuanian language
4:20 Kur Jus Esate?
4:58 We need more help
5:20 Behind the scene

6:15 Our next challenge

NO MORE LESSONS

It’s not that we don’t like the grammar, we love it, and one day we dream of speaking without mistakes. Our point is simple: the fastest way to learn how to speak correctly is to make a lot of mistakes. Speak Speak Speak Speak. The more we speak, the more mistakes we make, the better we get.
Do you want to help us? Engage us in interesting conversations about interesting topics.
Do you like the grammar? Don’t teach it to us…but let’s talk about it…in Lithuanian.

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Ieva prepared for us 5 tasks, basically a test to check our grammar level. It was cute that she spent the time to prepare it but to be honest, the lesson was painful. It felt like we were 15 again and your survival instinct doesn’t want you to feel stupid.
We shared with Ieva our opinion and magically, instead of studying the grammar, we were speaking in Lithuanian about studying foreign languages, the importance of the grammar and the importance of understanding your goals: do you need to pass a test or do you want to speak with the natives?

A NEW WAY OF TEACHING LANGUAGES

Do you live in Vilnius? Are you learning Lithuanian?
You should talk to us, we are preparing something very interesting for you.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

Walk the Dog and Practice Languages

At Bliu Bliu we have a mission: make language learning easy quick and fun.

Walk your dog

Walking the dog is a beautiful way to practice languages. Why?
People jump at you to talk, they ask all kind of questions about the dog and about you.
People are curious, but normally they don’t have an excuse to come to you and be social. As soon as you are with the dog magical things start to happen and you get surrounded with people talking to you.

Pick the streets for short random low pressure conversation and go to the dog park to have longer and deeper conversations.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

Practicing is easy even if you are shy

We spent an hour to make this video and we got stopped by several people. Not all of them wanted to be in the video but the amount of practice was high quality.

Walking the Dog and Language Practice

  • listen to a podcast, to music, to an audio course
  • enjoy talking with every single person that comes talking to your dog
  • go to the dog park and start talking with other dog owner

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Pick the right time

Going 6am won’t help, nobody wants to talk at that time and people are in a hurry. Pick a time during the day when you know people will be willing to talk. Lunch time or evening are usually good times to walk the dog and practice the language.

Learn the right words

Learn words like dog, breed, male, female, walking, barking, sleeping, eating, legs, play and so on

Find our more tips about Learning Languages

Learn Lithuanian in a month

So, TEDxVilnius challenged us and we accepted it: we have to learn Lithuanian in a month.
People are helping us: so many watched our viral video and now random people stop us on the street and speak to us in Lithuanian. Incredible.

27 Days to go

We keep making new videos to show our progress.
When do you have some time for a coffee? We want to talk to you.

Here the TEDxVilnius challenge

Here our Viral video – How to hack an entire country and learn a language for free

TEDxVilnius

This time we really need your help.

Lately things got a little bit crazy over here in Lithuania: random people stop us and start speaking to us in Lithuanian. Our skills are improving very fast…

But now we have a serious problem…

TEDxVilnius invited us to their conference under one condition: we will be speakers at the conference in April if we can prove them, in the next 30 days, that we can speak perfect Lithuanian.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė TEDxVilnius.

Challenge accepted!

Lietuva – Help Us

If you have seen our videos you know how much we can talk and how much we cannot talk in Lithuanian. Here some useful advice when you talk with us.

We don’t want to do language practice, we just want to talk to you in Lithuanian and we want you to talk to us in Lithuanian.

  • Come and visit us for a coffee
  • Send us audios and videos where you talk to us in Lithuanian
  • Invite us for dinner (we can cook)
  • Invite us to see where your work or study
  • Introduce us to your family, to your grandmother, to Dalia Grybauskaitė
  • Take us on a field trip toget to know Lithuania better
  •  Comment on our Facebook in Lithuanian
  • Share our posts and videos
  • Talk to your journalists friends about our challenge
  • Help us discovering videos where they speak Lithuanian and they have subtitles in Lithuanian

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

Promote US

We are very excited to announce our new Affiliation Program (you can make money!)

do you love languages?
do you love helping people with their dreams?
do you love Bliu Bliu?
do you love to make some extra cash?
Great.

Send us an email to join our affiliation program now! info@bliubliu.com

Help us Promoting Bliu Bliu

When you love a product, you want to tell everybody about it.
In an affiliation cooperation, you also get rewarded for your work.
Help us promoting Bliu Bliu: join our affiliation program.

1. You send us an email if you are interested in making money
2. We send you a unique link to enter Bliu Bliu
3. You mention Bliu Bliu on Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs, Youtube using your unique link
4. We pay you for every premium user coming to Bliu Bliu using your link


Send us an email to join our affiliation program now! info@bliubliu.com

How should I mention Bliu Bliu?

Start by sharing a post on Facebook telling what you personally like about Bliu Bliu. You could mention how Bliu Bliu has helped you reach new levels, that it is fun to use, that the content is great, that you can choose your own learning material and topics, that you can upload books, or also how it has helped a friend of yours.


Send us an email to join our affiliation program now! info@bliubliu.com

How do I make money?

If you know somebody that is learning a language, you simply spread your enthusiasm with them.
We pay you every time your friends click on your link to Bliu Bliu, come on our site, use Bliu Bliu and subscribe to premium.


Send us an email to join our affiliation program now! info@bliubliu.com

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If you are genuinely helping people you will not be considered a spammer. For example, when you mention Bliu Bliu on a forum, Facebook group, or in a comment on another website, it is important that you are an active user and not only posting about Bliu Bliu. People feel when someone is really helping out or if someone just want to advertize. It is important for us that Bliu Bliu is mentioned in a good environment and that people appreciate your post.


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How to hack an entire country to learn a language for free

We did it, we hacked an entire country to learn a language for free.

The country we are talking about is Lithuanian and the language, of course, is one of the most difficult and almost impossible to learn: the Lithuanian language.

How did we hack Lithuania

In Lithuania there is fundamental problem: people here speak English (and Russian!) at a very good level, so natives won’t talk to you in Lithuanian. Never!
Unless you are advanced, you will always get into many conversations in English

So what did we do? We posted a video on YouTube were us, two foreigners, were talking in Lithuanian with each other asking the entire nation to speak to us in Lithuanian.

Friends…and friends of friends

Our friends loved it and started to share in on Facebook. In 10 minutes friends of friends where sharing it.
32.000 views on our Facebook.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

Lietuvos Rytas and Delfi

This is when Delfi contacted us and posted on their portal

The New Facebook Hit  on Delfi

The New Facebook Hit on Delfi

http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/naujas-facebook-hitas-uzsienieciai-kalba-lietuviskai.d?id=66951440

10 minutes later Lietuvos Rytas posted it. This is when it went viral, reaching almost 100.000 people in few hours.
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almost 100.000 saw it on Lietuvos Rytas

almost 100.000 saw it on Lietuvos Rytas


http://bendraukime.lrytas.lt/reporteris/naujas-facebook-hitas-uzsienieciai-kalba-lietuviskai.htm

The Media liked it

The day after we got an interview for two magazines.

Lietuvos Zinions already posted it
2 hours interview...speaking only in Lithuanian
http://lzinios.lt/lzinios/Zmones/italas-ir-svedas-kalbekite-su-mumis-lietuviskai-/195354

We got invited on TV by LNK.
KK2 Penktadienis and Yra Kaip Yra.

Talking about love on Lithuanian TV #tiklietuviskai – ačiū @linamartinkenaite for the picture

A photo posted by Claudio Santori Spadini (@swingclaudio) on

IT WORKED: everybody is talking to us in Lithuanian now

The final results, more important than the media exposure, is that people understood our problem and now everybody is speaking to us only in Lithuanian. Life was easier when we could speak english but you know what? This way we will learn the language so much faster….and for free!

Just yesterday we were invited by Delfi and the Lietuvos gamtos fondas to visit Erikas Laiconas farm (laiconas.lt) to make a reportage where we would interview Erikas. It was amazing. Here our teaser

More coming soon…

We got more coming in the next weeks…stay tuned…and thanks for helping us learning Lithuanian

You can follow our Adventures on YouTube

Learn Languages - Easy Quick and Fun

UPDATE:
TEDxVilnius Challenged us to prepare a speech in Lithuanina

Learn languages with music and songs

Music can incredibly boost your language learning.
First of all, knowledge has been passed from generations to generations using poetry and music.
There are many aspect connected with music that makes it very powerful for language learning

Vitamins for your Pronunciation

Trying to copy the singers, pronouncing words the way they do really helps to get a better pronunciation, to sound more native. You can replay the same song many many times, the singer will never be tired of singing for you again and again. Focus on the chorus, on a part that you like and work on getting as good as the original.
Record yourself if needed!

Vocabulary Booster

When you learn a song you don’t just learn how to pronounce the language: you learn a massive amount of phrases and new words. You would be amazed how much your language skills can be influenced by the music you listen to.

You can listen to music while you work

You can listen to music while you work

Our brains believe more in things that rhyme

On a more scientific note, apparently our brain is primed to believe more in things that rhyme.

Compare “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” with “An apple a day keeps you healthy
The first one flows better into our brain. The brain doesn’t stop thinking “is this true or false?” but instead just takes it as granted, because it rhymes.
Advertises and slogans use rhymes so often because they work.

When you learn a foreign language this is a big advantage as your brain doesn’t believe anything to be true.

Įrašas, kurį paskelbė Bliu Bliu.

You learn the culture

When you listen what natives are listening, you get to know them better, not just the language but also the culture.

Easy Immersion

You can keep music playing in the background 24 hours, so that you always get exposed to the language you are trying to learn.

How to learn a language with music

  • if you really like to sing, take few private singing lessons
  • get few songs you really like, find the lyrics and learn them by heart
  • use Bliu Bliu to get a stream of music already ordered based on your level.

HELP ME – I WANT TO LEARN YOUR LANGUAGE

HOW TO HELP SOMEBODY TO LEARN YOUR LANGUAGE:
Ultimate Guide on Teaching Languages To Your Friends And Lovers

Practicing with Natives - The Survival Guide

Practicing with Natives – The Survival Manual

In this article you will learn how to speak with somebody that wants to learn your native language. We share tips & tricks to keep the conversations flowing and reduce the stress so that language learning become effective and fun. If You are studying any language, share this with your friends to get the best help you could dream of.

You probably speak a language as your native, a language that you never studied, you grew up and the language got magically installed in your brain. And now there are people in your life that are trying to learn your native language. Crazy!

They might be friends, they just moved here looking for a better life. Maybe they moved because of you and you are now building a life together. Learning your language is a big part of their struggles.

Lithuania is Beautiful, Studying Lithuanian Not so Beautiful

Lithuania is Beautiful, Studying Lithuanian Not so Beautiful

 

Why Studying Languages Is Not Easy

Learning a language is not so easy. There is a lot of psychological pressure involved when, as an adult, you try to learn a language.

  • Mistakes are not allowed (you got punished for several years at school every time you made one)
  • Hard to understand what people are talking about
  • Grammar is impossible to learn
  • Pronunciation sucks
  • Friends remind you to study harder

There is a billion dollar industry (60 Billion Dollar every year) focused on studying languages.
Unfortunately studying a language makes you good at knowing the grammar. You could become a teacher of the language after any beginner course. The funny thing is that most of the natives don’t even know the grammar rules.
So what about speaking the language? Understanding the language? Knowing the language? Learning the language?

Schools and language courses have failed to provide the adequate tools to learn languages. They give you a simplified version of it, they force you to memorize words, let you pass exams, enroll you in more classes, more exams, you get a certification…but at the end you still can’t speak or understand the language. Or maybe you can speak and understand the language but you don’t, because you are still afraid of making mistakes.

Help Us Learning Your Language: Time for Action

Help Us Learning Your Language: Time for Action

YOU CAN HELP US!

Our dear NATIVES: how can you help US to learn your language?

Don’t Try To Teach The Language

We need you as a friend, not as a teacher. There are wonderful teachers around but they are rare exceptions and you are probably not one of them. You don’t want to be  our teacher, let’s be friends.

Speak As Much As Possible

Speak with us in your language as much as you can.
Even if we answer in English.
Even if we don’t answer.

Don’t Switch Back To English

Speaking a broken version of any language might feel shallow and awkward. And most or all conversation ends up in English. But if you tweak these situations, you will get a lot out of your conversations.

Fight this instinct of switching (it’s a survival instinct) and keep the conversations in your language.

Bliu Bliu Interviewed by Lithuanian Newspaper after our Video got viral on Facebook

Bliu Bliu Interviewed by Lithuanian Newspaper after our Video got viral on Facebook

Timebox It

Agree together on a rule that, every time we meet the conversation starts in your language. To make it easier, use a timer and start with 1 to 5 minutes.  (more here about timeboxing).
Then build up, slowly, adding more minutes. Nobody dies if they have to speak a language for only 5 minutes. You will actually find out that it’s really fun to do it.

The earlier we start speaking in your language, the faster we will progress.

Keep It Simple…But Real

We might look 30yo but our language skills is on the 3yo level: fine tune your speed and vocabulary

But at the same time we are not 3yo, so keep it real. Don’t make us feel stupid, don’t speak too fast neither too slow.
If you think this is stressful, you have no idea how stressful it it to speak a language that is not yours.

Use Words We Know

Get to know us, chances are that we can understand way more than you think. We might not speak much but we can understand a lot. Dig deeper. Show us how to correctly combine the 100 words that we know.

Celebrate Mistakes

If we keep making mistakes and you can’t stop yourself from correcting us – establish a routine where every mistake gets rewarded.
Between friends you could hug, high five, drink a glass of wine.
In a couple you could kiss or make love.

Anchor mistakes to something that feels good. You want us to make more and more mistakes, because this is the only way to learn a language.

If we are making only few mistakes, we are not pushing ourself enough.

Fix Our Mistakes Like a Secret Agent

Instead of saying “I want to go to the toilet” we might say “I want to go toilet“, or any other variation. Don’t point out the mistake. Don’t try to fix it. The best way to fix it is to simply paraphrase us: find a way to repeat what we just said and fix the mistakes in your phrase.

– “I want to go toilet”
WRONG – “You can’t say – I want to go toilet –  you have to say – I want to go to the toilet”
RIGHT –  “I will wait for you while you go to the toilet”

Our brain is a powerful computer, it will pick up the right way.

Add Cherries On Top of Every Conversation

Help us to make our sentences more beautiful. We might say
– Will you wait for me?
WRONG: no
WRONG: yes
RIGHT: yes, I can wait for you until you are done. 
RIGHT: yes, I can wait for you on the corner
RIGHT: yes, I can wait for you but only for 5 more minutes.
RIGHT: yes; I can wait for you, how long will it take?

Now you just thought me 5 new expressions that I can reuse immediately.

Don’t Get Too Excited

This advice might sound counterintuitive but it’s a very powerful one.
It’s easy for natives to get excited when you hear us speaking your language for the first time.
“WOW YOU ARE GREAT”
“WOW, THAT IS SO CUTE”

We don’t want this. Maybe a bit, but just a bit. What we want is have natural conversations with you in your language. We don’t want to be funny cute parrots getting you excited cause we can pronounce few words in your language. Create a low stress environment where speaking the language together is the most natural thing ever.

Don’t Praise Talent, Praise Hard Work

If you want to say a compliment, always praise hard work and not talent.
– “WOW, you are so talented” talent
– “WOW, you must work so hard” hard work

Praising talent is dangerous because at some point we will  hit a wall and stop progressing as fast as the beginning. If you praised our talent,  our brain won’t believe that is possible to overcome this obstacle, talent got us just that far.

When you praise our hard work, there is no wall impossible to climb.

Real Words, Not “Official” Ones

At school they always teach certain vocabularies just because they perfectly fit the grammar rules they have in chapter one. It doesn’t matter that nobody uses that verb or that expression.
We want you to use the right verbs, the right adjectives, the right expressions. And by right we don’t mean right in a grammatical sense. Use broken grammar if needed, just keep it real, talk to us how you talk with other friends.
You use slang? We want to use slang.

Be Patient

You need to be patient when you speak with us. We are not there yet but we are trying hard. Relax.

Find Your Own Rules

The game of practicing a language needs to be fun for both of us, you the native and us the students. Define your own rules on how to handle your conversations. Different people different rules

  • Do you want to use a timer? Timeboxing is a great technique and you could agree that you will speak always for 10minutes only in your language. Set a timer and voila, speak until the timer rings
  • Do we need translations? Please correct our phrases and translates our English, always and straight away.
  • Only we can use English, you as the Native can only speak your language
  • Only you can use English, we as Students we can only speak your language
  • If somebody break a rule they will get penalized, for example paying the other part 1€.

PUT IT TO ACTION

Now you know some new tricks, go and try them out. Give it a shot, rework it into your way and tell us about your tricks to practice a language in a “harsh environment”. And don’t forget to share this with your friends.