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

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

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

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 ( 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

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.


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


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: 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.

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€.


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.

Time Box your Language Practice

Timeboxing is a powerful technique to increase productivity.
When the deadline is far in the future, we often postpone till the last minute. There is not enough pressure and it’s hard to take actions.
When you want to learn a language, you know that it will take a long time and  it becomes hard to see the value in the daily practice.

Use a kitchen timer to time box your language practice - Lithuanian flags for a bonus

Time box your language practice using a kitchen timer – Lithuanian flags for a bonus

Language learning has two problems: it requires a lot of time and there is not really a real deadline. One day…maybe. This is when Time Boxing comes in handy.

What is Time Boxing

When you are dealing with a big task – cleaning the garage, writing a long essay, learning a language – it’s easy to postpone it, day after day. I will start on Monday…
What you can do instead it’s very simple:

  • Take a timer, a kitchen timer is perfect – but you can also use your phone.
  • Set the time to 10 minutes.
  • Start practicing your language
    (or perform any other task you have been postponing )
  • If you get distracted go back as fast as possible to your task
  • When the alarm rings, stand up. You are free

Time box your language learning #labas #pomodoro #lithuanian #language #timer

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

Why time boxing works so effectively

Time box creates a visible deadline.
As humans, we are not very good at dealing with long terms results, so having a “visible” deadline, in the short terms, it helps us to focus and to keep our attention 100% on what matters

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. It is the magic of the imminent deadline. If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials

You can sit down and start working for just 10 minutes on anything you have been postponing for too long.
Now is the right time to start it, without worrying about finishing it.

Show up: Don’t Focus on Results.

Don’t focus on results. Don’t focus on quality. Focus on working on that task for a specific amount of time.

The timer has the power to free you from a lot of stress. One look at the timer and you can see that you have only 3 minutes left. You can do anything for 3 minutes: clean your room, write a paper, even practice a foreign language with a native.

Step up your game from 5 to 25 minutes - you an also use a mobile phone

Step up your game from 5 to 25 minutes – you an also use a mobile phone


Make your Time – Boxes Bigger

With more practice you will get used to the timer and you will start working with bigger boxes. The inventor of this technique (called Pomodoro Technique) suggests to work with 25 minutes boxes + 5 minutes break in between.
When you become good at this, even 50/60 minutes will feel easy.

 Create the Habit

Time boxing can help you to create the momentum, so that you start performing every day tasks that will get you closer to your goals. With just 10 minutes a day you can write a book.
Imagine what 10 minutes a day can do – especially when you compare it with 0 minutes a day.

Time Box Your Language Practice

There are several ways to apply timeboxing to language learning.

When you practice with Natives, or other students, use a timer to set a specific duration for the conversations. It can be stressful when you don’t know how long you are going to talk. But when you allocate a specific time – and the time is visibile to both the Native and the Student –  the conversation can be much more interesting.

Long term plans are crucial but hard to implement

Long term plans are crucial but hard to implement

Use a timer

Buy a kitchen timer and use it at home, in the office, during your skype sessions or phone calls. Every time you meet your best friends get into the habit of starting the conversation in the target language. One of you sets the timer and you both have to speak in that language until the time is over. It doesn’t metter if it’s 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes. What’s important is to keep going till the time is over, overcoming the stress.

The last 30 seconds should be the only hard ones.


Go for a walk

To keep language practice as natural as possible, what we often do at Bliu Bliu  is to go for a walk and talk the entire time in the target language. It takes 10 minutes to go from the office to the shopping center. 30 minutes to walk to the center of Vilnius.

If you walk the same paths everyday, use that time/space to practice your languages. Even if you are driving or taking a train, language practice is everywhere. You can do it with the people around you, the people you love, your friends.

Fluent in 3 months *
Another way you can use time boxing is to announce publicly that you will be fluent in the language in 3 months.
Set a date in the calendar when you will take a test, record a conversation with a native, perform a specific task related to your language skills.
If you practice long enough one day you will become fluent. If you set that date artificially to 3/6/9 months, you will find yourself working way more efficiently while practicing your language.
* Fluent in 3 months is a concept used by Benny Lewis, one of the most famous in the Polyglot community. He always attacks languages for 3 months, showing his techniques and progresses

How to Focus

Looking for more tips on how to focus? This is a lecture on How To Focus Bliu Bliu CEO – Claudio Santori gave at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin in May 2014.

7:15 Discover why it’s harder to learn Lithuanian than reproduce

Do you time box your language practice?

Let us know how you use time boxing when you practice a foreign language.




Best way to speak a foreign language is to start speaking with Natives, right?
Sometimes it can actually be a very good idea to not practice with Natives. Instead, you should practice with other students/learners/foreigners.


In the beginning, talking with Natives can be very stressful (we covered that on a previous posts). You can get nervous about your small vocabulary. You can feel frustrated that you cannot say what you want to say. You might even think that it is frustrating for Natives to listen to your slow and broken language.

But this is how it is going to be in the beginning. No way around it.

Vienas du trys

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


That is why it is a good idea to integrate low level stress conversations with other students into your daily practice. Never stop speaking to natives: just add conversations with other students where you feel less embarrassed…and a little more awesome.


Throw in the new expressions you learned recently. Play around with words and phrases. Even if you say the stupidest thing, no one will laugh at you. Nobody will judge your language skills. There is nothing that kills the learning more as constantly being laughed at.

By practicing with other students you will get stronger, confident, and learn how to deal with getting laughed at!


There is something to get from other students of any level.

Most fun and relaxing is to speak with someone on your own level. You can both teach and get taught. This is what we are doing in the video here.

Speaking with learners below your own level is a great way to rehearse your current repertoire. The best way to expand your comprehension is done by helping others. Low stress levels. You can teach and shine.

Sometimes it is hard for natives to explain things in their mother tongue.
With higher level learners, you can easily pick up expressions that you probably heard before but didn’t really understand. They can most probably explain you how to use them since they studied it.

Use a kitchen timer to time box your language practice - Lithuanian flags for a bonus

Use a kitchen timer to time box your language practice – Lithuanian flags for a bonus


We grow the most with the right amount of stress. This is true to everything in life. You don’t want to overload your brain and memory muscles with too much information or it will all be a waste of energy.

With language practice you can limit the time and increase frequency. Start with 5/10 minutes with someone you meet every day. And do more and more 10 minutes during the day.
Time box baby!

Now call a friend and try it out!



There is no way you will speak a language just by studying it.
In fact, you need to speak the language – to speak the language :)
Your brain is absorbing tons of informations when you are busy talking/listening. You are fully focused on the conversation and not so much into the words or the grammar. This is exactly when language learning is happening.

Gediminas Tower - Vilnius

Gediminas Tower – Vilnius. Do not be afraid of language learning


We already discussed in previous articles why it is hard to learn languages: it’s not about the grammar. Speaking with natives is not always easy:
Tendency to switch to English
Wrong believes and fears

Here is the thing: Geography influences language learning more than grammar.
Put 100 students in Italy and ALL will learn Italian.
Put 100 students in Lithuania and NONE will learn Lithuanian

When you are trying to study languages like Finnish or Lithuanian, the major problem is not the language, it’s a people problem. If the environment is against language learning, 99 out of 100 students will end up talking (and improving) English instead of Lithuanian (or any other local language).

Let’s change this forever.

Cathedral Square - Vilnius

Vilnius – Cathedral Square – a perfect place to study lithuanian language



Polyglots from all around the world show that is possible to speak with Natives even from day 1. We don’t need to study the grammar for years before we can speak with natives: let’s do it now.

The key: keep it fun and manage the stress.

Expand your Network while learning the language
We want to make sure to keep the practice useful. We want to create/strengthen friendships, get to know the people we love, create a strong network around us.
Practicing with a tutor is useful but
– Tutors cost money
– Tutors are not part of our lives

Be a language learning super hero

How to deconstruct language learning, piece by piece

When we invest our time in language learning, we want our language skills to improve but we also want our social/business network to strengthen and grow. Two birds with one stone.


How to keep any communication smooth and fun.

– use “I don’t speak english very well”…lie if needed
– don’t be afraid of saying “can you talk slower?”
– show confidence (fake until you make it)
– improve your pronunciation
– initiate the conversation in the language
– dress like a local
– believe that “it’s possible”. If kids can do it, you can too
– prepare  (study-time)
time box the conversation
– show this to your native friends: Ultimate Guide on Teaching Languages To Your Friends And Lovers


Language practice doesn’t have to feel like a painful workout.
What follows is a collection of the best situations to practice a language you can put yourself into.

Tested, they work like magic

Situations we will test in the next weeks

– hair dresser
– farmers’ market
– coworkers in the office
– kids
– old people
– visit your friends families
– visit a small town
– school
– talk with other students
– take dance classes
- get arrested
- tinder
- talk with homeless people


Help the world practicing languages: add a comment to share good ways to practice a language.

Stuck in Little Italy

Have you practiced your languages today?

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Vilnius White Bridge

Few days ago we posted an article about the problem of practicing a foreign language with natives: it’s hard to learn languages not because of the grammar.
It’s not a language problem, it’s a people problem.

Many people agreed with us but some got offended and one guy even told us “I am surprised Lithuanians still want to be your friends after you talk this kind of racist shit”!

Racist shit

A big problem

Truth is that this is a big problem. It’s not even a personal problem we have: at Bliu Bliu we are quite social and we get more practice than the average shy person.

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All the language practice you can get

Somebody just missed our point: we want to find bulletproof ways to practice languages with natives, in any condition.
We don’t need to tell polyglots or extrovert people how to do it, we want to find solutions that will work for everybody, especially for foreigners living in environments that makes it hard to speak the language.

It’s not Lithuanians fault :)

As students, we are also guilty of not pushing for more practice.
This is a general problem, it’s not just related to Lithuania. If English is widely
spoken in a country, English will be the language of choice for most of the communication.

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Don’t be these guys, foreigners alone without natives around to talk with (the little Italy syndrome!)

Here are some obstacles students create that make language learning hard.

They will find people that speak their native language and they will constantly hang out with them. They recreate a little Italy (China, France, Spain) in every country they go, avoiding as much as possible contacts with other foreigners or natives.

It feels so good to speak in English. I am cool, I feel intelligent, why bothering feeling stupid learning to speak another language?

They will wait 10 years before pronouncing the first word in the foreign language. They need to make sure they speak perfectly and they will wait till that day…that unfortunately never comes.

They believe this is the hardest language in the world, that is impossible to learn. They will start studying it but they will never make a serious attempt to speak it. Haven’t you heard that this is the hardest language in the world?

They start speaking quite early and they will sound almost native but just for few minutes/phrases. It’s a show they pull off from their hat in social situations and once the audience is impressed, they switch back to english (to show off even more).

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Classic Lithuanian Garlic Bred + Cheese. Not sure the garlic helps practicing languages though


Actually, it is Lithuanians fault :)

If only Natives would change their behaviours and believes, all languages will magically become easy to learn. Easier at least.

The problem is not hard grammatical structures or words that are not related to anything else you ever heard. When English is widely spoken, your chances of using the language are quickly killed.

They really believe their language is the hardest one, one of the oldest one, and that is impossible to learn it unless you are born there. They find it weird to speak their native language with foreigners, they are not used to a broken version of it.

This is such a small language…nobody speaks it…why bother?

If your level is very low, consciously or subconsciously, they will decide that is better to practice their english.

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we should not be afraid of making mistakes


They won’t speak to you in their language because you are not speaking to them in their language. You speak english, they speak english. You should make the effort to learn and speak in the first place. They are waiting for you to become fluent, then for sure they will talk to you in their language.
They will ask you “Why don’t you speak Lithuanian?” “How is your Lithuanian?” “Say something in Lithuanian!”. They will ask you these things. IN ENGLISH.

They will show you why they don’t speak you in lithuanian (basically because you don’t understand a thing)
“Kalbame lietuviskai!
“Tai, zodziu, blablabla (really hard to understand…)”
“Eh, ar gali kableti truputi leciau? Nelabai supratau…”
“Maybe it is easier if we speak in English. You know, Lithuanian is very hard.”

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watch out for these guys, they don’t want you to learn languages



If you are a beginner in a new language you need help. You need to reprogram your brain to think in the new language. You need support and patience from the environment around you. Otherwise you will feel very exhausted trying to learn with people who seem like they have no understanding for your need.

The thing is: Lithuanians WANT you to speak their language. But. Your effort is not always enough.

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A (almost) Lithuanian soup – at least made in Lithuania


So what to do?

You want to practice right? And you want to do it without all the stress and discomfort of making mistakes right?
Being around natives is not enough, they will talk to you in English.
So you need to create your own perfect environment to practice language. You need to change the rules.

We have made facilitating language learning our job. There are still much more problems left unsolved than just going to school to learn and then pop out as a perfect speaker. Therefore we have experimented with techniques that are working and in the upcoming weeks we will present them for you to use.

Bliu Bliu Tutorial

We finally made a 4 minutes video explaining how to use Bliu Bliu to improve your skills with languages.

0:00 Intro
0:15 How to Use Bliu Bliu (RED is Difficult, NO RED is Easy)
0:40 Jokes to learn languages
2:15 My Words – how to learn difficult words
2:40 Recorded by Natives
2:55 Music Videos
3:19 Books
4:00 Your Progress
4:12 Try Bliu Bliu Now

Try it now

Go to and try it now.

PS: we don’t have Jokes and Music for all languages but we do for most of them. If you can’t find specific content let us know, we might be able to add Jokes to your favorite language in a short time.

Languages are not hard – it’s just a people problem

So many people live in a country that is not their own. I am one of them: I lived in Helsinki (Finland) for 6 years, then came to Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2011 and I have been living here for almost 4 years.
When you live abroad learning a language becomes this thing that haunts you every day of your life: the pink elephant in the room!
When you don’t study or practice the language, deep down you feel guilty. Every conversation you have in English – instead of Lithuanian – reminds you that you are still a tourist, a tourist in a country where they speak a language you can’t fully understand.

A classic conversation with Natives

If you live abroad this type of conversation will sound quite familiar:

The Native (they): Hi
The Student (me) : Hi
THEY: What’s your name/what do you do here/why you moved here/bla bla bla
ME: I am Claudio/I love the weather/bla bla bla
THEY: Wow, your English is really good for being Italian.
ME: Thanks. I learned English f…
THEY: But wait a second, how long have you been living here? Aren’t we supposed to speak in Lithuanian?

- switch in Lithuanian –
ME: Yes. I speak Lithuanian a bit, but nobody ever talks to me in Lithuanian.
THEY: ‘bla bla bla bla bla – did you understand what I just said?’
ME: Yes, almost everything, I just can’t talk very much

- switch back to english!!! -
THEY: your Lithuanian pronunciation is really good, almost no accent. So… what are you doing here in Vilnius?
ME: bla bla bla
THEY: bla bla bla

Live your life or not to live your life, that is the question

I should speak Lithuanian more, it’s true. Deep down I just dream that natives would speak with me more often in Lithuanian: isn’t it supposed to be easy for them? It’s their native language, I am the one that can’t really speak it…

Here is my dilemma: studying the language at home, alone OR trying to practice with friends?

Study = Results, no doubt!

People that manage to find the motivation to study a language every day for several hours make progress. They often get to a very good level. This is the painful/hardcore/polyglot approach. It requires lots of motivation and a long period of training that might not be so much fun. And of course you need to use the right tools
The right tools

Friends = fun but no practice!

Practicing with friends/lover would be so much more fun (at least for someone like me) but that practice never comes: it’s always hard to find 10 minutes to talk in Lithuanian.

Lots of psychological reasons make practicing with natives hard, but you can be sure that if there is English as a common language, English is the language that will be used 99.9% of the time.

Italian is not an easy language…it’s just easy to learn

Italian language is easy to learn just cause Italians can’t speak English (I am Italian, I know that). Same goes for Spanish, French and lots of other languages when natives can’t speak English.

The environment (Italy) makes learning the language inevitable (Italian)
The environment (Lithuania) makes learning the language inevitable (English)

Do you see the problem here?

Come to Lithuania to learn English, not Lithuanian

When you live in Lithuania (or Finland), where the population speaks very good English, you’ve got a problem. In Vilnius learning the language is not inevitable and you don’t get good exposure to the local language. Something magical happens: when you enter any conversation the language switches to English. Hundreds of conversations in the local language around you but you are not part of them. As soon as you get involved in a conversation, the language switches and you loose your possibility to learn.


The environment makes the difference

Do we want to make languages easy to learn? We all just need to create the perfect environment for language learning.
Immersion is very important: it really helps to surround yourself with music in that language, videos in that language, books in that language, people that speak in that language.
But what is important is that immersion needs to be relevant for you. Lots of elevator music won’t make you fluent, same for lots of elevator conversations that are just in the background and you are not even listening, as they are not relevant to you.

You need to be an active part of these conversations.

Vision of the future

2 years ago at Bliu Bliu we had a vision: to create the perfect environment to learn a language, so that while you are having fun, as a side effect, you also learn the language, as quickly as possible.


Practicing with Natives
Recently we started to experiment with offline projects, looking for ways to facilitate dialogues between Natives and Students, between me and my friends.
The aim is to find smooth ways to switch these dialogues, that normally are in English, into the local language.
How to get students involved in more conversations? How to help natives to connect with their foreign friends, overcoming the psychological barriers that make it impossibile to talk in the local language when English is an available option?

Motivation is not enough

Motivation alone is not enough. I am sure you are highly motivated to learn a new language, or to go to the gym to get healthy, change your diet, get some new habit.

When you make changes, when you learn a new skill, there is always a reasonable amount of stress to manage and that’s what you/we need to work on.

Stress management: the secret to learn any language

So many people learn English by watching hours and hours of movies. I learned English by watching the TV Series Friends: 10 seasons, around 90 hours of fun dialogues. Then I moved to Finland and while I was trying to learn Finnish I basically spent many years improving my English, just by accident.
Language learning happens when you don’t think about it, when you are busy doing something else.

It’s important to be busy doing something fun that requires to use the target language. Relevant will also work: try to call your bank or mobile operator to discuss the 20 euro they accidentally took away from your account: you will learn more during that conversation than in the last week of studying.

Wanna join us?

Starting from this week we will share with you lots of tips&tricks on how to reduce the stress and how to keep the flow in practicing with Natives.

Learning doesn’t have to be hard
Let’s make learning a language Quick, Easy and Fun.

The Perfect Environment to learn a language

First of all: welcome to 2015. The language learning community is really excited: so many news coming up and learning languages is becoming easier every day.


There are many methods and tools out there to learn a language and Bliu Bliu is one of them. But today we don’t want to talk about us, if you get our emails you know very well who we are and what we do.

Can you learn enough of a new language to have a 15 minutes conversation with a native…in just 90 days?
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Motivation is the key

Add1Challenge works, creating the perfect environment to practice a language and constantly improve. The tools don’t matter so much, what matters is the motivation, motivation that needs to be there day after day.
The Add1Challenge is designed so that you will get all the support needed, getting the results that you want.
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