it’s SHARING TIME. Let’s talk about an idea that is probably the foundation of Bliu Bliu technology and methodology.
While learning a language we tend to focus so much on the single words…
We love to memorize lists of words. It makes us feel better, rationally we feel like we are learning something, it’s a process we can explain and it feels good to know so many words. So many website and Apps are doing an amazing job with flash cards: don’t you use Anki or Memrise already? Yeah baby!
Bliu Bliu wants to do something different.
Instead of focusing on teaching you the single words, we want to move up, we want to show you the big picture.
Once you tell Bliu Bliu some of the words you can understand, Bliu Bliu finds the right content at your level. Based on the words you understand, we think you will be able to grasp the general idea of that text, the main message, you will understand what they are talking about and maybe create new connections between words or understand new meanings for a word.
No matter if you are a beginner or an intermediate, our mission is to be able to find real interesting content that you can already understand.
Of course you can use the translation for a single words but this is not our core business.
Bliu Bliu focuses on showing you material you can understand. We want to put you in a flow state, where you basically forget you are reading content in a language you are supposed to study.
The secret for us is to add a huge variety of content from different sources so that you don’t have to worry and find them, we do it for you, constantly, every day. You will be surprised by the amount of content you can already understand as a beginner, even from daily newspapers.
Unfortunately for minor languages we don’t have much content in the system but you can always help. Remember: if we have thousands phrases in the system, it’s very probable that we can find many that you can already understand.
From an email:
Take the English verb “to look out” (ie, be careful, watch for something). Translating it word for word won’t help you very much, you need to translate the phrase.
Our dream is that you won’t need to translate a phrase to understand it. By being exposed to the real usage in real situation by real native, you will be able to grasp the meaning. And this is true for any expression. Of course we are not there yet but this is our clear mission.
Kids do indeed learn all these expressions without using the dictionary, why shouldn’t we?
Kids might be smarter, they might have a different brain, might indeed be easier for them…but…is it?
What if we start telling ourself a different story and start believing that we can learn a language to fluency while having fun?
We did not solve this mystery yet, we are far from it, but we feel like we are on the right direction.
And if you will help us, we can get there pretty soon!