Not everyone learns languages the same way. And it is ok.

We love our users. We really love them. Here is what Marjaana from Finland shared on her Facebook
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Not everyone learns languages the same way. And it is ok.
I learn them by listening and throwing in words. It is a bit like music. I just go with the flow, listen and improvise. I learned to communicate with a Romanian person in two months starting from zero. Neither of us had any language together. The language we eventually came up with does not really exist, but these days we get by easily, face to face or on the phone. But if someone asked me ANY rule of Romanian grammar, I’d have no clue whatsoever. Because I simply could not care less.
Some people are different. They like their details, their grammar, their step by step tutorials, their “this language is a member of this and that family of languages and these are the rules”, their noun classes and what ever. Well that does NOT work for me. If you happen to be like me, and would like to learn a new language, try BliuBliu. It really works.

We really don’t know what to add to this…maybe a kiss!

Words are important

Words are so beautiful…and they are so important when you learn another language.

My Words – Your Words – Our Words

The biggest update we made last week is the playlist “My Words
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You can copy paste list of words you want to learn and Bliu Bliu will help you learning them, via surfing or drilling.

How to use “My words”

An example on how I use “My Words” feature on Bliu Bliu.
I would really love to understand this article from Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. I can tell an accident happened to this tram but well, I would like to know more about it.
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I simply copy/paste the article into My Words and this is what I get:
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Now I refine my level, clicking the words I already know to tell Bliu Bliu my actual level.
After that, Bliu Bliu starts to find content on the Internet, at my level, where these words are used, to make it easy for me to learn them, in context.

How many words you know?

When we learn a new language, sometimes it feels like words are the only thing separating us from being a beginner or advance, or fluent.
How many words do you remember? How many can you understand?

Words you know

It’s easy to track how many words you know, how many we think you know and how many you don’t know.
Make sure your words keep growing, day after day.

Words you already know: words you told Bliu Bliu you know. We make sure you see more of them
Words Bliu Bliu thinks you know: words that we predict will be easy for you to understand
Words you marked as unknown: words you explicitly said that you don’t know

TIP: use My Words as a topic filter

When you copy/paste in “My Words” specific words related to a topic, you will be able to drill/surf very specific content, always related to a topic you are interested in….

Startup Weekend

If you happened to be in Lithuanian this month, come and take part to Startup Weekend in Kaunas
http://kaunas.startupweekend.org/

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Bliu Bliu won Startup Weekend in November 2012 and this year our CEO will deliver the opening speech and help the teams with their pitches.
If you need some coaching with your pitch or you just want to have a fun nerdy weekend, come to Lithuania, to Startup Weekend Kaunas!

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The Setup

Coffee Inn Lab
http://www.thesetup.it/claudio-santori/
If you speak italian, check out this interview form TheSetup.it and find out the best Hardware and Software to raise your productivity.
Bliu Bliu approved

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More News…
Today we co-hosted the Open Coffee Club here in Vilnius. The Lithuanian startup community is growing really fast.

How Learning a language can save your marriage

Good morning from sunny Vilnius, how are you?
Weather is getting better in Lithuania, we finally had some sunny days and we are looking forward for a beautiful spring. Are you ready for a story about languages and love?

Bliu Bliu, a young company with big dreams, we just turned 1 year old. Today we want to share a story from Carlos, one of our users. A story about languages and love.
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When we met Carlos he was desperate, looking for help. He moved to Vilnius because of love – he got married with a Lithuanian girl. Carlos studied Lithuanian for around one year…without any decent results. But worst…his relationship started to be not as good as it used to be. Something needed to change.

Carlos felt that one sure way to prove his love was to learn this difficult language. But how to do it? He already tried and failed…

Then he found Bliu Bliu. When we met with Carlos, he could already understand all the common words in Lithuanian. After only few minutes using Bliu Bliu, he could not believe it: there was so much engaging content that he could already understand.

Carlos started his experience by reading funny jokes. He spent 10 minutes a day reading jokes in Lithuanian language, jokes he could understand. Then he got interested with the daily news, real news from newspapers. Lately he got hooked with our playlists about love and romance.
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IS CARLOS FLUENT IN LITHUANIAN?

Is Carlos fluent in Lithuanian? No! He is not fluent in Lithuanian. He still cannot speak very well Lithuanian but check this out…His wife is talking with him more and more in Lithuanian, their communication now it’s more balanced and they are using less English in their daily conversations.
When they visit her family in the countryside, Carlos spends time alone with his wife’s parents, without anybody around translating every single word. Now he understands daily conversations and he is not afraid to talk: still making tons of mistakes but without being afraid anymore.

Carlos keeps telling us how confident he feels now. He knows he is not near to being fluent, but he believes that it’s possible for him, that he can learn even a language like Lithuanian, considered by many a really difficult one to learn.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

You don’t need to be desperate like Carlos to start learning a language. Bliu Bliu will make you feel confident from day one. We will provide you with content at your level that you already understand. You can choose between so many topics and read about things you are interested in.
Plus we are adding every day more and more videos…to make it really engaging to learn a language.

WE HAVE A DREAM

We have a dream…to help you learning languages in a fun, easy and addictive way, helping you not just to learn a language but also to understand the people around you, the culture and to learn the specific words you need.

Maybe you are like Carlos and you need to be proficient in the language of love. Or you might be like Den who needs to learn how to understand and talk about Telecommunication. Or you are like Michelle, she is a doctor, and she needs  to talk with her patients.

Who are you? Come and talk with us, this is what languages are for
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VOTE for us – Login Conference

Bliu Bliu will attend LOGIN conference here in Vilnius. Login is the biggest tech conference in Lithuania. This year the conference is going to be April 10th and 11th.

VOTE FOR US (it takes less than 5 seconds!)

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Voting is very easy
1 Visit http://www.login.lt/apdovanojimai/nominacijos?id=5589
2 Click on “BALSUOK!”
3 Facebook Connect

It takes less than 5 seconds :)

Last year our CEO was one of the speaker. Keynotes was delivered by Steve Wozniak, Apple legendary co-founder.

http://www.login.lt/conference

Learn a language: focus on the big picture

Dear Bliusers
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!

Red Herring 100 Europe Finalists

We are in the final of Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region. We just got the confirmation from Red Herring. More update on this story coming soon, for now, you can check who is going there.

On behalf of Red Herring, congratulations on being selected as one of this year’s Red Herring 100 Europe Finalists. We screened hundreds of companies for the award so your achievement is no small feat.
http://www.redherring.com/events/red-herring-europe/2014finalists/

We read some interesting stories about this event and we can’t wait to keep you updated on how things are going.

“This year was rewarding, beyond all expectations. The global economic situation has abated and there are many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. Bliu Bliu shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Europe. We know that the 2014 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact.”
- Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring

Stay tuned

Build a School in the Cloud

Sugata Mitra talks about an experiment he made. He was surprised to see that apparently all kids of rich people were extraordinary gifted with computers. Well, poor kids did not even have a computer.

So he dumped a computer into a slum, kids found it, got curious about it and asked what it was. Sugata did not tell anything, he just left.
They did not know english and they did not know how to use a computer.
Few months later….

Apparently you can teach people anything. We are able to self teach ourself when we are passionate about what we are doing.
We love this talk, this is exactly what we are working on at Bliu Bliu: Build a School in the Cloud