Italian in 30 days s01e01

hi everybody

welcome to Italian in 30 days. This is season 1 episode 1 (day 1)

Today we are aiming for a warm up on Bliu Bliu:

  • get to know the language
  • find patterns and structures
  • get familiar with pronunciation
  • collect lots of word friends (cognates) to make exposure more gentle
  • gather feedback

What Claudio thinks about it

I really enjoyed the 3 minutes conversation with Muezz. We had no rehearsal, no script, he had no idea what I was about to say. I made it easy for him, of course. In fact the real challenge in the beginning is on me, on the native, to make sure Muezz can talk most of the time on the video and I give him the right hints and guidance.

What Muezz thinks about it


Tips on Bliu Bliu

  • translations are not the best, don’t rely on single word, always translate the paragraph but most important, try to understand the meaning of the all paragraph. If it’s too hard – skip it


Learn Italian Language in 30 days

Last Friday we were in the office and we decided that it was time to do something crazy: learn Italian in 30 days, while living in Vilnius.

Learn Italian in 30 Days

We sent a newsletter and few minutes later more than 200 people replied asking to join the challenge. We selected 50 and from today we will all learn Italian for 30 days.

We will use a combination of

  • Bliu Bliu (10 to 60 minutes a day)
  • Asking questions on a FB Group where natives/students will answer
  • Conversation with natives (face to face // skype // facebook)
  • Interactions between students (face to face // skype // facebook)

Enter Muezz

My name is Muezz, I am 26 and I live in Vilnius, Lithuania.
I speak Swedish, my native language, I am fully fluent in English and I can also speak Chinese, Japanese and a tiny bit of Spanish. I decided to start this new experiment “Italian in 30days” because I cannot say no to challenges. But also because I think it’s possible to learn a new language in a short time, without studying and while enjoying.

I don’t believe in the traditional approach of language learning. I like to engage in conversations with natives to improve my skills. For this project, I will use a combination of talking + Bliu Bliu, 10 to 60 minutes a day.

Enter Claudio

I am Claudio, one of the founder of Bliu Bliu. I have been dealing with language learning for the last 3 years.
As a native Italian, I am up to the challenge to facilitate Muezz job and help him learning Italian by having as much fun as possible.

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Record for free minutes feature

At Bliu Bliu you can study for free if you share our page with your friends or, even better, if you help us to create the audio version of the best texts we have.

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A user suggests:

The “record for free minutes” feature is a great idea, and the principal could work, but the conversion really isn’t worth it. Consider offering a better rate of minutes, so at least the minutes users spend developing your platform will equate to minutes for using/learning.

We have the possibility to upgrade certain users to give more free minutes for every word they record. We only want to check first the quality and then reward the best voices. Motivation is crucial here.

We don’t want only radio voices but at least happy voices recording. The initial rate is low for a reason, we want to filer who is not so much into recording their own voice.

And we already upgraded several users. Do you think you have a nice voice and you would like to study languages for free? Welcome on Bliu Bliu

Learn Lithuanian with Claudio and Muezz

Learn Lithuanian with Claudio and Muezz

If you live in Lithuanian you have probably seen our videos.
We hacked an entire country to learn Lithuanian in a fun and effective way.

Learn Lithuanian with Claudio and Muezz

One private hour with us to explore tips and tricks to learn any language, especially Lithuanian.


The Mind Game
The Myths behind language learning
The Psychology of language learning
How to Study Languages
Why you need to avoid language courses
How to Practice Languages
How to talk with Natives // How to get Natives to talk to you
How to practice with Other students
Bliu Bliu, speed up your learning
Languages are everywhere

No more excuse – start learning now!


Learning Languages with Jokes

Are Jokes good content to learn languages? Let’s find out

At Bliu Bliu we love jokes.

Jokes can be very simple

Some jokes are told to kids and they can be very simple but still contain lots of interesting languages and references to the world.

Jokes are Short stories

Jokes are short stories, from the beginning to the end.
In few lines you get an entire situation described: people and places.
They cover a multitude of situations, from travelling, living at home, working places, school, relationships and so much more.

Jokes - cat lost

Lots of dialogues

People talk a lot in jokes. And they have very colourful and interesting dialogues
You can learn many verbs, words and expressions just by reading jokes.

Jokes are fun

We received hundreds (hundreds!) of emails by people telling us how happy they were to understand jokes in a foreign language. You think you don’t understand anything and then you come to Bliu Bliu and we show you that you can already understand a lot of jokes – even if you know only few hundred words.

Jokes talk a lot about sex

There is a lot of sex in jokes. Sometimes it’s explicit, sometimes is not. But humans love to tell jokes about sex, in every culture, every nation, every language.

Jokes - sex - moustache

Jokes use stereotypes

Jokes can be very offensive, especially versus specific categories.
Many cultures love to tell jokes about blondes. In Western Societies blonds are the target, in England, Australia and New Zealand apparently the Irish take the spotlight.
In Italy often the policemen (Carabinieri) are the target of jokes, or the French, English or Spanish.
They are the same jokes, the same stories, only Blonds = Irish = Italian = Belgian = Polish = Lawyer.

If you want to read Controversial Jokes you can expect it to be messy and potentially offensive.

Jokes tell about the culture

Jokes can really help to get to know the culture of a nation. You not only learn the language, the words and the expressions, you get to see the nation from the inside, with natives telling you about their fears, passions, obsessions and social problems.

Bliu Bliu loves good jokes

This is why we love jokes. We do understand people complaining and getting offended, some jokes are bad and indeed we constantly remove the bad ones.

tasteless offensive content

We don’t want tasteless offensive content to poison all the good content we have on Bliu Bliu.
If you browse our website and you find an offensive joke, let us know. We will remove it as fast as possible.
You can also report a joke if you don’t like and  the joke will be instantly removed.

Racist and offensive Jokes…they are not Jokes

Some jokes are racist and offensive. They are simply evil, created to attack a very specific group of people: about black people, about jewish, about homosexual and so on.
Bliu Bliu visited Tel Aviv last year and our Jewish friends started to tell us lots of Jewish jokes. They said that Jewish are the only one allowed to tell these jokes without sound offensive. And they are probably right.

Clearly these kind of jokes are terrible. Often they are simply stupid, violent and they don’t deserve to be in the joke category. Few of them are intelligent and fun. Very few. Very very few!
We don’t like this kind of jokes and we remove them from Bliu Bliu, no question asked.

What do you think?

Everything said, Jokes are still a wonderful and powerful way to learn a language and get to know the culture.

What do you think about it? Leave a comment down here

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
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.
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


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.

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?


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


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