Why do we celebrate the 8th of March

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Most of us take all these little yearly celebrations like Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day or Women’s Day for granted, never wondering why, who, why on this day and what does it actually mean.

As today is the 8th of March, to many known as International Women’s Day, we wanted to look at why and who behind it.

The beginning of 20th century was revolutionary to many and for many reasons. For one, women’s position in society has completely changed. The World War I and changing geopolitical situation was actually quite positive for women who have finally gained equal, or so they say, rights as men.

In 1909 on 28th of February the Socialist Party of America has organised a gathering in New York to honour the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

we can do itInspired in part by the American socialists an International Women’s Conference was organised the next year in Denmark. 100 women from 17 countries have agreed that International Women’s Day was a good way to promote equal rights.

On March 19, 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. But it wasn’t long before the day was accepted worldwide and women started winning the equal rights battle.

Why 8th of March you ask? Well, it’s all very unclear. 1914 was the year when Women’s Day was celebrated on the 8th of March for the first time. But it wasn’t until 1917 when some really big things have happened on the 8th of March. A demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg in Russia has initiated the February Revolution! It was held on the last Thursday in February which fell on March 8th on the Gregorian calendar.

The day was so important to USSR, that in 1965 8th of March was declared a non-working day with parades, big celebrations and flowers or small gifts given to women. 

flowers for all women on women's dayToday, in many parts of the world, the day has lost its political flavour, however is still celebrated in respect,  appreciation, and love towards women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

So all you ladies out there (me including) HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY! Hope you have some nice gentlemen around who will give you flowers :-) 

 

Truly yours,

Women at Bliu Bliu Team

 

Lithuanian Language in 30 DAYs!

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Did you know…

That The Academic Dictionary of Lithuanian contains around 500,000 headwords while The Oxford English Dictionary has around 273,000 in comparison. Quite a difference, hah?

Or that Lithuanian language is more ancient than Greek, Latin, Germanic, Celtic, or the Slav tongues? It belongs to the Indo-European group and is nearest to Sanskrit. Some philologists generally agree that Lithuanian is the most ancient of all the living languages.

Foreigners can surely “thank” Lithuanian linguists for doing such a good job at preserving the language to its’ ancient origins!

 

But hey, Bliu Bliu originated because an Italian was eager to learn Lithuanian, so maybe there is hope for everyone!

We’re not saying you will be fluent in Lithuanian in 30 days, we’re saying you will learn Lithuanian in 30 DAYs!

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Birute will be your host on the next 30DAYs Lithuanian Challenge starting on the 7th of March! 

She is a Lithuanian living in Turkey and she speaks English, French, Russian, Polish, German and is learning Turkish.

A person with so many languages in her baggage definitely knows something about learning a language!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE NOW!

 

P.S Bliu Bliu is one of a few online language learning platforms teaching Lithuanian!

#2 in secluded places: discover Mexico

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Last week we started Bliu Bliu’s Secluded Places travel section with Spain. This week we wanted to travel far far away, all the way to another Spanish speaking country – Mexico. A country that lies between the USA and Central America and owns a lot of it’s magnificence to its diverse landscape of sandy beaches, smoking, snowcapped volcanoes, wildlife-rich caves and lagoons, cactus-strewn deserts and steaming jungles. Mexico isn’t just famous for its breathtaking nature – it was home to some of the most incredible ancient civilisations that walked this planet while Spanish colonialists have left their mark too.

All in all, Mexico is definitely on top of our bucket list. Finding beaches in Mexico is easy, so we hope that you will find these secluded places interesting!

Copper Canyon & Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, Chihuahua

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If you think that we mistakenly took a picture of Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, you are wrong! In fact, Mexico’s Copper Canyon is four times the size of Grand Canyon, is narrower, deeper, and more verdant.

Located in the middle of the legendary Sierra Madre Mountains of the northwestern state of Chihuahua boosts of it’s nature, culture and history. With it’s six distinct canyons, six rivers that merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California, caves, mountains, biodiversity and importantly pre-hispanic, Tarahumara and the Mestiza cultures Copper Canyon is definitely worth a visit.  

train coper canyonTo explore Copper Canyon you can choose between hiking, biking, driving or horseback riding. However one of the best way to explore the most the Canyon has to offer is by Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway that runs between the cities of Mochis and Chihuahua

This 14-hour journey is full of truly breathtaking views of forests, lakes, colorful mountain faces, indigenous cities, 86 tunnels and 39 bridges.

Yaxchilan, Chiapas

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When it comes to visiting ancient temples in Mexico most of the tourist head to Chichén Itzá, Mérida or Tulum leaving magnificent Yaxchilán behind. The ruins of an ancient Mayan city, beautifully preserved are only accessible by boat which is one of the main reasons why the place is quite secluded.

Yaxchilán is located on the south bank of the Usumacinta River, in Chiapas. It was a significant Maya center during the Classic period (250-900 C.E.) and a number of its buildings stand to this day. The elaborate carved stone lintels above each doorway makes Yaxchilán stand out from other temples and ancient ruins around Mexican. The lintels provide a lengthy dynastic record in both text and image.

The fact that this site is only accessible by boat it good for two main reasons. One, it keeps it well off the main tourists track and two, a boat trip makes half of the fun.

The Crystal Cave, Chihuahuan Desert

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Buried 300 meters below Naica mountain in the Chihuahuan Desert, the Crystal Cave contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found: translucent gypsum beams measuring up to11 meters long and weighing up to 55 tons.

The Crystal Cave was discovered by Industrias Peñoles mining company while expanding the Naica mine which contains some of the world’s largest deposits of silver, zinc, and lead. All together 5 chambers containing smaller and larger crystals were discovered to date forming a network of subterranean caverns beneath Naica.  

These crystals has formed because most of the caves was submerged in mineral-rich water with a very narrow, stable temperature range—around 58 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the mineral anhydrite, which was abundant in the water, dissolved into gypsum, a soft mineral that can take the form of the crystals.

The mining company keeps pumping water out of the caves which is good and bad. If they stop, the cave will be submerged under water which will make accessing them impossible, however will preserve them from deteriorating and let crystals start growing again.

Cenote Pet Cemetery, Quintana Roo

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Hundred miles of water filled tunnels beneath the limestone surface in Yucatán Peninsula form Mexica’s cenotes, natural underground reservoirs that are unique to this place.

One of these cenotes is Pet Cemetery which gots it’s name due to various animal skeletons found in the cenote including lower jawbone of a tapir as well as the fossilized remains of an extinct prehistoric camel.

This cenote belongs to the second longest underwater cave system in the world, Cenotes Sac Aktun. Most part of Pet Cemetery is very shallow with a depth of about 3 to 6 meters. It is one of the most decorated cenotes with white delicate formations such as stalactites, stalagmites and columns in an amazing clearness of water creating a mirror like effect in a crystal palace.

So if you are an experienced diver, Pet Cemetery is right up your alley.

The underwater river in Cenote Angelita, Yucatan

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Another one of Mexico’s unique water formations is the beautiful and haunting underwater river of Cenote Angelita. This mist-like river complete with trees jutting from its depths, is found almost 100 feet below the surface of Angelita cenote.

The underwater river is formed when the fresh top water meets the exposed salty groundwater. The different density levels in the two waters causes them to layer. The result is a breathtaking convergence of two habitats.

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The overall effect is a somewhat jarring, yet achingly beautiful and majestic sight that has drawn cave divers from far and wide to experience the unreal phenomenon for themselves. The sight of this bizarre swirling river contrasted with the totally clear water around it is truly stunning.

Here you can expect to experience the most amazing scuba dive of your life.

Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens, Toluca

photo1A former marketplace, the Cosmovitral Botanical Garden is home to over 500 species of plants primarily native to Mexico, a number of fountains and bridges scattered throughout the landscape. But it’s mostly famous for its colossal works of stained glass art that some say outshine the beauty of the flora inside. Over 71 individual glass works form the windows displaying several themes relating to man and his understanding of the universe.

While it attracts over 500 – 600 visitors a day, only 5% of them are foreigners. So if you love arts, make sure you include Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens to your itinerary.

The “Frozen Waterfalls” of Hierve El Agua, Oaxaca

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Hierve el Agua is one of Mexico’s most beautiful natural wonders that you probably haven’t heard of. Located in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, these natural mineral springs are a sight you need to see.

The mysterious waterfalls appear to be frozen into the side of cliffs. In reality, these “waterfalls” are mineral formations that have accumulated over thousands of years. Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

 

AND DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH WHILE IN MEXICO!

 

Time to learn some German

Our 30 DAYs German Challenge course is still very young, it only started in October 2015.

But boy oh boy it is booming!

Over 200 German language practitioners from around the world have already joined us in learning, practicing and improving their German! The feedback that we get every day motivates us to continue this very popular course and so

The next 30DAYs German Challenge starts on the 29th of February!

Martin will be your host and will make sure that you:

  • Enjoy learning German
  • Discover a new way of learning
  • Feel motivated to go with it through all the 30 days
  • Make new friends
  • Learn how to learn German so it sticks, is easy and fun!

Meet Martin

And his farewell message to everybody on the last Challenge

 

The course is already half full, so hurry up to reserve your spot and JOIN NOW!

See on the 29th of February!

First in travel series: Hidden treasure of Spain

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Travelling has never been easier before – in 24 hours you can pretty much travel half across the globe and in 36 hours reach the most remote places on earth! Also the Internet has become an inseparable part of our journeys. Before we step out of the comfort of our hope Google images can show us a place that we want to visit, Tripadvisor can give unbiased reviews, Facebook friends can add credibility, Google maps show how to get there, Opodo help us get there and Booking.com or Airbnb make our stay unforgettable! Sounds easy, right? Not at all!

With all this information it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get away and find something secluded and not spoiled by the crowds. With that in mind we set out to start our own Bliu Bliu’s Secluded Places travel section on our blog.

And we’re very happy to announce the first one in this series – Hidden treasures of Spain!

Spain is probably one of a more difficult countries to start this series with as it is HUGE and is very diverse in terms of climate, nature and even culture, people, cuisine and language! Who likes easy?

So here we go, our own hand picked most well hidden spots that are worth a visit in Spain:

The beach of the Crystals or Bigaral on the coast of Cape Cocks, Asturias

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This spectacular beach is located in Antromero, south of Luanco, in the province of Asturias. The truth is the beach is very small – it’s only about 70 meters long and 30 meters wide. Nevertheless, you have to see it on a sunny day because the sand reflects multiple colours of green, white, brown, blue and other making a spectator feel like in a fairytale.

The beach used to be a burial place for glass bottles. Once the practice was eliminated, the sea has broken bottles and polished their parts to beautiful rounded and crystal like pieces. That’s where the name Playa de los Cristales comes from.

You can get to El Bigaral by car from the village of Antromero or by foot following the trail along the coastline that parts from San Pedro de Antromero beach. The parking isn’t very big and is not very close to the beach so get ready for a nice hike and some adventure.

Las Alpujarras in Andalucia

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The Alpujarra is a natural and historical region in Andalucia, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean. The Alpujarras, is famous throughout Spain because of its unique mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, constituting a high-altitude oasis of greenery which stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. The mountains, the steep sided gorges and pretty villages clinging to the hillsides will leave you breathless. This is ideal hiking terrain for adventurous travellers, provided you take along a tent and well-padded sleeping bags – the average altitude is 4,000 feet above sea level.

Gijon in Asturias

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A 5,000 year old city on the Cantabrian Sea reveals itself to us as an open, peaceful, cosmopolitan city, full of charm and endless possibilities available to visitors. The gijonese people are also kind and always willing to put their best foot forward for those who choose to come visit this beautiful city.

The city of Gijon is way off the tourist radar, but is a great base for exploring Spain’s ‘Green Coast’. Free of the intense heat of the south, it is ideal for touring, harbouring hidden coves, beaches and fishing village. Gijon itself is home to the unexpected marvel that is the International Bagpipe Museum.

Las Cuevas de Guadix in Andalucia

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The so-called “European Capital of Caves”, is located in Guadix, eastern Andalucia close to Granada. Is origin dates from 1492, after the capture of Granada by the Catholic Kings, where the displacement of the Moors came to the suburbs and outskirts. There are approximately 2,000 homes underground, most of which are still inhabited by about 4500 accitanos enjoying all the comforts of modern living and their natural benefits.

It is impressive to explore the wealth of the area and stay overnight in one of these stunning works excavated by man. The area is even more stunning when you realise that the houses were all dug with pick and shovel!

Albarracin in Aragon

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Yes, Europe also has a Chinese wall or so Albarracin looks like. This sleepy village is like untouched by modernization. According to Spanish newspaper ABC.es Albarracin is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. And based on 2007 census (INE), the municipality had a population of 1075 inhabitants. Don’t miss a chance to go back in time to medieval times.

Parque El Capricho, a secret garden in Madrid

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A secret gem in Madrid? One of the major capitals of Madrid? Really? Yes!

Perhaps the city’s best hidden gems are its ‘secret gardens’, providing real oases of calm and green in this bubbling and rushing center. There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful climate than by spending time in one of its wonderful gardens.

 

There’s so much more to Spain that we could continue without an end! But this is it for now, enjoy your different holiday in Spain this year and DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH WHILE YOU ARE EXPLORING THESE HIDDEN GEMS!

 

The impact of language learning to our brain

brain_resized-dialouge-online2There is no doubt that being multilingual is beneficial. Ability to speak several languages generally can influence many socioeconomic factors in our lives like more job opportunities worldwide, enhanced travel experiences, more dating prospects, new cultures and so on. However, there is more. Recent studies show that learning a new language also has positive biological outcomes to our bodies and most importantly to our brain.

 

Stay focused at age of 70!

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A study conducted by Dr. Thomas Bak, a lecturer at Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, suggests that bilingual people do better at various tests than monolinguals. 853 11 years olds were tested and tested again then they turned 70. At the age of 70 bilinguals performed way better than expected suggesting increased cognitive abilities. The strongest effects were seen in general intelligence, reading and ability to distinguish important facts from a vast stream of information. For example, people with such abilities can concentrate better in lectures and spend less time to get the same result than people whose concentration or ability to read is less advanced. As for 70 year olds, sharp brain can mean delay in various age related illnesses and also more meaningful time with families and friends.  

 

It is easy to become more intelligent

It is noted that bilingual brains contain more grey matter which holds majority of neurons and synapses. A research contained 2 groups: people who were studying Arabic, Russian or Dari language and those, who studied other non-language courses. After an intense course all participants’ brains were scanned by an MRI and compared. Results revealed that people who learned languages had visibly bigger parts of brain in comparison to the other group, even though they too were studying intensive academics.

 

In addition, Lund University in Sweden released a study suggesting that fluency in another language might enlarge your hippocampus that is responsible for long term memory and to strengthen cerebral cortex that is in charge of reasoning, visual processing, memory and planning. This study claims that exercising our brain constantly reduces chances to develop memory related diseases such as Alzheimer or dementia as well as postponing these diseases by approximately 5 years.

 

Keep exercising your brain

brain-145434_960_720 copyBrain is like a muscle – practice makes it stronger. In order to practice it we need to understand that the left hemisphere of our brain is in charge of logics, analysis and rationale while right is there for creativity, intuition and impulsiveness. In learning a new language logics works together with creativity, understanding and a feeling. So language learning activates our brain as a whole – both left and right hemispheres making it one of a better exercises to keep our brain active at all times.

 

Also, learning a new language can activate parts of brain that have never been activated before! If a language doesn’t contain some sounds or grammatical forms there is no part in a brain that is responsible for it yet. For example, Japanese doesn’t have letter L which is usually pronounced as R, therefore a Japanese person learning to say “Learning a language” activates ability to recognise and pronounce new sounds.

 

The outcome is very simple – the more we learn, the more our brains develop.

People tend to exercise to get a healthy and beautiful body, however they usually forget that in order to stay healthy and fit for as long as possible we need to take care of our mental health too! And language learning is one of the best exercises to your brain.

SO GO AHEAD, START EXERCISING!

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What kind of Valentine are you?

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Is Valentine’s a special day for you?

Do you get flowers and chocolates to your loved one?

Do you use Valentine’s to get away from the daily routine and revive your feelings to your loved ones?

Or maybe you think that any day should be like Valentine’s day if you really love someone?

Or you do not have a significant other and all these couples just annoy you?

So for those of us (yes, me included) who think that it’s another day that all the shops want to sell us chocolate and fake hearts, here’s a bit of the history based on Wikipedia on how it all started:

 

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. A popular legend says that Saint Valentine of Rome states was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”.

And although Valentine’s day is celebrated as a day of lovers in many countries, there are many differences as to when and how the day is celebrated:

 

  • In Chinese, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It commemorates a day on which a legendary cowherder and weaving maid are allowed to be together.
  • In ancient Tel Aviv times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Av (usually in late August).
  • In Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and 2008, religious police banned the sale of all Valentine’s Day items.
  • According to findings, Singaporeans are among the biggest spenders on Valentine’s Day, with 60% of Singaporeans indicating that they would spend between $100 and $500 during the season leading up to the holiday.
  • In India Hindu and Islamic traditionalists have considered Valentine’s day to be cultural contamination from the West, a result of the globalization in India.
  • In the UK around £1.3 billion is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for the Valentine’s day.
  • In the USA about 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.

Whatever your reasons or customs, Valentine’s can still be a nice getaway from daily routine to be with your loved one.

 

And if you do want to be different, why not give your loved one a chance to speak your language?

Or give a present of saying “I REALLY MISSED YOU TODAY” in their language!

 

Check out our different courses and make someone feel very special this Valentine’s day!

 

Why learning German is important today

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Could you imagine that learning German can be fun and easy? Yes, FUN and EASY.

 

You don’t believe us? See what Heidi from the 30DAYs German Challenge have to say about the FUN part – 

 

As for the EASY part, did you know that knowing English makes you advanced in German? Yes, that’s right. Just look at this:

Haus = house, Buch = book, Finger = finger, Hand = hand, Name = name, Mutter = mother, schwimmen = to swim, singen = to sing, kommen = to come, blau = blue, alt = old, windig = windy.

Modern German and modern English both evolved from Germanic and hence they share many similarities in both vocabulary and grammar.

So now that you know that learning German is both – FUN & EASY let’s look at other reasons why you should learn German:

 

Meet and get to know significant number of people around the world

German is the largest language in Europe in terms of native speakers. German is official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. And it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, northern Italy, eastern France and parts of Poland as well as in other parts of Europe and even Brazil!

Besides, in addition to the 120 million native German speakers around the globe, German is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide.

Can you imagine how many people you can meet by learning German? It’s beyond our comprehension!

 

Enhance your travel experience

autriaGerman is an official language in 5 countries and spoken widely across Europe. These countries offer some of the greatest natural and cultural experiences for travellers across the globe. From German beer or Christmas markets to skiing resorts in Austria and Switzerland to the most well known tulip festival in the world taking place just outside Amsterdam. By speaking German you can expect to meet people and get the insiders’ tips on the best local restaurants, hidden coffee places and sights off the beaten track.

In addition to that, Germans are the most frequent travellers in the world! With nearly 6 weeks of holidays a year and substantial disposable income, it is natural that they spend their holidays abroad. So with German you can expect not to only get better insights into hidden jams while travelling, but also meet some great travel buddies.

 

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Doing business with Germany

German efficiency is well reflected in the strength of its economy. Germany is the 4th strongest economy in the world and is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined! Can you imagine?

Germany is also the 3rd largest exporter in the world. From cars to electronic products, from chemical goods to pharmaceuticals and food products German has been known throughout ages for it’s quality products. “Made in Germany” sign stands for premium quality and durability.

So it is more than natural that whatever business you are in sooner or later you will come across German colleagues or companies that you want to work with and knowing German will be largely advantageous.

Also, let’s not forget that Switzerland has one of the highest living standards in the world and is largely populated with Germans.  

 

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We’ve all heard such big names like Mozart, Beethoven, Scorpions, Paul Van Dyk or Scooter – to name a few big names from music scene only. Throughout ages German philosophers, writers, painters, musicians, composers and other artists have been influencing Western society in many ways. Even today 18% of the world’s books are published in German.

German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

 

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Whatever your reason – learning German simply matters today!

Jump on our 30 DAYs German Challenge to find FUN in learning the largest language in Europe!

Why learn Russian?

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It is no secret that popularity of Russian language has declined over the last couple decades. One of the reasons behind that is obviously a geopolitical situation. However let’s leave the politics aside and look at why you should choose to invest your time in learning one of the most phonetic languages today.

 

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The boring reason – NUMBERS

Russian is:

  • The 8th most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers with 144 million native speakers in Russia and 30 million more across the globe including Ukraine, the US, Germany, Canada, Brazil and many more.
  • The 5th most spoken language by total number of speakers with more than 270 million people speaking Russian across the globe.
  • One of the six official languages of the United Nations.
  • Most geographically widespread language of Eurasia.
  • Most widely spoken Slavic language.
  • One of the official languages in space.

 

The serious reason – JOB OPPORTUNITIES

It all starts in the university. Florida State University claims that “students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance for graduate study in law school, business school, medical school, and other professional programs.”

Being able to speak Russian can open a lot of doors for you in your far away based non Russian job. The truth is that Russia has an abundance of natural resources and raw materials and thus West and East alike always wants to do business with Russia. Being able to speak Russian could easily become your competitive advantage and get you in a position that otherwise would be possible in a much longer period of time.

More importantly, going to Russia on a business trip will put you in a totally different place if you can speak at least a bit of the language. Respect and invitations to close circles comes as a given so we’re not even touching on that. But have you seen examples of a business negotiations where a non-English speaker users a translator and thus has more time to think about their next moves? Imagine that you would be able to understand your Russian counterparts before a translation!

 

taigaThe fun reason – TRAVEL

Russia occupies a vast territory across Eurasia and is the largest country in the world. There are 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia, 40 UNESCO biosphere reserves, 41national parks and 101 nature reserves. Russia is home for Mount Elbrus – the highest point in both Russia and Europe, the world’s deepest, purest and oldest bodies of fresh water – Lake Baikal, taiga, spectacular beaches, wildlife and unexplored places. Major tourist routes in Russia include a journey around the Golden Ring of ancient cities, cruises on the big rivers like the Volga, and long journeys on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway.

And if it’s not enough – speaking Russian can almost certainly help you to get around across the Central and Eastern Europe including Baltic countries. Plus, Russia will be hosting the 2018 Fifa World Cup!

 

balley-221214-2The cultural reasons – CLASSICS

Not many countries in the world can boast of such cultural heritage as Russia. It’s a homeland to some of the world’s most prominent writers, musicians, composers, ballet dances, theater directors and many other artists who throughout ages have influenced or set trends in the respective artistic areas. Works of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chaliapin, Tchaikovsky, Anna Pavlova, or Rudolf Nureyev are classics with no substitutes even today. You can obviously find translations of these works, however it will be nothing like enjoying Dostoevsky in Russian.

On top of that, life in Russia is different due to it’s distinctive customs and traditions. Everything from upbringing of children to family values to friends and relationships has its own flavor in Russia. Being able to speak Russian is the only way to taste that flavor and really understand the Russians.

 

The social reason – PEOPLE

Naturally, the easiest way to meet people is to know their language. It’s even more the case in Russia. With only 5.5% of people being able to speak English, you know that you can’t expect to fall back on English with Russians. Also, contrary to many’s believe Russians are very warm and welcoming people, that is if you are able to communicate at least a bit.

In addition, based on Wikipedia Russian is the second most spread language after English on the Internet. That is a lot of people to meet with just one language.

 

chania-crete-wedding-photographer_0056The romantic reason – SECOND HALF

With more than 30 million Russians living abroad it is very likely that sooner or later your paths will cross. And who knows, with the reputation of Russian women as wonderful hosts who place great importance on family values, this way turn into a romantic relationship. In which case speaking the language will help you to communicate and understand them more fully.

 

Whatever the reason – you will never regret being able to speak Russian!

And although it might be challenging at times, the rewards are greater than the investment.

Check out our 30DAYs Russian Challenge for an easy way to learn Russian.

A DAY BLIU BLIU WENT SOCIAL!

Bliu Bliu Social Language Wall

 

Today is a special special SPECIAL day for Bliu Bliu! Today we want to announce something that we’ve been working on for more than 6 months now.

Today is a day Bliu Bliu becomes truly social!

From now on you will be able to:

  • Not to only listen to and read in your target language, but also apply it in practice on Bliu Bliu!
  • Chat to other Bliubliuers learning the same language as you in real time!
  • Find learning buddies and make friends from across the globe!
  • Ask questions, discuss interesting topics, correct your mistakes all from one place that is Bliu Bliu!

From now on every language on Bliu Bliu has a Language Wall – a social space where you can communicate in the relevant language amongst yourself for ever more efficient language learning process!

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We are over the moon and we hope you will enjoy our Language Wall too!

You can find a link to the Language Wall in your Bliu Bliu side bar:

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Explore it!

Share it!

And above all – use it to progress your language skills!

A small print from us – Language Wall is still a work in progress. We decided that adding features to a live Wall will be better as we will be able to listen to your feedback and add what’s most important to you first. So please bear with us while we introduce personal one on one chats, topic charts, search and many more!

 

Go to bliubliu.com to see for your self!

 

Making Bliu Bliu home for your language learning!

 

Truly yours, Bliu Bliu Team