What if you could easily find content you understand and use it to improve your French naturally?
That’s exactly what Bliu Bliu promises to help you do.
Here is my review:
The science behind Bliu Bliu
The software is based on the comprehensible input hypothesis.
Comprehensible input is content you can partly understand because it contains words you already know, but don’t fully understand because it also contains unknown words.
As you discovered in How to Learn French in a Year, using comprehensible input is one of the best ways to quickly improve your French.
Because you naturally learn new words and understand grammar by looking at the way sentences are constructed and words used.
You learn from authentic French content, and you have fun in the process.
This is appealing, but finding content that exactly fits your level is easier said than done.
Usually, the content you read, watch or listen to is either too easy or too complicated.
In the first case you don’t learn much. In the second case, you struggle so much to understand that you quickly give up.
Bliu Bliu claims to solve this problem.
Let’s see how it works in practice!
How does Bliu Bliu work?
As soon as you arrive on Bliu Bliu‘s website, you are asked to choose a language.
The software then asks you several questions to evaluate your level.
Once it knows your level, it will provide you all the comprehensible input you need.
Before each session, Bliu Bliu shows you a few words and ask you whether you know them or not.
If you don’t know them, the software shows you different sentences and texts containing the word.
This allows you to see the words in context, understand their meaning and learn how to use them.
You can also import words you want to practice if you are a premium user. This helps you memorize words by seeing them used in different sentences and situations.
Finally, premium users can add their own texts and books and read them in Bliu Bliu. This is great because you can read and easily see translation at the same time.
This is similar to what Lingq and Learning with Texts allow you to do.
You can even choose the kind of content you want to use among several categories (jokes, common words, videos etc).
If you chose audio content and video content, you can read the text and listen to it or watch it at the same time.
This can be both fun and useful.
There is one problem though. Bliu Bliu uses Google Translate for the translation and the audio of words, so the translation aren’t always accurate and the pronunciation isn’t always correct.
Is Bliu Bliu worth it?
Absolutely! Provided that you are not a complete beginner. If you are a beginner, you may want to learn some basic vocabulary before you get started.
If you are not a beginner and want to take your French to the next level, Bliu Bliu is an excellent tool.
You will naturally learn the language, learn about the culture and have fun in the process.
You have the choice between a free version (limited to 5 minutes sessions) and an unlimited premium version.
Over to you
Did you try Bliu Bliu? Share your opinion in the comment section below!