Now trying out Bliu Bliu

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bliu Bliu is pretty fun so far - it's a website for learning languages that seems somewhat similar to others like Lingq or Reading With Texts except that BB has an algorithm that guesses for you which words it thinks you know (based on which words you've already told it you know and don't know), and then goes around the web picking texts for you that seem suited to your level. Meanwhile, the selected texts can be recorded by native speakers if they so choose, meaning about one in twenty or so will come with audio.

The guessing algorithm is fun, resulting in a much more effortless experience than something like Lingq where you will say for example that you know the word chose but when the word choses comes up it will assume you don't know. On the other hand it also means that you will spend as much time marking words that you don't know (that BB assumes you did) as vice versa, so you have to be sure that you are scanning each text slowly and checking whether you actually know words that aren't highlighted.

That's all I have to write about it after a day of trying it out, may have more to say on the subject in a week or so.


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