AFP S2E04 – Claudio Santori: Startups and viral learning

On the fourth episode of the second season of the podcast I’m joined by Claudio Santori. Claudio is the founder of BliuBliu, a website that finds native content you can enjoy at your current level in the target language. He comes on to talk about what it takes to start and run a language startup, as well as ideas on apps and other software for language learning. We also touch on his recent viral fame in Lithuania where him and a friend recorded videos in Lithuanian and ended up being invited on Radio, TV and even TEDx.

Claudio Santori

I’m very excited to welcome my good friend, Claudio Santori to the podcast. I briefly interview him in Berlin last year, the results of which you can see here on the AF youtube channel. In that interview we discussed Bliu Bliu and his story in more detail, so if you’d like a nice back story for this interview you can go check out that interview first.

He also did a talk on how to focus, is very passionate about personal development and entrepreneurship – so he’s right up my alley!

Bliu Bliu Challenges

A new initiative from Bliu Bliu this year is to run challenges in languages. This helps focus and also accelerates your learning process in that language. The challenge is a 30 day challenge, where you have a special host to help guide you. Best of all it can be done in 15 minutes a day.

I’ve previously mentioned how powerful challenges can be for your language learning, so I highly recommend you check out some of the Bliu Bliu challenges they have running at the moment, be sure to check out the bonuses as well!

Special bonus exclusive for Actual Fluency listeners

Sign up to a challenge via this link or other links on this page and get the following bonuses!

1 extra hour of personal

To claim the bonuses simply email a copy of your receipt to receipts @ actualfluency.com

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How Claudio came up with Bliu Bliu
  • How Bliu Bliu works and the future of the company
  • How it’s like to run a language startup
  • Tips and advice for potential language entrepreneurs out there
  • How his Lithuanian learning went viral
  • Bliu Bliu Language Challenges
  • …..And much more!

Episode Resources

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  • Hi Claudio & Chris!

    A very entertaining interview.

    I really agree with the idea that, when looking for real language sources, we should choose activities we already enjoy in our native language. In my own experience, that makes it easier to build a new learning habit.

    Also, using cognates to work on pronunciation at first sounds like a great strategy.

    And I also enjoyed the insights on how to start a language startup.
    I’m going to check up Bliu-bliu!

    Thank you!

    • Claudio Santori Spadini

      hey Jorge
      thanks for the comment

      On Bliu Bliu we are all about this, we take content you consume in your native and we provide you that in the target language, at your level. Or at least this is the vision 🙂

      • I’ve been playing with the German materials. It’s fun! The books and the “Listen to this paragraph” feature are great.