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FAQ

Do you have a manual that I can download?

Yes, you can download our Power User Guide in PDF format.

I love Bluebird! How can I help Bluebird succeed?

1) Give Bluebird a 5-star rating and a review. 2) Use the “Share” link in the app to share the app with your friends and family. 3) Consider subscribing to our Premium plan.

What is included in the Premium subscription?

Higher-resolution audio (5x higher resolution than the free audio). Unlimited personalized courses. PDF study guides. Automatic saving of your last 50 lessons for easy resumption. Priority technical support.

Does Bluebird have an offline mode?

Yes, Your past 10 lessons are automatically saved (History), and can be played when your are offline. (Premium users have their last 50 lessons saved in History.) You can also bookmark any lesson and have it automatically saved for offline listening. When you launch the app and you are offline, it will automatically take you to your library of saved lessons.

Why do lessons load slowly sometimes?

When you choose one of the 12.5 million audio lessons that comprise Bluebird (which is the largest collection of audio in the world), that lesson downloads to your device. A 30-minute lesson is about 5 megabytes in size. If your WiFi is good, that means about 5 to 10 seconds to download. If your connection is slow, it will take longer. The key thing to remember is that you may wait a few seconds, but you will get 30 minutes of quality instruction as a result. It’s the same principle with a service like Audible.com, where you can download complete audiobooks, and it takes some time.

What is the auth error when I try to register?

Google Firebase, which we use for this app, is blocked in all the countries that are on the current US embargo list. That is why you are seeing this error. Short of using a VPN, there is no known solution for this issue.

Audio just stays at 0:00 and doesn't play.

The solution: You need to press the volume button on your phone and modify the settings there to make sure it’s not casting to a Bluetooth device.

Why does Bluebird need access to my device's storage?

The first time that you download a Bluebird audio lesson to your device, you will be asked: “Allow Bluebird to access photos, media, and files on your device?” This is a generic question that Android asks when you want to save items to your device’s storage. If you click “Allow,” it means you will be able to download and listen to Bluebird audio lessons on your device; if you click “Deny,” it means that you won’t be able to download and listen to Bluebird audio lessons on your device. Bluebird will never access your “photos, media, and files” on your device, but it does need this access in order to download and use Bluebird audio lessons.

Is Bluebird the largest selection of language-learning audiobooks in the world?

Yes. Bluebird offers 12,498,294 prerecorded audio lessons in total. That is 6,249,147 hours (713 years) of prerecorded lessons.Each language has an average of 80,634 prerecorded lessons (each lesson is narrated in 146 languages). This makes Bluebird not only the largest language-learning app in terms of content, but the largest audiobook publisher in the world (33% more hours than the largest aggregator of audiobooks).

How many minutes does each lesson last?

You have a world of choices here. The daily lessons are about 6 minutes each, perfect if you don’t have much time each day to study. The pre-recorded Bluebird audio lessons average 30 minutes, perfect for a daily lesson if you have a bit more time. The Conversation lessons average 45 minutes, great for a daily immersion. You can also create Personalized Courses with lessons ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes in length, based entirely on your preferences.

How many hours of audio lessons are available for each language?

Each language has an average of 80,634 prerecorded lessons (each lesson is narrated in 146 languages), which is about 40,000 hours of precorded content for each learning language.

Can I use Bluebird across multiple devices?

Yes, you can use Bluebird on multiple devices. Bluebird remembers your progress, quiz scores and preferences across multiple devices automatically.

Can I bookmark specific parts of a lesson?

Better than that — Bluebird automatically saves your progress in every lesson you attempt, so you can easily resume at any point in the future.

Do you offer narration in languages other than English?

Yes. Bluebird lets you learn any of 163 languages through narration in any of 146 home languages. These 146 home languages cover over 97% of the world’s population!

Do the audio lessons have subtitles?

Yes. Each and every Bluebird lesson has bilingual subtitles so you can read along in real time.

Do the lessons have articles and gender for nouns?

Yes, select languages have noun gender identification (masculine, feminine, neuter, common, masculine animate, masculine inanimate, masculine personal), as well as article determination (definite, indefinite, partitive).

Is phonetic and romanized text available?

Yes, select languages have phonetic text or romanization available, both in the lessons and the quizzes.

Do the audio lessons have photographs?

Yes. We use 10,000 photographs (one for each instructional phrase in our core curriculum) to provide further reinforcement.

What is Bluebird's methodology?

Bluebird uses the scientifically proven¬†spaced repetition learning method to optimize both language acquisition and language retention. Just listen and repeat, it’s that easy!

Do you have quizzes so I can evaluate my progress?

Yes, premium quizzes are available for every lesson that you do, to both reinforce what you learn and evaluate your progress.

Is there a place where I can see my average quiz scores and my progress through both the quizzes and the lessons?

Yes, see “My Stats” in the side menu of the app.

What do the eggs mean?

An egg appears on any lesson that you have started. A gray egg means that you have started the lesson, but haven’t yet finished it. Bluebird remembers your progress in every lesson you take, so you can automatically resume exactly where you last left off (no matter how many lessons you’ve started — it remembers your place in all of them). A blue egg means that you have listened to the lesson in its entirety, congratulations!

What do the ribbons mean?

Ribbons show your quiz scores. A yellow ribbon means that you have completed some, but not all, of the quizzes in a level or unit. A blue ribbon means that you have completed all of the quizzes in a level or unit.

Do I have to complete an audio lesson before attempting the quiz for that lesson?

No, if you would like to test out of a lesson, you can attempt the quiz directly, without experiencing the lesson.

How do I know how difficult a lesson is before starting it?

Each lesson is rated (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) based on the difficulty of the instructional phrases taught in that lesson.

Can I cast Bluebird audio lessons to Google Home?

Yes, Bluebird supports Google Cast in both the Android app and the iOS app.