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Witty and funny quotes by Oscar Wilde
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. — Oscar Wilde ✽ The play was a great success, but the (...)
April 24, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Definite integration without variables
In the previous article, we discussed how to integrate without using variables, but only in the case of indefinite integration. Definite (...)
April 23, 2014 – Jakub MarianMathematics
Witty and funny quotes by Mark Twain
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. — Mark (...)
April 21, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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English words with Q not followed by U, with pronunciation
There are only three English words which contain a Q not followed by U that are not borrowed from another language: qwerty /ˈkwɜrti/ (...)
April 18, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
‘Talk a talk but not walk a walk’ – English idiom with meaning and examples
If you say that someone talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk, it means that what they do doesn’t agree with what they say. For (...)
April 7, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
A new project: A book about witty quotes
I have finished a new project! It is be a book called 333 wittiest quotable quotes. Using quotes in an article, in a presentation and even (...)
April 4, 2014 – Jakub MarianBlog
Stress position in Spanish words
Unlike English, Spanish orthography already contains all the necessary information about stress position; if you see a Spanish word in its (...)
March 31, 2014 – Jakub MarianSpanish
‘All but’ vs. ‘anything but’ vs. ‘everything but’ in English
These three expressions, “all but”, “anything but”, and “everything but”, are among the most confusing in the English language for native (...)
March 28, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Meaning of accidentals and key signatures in terms of tonal distance
In the previous article, we learned how we can translate note names into numbers using the following table: … D♭ A♭ E♭ (...)
March 27, 2014 – Jakub MarianMusic theory
How to translate chord progressions into any scale easily
In the previous article, we learned that it is possible to avoid memorization in music theory by using numbers instead of letters for note (...)
March 23, 2014 – Jakub MarianMusic theory
‘Elephant in the room’ – English idiom with meaning and examples: The expression "elephant in the room", sometimes also "elephant in the living
‘Living under a rock’ – English idiom with meaning and examples: Living under a rock is a nice recent English idiom meaning "being oblivious
Harmony analysis using numbers (the numeral notation)
In the previous article, we described a way to think about the notes in the western tonal system as about a line of fifth. This line also (...)
March 10, 2014 – Jakub MarianMusic theory
Is saturated fat healthy? Not quite.
There has been sort of a craze recently about studies proving that saturated fat is not bad for your heart, as was previously thought (and (...)
March 8, 2014 – Jakub MarianNutrition
‘Morgen’, ‘am Morgen’, ‘morgens’ and ‘morgen früh’ in German
These four expressions are a common source of confusion for German learners. The reason is that “Morgen” can be either a noun or an (...)
March 5, 2014 – Jakub MarianGerman
Witty and funny quotes about children and relationships
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” — Franklin P. Adams ✽ “Having children (...)
March 3, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Functional (unified) notation for chord progressions
The functional notation for chord progressions is an extension of the traditional notation which is fully compatible with it (you won’t (...)
March 2, 2014 – Jakub MarianMusic theory
Witty and funny quotes about religion
“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” — Billy (...)
March 1, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Comma before and after ‘etc.’: Should you use a comma before and/or after "etc."? There's no definitive
‘Freeer’ vs. ‘freer’ (triple ‘e’) in English
This is a common mistake in English. Since the comparative form of an adjective is formed by simply sticking “er” to the end of the (...)
February 28, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Pythagorean tuning
Pythagoras devised a tuning system based solely on perfect fifths, constructed from a reference tone by successively stacking perfect (...)
February 27, 2014 – Jakub MarianMusic theory
Names of fruits and vegetables in French, Spanish and German with pictures
Learning basic vocabulary in a foreign language can be a dull task. It doesn’t make much sense to go through a long list of translations (...)
February 22, 2014 – Jakub MarianFrench, German, Spanish
Witty and funny quotes about work and jobs
“I will always choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” — Bill (...)
February 17, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Witty and funny quotes about politics
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” — Nikita (...)
February 16, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Pronunciation of ‘despicable’ in English: When you despise /dɪˈspaɪz/ (dis-paayz) something, you find it despicable,
Pronunciation of ‘vinegar’ in English: Vinegar is used to make food more sour /ˈsaʊər/ (saau-ə) UK, /ˈsaʊɚ/
Quantification without variables
I’ve written several articles about how to do classical calculus without using variables, e.g. how to differentiate or integrate (...)
February 15, 2014 – Jakub MarianMathematics
Facebook demotes publishers by reducing reach
Facebook has made it nearly impossible for publishers to reach their fans without paying for ads. I spend hours a day writing quality (...)
February 12, 2014 – Jakub MarianBlog
Stressed and unstressed ‘the’ and ‘a’ in English (the strong form of articles)
Articles in English have three different forms (at least in pronunciation). If “a” or “the” are followed by a vowel, they change to “an” (...)
February 11, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Pronunciation of ‘February’ in English: I heard someone complaining about the fact that he has to say to himself
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