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Nouns ending with -heit and -keit in German
All German nouns that have the suffix -heit or -keit are feminine (i.e. have the article die), without exception (which is something we (...)
April 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
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Comma before ‘that’ and ‘which’
What sets English apart from most other languages is its use of the comma before a dependent (subordinate) clause. Dependent clauses (...)
April 22, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘go’ and ‘walk’ in English
When you travel from one place to another, most languages require that you use a verb based on how you travel, such as “walk” (which means (...)
April 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Literally’ and ‘figuratively’ in English
The adverb “literally” means “in the literal or strict sense”. For instance, it is commonly used when translating between two languages (...)
April 13, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Interested in doing’ vs. ‘interested to do’ in English
Some English teachers claim that “interested to” is always wrong, but this claim is not substantiated by actual usage. The fact is, the (...)
April 11, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
‘Easter’ in European languages (map)
The following map shows the word for Easter (the Christian holiday) translated into various European languages. The words are most (...)
April 6, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘Shall’ vs. ‘will’ in English
The traditional rule says that “shall” indicates the future tense for the first person (I shall, we shall), while “will” indicates the (...)
April 4, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Did he died’ vs. ‘did he die’ in English
The phrase “Did he died?” is a running joke in the comment sections of YouTube and similar websites. People use it when something mildly (...)
March 27, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘super’ and ‘superb’ in English
Both “super” and “superb” are common, but they are not completely interchangeable. Super is used nowadays mostly as an adverb meaning (...)
March 24, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Make a photo’ vs. ‘take a photo’ in English
When you use a camera to “capture” a picture of something, lots of languages describe the situation using the verb “make” (e.g. ein Foto (...)
March 22, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Happy about’ vs. ‘happy with’ in English
The distinction between “happy about” and “happy with” is a subtle one, and sometimes the two expressions are quite interchangeable. As a (...)
March 19, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Salary of primary school teachers by country in Europe
OECD recently published a new study about education in OECD member countries. The study itself contains a vast amount of data from various (...)
March 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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What does “idiomatic” mean when speaking about language?
An idiom is an expression whose meaning cannot be directly derived from the meanings of the words it contains. Hence one of the meanings (...)
March 17, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Most common street names by country in Europe
Out of linguistic curiosity, I started looking up the most common street names in various countries. The following map shows those I have (...)
March 11, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
Poe’s poem The Raven explained for English learners
Each line of the poem (apart from the last line of each stanza) is divided into two halves in the following text (which is based on my (...)
March 9, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Eat healthily’ vs. ‘eat healthy’ in English
When you want to express that the manner in which you eat is healthy, you can do so using the adverb “healthily”: You’re fat as a pig. (...)
March 6, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Differences between average hourly wages of men and women in Europe
There are several reasons why women earn less than men on average, most notably low representation of women in high-paying positions, such (...)
March 5, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
What does it mean for a function to be well-defined?
A common addendum to a formula defining a function in mathematical texts is, “it remains to be shown that the function is well defined.” (...)
March 3, 2015 – Jakub MarianMathematics
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Irregular English verbs: -ake to -ook (take, shake, forsake)
A few English verbs follow the pattern -ake → -ook → -aken in the past tense. They are all derived from the verb “take”, apart from (...)
March 2, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Map of life expectancy in Europe
Life expectancy at birth is defined as the number of years a newly born individual in the given country is expected to live on average, (...)
February 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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