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‘Consumer’ vs. ‘customer’ in English
English learners sometimes confuse the words “consumer” and “customer”. Although they look similar and the distinction is not important (...)
November 22, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Map of ‘vegetarian friendliness’ (number of vegetarian restaurants) in Europe by country
I originally wanted to create a map showing the percentage of population following a vegetarian diet, but it turned out it was impossible (...)
November 17, 2014 – Jakub MarianMaps
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The horror of the German Foreigners Registration Office
I am not German, but being a citizen of another EU country living in Germany, I never had to deal with any German authority for foreigners (...)
November 16, 2014 – Jakub MarianBlog
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‘Block’ vs. ‘bloc’ (vs. ‘blog’) in English
Ok, the “blog” part of the title was a joke; most people know that blogs are websites like this one used to publish articles (usually (...)
November 12, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Map of income taxes and social security contributions by country in Europe
Imagine you are an average-wage worker in your country. Do you know what percentage of the money your employer has to allot to you every (...)
November 10, 2014 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘Right side’ vs. ‘right-hand side’ in English
The expressions “right side” and “right-hand side” (and, correspondingly, “left side” and “left-hand side”) are interchangeable in most (...)
November 9, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Half five’, ‘half seven’, ‘half ten’… what does it mean in British English?
The standard way to tell the time when it’s X:30 is “half past X”. For example, 5:30 is “half past five”, 7:30 is “half past seven”, and (...)
November 5, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Map of the results of PISA student assessment studies in mathematics, reading, and science in Europe
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) organized by OECD is one of the most reliable wide-scale standardized student (...)
November 3, 2014 – Jakub MarianMaps, Mathematics
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‘Hearable’ vs. ‘audible’ in English
Adjectives expressing the ability of a thing to be perceived using a sense are often derived from a root that differs from that of the (...)
October 31, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Irregular English verbs: ring, sing, drink, shrink, sink, stink
There is a small class of irregular English verbs that follow the pronunciation pattern /ɪŋ/ → /aŋ/ → /ʌŋ/ in the past tense, two (...)
October 29, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Number of colonies of European countries (map)
The following map shows the number of colonies European countries (or their historical ancestors) have had, and it is based mainly on this (...)
October 27, 2014 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Irregular English verbs: -ode and -ade
It is no wonder Raj in the Big Bang theory couldn’t find the right past tense of “forbid”. The verb “bid” in the sense of either issuing a (...)
October 24, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Hair is’ vs. ‘hair are’ vs. ‘hairs are’ in English
The soft matter covering your head is usually referred to using a plural noun in other languages, e.g. die Haare in German or les cheveux (...)
October 22, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Number of Nobel laureates per capita in Europe (map)
The following map shows the number of Nobel laureates per 1 million inhabitants of each country (the smaller number shows the actual (...)
October 20, 2014 – Jakub MarianBiology, Chemistry, Maps, Physics
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Is 0.999… (repeating) equal to 1?
The short answer is yes. $0.\bar 9$ (zero point 9 repeating) is exactly 1. However, a lot of people find this result counter-intuitive (...)
October 16, 2014 – Jakub MarianMathematics
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Are all languages equally hard to learn?
When people start thinking about learning a foreign language, one of the first thoughts that spring to mind is “I am not going to learn (...)
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Irregular English verbs: say, lay, pay
Most English learners are well aware of the pattern -ay/-aid of irregular English verbs. However, this is more an exception than a rule. (...)
October 7, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Average number of languages spoken by the EU population
The Eurobarometer 386 survey organized by the European Commission provided a lot of insight into linguistic abilities of Europeans, and it (...)
October 6, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish, Maps
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“But humans are at the top of the food chain” argument against vegetarianism
Almost every time there is a discussion about vegetarianism, someone comes up with an argument similar to the following: Humans are at (...)
September 29, 2014 – Jakub MarianNutrition
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‘Good luck’ vs. ‘a good luck’ in English
Just the other day, I received a reply to the confirmation email all new subscribers to my educational mailing list receive pointing out (...)
September 29, 2014 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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