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Pronunciation of ‘oo’ in English – long or short?
There are two common and three uncommon pronunciations of the digraph “oo”. In the early stages of the development of English, “oo” was (...)
April 25, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
‘Musste’, ‘gemusst’ and ‘müssen haben’ in German
There are four different past tense forms for the German verb müssen (must). The easiest one to deal with is the simple past: Er (...)
April 24, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
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‘Lie in bed’ or ‘lay in bed’ in English
Lie, lay, lied, laid, layed… Does it even matter? We understand each other anyway, right? In fact, it does matter. Using an incorrect (...)
April 21, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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translations of tea into French, German, Spanish, Italian and other languages
Map: “Tea” in European Languages
Did you know that “tea” is either “teh”, “cha”, or “chai” in almost all languages in the world? All three names originally come from (...)
April 19, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Difference between ‘if so’ and ‘if yes’ (and ‘if not’ and ‘if no’) in English
Imagine you are about to buy a new phone and ask, “Does the phone support 4G connection?” You could anticipate the answer and immediately (...)
April 14, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Prefer to’ or ‘prefer over’ – which preposition?
“Which preposition should I use after the verb ‘prefer’?” is a common question among non-native and native speakers alike. Long story (...)
April 12, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Local Price and Purchasing Power Index in Europe
If you are considering moving to another country, be it for work, studies, retirement, or simply because you like its culture or climate, (...)
April 6, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
Most common surnames by country in Europe
Onomastics is a fascinating area of linguistics concerned with the study of the history and origin of proper names. Today’s map is of (...)
March 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Maps, Spanish
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Difference between ‘compute’ and ‘calculate’
Explanation of the difference between “compute” and “calculate” and “computation” and “calculation”. (...)
March 12, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Number of guns per capita in Europe
It is no secret that the United States has the largest number of guns of all developed countries, with some estimates stating there are in (...)
February 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps