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Number of European gold medals by country in Rio 2016
The Summer Olympic Games are over, and we will have to wait another 4 years to see Olympic athletes compete in the same sports again. In (...)
August 22, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Difference between a dialect and a language
Whenever I publish a language map, such as the one of the languages of Europe, I get comments claiming that “Xyz is not a language”. For (...)
August 16, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Origin of the surnames Novak and Nowak
If you take a look at my map of the most common surnames in Europe, you will see that Nowak, Novák, and Novak are the most common (...)
August 16, 2016 – Jakub MarianCzech
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Origin of the German and Austrian surname Gruber
The name Gruber is a moderately popular surname in Germany and the most common surname in Austria. It is, in one way or another, derived (...)
August 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman, Maps
Map of languages and language families of Europe
The following map shows the language families of Europe (distinguished by colour) and languages within those families. Note that the terms (...)
August 11, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Maps, Spanish
Ukraine in my linguistic maps
This article clarifies the methodology I use to represent the linguistic situation in Ukraine in my linguistic maps, such as the map of (...)
August 10, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
Interview about my map of the most common surnames
Jaime Rubio Hancock from El País, the biggest newspaper in Spain, recently interviewed me about my map of the most common surnames in (...)
August 9, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Difference between ‘commenter’ and ‘commentator’
Imagine you want to write a comment to an article you’ve just read. You want to refer to someone else who also posted a comment, so you (...)
August 8, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Names of Germany in European languages
Germany is an unusual country, not only because of its renowned engineering and a large variety of beer, but also because of its name. (...)
August 7, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
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Difference between ‘dated’ and ‘outdated’ in English
Both “dated” and “outdated” can be used to describe things that are out of date, but the difference is that “dated” usually refers to (...)
August 4, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish