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August in European languages
‘August’ in European languages
The English name “August” comes from Latin augustus, named in honour of Augustus, the first Roman emperor and great-nephew and adoptive (...)
August 1, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘In an alphabetical order’ vs. ‘in alphabetical order’ in English
The word “order” is usually treated as an uncountable (mass) noun, which means that it is normally not combined with an indefinite (...)
July 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Comparison of difficulty of different languages
When people start thinking about learning a language like Russian or Chinese, one of the first thoughts that spring to mind is that it (...)
“Sort by date” slow in Windows 8 and 10 – solution
There’s one “feature” in Windows 8 and 10 that’s been really annoying me lately: sorting by date. When you select Sort by → Date in view (...)
July 23, 2017 – Jakub MarianBlog
European languages by number of native speakers
There are almost a hundred different languages spoken natively in Europe, but only about 40 of them have 1 million speakers or more. The (...)
July 16, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Nouns, adjectives, and adverbs in Esperanto
Esperanto has an extremely simple system of nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. There are no grammatical genders (non-living things are not (...)
July 13, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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Why not mij, vij, lij instead of ni, vi, ili in Esperanto?
Esperanto is a very logical language, with complex words derived from simple roots in a highly regular way. Why, then, is it not possible (...)
July 12, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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‘Most everyone’ vs. ‘almost everyone’ in English
“Most everyone”, meaning “almost everyone”, is a colloquial phrase that became somewhat widespread in spoken American English, but the (...)
July 10, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
How to calculate the factorial of 1/2
As I proved in my article on integration by parts (at the end), the factorial of a natural number $n$ can be calculated using the (...)
July 8, 2017 – Jakub MarianMathematics
Integral of $\log(x)$ (or $\ln(x)$)
The natural (base $e$) logarithm is usually denoted $\log(x)$ in mathematics, but for the sake of students of other disciplines, we will (...)
July 7, 2017 – Jakub MarianMathematics