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Why the EF EPI rankings are not what you think
The English Proficiency Index (EPI) by EF Education First is a rating of countries according to (presumably) the average level of English (...)
December 4, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Number of foreign languages studied per pupil in Europe
Learning foreign languages is an important part of secondary education in Europe. One could argue that it should be enough to just learn (...)
December 1, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
Percentages of pupils learning French
Percentage of pupils learning French by country in Europe
French was and to a certain degree still is one of the most influential languages in the world. It is one of the official languages of the (...)
November 22, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Percentage of pupils learning German by country in Europe
German is the most widely spoken language in the European Unionand arguably the most important language of Central Europe. It shouldn’t (...)
November 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Mortality due to cardiovascular disease by region in Europe
Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels, such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension, (...)
November 3, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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The word “goodly” in English
One of the first things non-native English speakers learn is that the adverbial form of “good” is irregular. We don’t say, for example, (...)
November 2, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
ischemic heart disease ratio
Number of deaths due to ischemic heart disease by region in Europe
Ischemic (or “ischaemic”) heart disease is a group of related diseases, including angina pectoris and cardiac arrest, which is one of the (...)
October 31, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Logic behind flats and sharps in musical scales
When you learn the traditional western music notation in order to be able to play an instrument, one of the first things you learn is the (...)
October 28, 2016 – Jakub MarianMusic
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Difference between ‘to be on fire’ and ‘to burn’
There is no significant difference between “something being on fire” and “something burning”, where “something” is a flammable material. (...)
October 26, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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The “432 Hz vs. 440 Hz” conspiracy theory
Would you believe that there is a conspiracy theory about the way we tune musical instruments? And that this theory even involves the (...)
October 19, 2016 – Jakub MarianMusic