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Water in European Languages
“Water” in European languages
The English word “water” derives from Proto-Germanic *watōr, which in turn derives from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ (“water”). This is (...)
March 22, 2019 – Jakub MarianMaps
Alphabets of Europe Map
There are three different types of alphabets used in Europe: Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek. They all look somewhat similar and share several (...)
January 10, 2019 – Jakub MarianMaps
Land cover of Russia
Land cover of Russia
The map below is based on data by the European Space Agency (the CCI project). It shows Russia and parts of Central Asia, Europe, Middle (...)
January 7, 2019 – Jakub MarianMaps
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(An) information – is there an article?
The word “information” is an uncountable noun (also called mass noun) in English, just like “smoke” or “rice”. This means that it is (...)
January 4, 2019 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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“Merry Christmas” in over 100 different languages
This article will teach you how to say (or rather write) “Merry Christmas” in more than 100 different languages. The languages are grouped (...)
December 17, 2018 – Jakub MarianLanguage learning

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Christmas Gift-Bringers of Europe
Christmas gift-bringers of Europe
Find out who brings Christmas gifts in France, Germany, Spain, and many other countries by looking at this neatly coloured map. (...)
December 16, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
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“I know English” or “I speak English”?
Long story short, if you want to say that you can express yourself in English and/or that you can communicate in English, the natural way (...)
December 10, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Land cover of Africa
The map below is based on data by the European Space Agency (the CCI project). It shows Africa and parts of the Middle East and Southern (...)
December 6, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Languages young Europeans want to learn
In its recent Flash Eurobarometer 466, the European commission asked a random sample of young EU citizens (aged 15–30) which languages (...)
December 3, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
1741 linguistic map of Europe, Asia, and Africa
Gottfried Hensel (1687–1765) was a German linguist. His book Synopsis Universae Philologiae, published in 1741, was an early work on (...)
November 28, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps