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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 (...)
Special characters (diacritics) used in European languages
The “Basic Latin Alphabet”, as defined by ISO, consists of the following 26 letters and their uppercase variants (and is identical to the (...)
February 21, 2017 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
‘February’ in European languages
The English word “February” comes from Latin februarius, which means “of purification”. The corresponding names for the second month of (...)

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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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Do languages influence our way of thinking?
Each language forces you to think in a slightly different way. There are many concepts that can be expressed easily in one language but (...)
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Internal monologue (“speaking in your head”) as a form of language learning
There is one method I’ve been using for years for every single language I learn: the so called “internal monologue” or “inner voice”. It (...)
Is Czech a hard language? Are Slavic languages hard?
Let me start by saying: Yes, I do think that Czech is a very complicated language; it is difficult to grasp and even more difficult to (...)
September 25, 2013 – Jakub MarianCzech, Other languages, Russian
Names of the letters of the Latin alphabet in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Polish, and Czech
I learn and speak several languages, but the proper pronunciation of the names of the letters of the standard 26-letter Latin alphabet is (...)
March 12, 2013 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
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How to learn a foreign language: Mastering
This is the final phase of learning a language, and it is suitable for you when you speak it at about the C1 level. After some time of (...)
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How to learn a foreign language: Skimming
Skimming is just a form of familiarization with languages which are close to a language I already know. For example, Dutch is very close (...)