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 (...)
Happy New Year in European languages
‘Happy New Year’ in European languages
Learn how to wish a “Happy New Year” in German, French, Spanish, Italian and other languages with my neatly coloured map! (...)
December 30, 2016 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, French, German, Italian, Maps, Russian, 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
‘Hello’ in European languages
Today’s map shows how to say hello in French, German, Spanish, Italian and other European languages (note that most local languages and (...)
November 21, 2015 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, French, German, Maps, Spanish
Most common street names by country in Europe
A map showing the most common street names by country with English translation and a list of sources. (...)
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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 (...)
Map of the most spoken foreign languages in the EU by country
It is interesting to see how likely you are to be able to communicate using a foreign language when you travel in Europe. The following (...)
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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