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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
‘Merry Christmas’ in European languages (map)
A map showing how to wish people a “Merry Christmas” in French, German, Spanish, Italian and other European languages. (...)
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 11, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
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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
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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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‘Obliged’ vs. ‘obligated’ in English
The only verb form of “obligation” that is traditionally considered correct is oblige, not “obligate”, so you cannot make a mistake by (...)
October 14, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Two opposite meanings of “arguable”
The verb “argue” has two significantly different (but related) meanings. First, you can argue with someone about something (or over (...)
September 27, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Inhabited’ or ‘inhabitated’ in English
Long story short, the correct form is inhabited. The reason why people (especially non-native speakers) tend to think that the word is (...)
September 25, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish