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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 (...)
Duolingo number of users per language statistics
Duolingo is a platform where you can learn many different foreign languages for free. It’s a great way to start learning a language you (...)
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

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‘February’ in European languages
The English word “February” comes from Latin februarius, which means “of purification”. The corresponding names for the second month of (...)
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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Difference between a dialect and a language
Whenever I publish a language map, such as the one of the languages of Europe, I get comments claiming that “Xyz is not a language”. For (...)
August 16, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Origin of the German and Austrian surname Gruber
The name Gruber is a moderately popular surname in Germany and the most common surname in Austria. It is, in one way or another, derived (...)
August 15, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman, Maps
Names of Germany in European languages
Germany is an unusual country, not only because of its renowned engineering and a large variety of beer but also because of its name. Most (...)
August 7, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
Most common surnames by country in Europe
Onomastics is a fascinating area of linguistics concerned with the study of the history and origin of proper names. Today’s map lies on (...)
July 31, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Maps, Spanish
Difference between “ausdrucken” and “ausdrücken” in German
The verbs “drucken” and “drücken” in German are often confused by non-native speakers, especially by those who cannot pronounce the vowel (...)
May 27, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman