Learning German

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 14, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
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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 (...)

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Special characters (diacritics) used in European languages
The “Basic Latin Alphabet”, as defined by the ISO, consists of the following 26 letters and their uppercase variants (and is identical to (...)
February 21, 2017 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, 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
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
Is German an SVO language?
The order of the subject, verb, and object in a sentence (abbreviated S, V, and O, respectively) is one of the ways linguists categorize (...)
May 22, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
‘Musste’, ‘gemusst’ and ‘müssen haben’ in German
There are four different past tense forms for the German verb müssen (must). The easiest one to deal with is the simple past: Er (...)
April 24, 2016 – Jakub MarianGerman
‘Cemetery’ and ‘graveyard’ in European languages: The Map
A map shows etymological relations among the words “cemetery” and “graveyard” translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian and other languages. (...)
January 12, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Maps, Spanish