Language learning

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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 (...)
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Nouns, adjectives, and adverbs in Esperanto
Esperanto has an extremely simple system of nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. There are no grammatical genders (non-living things are not (...)
July 13, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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Why not mij, vij, lij instead of ni, vi, ili in Esperanto?
Esperanto is a very logical language, with complex words derived from simple roots in a highly regular way. Why, then, is it not possible (...)
July 12, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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‘Most everyone’ vs. ‘almost everyone’ in English
“Most everyone”, meaning “almost everyone”, is a colloquial phrase that became somewhat widespread in spoken American English, but the (...)
July 10, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Correlatives in Esperanto
In the grammar of Esperanto, words like “where”, “there”, “somewhere”, “when”, “then”, “sometime”, etc., are called correlatives. (...)
June 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
‘Easter’ in European languages
The English word “Easter” (and similar words in several other Germanic languages) is derived from the name Eostre, a Germanic goddess (...)
April 11, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps
April in European languages
‘April’ in European languages
The name of the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar in most European languages is derived from Latin Aprilis, the etymology of which is (...)
April 8, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps
Why is ऐ romanized as “ai” and औ as “au”?
I recently started learning Hindi, and one thing that struck me as odd was that ऐ is romanized as “ai”, and औ is romanized as “au”, (...)
March 21, 2017 – Jakub Marian
Duolingo number of users per language statistics
Duolingo, if you didn’t know, is a platform where you can learn many different foreign languages for free. It’s a great way to start (...)
How many letters does the Latin alphabet really have?
When you start learning a language written using a writing system other than the Latin alphabet (such as the Arabic script or Devanagari), (...)
March 7, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish