Language learning

‘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
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The word “stucked” in English
Sometimes you may hear non-native English speakers and English-speaking children say that “something is stucked somewhere”. However, there (...)
February 25, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish, Grammar
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 (...)
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Spanish alphabet with pronunciation
Unlike English, Spanish has a very phonetic orthography (most letters have a fixed pronunciation). Spanish alphabet has 27 letters and 5 (...)
January 22, 2017 – Riccardo Cava  and  Jakub MarianSpanish
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