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Final consonant doubling in English
As you surely know, the final consonant of some verbs gets doubled when the suffix -ing or -ed is added, e.g. stop: stopping, (...)
October 9, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Hundred in European languages
Evolution of “hundred” in Indo-European languages
Most European languages developed from a single language called Proto-Indo-European, spoken approximately from 4500 BC and 2500 BC (...)
August 20, 2018 – Jakub MarianLanguage learning
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Articles in Esperanto
Esperanto is a constructed language based on European languages (mostly English and Romance languages with a few influences from other (...)
June 20, 2018 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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Origin of the word “kid”
The noun “kid” in contemporary English is mostly used to informally refer to a child, e.g. “she’s just a kid” or “only 90s kids will (...)
May 12, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Estimate of the number of native Polish speakers
Different sources give very different estimates for the number of native Polish speakers, ranging from 39 million to 55 million, and they (...)
May 9, 2018 – Jakub MarianLanguage learning

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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 (...)
April 24, 2018 – Jakub MarianLanguage learning
‘Merry Christmas’ in European languages
A map showing how to wish people a “Merry Christmas” in French, German, Spanish, Italian and other European languages. (...)
December 17, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps
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 MarianMaps
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English words that change their meaning depending on stress placement
English orthography is often ambiguous. For example, the word “read” can be pronounced either /riːd/ (“reed”) or as /rɛd/ (“red”) (...)
November 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
‘November’ in European languages
The Roman calendar started in March, not January, making November the ninth month of the yearhence the name, from Latin novem, “nine”. (...)
November 2, 2017 – Jakub MarianMaps