Language learning

‘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
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Present subjunctive in English
The present subjunctive is a really easy mood to use: it is always identical to the infinitive in English, and speakers of other Germanic (...)
November 1, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Criteria’ – singular or plural?
The media seem to have been plagued with expressions like “the criteria is” lately. Unfortunately, such expressions are incorrect, because (...)
October 16, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish

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‘In formal context’ vs. ‘in a formal context’ in English
“Context” can be a countable as well as an uncountable noun. When you speak about context in general, the word is usually uncountable, (...)
October 6, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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So, thus, therefore, and hence in English
Since you are reading this article in English, the odds are you already know what the conjunction “so” means. You probably also know that (...)
October 5, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Pronouns in Esperanto
The system of pronouns in Esperanto is very similar to the English one: mi (I), ni (we), vi (you), li (he), ŝi (she), ĝi (it), ili (they). (...)
September 16, 2017 – Jakub MarianEsperanto
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‘In an alphabetical order’ vs. ‘in alphabetical order’ in English
The word “order” is usually treated as an uncountable (mass) noun, which means that it is normally not combined with an indefinite (...)
July 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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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