Language 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
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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