Language learning

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
‘Merry Christmas’ in European languages (map)
A map showing how to wish people a “Merry Christmas” in French, German, Spanish, Italian and other European languages. (...)
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 11, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
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The word “goodly” in English
One of the first things non-native English speakers learn is that the adverbial form of “good” is irregular. We don’t say, for example, (...)
November 2, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish