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Polish vs. Russian Similarities and Differences

How different or similar are Polish and Russian?

Both Polish and Russian are Slavic languages from the Indo-European family. I’ve learnt Russian over a long number of years and have in the past dabbled with Polish. In 2016, I started learning Ukrainian which is closer to Polish than Russian. As a result, Polish has become more understandable on my trips to Poland. The …

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How different or similar are Polish and Ukrainian?

Both Polish and Ukrainian are Slavic languages from the Indo-European family. In late 2016, I started learning Ukrainian and have in the past dabbled with Polish. Learning Polish? Read our honest review of PolishPod101.   As I already speak Russian, Ukrainian grammar was very familiar but the vocabulary was not obvious as it is a …

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language certificate worth it

Is a language certificate worth it? | How to get language skills or jobs

As you can see from the photo for this article, I have successfully gained some language certificates in the past. However, I’ve never really seen them as a goal for me personally as I’d rather focus on gaining practical language skills for communication on my travels around the world. That said, I’ve rarely had a …

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British versus American English – which one to speak?

While growing up in Ireland, I was constantly exposed to both British and American English (and the Australian variety as well) through the medium of television. Every day I would hear both versions with their myriad of regional and societal variations for several hours, along with Irish English of course. I wrote ‘British’ but the vocabulary …

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How different is English from French?

How different is English from French?

As a native speaker of English whose first foreign language was French, I find the history and interaction between these 2 major global languages fascinating. English is today by far the world’s most studied foreign language. According to the British Council a little under 1 billion have English as a foreign language. French was once used …

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How different is Spanish in Colombia from that spoken in Spain?

How different is Spanish in Colombia from that spoken in Spain?

Colombia – the homeland of Sofia Vergara and Shakira, with a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is a country in both South and Central America. Named after Cristopher Columbus, Colombia has around 45 million inhabitants and Bogota as its capital. In 1821 the Republic of Colombia became independent from Spain with borders …

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How different is Catalan from Spanish?

While travelling and learning an official language of a country you should also appreciate that it may not be the main language depending on the region you’re in. In this sense Spain is an interesting example. Even if Spanish is the only official language on a national level, there are plenty of regional languages, i.e., Aranese, Basque, Catalan and Galician. And …

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