Category: Languages

  • ‘How the Polish language was formed?’

    ‘How the Polish language was formed?’

    The Polish language derives from the Proto-Slavic language. In ancient times, all Slavic tribes spoke a similar language, but from the 5th to the 9th century AD, they expanded from their settlements along the middle Dnieper and occupied huge territories from the Balkans to present-day eastern Germany. Due to the large distance between individual tribes,…

  • Which languages are worth knowing? The 5 most popular languages in the world.

    Which languages are worth knowing? The 5 most popular languages in the world.

    Among the languages ​​that are definitely worth learning (because they are spoken by the most people worldwide) are: Chinese – specifically its Mandarin dialect, which is spoken in most of China. There are over 918 million people in the world for whom Mandarin is their native language, which puts it in first place among the…

  • “Do we use a comma before ‘but’?”

    “Do we use a comma before ‘but’?”

    Do we use a comma before the word “ale” in Polish? What are the spelling rules in this matter? Do we use a comma before “ale”? The rule is that we almost always use a comma before the word “ale”. The exception is when the word is used as a noun. This happens when we…

  • How do we write: sun or Sun? Earth or earth? With a capital letter or a small one?

    How do we write: sun or Sun? Earth or earth? With a capital letter or a small one?

    Words: Sun (słońce), just like Moon (księżyc) or Earth (ziemia), function in different contexts and have different definitions, which determines how they are written. If we are referring to specific celestial bodies, such as our planet Earth or the Sun, which is the center of our Solar System, then these words are capitalized. For example,…

  • “In which countries is Spanish spoken?”

    “In which countries is Spanish spoken?”

    Spanish language is an official language in 22 countries around the world. Apart from Spain, these are mainly countries of Latin America, which have been intensely colonized by Spaniards since the end of the 15th century. The largest number of people for whom Spanish is their native language is found in Mexico – over 130…

  • What does the abbreviation “etc.” mean, Latin for “et cetera”?

    What does the abbreviation “etc.” mean, Latin for “et cetera”?

    “Et cetera” in Latin roughly translates to “and so on”. “Et” means “and”, while “cetera” means “the rest”. Therefore, the literal translation is “and the rest”. The abbreviation etc. that derives from this phrase is widely used in many modern languages, including English. It corresponds to our “etc.” – “and so on”. It can also…

  • What is declension?

    What is declension?

    The name declension originates from the Latin word “declinare,” which translates as “to decline.” Declension refers to the inflection of a word by cases and numbers. This process occurs in inflected languages, including the Polish language, where nouns, adjectives, adjectival participles, numerals, and pronouns undergo declension.

  • “What is a hypothesis? How does a hypothesis differ from a thesis?”

    “What is a hypothesis? How does a hypothesis differ from a thesis?”

    The word hypothesis comes from Greek and consists of two parts: “hipo,” which means “under,” and “thesis,” which means placement or arrangement. The literal meaning of this word is therefore “placing something under something.” This can be understood as placing a proposed thesis under a question mark, accepting its conditional nature. An example of a…

  • What does ‘idk’ mean?

    What does ‘idk’ mean?

    What does idk mean, which is a commonly used abbreviation by young people, as well as the online community and gamers. idk is an abbreviation for the English phrase “I don’t know”, simply meaning “nie wiem” in Polish. The abbreviation idk is frequently used in online chats. Mainly because it allows for a very quick…

  • What Questions Does an Adjective Answer?

    What Questions Does an Adjective Answer?

    What questions does an adjective answer? An adjective is a distinct part of speech that, in the nominative case singular, answers the questions: what? which? whose? This is a basic definition that is often used in education. However, it is worth mentioning that the function of a word primarily determines its membership in the set…

  • The title can be translated as: “Narazie or na razie? How should it be written?”

    The title can be translated as: “Narazie or na razie? How should it be written?”

    “Narazie” or “na razie”? A common phrase we use to say goodbye to someone can cause difficulty in writing. The correct form is “na razie”, which is written separately. Why is that? It is easy to observe when we use the phrase in a different context, emphasizing that we are putting something off for later.…

  • The title of the post translated to English is: “To be continued – what is the correct spelling of the popular abbreviation?”

    The title of the post translated to English is: “To be continued – what is the correct spelling of the popular abbreviation?”

    The phrase “ciąg dalszy nastąpi” is commonly used both in its standard form and in an abbreviated form. However, the question arises as to how to correctly write the abbreviation. Where should the dots be placed in order for the abbreviation to be correct? Answers to these burning questions are provided by Słownik skrótów i…