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Greek Vocabulary in English

You will face the wrath of many linguists if you suggest that English is a hybrid language. But at least in terms of vocabulary, it’s true. Over 60 percent of the vocabulary of English consists of words with Latin or Greek roots, and if we focus specifically on the sciences, the number hits the roof. The majority of these words have roots in Latin, but a large number have roots in Greek as well.

Some estimate that around 6% of English vocabulary derives from Greek, but the estimates reach 12-15% (and sometimes even higher), depending Continue reading

Esperanto – A Useless Language?

Greetings, dear Langfocus readers and random arrivals from Google search! Long time no post! I have been so focused on the Langfocus Youtube channel and improving my video production skills that I have neglected to post here for the past several months. But it`s time I change that, and try to increase the activity on this blog and website.

What have I been up to? If you follow my Youtube Continue reading

easiest languages to learn

What is the Easiest Language to Learn for English Speakers?

Lots of people out there flirt with the idea of learning a new language, but are wary of a long-term investment of time and effort, so they want to find out what the easiest language to learn for English speakers is. Or maybe they`re just curious. In any case, what makes a language easier to learn is (a) its simplicity, and (b) its similarity to your native language, or other languages you`ve already learned. So, what languages are both fairly simple yet also closely related to English? Continue reading

Made in Philippines

Tagalog 12 Days In – Some Interesting Discoveries!

It`s always fascinating and exciting when I first start studying a new language, because that`s when I discover so many of the language`s unique peculiarities, as well as its similarities with other languages. You get an introduction into the personality of the language and culture.

It`s been about 12 days since I began studying Tagalog, and while I`m still a beginner I`m at the point where I can make Continue reading

Taglish, motherf*@ker! Do you speak it?!

A funny thing you`ll notice when you visit the Philippines – especially Manila – is that people do a lot of codeswitching, meaning they switch between languages, mid-stream (as opposed to switching languages for different activities). Tagalog speakers often codeswitch into English and then back into Tagalog, based on what seems to me to be random whims. Continue reading