It’s been six years since I attended the polyglot conference for the first time. It was a refreshing experience. I listened to groups of people vividly discussing the subject of language difficulty; praising novels they had just read in the original (and sometimes extinct) languages; scribbling in the air in a writing script I had never heard about before. I got hooked.
In the end, no matter how many languages one speaks, anyone remotely passionate about languages is welcomed at the conference. I hope to participate in it once again.
In these six years I have met many polyglots. A…
Hona (होना) is probably the most important Hindi verb. Similarly to its English counterpart — to be — it got grammaticalized and is used in multiple tense structures such as equivalents of the English present simple and present continuous. The characteristic sounds of huh and heh at the the end of sentences is Honain one of its conjugations
Since it’s so often used in the language it retained a relatively complex conjugation. Don’t worry too much though, it’s still simpler than to be in many European languages. Let’s dive into all its forms!
When a Scala backend developer jumps into the frontend…
First, can we actually measure the speed of programming languages?
It is very difficult to say which backend language is the fastest or the most scalable one. How could we test it? We should probably test something real, like a service running in production! For this, let’s take one thousand companies, tell them to write two versions of their flagship backend service in two backend languages and then compare the speed of both versions.
No one clearly does such tests. Even if some companies did, how would they decide when a given project is ready for speed tests? …
Here at www.tiengos.com we decided to use notion as our collaboration tool and we love it.
In every company I had worked at as a Software Engineer I had mostly used the Atlassian Jira. I was introduced to Notion recently, but I didn’t use it as the main collaboration tool, but merely as a wiki.
Tiengos is growing and I knew one thing, I didn’t want us to use anything even similarly looking to Jira. For a time, I thought Trello was enough. …
¿Eres hispanohablante y te molesta que a veces no sabes cómo recurrir a otras personas? ¿Debería ser Usted o tú? En ocasiones ninguna de las dos opciones es buena. Si la persona en cuestión es la madre de tu novia y le tratas de tú puede sonar descarado. Pero si decides tratarle de Usted, a partir de ahora se crea creará una barrera que puede parecer artificial.
Sentí una enorme envidia cuando me di cuenta que para la gente de la habla inglesa, el problema mencionado casi no existía (“casi”, porque en casos de extrema formalidad se usa por ejemplo…
In the previous post we had a look at which of the Big Romance Languages has the highest number of grammatical tenses. This time we will have a look at another metric — number of unique verb forms.
The formal definition of number of unique verb forms is:
If for a given language X:
There exists a verb which can be conjugated into N different in writing forms
There is no other verb in the language X that can be conjugated into more than N different in writing forms
Then the number of unique verb forms of language X…
By big romance languages I mean: Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish, which according to wikipedia have 64, 77, 221 and 480 million native speakers respectively. There are many other Romance languages which we will not take into account in this definition, the next biggest ones would be Romanian (24 mln) and Catalan (4 mln).
It is very difficult to define what the most complicated grammar means. Even if we try to compare languages such as Hungarian (considered by many online bloggers to be one of the most grammatically complicated languages) and Bahasa Indonesia (considered to be one of the simplest…
Stacks are everywhere. Even the most popular programming website www.stackoverflow.com has stack in its domain. Everyone seems to talk about stacks all the time. When we code in Java quite often our computers presents us with beautiful java.lang.StackOverFlowError.
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