What’s wrong with English spelling?

What’s wrong with English spelling?

  Although spoken English is quite easy to learn, a fact that certainly in part helped to make it the most commonly learnt second language on the planet, English is also one of the toughest languages for any learner to master, native or not, as far as its spelling is...
Vowel sandhi 101

Vowel sandhi 101

  This is the first in a series of 101 articles intended as a short introduction of the system of vowel combination called sandhi, which Hindi has, in a fossilised form, inherited from Sanskrit. Since the system is fossilised, i.e. does no longer produce new forms in...
Stars: seeds of the gods

Stars: seeds of the gods

English star, German Stern, Italian and Latin stella, Greek αστηρ (astēr) and Hindi तारा (tārā), all started with an agricultural metaphor. They are derived from the Indo-European root for to strew, which is reflected in Sanskrit as स्तृ (stṛ). The use of this root in...

Breaking bread

Copain in French means mate. The word consists of co-, meaning together (as in coworker), and pain, the French word for bread, making a mate a person with whom one shares a meal, one’s daily bread. The word company has the same...