Arabic VS Persian (AKA Farsi or Iranian) – Are They The Same Language?

People often ask if Arabic and Persian is the same language. Let me start by saying this: No. They aren’t. Many people think that Arabic and Persian (or Farsi) are the same language. There are probable three main reasons for this misconception: Both are written with the Arabic script, they’re spoken in the Middle East … Read more

Filipino VS Tagalog – What’s The Difference? (Is It The Same Language?)

Tagalog and Filipino are two languages of the Philippines of the Austronesian language family. Or are they actually one and the same? That’s an often debated subject that people can’t seem to agree on. The reality is that the two languages are practically the same thing. The names are also used interchangeably by most Filipinos … Read more

Russian VS Ukrainian – How Different Are The Two Languages? (..Really!)

Russian and Ukrainian are two East Slavic languages spoken in Russia and Ukraine in Eastern Europe and the Northern part of the Eurasian continent. The two languages have many things in common, partly because of their shared history from the middle ages, through the epoch of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and finally, the … Read more

Italian VS Spanish – How Similar Are The Two Languages?

Italian and Spanish are two Mediterranean languages that both came from Latin, the language spoken in the Roman Empire. They’re the languages spoken in Italy and Spain – two countries known for a rich culture, a tourist-friendly climate and great cuisine. And the two languages are among the most popular to learn for English speakers … Read more

Danish VS Dutch – What Are The Differences? (Is Dutch And Danish The Same Language?)

As a native Dane, something that I’ve noticed when speaking to people from far and wide (and especially the US.. Sorry, Americans!) is that people tend to be confused about my nationality and my language. I’ve lost count of how many times people assumed that the Danish speak Dutch. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t … Read more

Arabic VS Hebrew – How Similar Are The Two Semitic Languages?

Arabic and Hebrew are two languages from the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. They’re the two most well-known languages in the Middle-East and they’re both the liturgical languages of two important world religions. (That’s Judaism and Islam, in case you’ve been living under a rock!) And finally, in a way, they were both … Read more

What Language Is The Closest To Polish? (A Look At 7 Slavic Languages)

Which language is the closest to Polish?

Polish is a West Slavic language spoken by some 50 million people in the world. This makes it the most widely spoken West Slavic language and the second most spoken Slavic language in the world. The Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family is known for its languages being relatively closely related. If you know … Read more

Which Languages Are Most Similar To Hungarian? (Not A Lot Really..)

Which Languages Are Similar To Hungarian?

The Hungarian language is a language in the Finno-Ugric language family. It’s one of the rare European languages that doesn’t belong to the Indo-European language family, making it almost completely unrelated to English or even the languages of Hungary’s neighboring countries. Except for the loan-words, that is! Hungarian, the language of the central European language … Read more

Is The Dutch Language Similar To English? What are the differences?

How similar are Dutch and English?

The Dutch language is a West Germanic language, which means that it is related to Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and English to name a few. But how close is Dutch actually to English? Can an English speaker understand some degree of Dutch, or is it at least accessible to learn? Well, there’s no doubt that … Read more