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Stephen
STEPHEN /ˈstiːvən, ˈstiːfən/ or STEVEN /ˈstiːvən/ is a common English first name . It is particularly significant to Christians , as it belonged to Saint Stephen (Greek Στέφανος Stéphanos), an early disciple and deacon who, according to the Book of Acts , was stoned to death; he is widely regarded as the first martyr (or "protomartyr ") of the Christian Church
Christian Church
. The name "Stephen" (and its more common variant "Steven") is derived from Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), a first name from the Greek word στέφανος (stéphanos), meaning "wreath, crown" and by extension "reward, honor", from the verb στέφειν (stéphein), "to encircle, to wreathe"
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Arabic
ARABIC ( Arabic
Arabic
: العَرَبِيَّة‎, al-ʻarabiyyah ( listen ) or Arabic
Arabic
: عَرَبِيّ‎ ʻarabī ( listen ) or ) is a Central Semitic language that first emerged in Iron Age northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca of the Arab world
Arab world
. It is named after the Arabs
Arabs
, a term initially used to describe peoples living from Mesopotamia in the east to the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in northwestern Arabia, and in the Sinai peninsula . The modern written language ( Modern Standard Arabic ) is derived from Classical Arabic . It is widely taught in schools and universities, and is used to varying degrees in workplaces, government, and the media
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Sotho Language
SOTHO /ˈsuːtuː/ (SESOTHO ; also known as SOUTHERN SOTHO, or SOUTHERN SESOTHO ) is a Southern Bantu language of the Sotho-Tswana (S.30) group, spoken primarily in South Africa
South Africa
, where it is one of the 11 official languages , and in Lesotho
Lesotho
, where it is the national language . Like all Bantu languages , Sesotho is an agglutinative language , which uses numerous affixes and derivational and inflexional rules to build complete words . CONTENTS * 1 Classification * 2 Dialects * 3 Geographic distribution * 3.1 Official status * 4 Derived languages * 5 Phonology * 6 Grammar * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 External links * 10.1 Software CLASSIFICATION Sesotho is a Southern Bantu language , belonging to the Niger–Congo language family within the Sotho-Tswana branch of Zone S (S.30)
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Albanian Language
ALBANIAN (shqip or gjuha shqipe ) occupies an independent branch of the Indo-European language tree. It is the official language of Albania
Albania
and Kosovo
Kosovo
. The language is spoken by over five million people, primarily in Albania
Albania
, Kosovo
Kosovo
, the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
, but also in other areas of Southern Europe in which there is an Albanian population, including Montenegro
Montenegro
and the Preševo Valley
Preševo Valley
of southern Serbia
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Fen (name)
FEN may be either a Chinese female given name or family name . As a given name , it is represented in simplified Chinese as 芬 (pinyin: Fēn). FEN may also be a surname in countries other than China, such as Uzbekistan where it is represented in Cyrilic as Фен. Fen or Fenna is also an unrelated Frisian name. FEN AS A GIVEN NAME * Yao Fen (b. 1967), Chinese badminton Olympic medal winnerFen is also a part of the names of several other notable people, including: * Lin Yan Fen (b
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French Language
FRENCH (le français ( listen ) or la langue française ) is a Romance language
Romance language
of the Indo-European family . It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
, as did all Romance languages. French has evolved from Gallo-Romance , the spoken Latin
Latin
in Gaul
Gaul
, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d\'oïl —languages historically spoken in northern France
France
and in southern Belgium
Belgium
, which French ( Francien ) has largely supplanted
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Steffen
STEFFEN is a surname and given name , and may refer to: * Albert Steffen (1884–1963), Swiss poet, painter, and novelist * Alex Steffen (b. 1968), American writer and environmental futurist * Anthony Steffen (1929–2004), Brazilian actor; acted in many spaghetti westerns * Britta Steffen (b. 1983), German Olympic swimmer * David Steffen , American businessman and politician* Hans Steffen
Hans Steffen
(1865–1937), German geographer and explorer of Patagonia * Steffen Glacier in the Northern Patagonian Ice Field
Northern Patagonian Ice Field
* Jim Steffen (b. 1936), American professional football player * Konrad Steffen , glaciologist * Otto Steffen (b. 1874, d. unknown), American Olympic gymnast * Waldemar Steffen (b. 1872, d
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Laurel Wreath
A LAUREL WREATH is a circular wreath made of interlocking branches and leaves of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), an aromatic broadleaf evergreen, or later from spineless butcher's broom (Ruscus hypoglossum ) or cherry laurel ( Prunus laurocerasus ). In Greek mythology
Greek mythology
, Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. In ancient Greece wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions, including the ancient Olympics made of wild olive-tree known as "kotinos " (κότινος), (sc. at Olympia ) and in poetic meets; in Rome they were symbols of martial victory, crowning a successful commander during his triumph . Whereas ancient laurel wreaths are most often depicted as a horseshoe shape, modern versions are usually complete rings. In common modern idiomatic usage it refers to a victory
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Iliad
Achilles
Achilles
tending the wounded Patroclus
Patroclus
(Attic red-figure kylix , c. 500 BC) THE WAR SETTING: Troy
Troy
(modern Hisarlik , Turkey
Turkey
) PERIOD: Bronze Age
Bronze Age
TRADITIONAL DATING: c. 1194–1184 BC MODERN DATING: c
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Spanish Language
The SPANISH LANGUAGE (/ˈspænɪʃ/ ( listen ); Español (help ·info )), also called the CASTILIAN LANGUAGE (/kæˈstɪliən/ ( listen ), castellano (help ·info )), is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain
Spain
and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers around the world. It is usually considered the world\'s second-most spoken native language , after Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin Chinese
. Spanish is a part of the Ibero-Romance group of languages , which evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in Iberia after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
in the 5th century
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Portuguese Language
PORTUGUESE (português or, in full, língua portuguesa) is a West Romance language
Romance language
and the sole official language of Portugal
Portugal
, Brazil
Brazil
, Cape Verde
Cape Verde
, Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau
, Mozambique
Mozambique
, Angola
Angola
, and São Tomé and Príncipe . It also has co-official language status in East Timor
East Timor
, Equatorial Guinea and Macau
Macau
in China
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Christian Church
The CHRISTIAN CHURCH is a term generally used by Protestants and some others to refer to the whole group of people belonging to the Christian
Christian
religious tradition throughout history . In this understanding, the " Christian
Christian
Church" does not refer to a particular Christian denomination but to the body of all believers; but most Christians follow the traditional Christian
Christian
understanding of the term, and believe that the term " Christian
Christian
Church" or "Church" applies only to a specific historic Christian
Christian
body or institution, namely their own (e.g., the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, the Orthodox Church , the Non-Chalcedonian Churches of Oriental Orthodoxy , or the Assyrian Church of the East )
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Stefani (other)
STEFANI may refer to: PLACES * Stefani, Boeotia , a settlement in Boeotia, Greece * Stefani, Corinthia , a village in the municipal unit of Tenea
Tenea
* Stefani, Preveza , a village in the municipality of Louros, Preveza regional unit, Greece *
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Male
A MALE ( ) organism is the physiological sex that produces sperm . Each spermatozoon can fuse with a larger female gamete, or ovum , in the process of fertilization . A male cannot reproduce sexually without access to at least one ovum from a female, but some organisms can reproduce both sexually and asexually. Most male mammals , including male humans, have a Y chromosome
Y chromosome
, which codes for the production of larger amounts of testosterone to develop male reproductive organs . Not all species share a common sex-determination system . In most animals , including humans , sex is determined genetically , but in some species it can be determined due to social, environmental, or other factors. For example, Cymothoa exigua changes sex depending on the number of females present in the vicinity
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Bulgarian Language
Moldova
Moldova
Ukraine
Ukraine
Serbia
Serbia
Albania
Albania
Romania
Romania
REGULATED BY Institute for the Bulgarian language
Bulgarian language
at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Институт за български език при Българската академия на науките (БАН)) LANGUAGE CODES ISO 639-1 bg ISO 639-2 bul ISO 639-3 bul GLOTTOLOG bulg1262 LINGUASPHERE 53-AAA-hb < 53-AAA-h THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS. Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
Unicode
characters
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Serbian Language
SERBIAN (српски / srpski, pronounced ) is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian
language mainly used by Serbs
Serbs
. It is the official language of Serbia
Serbia
, the territory of Kosovo
Kosovo
, and one of the three official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
. In addition, it is a recognized minority language in Montenegro
Montenegro
where it is spoken by the relative majority of the population, as well as in Croatia
Croatia
, Macedonia , Romania
Romania
, Hungary
Hungary
, Slovakia
Slovakia
, and the Czech Republic
Czech Republic

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