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bio website code.google.com/p/donkirkby
location Vancouver, Canada
age 45
visits member for 2 years, 8 months
seen Aug 15 at 5:24

I've been studying Chinese since 2006, but I've only made short visits to China, so my progress is slow. I've built some study software to help me learn. I also participate on tatoeba.org.

My other hobby is board game design.

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Jan
15
asked Using 的 at the end of a sentence
Jan
11
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
10
accepted Are there word games in Chinese?
Jan
10
accepted Character and word frequencies
Jan
10
answered Searching for characters by parts
Jan
10
comment 血: xuè , xiě, what's the difference?
For your question about the quality standards, I suggest you post a question on the meta site with the text of the versions that got rejected. My guess is that it was too short. Adding some context for the question will usually solve that.
Jan
10
asked Translation of “this much and no more”
Jan
8
comment What studios produce dubbed TV shows?
Helpful editing is encouraged, @Village. It looks to me like Alenanno just removed a bullet point because it looked odd. If you really wanted that bullet point, just put it back.
Jan
5
answered What's the difference between 遇到 and 碰到?
Jan
4
comment Useful sites/services/resources/tools for learning Chinese
As I posted on meta, I think this question is too open-ended and chatty to fit on the Stack Exchange network.
Jan
2
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
30
comment Difference between 想 and 要?
Fascinating. All my teachers have been from Taiwan, so I had no idea.
Dec
29
awarded  Commentator
Dec
29
comment Difference between 想 and 要?
Nice answer, thanks. I found this question when typing my own version of it. A small follow-up question for you: why did you translate 他家 as "his/her house"? 他 is unambiguously male, isn't it?
Dec
27
answered Site for reading the same news article in English and Chinese (简体中文)
Dec
27
answered Why were some letters like Q, X, C, chosen for Pinyin which confuse non-Chinese speakers?
Dec
26
comment How does Wikipedia's simplified to traditional converter work?
Would you support this question, @Alenanno, if it didn't focus exclusively on the Mediawiki converter? Something like, "What techniques can software use to convert simplified characters to traditional characters when simplified characters can map to more than one? For example, Mediawiki seems to work well."
Dec
26
comment General guidelines for learning stroke order
If you mean there are no reliable rules, @magnetar, then I agree. However, guidelines are not as strict as rules. If you don't really care about the "correct" stroke order, but you just want to avoid obvious errors, then there are some helpful guidelines. See my answer below for more details.
Dec
24
answered What board games would facilitate speaking practice?
Dec
24
comment What board games would facilitate speaking practice?
杀人游戏 is called Mafia in English. It's also known as Werewolves. I think you'd have to be pretty fluent to play this game, Dixit would be more appropriate for beginning or intermediate students.