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bio website code.google.com/p/donkirkby
location Vancouver, Canada
age 45
visits member for 3 years
seen Dec 16 at 19:37

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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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.
Dec
24
answered What etymology dictionaries are available?
Dec
24
answered Where can I find a list of commonly mistaken characters?
Dec
21
awarded  Beta
Dec
19
awarded  Scholar
Dec
19
accepted General guidelines for learning stroke order
Dec
19
revised How do native Chinese greet each other on daily basis?
clarify "have you eaten"
Dec
19
revised How do native Chinese greet each other on daily basis?
typo
Dec
19
comment How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
Thanks for all the background.
Dec
19
revised Why are 成语 (idioms) four characters long? Are there 成语 with more or less than four characters?
Attributed sources more clearly, and polished the English translation.
Dec
16
comment How do I decide whether to use 還是/还是 or 或者
I think the simple answer is the one StarCub gave. I think @Huang's point is that there are more complicated sentence structures where 或者 can appear in a question, but I think a beginner can safely ignore those possibilities.
Dec
16
awarded  Critic
Dec
15
answered How to practice reading for beginners?
Dec
15
answered Are children's books a good starting place for beginners?