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I'm a student majoring in Languages (branch: Linguistics), currently working as a freelance translator. I've recently discovered Dropbox and I'm going to use it for my needs! :)

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Languages List                       Languages with * = learning on my own

Mother Tongue: Italian, Sardinian;
Fluent: English, Spanish;
Less Fluent: French, German, Russian;
Learning: Japanese*, Chinese*, Swedish*, Greek*, Finnish*;
Willing to learn: Welsh, Korean, Dutch, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi [to be continued]

Me gusta el Español.
J'aime le Français.
Deutsch gefällt mir.
Мне нравится Русский язык.
私は日本語が好きです。
我爱中文。
Jag älskar Svenska.


Mar
3
comment Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
@shuangwhywhy I fixed the links and descriptions. Thanks for the help. :)
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@StumpyJoePete Well, if you say it's universal you're claiming that. But OK, if you're saying Pinyin works well for Chinese, I agree, it's a very valid tool that I have used and continue to use myself. But it can't really be compared to IPA. They are two different things: Pinyin is a romanization system for Chinese only, IPA represents sounds (phones) across languages.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@StumpyJoePete Just because an IPA symbol happens to be similar to a language letter doesn't prove anything. The IPA [e] is [e], not the English e, not the Russian e, just [e]. So your comparison doesn't work here. IPA symbols do not change like letters change when pronounced. If a sound changes, the IPA symbol changes. Pinyin is universal in the same way Romaji is, which means it's not, because universal means "valid for any language" and my examples have shown that this is not true for Pinyin. This doesn't make it a less valid tool, of course, but it has nothing to do with universality.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
The letter Q in Italian has always a [k] sound. In Pinyin, it has a [tʃ] sound. This proves it's not universal, it changes if you change language (not always maybe but one instance is enough). Instead, [tʃ] represents always the same sound. Why? Because you're not relying on a usual alphabet, but rather on an alphabet that refers to sounds and sounds are the same across languages, they won't change. I could go on, but I hope it's clearer now.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@BertR That's impossible, you don't pronounce IPA according to your language, because it's universal. All symbols represent certain sounds, regardless of your language, so what you're saying doesn't hold the point. Pinyin, on the contrary, is not universal, it's been developed for Chinese only. For example, "Qing" is read differently if I used the Italian rules, Chinese, etc... But take any IPA transcription: that won't change because IPA is not dependent on single languages. After all it's the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Feb
28
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
By the way: IPA and Pinyin do not have the same role. Pinyin is simply a romanization system and is not universal (Q is pronounced as "tch" in English, while Italian pronounces it as K), while IPA displays the actual sounds being uttered universally (a certain symbol always and unequivocally represents a certain sound).
Feb
25
comment How can I pronounce 绿 (lü4 - green)?
@dainichi Yes I knew, I just meant a general sound in this case. But I'll replace it with IPA to be sure. Thanks for letting me know.
Feb
23
comment Which fonts show the stroke order of all characters?
@NannuoLei Oh ok... I'll delete the comments soon, they're obsolete anyways. :)
Feb
23
comment Which fonts show the stroke order of all characters?
@NannuoLei This site is about Chinese mainly, though, not Taiwanese. If Taiwanese was the language being treated, we'd have that tag.
Feb
13
comment What is the meaning of 真是的
Welcome to Chinese Language and Usage Beta! Usually we prefer longer and more elaborated answers on short answers. If you can improve your answer by adding detail, context, examples, and backing up with references, this would increase your answer's quality. Poor answers risk being down-voted and subsequently removed.
Feb
8
comment What is the meaning of 真是的
As per the FAQ, we do not forbid translation requests but note that this is not a translation service, so we will close any translation request that does not show research effort. You must make sure you clearly show it in your question if you want to avoid the closure. Note that you can edit your question and improve it by using the "edit" button below it. When you're done, flag it for moderator attention and we'll reopen it.
Feb
4
comment Early childhood Chinese language immersion accent exposure
Dan, sorry but the second part of your answer is not part of the question and it's only a Meta discussion, so I deleted it. Feel free to post it in our Chinese Language Chat though! :) By the way, good question.
Jan
28
comment Expressing “Fair enough”
Welcome to Chinese Language and Usage Beta! Usually we prefer longer and more elaborated answers on short answers. If you can improve your answer by adding detail, context, examples, and backing up with references, this would increase your answer's quality. Poor answers risk being down-voted and subsequently removed.
Jan
26
comment Help translating
Hello user2458, I'm closing this question for lack of response. But... you can still improve it! Just click the edit button. When you're done, click flag and choose custom and write "I improved my qustion". A moderator will check it and reopen it. :) (Note: a -1 is automatic.)
Jan
25
comment Help translating
Welcome to Chinese Language and Usage Beta! As per the FAQ, we do not forbid translation requests but note that this is not a translation service, so we will close any translation request that does not show research effort. You must make sure you clearly show it in your question if you want to avoid the closure. Note that you can edit your question and improve it by using the "edit" button below it.
Jan
24
comment Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
@StumpyJoePete Is the question about Chinese language (as in grammar, rules, etc) and usage? No, rather the OP is asking other people to provide links to external data. Even the examples you gave would probably be better for another site.
Jan
24
comment Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
Mark, hello and welcome to Chinese Language & Usage. I'm sorry but this site is only about Chinese and its use, so your question is off topic here. Note that the -1 is automatic. :)
Jan
24
comment Pronounce ellipsis 《●●● ●●●》 in Mandarin
It depends on the situation. Normally reading, you're right. But if you're reading a text for someone else to write (e.g. teacher and students) then yes, you pronounce punctuation. And each of them has a name. The OP is asking how to pronounce the 3 dots used for elipsis or "suspension". By the way, you should expand on your answer because right now it looks more like a comment than an answer.
Jan
21
comment Resources for learning Cantonese
Zero, you can take inspiration from this topic if you want, so it's more organized.
Jan
18
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
@gaidal The question is still a bit poor, however I doubt it will encourage tons of answers, so I'm going to reopen it. If it goes bad, I might need to re-close it (but I doubt that).