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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.


Dec
15
comment Looking for Pinyin standards
I think it's the same phenomenon I described in the second part of my answer, where some characters lose their tones, and not just for a matter of transcription.
Dec
15
comment Looking for Pinyin standards
Can you provide some actual examples of such discrepancies you're referring to?
Dec
15
comment Why is 有 (yǒu) the only verb that requires 没 while other verbs can use 不?
Your post wasn't answering my question but you made a good point and I added a small part to include the topic covered by your answer.
Dec
15
comment How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?
It was probably bad phrased in that part, but see my title. I wasn't asking for that, I was asking for the (possible) rules to follow. :) Hopefully the edit clears it all now.
Dec
15
comment How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?
I edited my question to make it clear that I'm not asking about my name, which was the same as before, but now it's clearer.
Dec
15
comment How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?
@Cocowalla First, I don't understand the downvote, which means this is a "bad" question. Off topic questions aren't necessarily "bad". But apart from that, it's not subjective. I wasn't asking to make my name in chinese, but if there are rules to make it or if we simply choose what we want. The answers can be two: "It's arbitrary" or "No, there are rules". How is that subjective?
Dec
15
comment Is this an exception in the use of 的?
@Georgeee If possible can you write also the simplified version of the first examples you wrote? Don't delete the traditional though, I want to see them both so I can see the differences.
Dec
15
comment How to translate “你给我滚” properly
I corrected it and also something else...
Dec
15
comment What are the most difficult things to learn for a westerner?
SVO means that in a basic statement, the subject always comes as the first element, the verb as second and the object as third. Note that this doesn't mean that the subject is always the first word and so on. It means that among those elements, it's the first. We are talking about parts of speech, not words. You can say "TODAY I ate an apple" (the subject is still the first one, today is not a Verb or an Object here), but you can't say "Ate I an apple" (subject is not the first one). I'm not sure it's clear, I didn't have a lot of space to explain. :)
Dec
14
comment Etymology of 奴隶 (Slave)
Oh! I see, ok :D
Dec
14
comment Etymology of 奴隶 (Slave)
Here is the pinyin for woman if you need it: nǚ
Dec
14
comment Is this an exception in the use of 的?
Thanks, nice answer... Are you using Traditional characters?
Dec
14
comment Techniques for learning and retaining characters
I wish there was something like Anki (or Anki itself) for Symbian phones too.
Dec
14
comment Rules for saying numbers
@Georgeee Oh sorry! I didn't see it! :! I'll edit my answer. Let me know if it answers your question. According to what that page says, you don't need to spell it since it doesn't occur before the unit position, i.e. from 1 to 9, the number occurring last.
Dec
14
comment Rules for saying numbers
If you want, I can add the table here in a more simple manner, to make it easier to read it.
Dec
14
comment What is a good technique for remembering tones?
@VincentB. Pinyin is not taken into account, since it's the one you're supposed to remember when studying. This only tells you which tone it is. :)
Dec
14
comment What is a good technique for remembering tones?
@Cocowalla Oh... I didn't consider that... Give me some time, I'll think of something for that too!
Dec
14
comment Various ways to say “nice to meet you”
Why don't you include that? :D Thanks for the nice answer. I'll accept your answer, but if you don't mind I reserve the right to ask you further stuff in the future... :D
Dec
14
comment What are the most difficult things to learn for a westerner?
Are you sure this is a fitting question for this site? It's a good one, no doubt, but any of those three is asking for personal opinions and is therefore subjective. Can you consider rephrasing it so it becomes a bit more "objective"? Such as, "what usually are the most difficult things to learn for a westerner?"... Just an example. :D
Dec
14
comment What is a good technique for remembering tones?
@StarCub Yes. I chose to ignore that in my studying because I can always do that by myself, since I "know" the rules, but seeing the actual tone of the single character comes in handy when you start studying hard characters and not basic ones likes these. :D But obviously, it's a customizable method, everybody can change the rules.