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I am a gamer, programmer, and a wannabe linguist who is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.

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I am also an administrator on Wiktionary and have been for over 3 years. I edit mostly in French, Dutch, English and Mandarin, but I also dabble in Italian, Japanese, Maori and Swedish. We are constantly looking for competent volunteers/lexicographers to contribute to this wonderful multilingual dictionary website.

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Jul
29
comment Difference between 而, 但 and 和
Can you tidy up your answer a bit? Get rid of the random punctuations; correct the misspellings and grammar; expand on your answer a bit more.
Jul
29
comment How do Chinese spell English words over the phone?
I don't personally have any experience in this, but I'd imagine it would be easier for Chinese speakers to explain letters ideogrammatically than phonetically.
Jul
23
comment What does 乃 mean here?
Stan you should make your own answer. I'd upvote you :)
Jul
23
reviewed Reviewed Pronunciation differences between pinyin 'zh' and 'ch', and between 'qi' and 'xi'
Jul
23
comment Pronunciation differences between pinyin 'zh' and 'ch', and between 'qi' and 'xi'
It's a dated form of transcription scheme that has largely been superceded by pinyin, even in Taiwan. I think this is largely due to pinyin being written in the Latin alphabet, which is easier to learn and type in this day and age.
Jul
23
reviewed Looks OK What are the characters on this image, and what do they translate to?
Jul
23
comment What does 土 mean in this sentence 这个名字有点土?
Just a side note. Mandarin pinyin has tones. If you are unable to type accented characters, then using numbers (tu3) is also an acceptable method.
Jul
23
comment Why are intermediate cardinal directions read differently in Chinese?
Without further research into the topic, I feel that the English directions are more phonetic than anything. Try saying eastsouth. Yep, I think so too.
Jul
23
comment What do you do when the dictionary doesn't give you a meaning that fits your sentence?
Regardless of the relevance of the sentence fragment, it actuallly doesn't appear to be grammatically correct...
Jul
17
comment Which marital verbs are used for same-sex marriages?
I agree with Stan here on the role each partner plays having an effect on the word being used. I would probably add 'political/financial position' to this as well.
Jul
9
revised 吗 and 吧 at the end of a question
edited tags
Jul
9
revised 吗 and 吧 at the end of a question
added 5 characters in body
Jul
9
revised What is the difference between 夸张 and 过分
removed caps on pinyin
Jul
7
comment How to say a negative number in Mandarin?
Brilliant as usual, NS.X. +1
Jul
3
comment Which Chinese dialect is it rewarding to learn?
Voted to close. Too obviously opinion-based.
Jun
26
comment What is the difference between 起码 and 至少?
最起碼 is not a legal term at all. It's used in common speech, not just in law.
Jun
26
reviewed No Action Needed What is the difference between 起码 and 至少?
Jun
24
reviewed No Action Needed Difference between learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan
Jun
24
reviewed No Action Needed Difference between 消防车 and 救火车
Jun
24
reviewed No Action Needed Meaning of “~~” at the end of a sentence