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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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Feb
10
comment list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
@hippietrail You are right about me trying to enforce these rules even if I wasn't completely aware of what I was doing. I believe I have since relaxed the rules. I am including pretty much every two character country names suffixed with 国 as long as they are attestable.
Feb
10
revised list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
added 85 characters in body
Feb
10
comment list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
@hippietrail I can't seem to attest 蒙国 at all. I just can't imagine a two character country name being 'abbreviated' to another two character country name. 墨国 and 加国 are attestable, but 西国 is a bit harder to attest due to its name conflict with an ancient Chinese city state.
Feb
10
revised list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
edited body
Feb
9
comment list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
I will include it for the time being.
Feb
9
revised list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
added 78 characters in body
Feb
9
comment list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
hmm.. I am not so sure if it's an abbreviation though? Otherwise it would definitely warrant inclusion here. I am contradicting myself here as this would rule out 泰国 as well.. hmm.
Feb
9
revised list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
added 3 characters in body
Feb
9
answered list of Chinese language country name abbreviations
Feb
9
comment Anyone know why cellphones are called 大哥大 in Taiwan?
You should mention what user58955 stated in the comments - the term was fairly standard in common speech in mainland China, before it was replaced by 手机 due to the miniaturisation of the device.
Feb
9
comment “C'est la vie” (such is life) in Chinese
Upvoted. The direct literal translation is the best here.
Feb
5
comment Are “身份证” and “身分证” totally interchangeable?
+1 interesting. I will do some research on this and probably add the alt form to Wiktionary.
Feb
5
comment Are there multiple translations for 不上边?
I would probably refer to 不上 as a verb infix, rather than an aux verb. Anyway, terminology aside, this answer is right on the mark.
Feb
3
comment Is there a tone sandhi rule that “4 3” changes to “4 0”?
It doesn't have something to do with this discussion, does it? en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:%E8%B1%86%E8%85%90
Feb
3
comment Which term is used for “oyster” in Taiwan?
don't forget 蚝's variant form: 蠔
Feb
2
revised Where does 馬上 originate from?
grammar / improved writing to sound less awkward
Jan
28
comment How to say “beginning of the month?”
伊始 is way too literary.
Jan
28
comment The origin of pinyin
@gaoxinge I don't think I can explain this in a comment box with 600 character limit. You might want to do some research into it yourself. But my guess? The Latin script was/is the most widely adopted writing system in the world. You can guess the rest.
Jan
23
revised Is “我爱辣” (Wǒ ài là) a correct/understandable/idiomatic way of saying I like my food spicy?
please don't cap pinyin if it's not a proper noun.
Jan
23
comment What does the sound “app” mean in Chinese?
The poster is not asking how 'app' is pronounced, but whether it has other meanings aside from a computer/mobile application.