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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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Mar
24
comment Regional variations on 三更半夜
Where does the op mention 三深?
Mar
24
comment Regional variations on 三更半夜
I think the op is looking for an answer that covers this topic more holistically
Mar
24
comment Do the Chinese have a (potentially politically incorrect) way of imitating English speakers?
叽哩哇啦 maybe? Usually means speaking loudly, but can also refer to someone talking in an incomprehensible language (to an outsider, they are simply shouting out nonsense). But this is not specific to any language and is not particularly offensive.
Mar
19
comment App similar to “I learn Chinese”, but for traditional Chinese
@AveMaleficum This is not for me to decide. Open a question on Meta for the mods and other regular users to mull over the options.
Mar
18
comment 寻 找 , 就 寻 见: I do not understand the second “xún”
Simplified Chinese is a type of script, not a variety of the language.
Mar
18
comment 屌丝“ seems to be a ”dirty word" but also accepted and openly used. Am I missing something?
@Jichao I would not make a generalising statement like this.
Mar
17
comment App similar to “I learn Chinese”, but for traditional Chinese
Looking for learning resources is still offtopic I am sorry to inform.
Mar
17
comment 屌丝“ seems to be a ”dirty word" but also accepted and openly used. Am I missing something?
@AveMaleficum The opinion part is about 'why it can be accepted and openly used', not 'whether it's accepted and openly used'. Note the difference.
Mar
16
comment App similar to “I learn Chinese”, but for traditional Chinese
This question is really about incidental knowledge and is not about Chinese language itself. Closing as offtopic. Try a forum that caters to iPad apps.
Mar
16
comment 屌丝“ seems to be a ”dirty word" but also accepted and openly used. Am I missing something?
It's interesting, but it's still an opinion.
Mar
12
comment How do you say “to get back at someone”? Is it 找晦氣 or 找負氣?
Nope, it means 'to exact revenge upon', not 'to avenge'. 找你晦气 would mean to exact revenge upon you, not to avenge you, which pretty much means the opposite.
Mar
12
comment What is the difference between 工作上 and 工作
I am not sure what you meant by 'both are rarely spoken'? Why would they be rarely spoken?
Mar
12
comment Names of extended family members
Is there any reason why you romanised the Hokkien section? Wouldn't it just be blatantly obvious, if you had written everything in Chinese characters?
Mar
11
comment How do I know when I am “fluent”?
@ColinMcLarty Then you've never met me before :).
Mar
11
comment Confusion when describing the location of something using A在B的location pattern?
@AlexMorrise The question is which of the two exampless given should be used if one were to say: the library is in front of the dorm. It's not clear that this is the question due to the OP's confusing punctuation and paragraphing usage.
Feb
25
comment Difference between 坏 and 破
This is the best answer of the five existing ones IMHO.
Feb
20
comment How gender specific in writing is the character 他
I have never seen 他 used to refer to a female third person unless it's written by a non-native speaker.
Feb
18
comment What does 算你狠 mean?
I hear it all the time and this is definitely offtopic. "You win" or "This is not over" would be two appropriate translations for this.
Feb
18
comment What's the title for addressing an unknown young person the same age as you?
Amateur has a point.
Feb
12
comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
I don't agree with some of this or maybe I am just not understanding the English. I will try to edit this a bit later.