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Linguist by talent, code-monkey by choice, corporate drone by necessity. French part-time wine trader and coder, living in Asia since the dark days of the [blink] tag. I used to code 8080 assembly by hand. Now, I stay a few layers above that. Craziness is for the young.

I do mostly custom code dev (desktop apps for SMEs, or middleware). Got interested recently in mobile apps, and despite my undying love for Blackberry phones (that's the corporate drone speaking), I code mostly in Phonegap for Android and sometimes iOS. I have a bunch of code on Google Code, which I guess I should move to GitHub – all the more so since git is my weapon of choice.

I do Java/C code only with a gun to my head – but Android is good at dragging me back in Java-land. Python preferred for non-critical apps. GUI apps mostly in RealStudio (and C glue code in dylibs). Erlang when I want to make my CPUs overheat and scream past the competition ;-)


Oct
24
suggested suggested edit on How to Find Characters in a Dictionary?
Oct
22
revised How to write 400,002,000 in Chinese properly?
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Oct
22
suggested suggested edit on How to write 400,002,000 in Chinese properly?
Oct
21
revised Why do some parents pronounce 妹妹 as měiméi instead of mèimèi or mèimei?
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Oct
21
suggested suggested edit on Why do some parents pronounce 妹妹 as měiméi instead of mèimèi or mèimei?
Oct
11
comment Regional pronunciations of standard Mandarin
Regarding the merger between f and h, I have heard native Cantonese speakers (in the Mainland) pronounce, while trying to speak Mandarin, 會所 as fuiso. Hu seems to be spirantized into fu.
Oct
11
answered What is the Chinese equivalent of English idiom “As if!”?
Oct
11
comment Why is 的 (de) sometimes pronounced “di” even though it is used as a possessive particle?
给 bei (C), kap (L) 給 is never pronounced bei2. Cantonese has two characters for this: 俾/畀. Likewise, 的 ge (C), dik (L) is incorrect. 的 is dik1 (C), di1 (L). 嘅 is ge3.
Oct
10
revised Grammar for counting in Chinese (for non-native speakers of Chinese)
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Oct
10
suggested suggested edit on Grammar for counting in Chinese (for non-native speakers of Chinese)
Oct
8
comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
康熙字典 is about 300 years old. The 字典考證, which fixed the original's many mistakes, is 181 years old.
Oct
8
comment How do non-native speakers get to perceive tones in Chinese?
I agree that the hand/head gesture can help the beginner but is limited. I had a classmate in my Cantonese class who did it but with three flat tones and two rising tones, its usefulness was limited -- as he would focus on the general shape of the tone and forget the level(s) of the tones. Also, learning to produce tones and learning to identify them require two different skill sets.
Oct
1
revised Different pronounciation for the number 'one'?
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Oct
1
suggested suggested edit on Different pronounciation for the number 'one'?
Sep
26
revised Chinese equivalent of the English word candid
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Sep
26
suggested suggested edit on Chinese equivalent of the English word candid
Sep
25
comment Difference between 好累 and 很累
Probably an influence of Cantonese (and Guangdong-flavored Mandarin) where 好 is used, not 很, to say "very".
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
comment What dialect could this be? (Southern China)
Yeah I know about 潮州話, and I've been to 汕頭. I should've thought of it. I have a 潮州 friend in Shenzhen, I'll ask her to pronounce 上環 for me, see if it matches. Thanks.
Sep
17
revised Why 『衛護』's 『護』 is 言部?
Spelling, grammar and punctuation.