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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 ;-)


Jan
22
comment Resources for learning Cantonese
Actually there are a couple of tone sandhis, but they are not codified and taught formally, alas... eg 廣東話 gwong2 dung1 waa6*2: waa6 to waa2. Happens also with tone 3: 卡片 kaat1 pin3*2, and tone 4.
Jan
20
comment Meaning of “网络驿站”
Interestingly, 驛 (역 YŎK) in modern Korea(n) means (metro) station, the equivalent of Chinese 站...
Jan
20
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
To add to this, I have a bunch of (bootleg) VCDs of foreign and HK movies, yeah I know, the ancestor of DVDs, made in Shenzhen and sold in HK, that have Cantonese subtitles.
Jan
19
revised Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
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Jan
19
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
Sigh, such ignorance...
Jan
19
answered Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
Jan
19
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
"[...] subtitles [...], there is not one written in Written Cantonese." I have seen plenty in HK and Guandong KTVs.
Jan
19
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
"They are all written in mandarin Chinese or traditional Chinese." Traditional Chinese is a script, not a language. You can write Mandarin in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Conversely, you can write a few languages and dialects in Traditional.
Jan
19
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Jan
19
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
"There is no such thing called Cantonese poetry" Sigh. I suggest you google/baidu "粵詩" and "粵語詩"....
Jan
16
revised How should I understand 集合?
Spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Jan
16
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Jan
11
comment What are the relative literacy rates in for simplified and traditional characters?
Add Macao (2 million) to the Traditional list :-) Plus a big share of the Chinese diaspora in South-East Asia and the West (with the notable -- but not very significant population-wise -- of Singapore).
Jan
3
comment How does foreign word transliteration work in the context of Cantonese vs Mandarin?
奥迪/迪奥 reminds me of 拉菲 (Lafite, the famous wine/winery) / 菲拉格幕 (Ferragamo).
Jan
2
comment How does foreign word transliteration work in the context of Cantonese vs Mandarin?
Note also that in some cases, like company names [eg 迪士尼 Disney, pronounced dik6 si6 nei4], the Mandarin transliteration is used in Canto. Which makes the words barely recognizable. Plenty of HK street names with Mandarin transliterations too.
Jan
1
comment Why is Economic translated to “經濟”?
Actually in Japanese it'd be 経済 :-) I think the OP means that the word 経済 is originally Japanese.
Dec
26
comment Poetic two-character words of the form: Verb + Natural Noun?
@B.D you tagged your question with "Classical Chinese" but are unwilling to read Reading 繁體字? Riiiiight...
Dec
19
revised What is the difference between using 光 vs using 只?
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Dec
19
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Dec
17
revised Are there online resources for learning the Chongqing dialect?
grammar, spelling