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I'm a second-language speaker of what I believe is a fairly "neutral" flavour of English (if such a thing exists), mainly influenced by British and American varieties. I tend to prefer British spellings but I'm afraid I sound more American when I talk. :-)

I take an interest in languages, their evolution and history, and all those subtle variations between different dialects and registers. After secondary school I was actually close to going to study English Philology at university, but ended up taking Computer Science instead. Now I am a software developer by profession, and languages remain mainly a hobby for me. (Not only a hobby, as I think good prose writing skills are important in my field. For the last 10 years or so English has been the main written language I've used at work.)

Besides English and my native Finnish, I'm nowadays quite adept at Spanish too (it's my favourite language in a way, especially if spoken with a Cuban accent and when drunk). My Swedish and German are rusty, but re-learnable if need arises.


Jan
31
comment What are some expressions that can be used to end an email?
@ijw, good point; I tend to agree. I've seen "Br," used quite often though, at least among businessy types here in the Nordics.
Jan
25
revised “Practise” vs. “practice”
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Jan
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
17
comment Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
(Forgot to add this earlier...) Thanks; I've actually applied scrum since 2005, and have generally been happy with it. (It ain't a silver bullet, and one should probably combine it with XP practices, but the key ideas of scrum and kanban do make sense, in my experience.)
Jan
16
revised Which variant of English should I use when my target audience is the world?
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Jan
16
comment Which variant of English should I use when my target audience is the world?
Of course, British English is a very common term for the varieties used in the UK, and claiming that "English" would be a sufficient replacement is rather loaded with bias.
Jan
10
revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
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Jan
10
revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
add IPA
Jan
10
revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
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Jan
5
comment What are some expressions that can be used to end an email?
Then again, are those mostly company internal emails? When emailing a customer, or a person you don't know well, it may, depending on circumstances, be better to err on the side of using some complimentary close (e.g. "best regards", nothing more formal than that).
Dec
23
comment Using had twice
Possible dupe of What does “had had” mean? How does this differ from “had”?
Dec
23
revised Using had twice
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Dec
23
answered Using had twice
Dec
23
revised Would you say “quote/end quote”?
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Dec
19
awarded  Taxonomist
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Dec
4
comment Is it true that the English have many words for hill?
+1 for quoting Trask's book. I was vaguely reminded of that too when reading the question (or well, a very similar passage in his other book Language: The Basics).
Dec
2
accepted Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
Nov
30
revised Hardest tongue twister seen
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Nov
30
comment “Football” and “Soccer”
@bev, I think it's usually called just that, "American football" (e.g. in Finnish "amerikkalainen jalkapallo" vs. just "jalkapallo"). Btw, I wouldn't be so sure about very popular... :-)