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bio website thingsthatgobleep.com
location New Zealand
age 33
visits member for 3 years
seen Oct 15 at 2:17

I am a gamer, programmer, and a wannabe linguist who is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.

I am an achievement hunter. Come and visit me on trueachievements.com

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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Oct
6
awarded  Yearling
Aug
28
comment Definite article in the question “What is the time?”
What's the time is a very common way of asking for time in New Zealand.
Jul
25
awarded  Caucus
Jul
11
comment “In” vs. “after” for future talk
um.. I don't see the difference...
Jul
3
comment Is it really incorrect to start a sentence with “and”?
@Jay Good one :)
Jun
26
comment Word that means “outdated name”
Did you just make that word up or are you refering to anacronym?
Jun
20
comment How did “When” become the customary answer to “say when”?
Where is this phrase in the context used? I've never heard of this in New Zealand. If a waiter says this to me, I'll be like, "huh"?
Jun
10
suggested suggested edit on Pluralization of Germanisms
Jun
7
comment Two main clauses one after another or another meaning?
This is confusing. It leads me to think that university fees are somehow different from college fees, whereas to me the two are the same.
Jun
1
comment Is it common to end an email with a question?
I think what you are talking about here is all about your personal beliefs and experience. It has nothing to do with languages. Unsolicited marketing emails are by definition rude and whether a question is placed at the end of it is really not going to change people's perception towards it. So it's really up to you to decide.
Jun
1
comment Is it common to end an email with a question?
Where else would you place the question in the example? If a question is predicated on information supplied in the previous paragraphs, then it's only natural to place the question at the end. It's logical. Doesn't have anything to do with English in particular at all.
Jun
1
comment How can someone become fluent and improve their writing skills?
@aablah off-topic =/= inappropriate. It was a totally appropriate question, just not fit for this particular website. All the best.
May
31
answered Does one use 'a' or 'an' before the word X-Ray?
May
28
comment The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis
@tchrist Again, how are my points contradicting with yours? Which part of "I should've gone on to add that it's a fine alternative where I live." did you not understand?
May
28
comment The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis
@J.R. I am aware of that. I should've gone on to add that it's a fine alternative where I live.
May
28
comment The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis
To the OP, this question is likely to be closed as you didn't specify what sort of problem you are having with this. It feels to me that you simply want others to do the work for you. Tell us how you interpret each choice and what you think is correct, then this question might have some merit.
May
28
comment The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis
@Jim Hiring is a perfectly fine alternative to renting. You can hire a car; you can also hire a TV. You can buy things on hire purchase.
May
25
comment English words mockingly derived from French?
Yes, really. I am not kidding. It's a very interesting topic. I'd do it if I have the patience to get to the academic point of writing one!
May
25
comment Why do websites have Caucasian as a race?
let us continue this discussion in chat
May
25
comment Why do websites have Caucasian as a race?
@tchrist To me, ethnicity is simply about your ancestry. On the census form, I always note myself down as 'Chinese', because it is my ancestry. If you want to talk about culture, I am nowhere near how someone would describe a typical 'Chinese'. Then again what is a typical Chinese?