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  • Hey there! My primary interest on Wiktionary is expanding the Arabic (and, to a lesser extent, Persian) entries.
  • I am also capable of editing German, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Japanese entries. I can read Spanish with no problems but you probably won't see me on that side of Wiktionary very often. I also moonlight in Hebrew, mainly in interlinking between Hebrew and Arabic. I can parse individual Hebrew words, but I can't understand Hebrew on a sentence level. I am learning Yiddish, which means mainly learning the differences between Yiddish and German. I can't really compose in Yiddish, but I can read most Yiddish thanks to German and a smattering of Hebrew vocabulary.
  • I can read Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew script, as well as the kana and most joyo kanji through sixth grade. I can read Hangul and Cyrillic very slowly. I cannot read Devanagari at all.
  • All my knowledge of Mandarin Chinese comes from my Chinese ancestry, which means decent conversation but generally poor reading and writing. Japanese helped with characters somewhat, but I am still unfamiliar with the Chinese readings of most kanji I know - though the on'yomi and phonetic components of the characters often allow me to get a vague idea. This also means I can sometimes understand a sentence written in Chinese without knowing how to pronounce it. I use traditional characters (fantizi), but am often unaware when these characters diverge from Japanese shinjitai.
  • I can transcribe all the languages I know into IPA, except Chinese, for which I use pinyin exclusively.
  • I am a native speaker of American English (New England) and have a fairly comprehensive understanding of formal English grammar and style. I am generally a descriptive grammarian and an inclusionist, however, so my understanding of prescriptive grammar rules doesn't necessarily mean that I follow them all the time.

  • If you have something you would like help on in one of the languages I've listed, chances are I'm willing to help. Hit me up.
  • I can be careless sometimes. If you have a problem with an edit or entry of mine, hit me up.

Excellent Language ResourcesEdit

If you are studying any of the languages listed below, these are books that helped me greatly. Particularly excellent works get an asterisk (*).
I also own a copy of the Bible in all of the languages below (except Yiddish). If you are familiar with the Bible, this is an excellent way to start reading a sophisticated text quickly, without constantly having to stop and look up words.
Print:

  • German
    • Hammer's German Grammar and Usage*, Durrell
  • Latin
    • Bradley's Arnold - Latin Prose Composition, Arnold and Bradley
    • The Loeb Classical Library series (Harvard U. press)
  • Ancient Greek
    • Greek: An Intensive Course*, Hansen and Quinn
    • A Reader's Greek New Testament*, Goodrich and Lukaszweski (eds.)
    • The Loeb Classical Library series (Harvard U. press)
  • Arabic
    • A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic*, Ryding
    • The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Wehr, ed. Cowan
    • Arabic Verbs, Mace
  • Japanese
    • Japanese Newspaper Compounds, Kikuoka
    • The Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series, Makino and Tsutsui
    • Grundkurs der modernen japanischen Sprache, Saito and Silberstein (German)
  • Spanish
    • A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, Butt and Benjamin
  • Persian
    • Persian Grammar*, Mace
  • English
    • The Elements of Style, Strunk and White

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