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Hi! I'm Mnemosientje (/ˌmneːmoːˈsintʃə/). The work I do here consists mainly of adding etymologies and words in (mostly dead) languages that interest me. In real life I study history and have previously studied classical languages. My interests primarily lie in Late Antiquity, especially the history and language of the Goths. As such, improving Wiktionary's coverage of the Gothic language has become something of a pet project of mine.


  • I am a native Dutch speaker (Hollandic), and my English (both spoken and written) is pretty much fluent. My Hebrew is almost fluent, but when reading academic-level prose I still sometimes find myself reaching for a dictionary.
  • I can read and write German quite well, but I do have trouble speaking it. My command of Spanish and French is less impressive still.
  • Latin and Ancient Greek are two languages I've studied at university level and which I can read at an intermediate level. I once finished a course in Hittite, but have since forgotten most of it.
  • Old Germanic languages interest me most of all. I can read Gothic well enough, and to varying degrees Old English, Old Saxon and various other medieval Germanic languages.
  • I can read the Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Gothic, Cyrillic and Arabic alphabets (the latter abjad with difficulty), as well as some Runic scripts.
  • I am currently actively learning Russian and Arabic. I have some basic reading competency in the former, but my grasp of the latter is still tenuous.



מַיִם עֲמֻקִּים, דִּבְרֵי פִי-אִישׁ; נַחַל נֹבֵעַ, מְקוֹר חָכְמָה.