I will be traveling in South America during the month of June, during which I will be inactive. Please notify me of any discussions, changes, or votes that I would want to engage in, but keep in mind that I may not be able to respond as promptly as I would like. Thank you.
|Some languages and other things of note.
|Please read my disclaimer before my BabelBox|
|en-US||This user is a native speaker of American English.|
|la-3||Hic usor callidissima latinitate contribuere potest.|
|tpi-2||Dispela yusa i ken raitim hap hap long Tok Pisin.|
|it-1||Questo utente può contribuire con un livello semplice di italiano.|
|enm-1||Þes usere haþ a groundwal knowleche of Englisch.|
|es-0.5||Este usuario habla español con mucha dificultad.|
|etc-0.5||Lenei tagata mafai sao ma se laugatasi le mea muamua o gagana Polenisia.|
|zzz-0.5||호모하히크 사뻬아파뽀 "리가야뽀"차.|
|Hebr-2||Ogam-2||Temp-2||IPA-2||Hans-1|Please treat me like a newbie and you'll be better off - I am admittedly slow, but I learn in the end. Take this with a grain of salt. Just remember I might use it as an excuse for doing something stupid one of these days.
After exactly 4 months of being an editor here, I was given the role of sysop. I'm not sure if that puts me in a position to answer any questions or suchlike, but feel free to try - I'll do my best.
Challenge: Find or design a list of questions about how I pronounce certain words that can determine exactly (give or take) where I live. I promise I'll answer honestly.
Guide to my BabelBox
Warning: my numbering is funky. Trust this userbox at your own peril.
My numbers go like this:
3 = I put a lot of effort into this one and really got serious with it.
2 = I know I'm doing, but that's only because I didn't find it too difficult.
1 = I can understand it, but rarely can I respond without looking something up first.
0.5 = I won't claim it, but I know enough about it to feel comfortable adding entries.
Me and language complexity
I feel like I ought to have more stuff on my userpage, so here I'll expound on my love-hate relationship with linguistic complexity. The first truly complex language I came into contact with was Latin, complete with 5 declensions with 7 cases for nouns and adjectives, 5 conjugations of verbs (if you count 3rd i-stem) that require memorization of 4 often irregular principal parts as a guide to around 120 forms, some of which become adjectives of various declensions themselves, and near useless for holding normal conversations.
However, I really savor the almost childish worldview that a language like Tok Pisin has, where every noun and verb takes a single form, and are sometimes indistinguishable. I am interested in Ancient Greek, but I haven't learned much because I don't want to go through another gauntlet (and grc looks worse than Latin: duals and articles! [shivers]). That leaves me in my usual place: I want to know everything, but I'm too lazy to learn it all. But maybe if I just waste a bit more time editing Wiktionary...