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en-5 This user can contribute with a professional level of English.
This user has a nearly complete understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
es-4 El nivel de este usuario corresponde al de un hablante casi nativo del español.
hi-3 यह प्रयोक्ता हिन्दी भाषा में प्रवीण है।
fr-3 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français.
it-3 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello avanzato di italiano.
pt-3 Este usuário/utilizador pode contribuir com um nível avançado de português.
la-2 Hic usor media latinitate contribuere potest.
ca-2 Aquest usuari pot contribuir amb un nivell mitjà de català.
ang-2 Þes brūcere cann forðian mid middelre mǣðe Englisces.
اس صارف کو اردو زبان پہ متوسط درجے تک عبور حاصل ہے۔ ur-2
de-2 Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
sa-2 एष उपयोजकः माध्यमिकेन संस्कृतेन लेखितुं शक्नोति।
pi-2 ayaṃ puggalo majjhimo Pāliyaṃ
This user can contribute with an intermediate level of Pali.
ta-1 இந்தப் பயனாளர் தமிழில் அடிப்படையான அளவில் பங்களித்து உதவமுடியும்.
ko-1 이 사용자는 간단 한국어를 말할 수 있습니다.
tr-1 Bu kullanıcı Türkçeyi düşük düzeyde anlıyor.
pl-1 Ten użytkownik posługuje się językiem polskim na poziomie podstawowym.
ja-1 この利用者は初級日本語ができます。
... This user would like to be able to speak more languages.
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My Babel Box[edit]

The level indicated corresponds most closely to my reading ability not to my spoken ability. Although Wikipedia makes the default level that of one's mastery of the spoken language that, to me, seems misguided for a project like Wikipedia. Reading and writing are far more important here than speaking. For example, my reading Spanish is at Level 4 (near-native speaker) although my speaking is probably a high 3. For French, I read at a high 3 (or low 4) but my speaking level is a 2 and my listening a high 2 (or low 3). No one, except me of course, is interested in so much information, so I've chosen to rate myself on, primarily, reading and writing, the two skill levels I think are most relevant for Wikipedia.

The languages in Level 1 are all for which, currently, I have a reading ability comparable to that of someone who's finished a first-year college course. This does not mean that I am at a low level as low as that of just knowing a few words nor, on the other hand, does it mean that I'm at a high level as high as that of being able to understand books written for native speakers in primary education. Some of these Level 1 languages (Korean, Tamil, and Turkish) used to be Level 4 for reading and Level 3 for speaking but, through disuse, have slipped further and further down.

I don't bother to list languages for which I know fewer than, say, 1,000 words nor for which I haven't completed the equivalent of a first-year college course for reading.

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This user is car-free.
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“,;:’ This user is a punctuation stickler.
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Mix This user has been influenced by too many dialects of English to use one orthography, vocabulary and grammar consistently.
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local history.
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This user is interested in geopolitics.


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Editing Resources[edit]

To Do List[edit]

  • Philip Hoffer
  • European Journal of Sociology
  • Ed Rosewell
  • Selig Harrison

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