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Dear Gest, writing to tell that some of your minor edits in Georgiy Gongadze and SBU were inaccurate and mistake-causing. I'll revert those ASAP (of course with explanations). However, most of your grammar changes were useful and I thank you for them. Go on but please watch the content. May be you could even ask the author about some phrases that you find incorrect. Best wishes, AlexPU 05:24, 19 Aug 2004 (UTC)
- Mr.Gest, may I ask you to proofread my latest contribution to Kiev (History section)? As far as I remember, you have promised me such help. I'm ready to discuss possible confusions those after your editing. Best wishes, AlexPU 12:40, 2 Sep 2004 (UTC)
- Very impressive Alex but it would have been nice if you'd left me some more errors to edit! ;-)
- What's your stance on Kiev/Kyiv? You seem to prefer Kyiv on the talk page but assent to Kiev in the article. Do you feel it's not a significant issue? Gest 13:39, 4 Sep 2004 (UTC)
- Pleased to read such estimate of my grammar. But I think you'll find more errors in other contributions of mine. Unfortunately, I have so little practice of my English...
- As for Kiev/Kyiv, I just didn't notice since I was editing existing page with Kiev. But generally, it is a large and important problem of the whole Ukrainian identity (far beyond naming of cities). Linguistically, advocates of Kiev have their point: while being a part of a Russian monolingual state, the city was naturally mentioned in Russian version. However, now it's surely offensive for Ukrainians. If we locals internationally promote it as the Ukrainian city, worldwide English practice will, I hope, change to Kyiv. And then we'll be able to state that Kiev is only a Russian, not English, name. Can't wait for this moment. Tolerant and politically correct English speakers are asked to stop using Kiev right know. AlexPU
Slavic linguistic relationships
You misunderstand my arguments. Alphabets are not irrelevant. You're comparision to Turkish is overstretched in that alphbets there were CHANGED, not modified! I have read comparative Slavic sources that closely relate Russian and Bulgarian. Their closeness is not my opinion, but something I have read. I have not engaged in an independent comparative linguistic study.
A large part of Russian come from Old Slavonic (Old Macedonian/Bulgarian). Russian was formed by the incorporation of large amounts of Old Bulgarian into an East Slavic original source. What degree of overlap is left, I don't know. I'd love to see the issue studied without the muddying effects of Russian romanticism though! I do know that the amount of mutual intelligibility between Russian and Ukrainian is not very large! Genyo 04:19, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Great to have you aboard! We've been gathering quite a few new members recently, which is great... Not knowing what area you're interested in, I can't suggest any particular pages that could do with work, but there's a lot to do, as I'm sure you've noticed! Maybe you could start by adding something about your suburb or local railway station? Or, if there's another area you could help with that doesn't already have a subpage in the project, feel free to create it and start discussing what could be done.
- Thanks for the welcome mate. Between living in the south-eastern suburbs for a large part of my life and being a motorcycle courier while I was at uni, I'll be watching with interest to see how things develop. I'm sorry to say though that I don't have a lot of time to start and write articles but I'll try and contribute something when I can. Gest 13:48, 4 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Hey there, I don't know if you've checked up on the WikiProject Melbourne recently, but a few of us have decided to adopt an article or two. The idea is to pick a lacking article and "be in charge" of it - do the research, writing, maybe even picture-taking. We're trying to build up the number of qualiy articles, instead of thinly-spread stubs. Don't feel you have to do anything :), but if you want, pick an article and add yourself to the list. TPK 20:49, 14 Sep 2004 (UTC) Talk
I don't know whether you've looked lately, but I've mocked up the new style for List of Melbourne railway stations as a start at List of Melbourne railway stations/temp, following your suggestion. T.P.K. 05:20, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC)
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