WordReference Forums' 10th--now 15th-- birthday!

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  • 涼宮

    Senior Member
    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    I didn't know this forum had a FB page :eek:. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS IN YOUR 10TH BIRTHDAY, THE BEST LANGUAGE FORUM IN EXISTENCE!

    I hope this forum keeps on living till a WW3 kills everyone or the sun runs out of fuel, either way, there is no better place on the Internet to share and learn about languages and exchange cultures than this great café :).
     

    danielfranco

    Senior Member
    I'm so proud to be able to say that I have been here almost from the beginning! Although I didn't actually register until a coupla years later, I have been an avid user of this website for a long, long, long, long time. Everywhere I go in the 'Net, I tell everybody at one point or another about this website.

    I've been a professional medical interpreter for eleven years, and I wouldn't have been able to make it through in my job without y'all. Thanks a bunch, and congrats!

    D
     

    colognial

    Senior Member
    Persian
    Hi. The forum and its many branches are inspiring, fun to browse, and filled with knowledge that helps us all understand not just the material but the essence of languages. Thank you, Mike!

    Suggestion: Could you please advise the different forum moderators not to be too eager to cross out a (harmless but wrong) post, before people have had a chance to see why? Just recently, a newly joined ID just hoping to get an answer to a first ever post (which should not have been posted, yes, but which was not exactly bringing about devastation) was stricken out. This way, a newcomer would never learn what to avoid and what the rules are, because she or he would never be given a chance to be guided away from the wrong sort of query. Give a beginner a chance, I say! Thanks!
     

    cliodhna

    Member
    English - British
    Happy Birthday Mike and the Team :)

    I work as a professional translator and I'm constantly impressed by the quality and depth of the EN<->FR translations. I hardly ever contribute to the forums because I almost always find that what I'm looking for is already there. Congratulation to WR and all its contributors. Keep up the excellent work!
     

    bearded

    Senior Member
    Anche se partecipo al Forum da meno di un anno, in questo periodo ho già imparato tanto. Un ringraziamento particolare agli amici tedeschi che mi hanno dato molte spiegazioni su punti 'controversi' della loro lingua. Herzlichsten Glueckwunsch zum 10. 'Geburtstag' und einen freundlichen Gruss aus Italien!
     

    Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    Tanti auguri per il 10° compleanno!

    I've been on this forum since the end of 2006 and have found endless resources and friends. Here in Milan, if I ask people what language forum they use, they invariably answer "WordReference".
     

    Cath.S.

    Senior Member
    français de France
    Joyeux anniversaire
    Word Reference !

    Mes meilleurs vœux pour une longue continuation à Mike et à toutes celles et tous ceux qui donnent son âme à ce lieu irremplaçable d'échanges culturels et aussi tout simplement humains.
    Étant là depuis un bail, j'ai été le témoin de l'évolution et de la croissance de WR qui a souvent été pour moi une grande source de plaisir et d'enrichissement linguistiques:)

    Vive WR !

    Long life to WR! :thumbsup:
     
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    yanli

    Senior Member
    Many congratulations and many thanks to the whole group that makes up the team WR, you are a fantastic team, who have supported us through the years, and also thank all the members who are always there and contribute their bit, I wish you the best of this world at all ;)

    Muchas Felicidades WR!!!
     

    Translostlation

    Senior Member
    inglés
    Wow, has it really been 10? I've benefitted greatly from WR and always recommend it to anyone who asks me for learning opportunities. As a translator I rely heavily on WR, and hope it stays as is for a long time to come.
     

    DrD

    Senior Member
    England English
    Happy Anniversary Mike. Thank you for all the great work you've done setting up this resource. Thank you too to all the people who contribute to the forums - I've learnt so much on WR over the years!
     

    Tamar

    Senior Member
    Israel, Hebrew
    Happy anniversary!
    It's just an awesome place to be :)
    There are so many things I wouldn't know without it and the people her
    e
    :D
     

    Kar.ma

    Member
    Italian
    I am happy to join all of you in this exciting celebration. I am very thankful to WordReference Forum, which is an invaluable resource for every language learner in the world. Thanks Mike, thanks moderators, thanks to all users as occasional contributors.
    Glad to be here today,
    Kar.ma
     

    OlivierG

    Senior Member
    France / Français
    Happy 10th anniversary and long life to WR! :thumbsup:

    I joined WR in the early days of the French-English forum. I had been using the dictionary for a while, so to give back a bit, I started answering a few requests on the forum.

    At this time, I couldn't imagine that my whole life would be changed that much by this simple decision.

    Quickly, I joined the brand new FR/EN moderator group, and spent time moderating and adjusting our actions.

    I hadn't traveled much before, but I went overseas for the first time to meet some members of the small crew as well as the Master of the Place, and travelling from Washington to Maine was an amazing experience, full of unforgettable people and places.

    Back to France, the crowd of WR members became bigger and bigger, and so did the moderator team.

    In the team, there were now a French girl, who lived in Costa Rica. We started to chat together, first about moderation only, then about language, wheather, cats, food, nature, cats, travels, culture, gardening, life and cats.
    She was about to come back to France. She did. And we are living, traveling, gardening and enjoying cats together for 8 years now.

    My path took me away from the forum for quite a long time, but I come back from time to time to see how it changes, just like taking a side trip to see whether my childhood house has been repainted.
    And I'm so glad to see it's still here, more active and helpful than ever!

    Thanks to all the members, past, present and future moderators, and to you, Mike! :)
     

    Cubanboy

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hola a toda la comunidad de WR. No recibí ninguna invitación, pero aquí estoy. Para mí es un gran honor ser parte de esta gran comunidad lingüística y como muchos aquí ya no participo tanto como antes. Sin embargo, considero que este es uno de los sitios más importantes que existe en internet. Espero que sigamos juntos en este foro en los próximos 10 años. Mike, te deseo lo mejor y qué viva WR. Un saludo especial a mi amiga Soledad y a todos los moderadores y demás foreros.
    ¡Feliz Aniversario!
    Saludos cordiales para todos.
    CB.
     

    Jaén

    Senior Member
    México, español/portugués/inglés
    Muchas felicidades a Word Reference, y sobre todo, felicidades a todos los que lo hacen posible!!

    Y que siga siendo un puerto seguro para que todos los que tenemos consultas obtengamos respuestas fidedignas y creativas.
     

    JeSuisSnob

    Ombudsmod
    Mexican Spanish
    Happy 10th anniversary and long life to WR! :thumbsup:

    I joined WR in the early days of the French-English forum. I had been using the dictionary for a while, so to give back a bit, I started answering a few requests on the forum.

    At this time, I couldn't imagine that my whole life would be changed that much by this simple decision.

    Quickly, I joined the brand new FR/EN moderator group, and spent time moderating and adjusting our actions.

    I hadn't traveled much before, but I went overseas for the first time to meet some members of the small crew as well as the Master of the Place, and travelling from Washington to Maine was an amazing experience, full of unforgettable people and places.

    Back to France, the crowd of WR members became bigger and bigger, and so did the moderator team.

    In the team, there were now a French girl, who lived in Costa Rica. We started to chat together, first about moderation only, then about language, wheather, cats, food, nature, cats, travels, culture, gardening, life and cats.
    She was about to come back to France. She did. And we are living, traveling, gardening and enjoying cats together for 8 years now.

    My path took me away from the forum for quite a long time, but I come back from time to time to see how it changes, just like taking a side trip to see whether my childhood house has been repainted.
    And I'm so glad to see it's still here, more active and helpful than ever!

    Thanks to all the members, past, present and future moderators, and to you, Mike! :)
    Gee! What a lovely story, Olivier!
     

    mgarizona

    Senior Member
    US - American English
    Hardy congratulations to Mike and all the WR foreros on such a signal achievement.

    A while back I caught myself letting loose with my 7,777th post and it seemed an auspicious moment to shut to f**k up. While I can't deny being just a tad disappointed that the whole shebang didn't come crashing down in my absence, I am happy to have this opportunity to return and offer my thanks for all the brain-teasing fun and most especially for the few particularly serendipitous encounters made here which have--- and I say this without the slightest exaggeration--- changed my life.

    This is some joint you got going here, guys ... keep it jumpin'!
     

    Vanda

    Moderesa de Beagá
    Português/ Brasil
    WR has changed so many lives around the world: mods (and foreros as well) that got to know their better half (I know more than 4 couples), friends that got to know each other in real life... all of that besides giving space to word lovers to have a place to get together. Mike had no idea of what he was getting into! ;)
     

    dragonseven

    Senior Member
    italiano
    Dear Mike, compliments and congratulations for this great idea and these first ten years! I hope it goes on so for each other thousands.:)
    Grazie d'esistere.
     

    Outsider

    Senior Member
    Portuguese (Portugal)
    Congratulations on the anniversary! May there be many more. :)

    I've learned much at the World Reference Forums, and even made some friends.

    It's not an exaggeration to say that I found a home here. Though lately I haven't been as active as I used to, it still feels like home.

    My thanks to Mike for creating and maintaining the website, and to all the foreros for making the community.
     

    horsewishr

    Senior Member
    English (Generic Midwest Variety)
    Happy Anniversary and MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS for creating such a great community!!

    And thanks to all the moderators, who do a wonderful job!
     

    Rodvar

    Senior Member
    Spanish - Uruguay
    I can only thank word reference for all the support and help it has provided me with. I consult it practically every day and there is always something new or important to learn. As a translator, i commend this site highly and constantly recommend it to others. Many happy returns and warm greetings from uruguay, south america!!!
     

    Milton Sand

    Senior Member
    Español (Colombia)
    Congratulations, Mike! And thank you for conceiving such a great, smart & useful idea.
    Look how big your child has become! (Or, as we say in my homeland, «¡Se te creció el enano!»)
    ¡Viva Word Reference!
     

    merquiades

    Senior Member
    English (USA Northeast)
    Thanks Mike for creating and maintaining this forum. I have learned an amazing quantity of information and all of it is priceless. Every time I connect I learn something new about language. Congratulations on the 10th anniversary. May there be many many more! :)
     

    Scholiast

    Senior Member
    plurimo cum gaudio recognovimus anniversarium istum diem, immo, nostrum, necnon cum gratiis amplissimis vobis ipsis Moderatoribus, quippe qui humanitate industria sapientia nos commilitones instruatis et dirigatis.

    Scholiasta (Σ)
     
    Wow!

    It is like close and open my eyes. Ten years!

    Congratulations mkellog by your work, your site and for all that you have accomplished in this project.

    I have not logged in for years and today I have the opportunity to do it, and I found this great surprise! It matches with this celebration.

    By the way, I see a lot of new faces. I started here ten years ago and this bring me a lot of memories. I hope to have the opportunity to visit this site once in a while.

    Congratulations!!!

    Sincerely

    el_novato
     

    katmiaw

    Member
    Français - Québec
    Congratulations for your tenth anniversary, WR and Mike!
    I don't post often on this forum, but I use it every day and I just couldn't live and work without it. This forum is a big help any time I get stuck with a tricky translation or a strange idiom I didn't know about.
    Thanks a lot and may this forum go on for another ten years at least!
     

    mkellogg

    Administrator
    English - US
    I went overseas for the first time to meet some members of the small crew as well as the Master of the Place, and travelling from Washington to Maine was an amazing experience, full of unforgettable people and places.
    That was a great adventurous and memorable trip up the coast, really one of my favorites.

    In a diner:
    Olivier: What does "a la mode" mean on the menu here?
    Mike: Oh, that means "with ice cream".


    It is like close and open my eyes. Ten years!
    Great to see you el_novato! A userid of 230. I think that makes you the "oldest" participant in this thread other than me. A few of our active moderators do come close: LauraNazario, araceli and PaulFromItaly and Belen.

    I've also been pleasantly surprised by the number of the older members in this thread who I thought were no longer active, but still are.
     

    Benzene

    Senior Member
    Italian from Italy
    In these years together we’ve shared so many things. That’s why this very special Anniversary brings to our "Community", a wish of a lasting friendship, growth of our linguistic knowledge, contentment too.

    Bye,

    Benzene
     

    Garbo

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Il tempo vola. I am a member for nine years. It has been a sublime experience. I could never thank you enough, and by association, the many members who have helped me. It has helped fulfill my desire to learn Italian and given me courage to speak and to write even to native speakers.

    Buona fortuna a tutti noi al WRF.

    Garbo
     

    Nodi4

    Member
    English - Britain
    Happy Birthday y Feliz Cumpleaños. Thank you for being here 24/7 and thank you everyone who answers so many of my language-related questions everyday. Here's to another 10 years :)
     
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