Member of the Month: Ricardo Aries

Ricardo was born in Bogor, Indonesia, and graduated English literature. He works as a translator and a freelancer in the areas of web scraping, tagline creation, keyword research and other web-based services.

Ricardo is our July Member of the Month with some great contributions to our site. We caught up with him to see what he had to say about the Indonesian living dictionary


What attracted you to be part of the Indonesian living dictionary?
I was attracted by its novel concept, i.e. the compilation of an online dictionary drawing on the knowledge and experience of its users.

How do you think Indonesian speakers can benefit from it?
I think one of the most notable benefits of such a living dictionary is that it provides the Indonesian people from all walks of life with the opportunity to participate in the making of a great bilingual dictionary. It encourages Indonesian to learn a foreign language other than their native language and apply their knowledge of the newly-learned language in their professional and personal life. Furthermore, it will stimulate them to be more creative with languages.

Do you have a favourite Indonesian word or saying? Why?
Yes, I do have a favorite Indonesian proverb, i.e. air tenang menghanyutkan ('still water runs deep'). I like it because it reflects my personality.

Are there any other features you would like to see on the site?
An option to edit your own entry or to suggest an improvement to an existing entry.
A flash card section to help new English learners with the English vocabulary.

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