10 Years: Thank you, Mike!

The WR Moderator Team

Dear Mike,

Ten years ago, on 22 July, 2004, you launched the vessel "WordReference Forums" on the wild ocean "Internet", with the mission of exploring the languages of the world. On your way, you've picked up many folks from many countries and all walks of life. And some even decided to stick around and join you on your journey.

The forums have proven to be a tremendous resource for people all over the world who are interested in languages. From language nerds to tattoo aficionados, and newbies to native speakers, we are all learners and we all benefit from this exchange of language and culture, making great friends along the way.

Although the forums have expanded from a vessel to a flotilla, you’ve steered us all with a personal touch. So, on behalf of us sailors, scholars, searchers, holidaymakers, castaways and landlubbers you’ve picked up along the way,

Merci, thanks, grazie, gracias, obrigada, danke, dank je, mulțumiri, teşekkürler, תודה לך, ευχαριστώ, شكرًا , gràcies, 谢谢, diolch, ありがとう, tack, dzięki, díky, 감사합니다, go raibh maith agat, takk, eskerrik asko, kiitos, köszönöm, tibi gratias agimus!

Wishing you all the best for the next ten years!
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  • swift

    Senior Member
    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    Thank you, Mike!

    And, of course, thanks to all the members of the Moderator Team!



    Senior Member
    Thank you Mike and happy birthday to WR ! :D

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Hello wordreference to the world,
    I just don't know how to thank you and everybody else in this forum for the great help and incredible work. But today, I'll buy a cake and I'll put ten candles to celebrate this anniversary. Long life to you, all of you.:thumbsup: :)



    English - US
    That is nice of you, but let's keep the focus on thanking you all, the contributors (and moderators who are major contributors).

    You all are the ones helping others and creating this great resource. I might be the publisher here, but you are the authors!

    For everybody else, the moderators are major contributors, but also the glue that holds this whole operation together. They deserve an awful lot of the thanks, too.


    Senior Member
    This is an excellent educational site.
    I love it.
    A big thanks to all the people who make it work!!!



    Mod About Chocolate
    Italian - Italy
    Thank you, Mike! And thank you all forum members & fellow moderators!
    I hope this cake is big enough so everyone can have a piece:



    English - USA
    WR is such an amazing thing to be involved in and I am very grateful to the the members and colleagues who have taught me so much over the years. Thanks for keeping the lights on, Mike. :)

    Jean-Michel Carrère

    Senior Member
    French from France
    Mike, great thanks for devising, developing and maintaining this brilliant tool. Great thanks to all the members and to the moderators for their contributions too. Many happy returns, Wordreference forums !


    Senior Member
    English USA
    This is truly a cause for celebration. I'm so glad we're all in this together. The rewards have been beyond expectation, and my learning continues every day!
    A sincere thanks from me--to everyone!


    Senior Member
    French (France's)
    The state of mind that prevails on this forum (i.e. volunteering and sharing) is something quite unusual over the internet. It's really nice that such a place may exist - and seeing that it has been around for ten years makes this a definite achievement!

    I'm glad to be "in"...
    Thank you, all! (... and thank you, Mike!)


    Dépêche Mod (AL mod)
    French (lower Normandy)
    Mike, thank you so much for creating this great place, where we don't waste time but keep on learning.
    And thank you all for your insightful contributions, which taught me so much about languages.

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (sorry, I still suck at adding images! :D)


    Senior Member
    Español de España
    Thank you Mike! You may say you're only the publisher but without you this wouldn't be possible, many thanks!

    Happy Birthday!!!


    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    A million thanks to Mike and everyone who makes this forum work so well - Living in a rural place, with little access to Spanish language texts, magazines, etc. or other Spanish speakers, WR not only serves as an invaluable resource for my work, but is a great place to dip in and learn about the wonderful world that is the Spanish language.
    Here's to another 10 years :D

    Liam Lew's

    Senior Member
    Happy Birthday, Wordreference.
    Many Thanks to Mike for providing this more than valuable place, many thanks to the moderators for making sure everything is running smoothly and many thanks to all the members for the great contributions and discussions.

    Charlie Parker

    Senior Member
    English Canada
    I owe a big debt of gratitude to you Mike, to all the moderators who give so generously of their time and to all the members who have helped me so much over the years. To say that WordReference has been a big part of my life would be an understatement. I could never have gotten where I am today in my career without the help and encouragement of members who kindly and patiently responded to all my questions. I simply cannot say enough about WordReference. I recommend it to all my students and colleagues. Not only have I learned a great deal through this site, I have also made some wonderful friends who have enriched my life.


    Senior Member
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Mike and the mods and the wonderful wr forum
    Happy birthday to you


    Moderesa de Beagá
    Português/ Brasil
    Thanks for providing us this place, our 2nd home, to learn and get to know so many people. I learn something new - even in my own language - everyday! And I have so many new real besides virtual new friends thanks to WR! We are the best! Best forum ever!
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    King Crimson

    Modus in fabula
    Hi Mike,
    I have really enjoyed the time spent on WR exchanging ideas with other foreros, not to mention the opportunity I was given to contribute to the forum as a translator for the Italian-English forum, which was an added bonus.
    Keep up the good work:thumbsup:


    Senior Member
    Dear Mike,
    Ten years ago, on 22 July, 2004, you launched the vessel "WordReference Forums" on the wild ocean "Internet", ... the forums have expanded from a vessel to a flotilla...
    a vessel ? a flotilla ? an argosy ! an Armada !
    Thank you ever so much Mike and all the rest of you out there !
    yours, very sincerely CarolineR


    Senior Member

    Bonjour et bon anniversaire

    Feliz cumpleaños WordReferences.
    Gracias por todas las informaciones que aprendemos gracias a este sitio.


    Senior Member
    Persian (Farsi)
    Thank you for being the person who cares. Some people pass through this world and leave it just as they found it. But people like you take the time to do special things for others that make the world more beautiful.

    Me, on behalf of every Iranian member in this forum, thank you Mike, and the moderators and all the members who are here to help. May God bless you all :)

    Happy birthday forum :thumbsup:


    Allegra Moderata (Sp/Eng, Cat)
    English (U.K.)
    Thank you Mike for this brilliant place for learning and sharing.
    Thank you too for giving me the opportunity to contribute to its smooth running.

    Here's to the next ten years :D


    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,


    Senior Member
    Thank you, Mike, for the email sent to those of us who haven't been around the Forum in a while. This was a very thoughtful gesture. I, too, hope to run across some old friends in the happy 10th birthday thread.
    Well said, eli7 in your above post.
    All the best


    Senior Member
    Native language: English (BrE)
    An enormous thank you to Mike, to all the moderators, and to everyone I've met, been helped by (and hopefully helped) in my 9½ years here.

    This thread, and the other celebratory ones started this morning, show just how much WRF is appreciated and loved by so many people. These threads have also served to make me realise how big our community has become, and that it's easy to lose track of 'old acquaintances'. I'm seeing names here that take me back to the early days, people whose paths I haven't crossed for a very long time. So my buddy list (remember when that's what we called the Contacts list?) is going to get a bit longer now.:)

    Once again, congrats and thanks for the first 10 years. I'm looking forward to the next 10.:):):)



    Senior Member
    Italiano - dialetto veneto :D
    I don't think there is something left to say, I put myself in the bunch of people and politely bow my head and say "THANK YOU Mike for all of this, thank you for this opportunity".
    We all love you :)


    Senior Member
    Ireland English
    Go raibh míle maith agut, a Mhike!

    A thousand thanks Mike, for creating this wonderful space for us all.

    Hello to all my old friends! I haven't been around so much since I became an ex-Mod... Thanks to you all as well for your efforts and friendship!


    Senior Member
    français - France
    Thank you so much, Mike and your helpful moderators. I discovered Wordreference accidentally and have nearly never missed one day since. Just great! One day without WR is one day without sunshine.
    Merci, thanks, grazie, gracias, obrigada, danke, dank je, mulțumiri, teşekkürler, תודה לך, ευχαριστώ, شكرًا , gràcies, 谢谢, diolch, ありがとう, tack, dzięki, díky, 감사합니다, go raibh maith agat, takk, eskerrik asko, kiitos, köszönöm, tibi gratias agimus!

    Wishing you all the best for the next ten years!

    ...natotela sana Ba Mike! (ciBemba for Thank you very much Uncle Mike! :) )