Resource Reviews: Clozemaster, Amikumu, uTalk

In the latest episode of the Creative Language Learning podcast,  host Kerstin Cable and guest Chuck Smith have a very interesting discussion of the newest language learning apps.   Since I am always looking for new resources to help with the Couch to Korean Challenge, I checked out the apps they talked about.  Today I will discuss my initial impressions of… Read more →

Book Review: The Rory Stewart Crazy Train Trilogy

The Lexplorers have been enjoying our series of book reviews of What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,  in which we can live vicariously through the fascinating (and often terrifying) accounts of authors who have written about unique journeys in interesting places.  These authors describe journeys above and beyond the standard travelogue, visiting places we might not otherwise be able to… Read more →

Language Learning via Parallel Corpora

After spending a lot of time building a solid foundation of grammar and vocabulary for the Couch to Korean Challenge, I was itching to put it all together and explore the Korean language beyond the textbook sentences and vocabulary flashcards.  Don’t get me wrong, I love textbooks and flashcards, especially when they offer good examples of full sentences that help… Read more →

Our 3 Favorite Language Learning Podcasts: Actual Fluency, Creative Language Learning, Lingthusiasm

The Lexplorers Podcast has been on hiatus for a few months while we focus on our other projects, including making progress on the Couch to Korean Challenge and writing up our backlog of Lexplorers book reviews and Korean resource reviews.   While we have not had the time to create more episodes of our own podcast, we have enjoyed exploring… Read more →

A Norange and Night Flapper: Origins of Our Favorite Words from Hallowmas Eve

Last week was Halloween, and as the Lexplorers were sitting out on the stoop handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, we got to thinking about Halloween words.  Halloween as a holiday, and many of its traditions, come from the Celts.   But we discovered that some of our favorite Halloween words come from linguistic backgrounds ranging from Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit to… Read more →

Book Review: The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by: Hyeonseo Lee Lexplorers rating: 7.0/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.8/5 Next up in our series of Lexplorers reviews of “What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,” today we discuss The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story (alternately subtitled “Escape from North Korea” in the paperback version) by Hyeonseo… Read more →

Book Review: Couchsurfing Im Iran

Couchsurfing Im Iran: Meine Reise hinter verschlossene Türen by: Stephan Orth Lexplorers rating: 8.0/10 Amazon (amazon.de) average customer rating: 4.3/5 Next up in our series of Lexplorers reviews of “What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,” today we discuss Couchsurfing Im Iran: Meine Reise hinter verschlossene Türen (“Couchsurfing in Iran: My Travels Behind Closed Doors”) by Stephan Orth.  This book is a… Read more →

Some Useful Korean Grammar Resources

  While the recent phase of the Couch to Korean Challenge has been mostly about building vocabulary, isolated words aren’t very useful without the grammar to glue them all together in a meaningful way.  So I have also spent some time learning and practicing the Korean grammar.   In the process I have explored and evaluated many different Korean grammar resources.   … Read more →