Book Review: Reading the OED

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea Lexplorers rating: 6.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.2/5 I have been on a bit of a lexicography kick lately, starting with some thoughts on words in the National Spelling Bee, and then taking an enjoyable tour through the craft of dictionary-making with Word By Word.  Despite enjoying dictionaries… Read more →

Book Review: Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper Lexplorers rating: 9.75/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.8/5 I will happily and proudly admit that I love dictionaries.  I have several bookshelves full of dictionaries of all types.   And as an unabashed lexiconnoisseur, I was quite excited to finally get a chance to read Word by Word: The Secret Life of… Read more →

Lexplorers Podcast Episode #3: A Conversation With Yvette

In Episode 3 of the Lexplorers podcast, Yvette joins us from Taipei.  She talks about growing up in the Philippines speaking Fukienese, Filipino, and English.   She shares her experience of returning to the Philippines as an adult to work on projects fostering literacy among speakers of minority languages and dialects, including Cebuano and Ilokano, and she talks about living… Read more →

A Rheumatic Rhinoceros Rhythmically Ruminated On Rhododendron and Rhubarb

It’s rhubarb and berry season, and the Lexplorers recently shared a freshly-baked rhubarb and strawberry pie with a visiting non-native English speaker.  As we enjoyed the pie, we tried to explain to our puzzled visitor that rhubarb is one of those rare English words that begins with rh-.  We were unfortunately unable to provide any wisdom as to how to… Read more →

Book Review: Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner Lexplorers rating: 8.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.5/5 Language learning can be a lot like exercise and weight loss: most people have tried it and really want to know the secret strategy that will allow them to do it well and with the least amount… Read more →

Resource Review: Memrise App

I am deep in the phase of vocabulary acquisition in the Couch to Korean Challenge, and I have been investigating the options for flash card apps for my (Android) phone.  I am a firm believer in the power of flash cards to learn and practice vocabulary, and fortunately flash card technology has advanced significantly since the olden days when I… Read more →

Hate Has No Home Here

A few week ago we wrote about two multilingual displays of openness and acceptance that deservedly received the coveted Lexplorers Seal of Lexcellence.   Today we encountered a third sign to add to the collection of multilingual neighborliness.  This latest sign proclaims “Hate Has No Home Here” in English, Urdu, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish: The Hate Has No Home Here… Read more →