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 →

Libraries Are For Everyone And We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor

Walking around town on a sunny Spring afternoon, the Lexplorers were pleased to find two multilingual displays of openness and acceptance. The first was at the local Public Library, where they have filled a large bulletin board with the message “Libraries are for Everyone” in 24 languages. In the middle of the bulletin board is a poem by children’s book… Read more →

Book Review: Babel No More

Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard Lexplorers rating: 9.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.0/5     There is a certain appeal to stories about extreme human performance, especially in areas where the reader has personal experience.  Anyone who has tried to run a 5k race can appreciate the accomplishment of someone… Read more →

!نوروز سال ۱۳۹۶ مبارک (Happy New Year 1396!)

Last Monday was the first day of Spring.  Officially known as the Vernal Equinox, from the Latin vernālis (“pertaining to the spring”) and aequus (“equal”) + nox (“night”), the first day of Spring also marks the start of the Persian New Year. The Persian celebration of نوروز  (Noruz, which translates as “new light” or “new day”) goes back thousands of… Read more →