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 →

Book Review: My Holiday in North Korea

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by: Wendy E. Simmons Lexplorers rating: 8.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.2/5 Continuing our series of Lexplorers reviews of “What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,” today David and Carlos discuss My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons. David: I thought that Tony Hawks… Read more →

The 4th (and 3rd) Water Stop in the Couch to Korean Challenge

There is an English idiom “to drink from the firehose,” which means to attempt to make some sense from an overwhelming quantity of information.   This is a perfect metaphor for the past couple months of the Couch to Korean Challenge, as the Korean firehose sprayed me straight in the face while I tried to gulp down enough water (but no… Read more →

Some Useful Korean Vocabulary Resources

This phase of the Couch to Korean Challenge has been all about building vocabulary, and in the process I have explored and evaluated many different Korean vocabulary resources.  In this post I will share my thoughts on a few of these resources.  As always, I will be keeping the Korean Resources page updated with everything I come across. My approach… Read more →

Book Review: Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks Lexplorers rating: 7/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.4/5   The Lexplorers summer reading list included a fairly diverse range of topics, from our usual linguistics and language learning, through recent bestsellers, as well as a little pure beach-reading fluff.   But one clear cluster was books written by people who had a travel… Read more →

Water Meat and New Gold: Fun With Korean Vocabulary

During this phase of the Couch to Korean Challenge, I have been focusing almost exclusively on vocabulary.   Building vocabulary is the most important part of learning any new language.   Unfortunately for me, Korean vocabulary draws very heavily from words of Chinese origin, and I have no background at all in any Chinese languages.  So I could not bootstrap my… Read more →