Annual Lexplorers Awards: The 2017 Lexies

The votes have been counted, and the Lexplorers are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Lexies.   In determining the Lexies winners, we focused particularly on 2017 arrivals that had interesting elements of language learning and/or linguistics.   This year we present Lexies for Best Book, Best Movie, and Word of the Year.   Best Books of 2017 Best Book… Read more →

Dish-to-Pass Supper in Podunk: A Lexploration in Central New York

A few weeks ago, sated on a traditional Thanksgiving Tofurky feast (a portmanteau of tofu and turkey that should not be confused with tofucken or turducken), I had the pleasure of spending a few days back in my hometown in Central New York.  All too often, when I tell someone that I am from Central New York, I hear something… Read more →

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 →