Many years ago, shortly after I moved to Germany, I walked by a playground and stopped to listen to the 4-year-old kids talking to each other in natural and fluent German. I was still in the phase of painfully trying to construct the most basic German sentences, and I remember thinking, “Every one of these German kids is smarter than… Read more →
My first goal in the Couch to Korean Challenge is to figure out the Korean writing system so that I can start to learn words. I am pleasantly surprised with what I have found so far. When a new writing system is developed for a language, the most common approach is to adopt or adapt an existing writing system, even… Read more →
This weekend, I stood up from the couch, laced up my shoes, and took my first steps in the Couch to Korean Challenge. These first steps took me straight to my local Public Library, which is always the first place I go when I am studying a new topic and looking for books on the topic. At heart I am… Read more →
In our inaugural Lexplorers podcast, we talk with Carlos from the Lexplorers team about his ongoing study of the Korean language, his experience visiting Korea, and how both have quite dramatically affected his recent life and his future plans. We also taste test two Korean snack foods: Chicken Macho and Street Food (aka “Sausage on a Stick”).
We are excited to announce two new projects that we will be launching on the Lexplorers site this week: the Lexplorers podcast and the Couch to Korean Challenge. For the Lexplorers podcast, we are planning a series of conversations with people who have interesting and fun stories from their personal language learning journeys. We will focus particularly on how our… Read more →
‘That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.’ -William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene ii) Where did the name Lexplorers come from? We thought it would be fun to recap the thought process behind the name. The name Lexplorers is a mashup of explorers and lex-. The explorers part should be… Read more →
Now that the lexplorers.com site is up and running, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves and to talk a little about what we have planned. The Lexplorers are passionate about exploring the world of language learning and exploring the world by learning languages. We know that learning a new language is hard work, but we also… Read more →