Author: David

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →