Author: David

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 →

Looking for the Star of Wood on Six Moon Three Ten Sun Gold Day

The Lexplorers are always on the lookout for public multilingual displays, such as the neighborly and friendly signs that have been popping up in the area.   At the local playground last week, I was happy to stumble upon a set of spinny cylinders showing the planets of the solar system, with the planet names in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish,… Read more →

Book Review: Reading the OED

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea Lexplorers rating: 6.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.2/5 I have been on a bit of a lexicography kick lately, starting with some thoughts on words in the National Spelling Bee, and then taking an enjoyable tour through the craft of dictionary-making with Word By Word.  Despite enjoying dictionaries… Read more →

Book Review: Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper Lexplorers rating: 9.75/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.8/5 I will happily and proudly admit that I love dictionaries.  I have several bookshelves full of dictionaries of all types.   And as an unabashed lexiconnoisseur, I was quite excited to finally get a chance to read Word by Word: The Secret Life of… Read more →

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 →