Author: David

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 →

Book Review: Babel No More

Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard Lexplorers rating: 9.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.0/5     There is a certain appeal to stories about extreme human performance, especially in areas where the reader has personal experience.  Anyone who has tried to run a 5k race can appreciate the accomplishment of someone… Read more →

Counting in Korean: A Myriad and 18 Challenges

In the early weeks of the Couch to Korean Challenge,  I have been focusing exclusively on evaluating Korean resources and on learning the fundamentals of the Korean writing and sound systems.   This has been a conscious plan, in order to maintain the pure experiment of systematically learning the language from scratch. I have enjoyed learning the basics, but I am… Read more →