Author: Lexplorers Team

Lexplorers Podcast Episode #3: A Conversation With Yvette

In Episode 3 of the Lexplorers podcast, Yvette joins us from Taipei.  She talks about growing up in the Philippines speaking Fukienese, Filipino, and English.   She shares her experience of returning to the Philippines as an adult to work on projects fostering literacy among speakers of minority languages and dialects, including Cebuano and Ilokano, and she talks about living… Read more →

A Rheumatic Rhinoceros Rhythmically Ruminated On Rhododendron and Rhubarb

It’s rhubarb and berry season, and the Lexplorers recently shared a freshly-baked rhubarb and strawberry pie with a visiting non-native English speaker.  As we enjoyed the pie, we tried to explain to our puzzled visitor that rhubarb is one of those rare English words that begins with rh-.  We were unfortunately unable to provide any wisdom as to how to… Read more →

Hate Has No Home Here

A few week ago we wrote about two multilingual displays of openness and acceptance that deservedly received the coveted Lexplorers Seal of Lexcellence.   Today we encountered a third sign to add to the collection of multilingual neighborliness.  This latest sign proclaims “Hate Has No Home Here” in English, Urdu, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish: The Hate Has No Home Here… Read more →

Libraries Are For Everyone And We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor

Walking around town on a sunny Spring afternoon, the Lexplorers were pleased to find two multilingual displays of openness and acceptance. The first was at the local Public Library, where they have filled a large bulletin board with the message “Libraries are for Everyone” in 24 languages. In the middle of the bulletin board is a poem by children’s book… Read more →

!نوروز سال ۱۳۹۶ مبارک (Happy New Year 1396!)

Last Monday was the first day of Spring.  Officially known as the Vernal Equinox, from the Latin vernālis (“pertaining to the spring”) and aequus (“equal”) + nox (“night”), the first day of Spring also marks the start of the Persian New Year. The Persian celebration of نوروز  (Noruz, which translates as “new light” or “new day”) goes back thousands of… Read more →

From Schönberg and Bel Monte to Belmont: Beautiful Mountains across the US

We recently spent time in two different American towns named Belmont, and that got us thinking about the origin of the name Belmont and its presence in many places across the US.  So today we put on our Lexplorers toponymy hats. On the surface, the two Belmonts we visited are remarkably similar, despite being 3,000 miles apart.  Belmont, Massachusetts is… Read more →

Lexplorers Podcast Episode #1: A Conversation With Carlos

 

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”).

 

What’s In a Name?

‘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 →

Meet the Lexplorers

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 →