Author: Lexplorers Team

Book Review: The Rory Stewart Crazy Train Trilogy

The Lexplorers have been enjoying our series of book reviews of What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,  in which we can live vicariously through the fascinating (and often terrifying) accounts of authors who have written about unique journeys in interesting places.  These authors describe journeys above and beyond the standard travelogue, visiting places we might not otherwise be able to… Read more →

Our 3 Favorite Language Learning Podcasts: Actual Fluency, Creative Language Learning, Lingthusiasm

The Lexplorers Podcast has been on hiatus for a few months while we focus on our other projects, including making progress on the Couch to Korean Challenge and writing up our backlog of Lexplorers book reviews and Korean resource reviews.   While we have not had the time to create more episodes of our own podcast, we have enjoyed exploring… Read more →

A Norange and Night Flapper: Origins of Our Favorite Words from Hallowmas Eve

Last week was Halloween, and as the Lexplorers were sitting out on the stoop handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, we got to thinking about Halloween words.  Halloween as a holiday, and many of its traditions, come from the Celts.   But we discovered that some of our favorite Halloween words come from linguistic backgrounds ranging from Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit to… Read more →

Book Review: My Holiday in North Korea

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by: Wendy E. Simmons Lexplorers rating: 8.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.2/5 Continuing our series of Lexplorers reviews of “What Were They Thinking? travel adventures,” today David and Carlos discuss My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons. David: I thought that Tony Hawks… Read more →

Book Review: Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks Lexplorers rating: 7/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.4/5   The Lexplorers summer reading list included a fairly diverse range of topics, from our usual linguistics and language learning, through recent bestsellers, as well as a little pure beach-reading fluff.   But one clear cluster was books written by people who had a travel… Read more →

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 →