Author: Lexplorers Team

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 →

!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 →