The library books are due this week, so I need to decide which are worth renewing and which I should return. This is a good time to summarize the resources I have found useful in the early weeks of the Couch to Korean Challenge. Since I have only looked at the Hangul and Phonology sections so far, I may revisit… Read more →
In my first post about the Hangul writing system, I touched on the history of Hangul and the linguistic motivation for the characters. For example, the Hangul consonant characters were designed to indicate the point of articulation, as shown in the image below (from The World’s Writing Systems): While I certainly appreciate the linguistic basis for the consonant characters, I… Read more →
Many years ago, shortly after I moved to Germany, I walked by a playground and stopped to listen to the 4-year-old kids talking to each other in natural and fluent German. I was still in the phase of painfully trying to construct the most basic German sentences, and I remember thinking, “Every one of these German kids is smarter than… Read more →
My first goal in the Couch to Korean Challenge is to figure out the Korean writing system so that I can start to learn words. I am pleasantly surprised with what I have found so far. When a new writing system is developed for a language, the most common approach is to adopt or adapt an existing writing system, even… Read more →
This weekend, I stood up from the couch, laced up my shoes, and took my first steps in the Couch to Korean Challenge. These first steps took me straight to my local Public Library, which is always the first place I go when I am studying a new topic and looking for books on the topic. At heart I am… Read more →
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”).
We are excited to announce two new projects that we will be launching on the Lexplorers site this week: the Lexplorers podcast and the Couch to Korean Challenge. For the Lexplorers podcast, we are planning a series of conversations with people who have interesting and fun stories from their personal language learning journeys. We will focus particularly on how our… Read more →