The Fun Of Codebreaking

I loved puzzles as a kid.

Crosswords, word searches, secret codes for games, code-breaking games, brain teasers, you name it. Pretty much anything that contained searching for some secret sequence of characters was a large part of my childhood.

Sometimes books or toys would come with attached “secret codes” and I would spend the day learning them, then writing secret messages all over the walls in my room. Then somewhere along the way I stopped with the codes and puzzles. I’m still not sure why.

It wasn’t until recently that I noticed how similar languages are to those codes I’d find at the back of a kid’s magazine.  Learning the Russian alphabet and trying to read simple words has reawakened the “code geek” in me.  I’ve realized that I’ve never actually thought about languages in this way until recently.

Languages are a code just waiting to be broken. It’s not impossible. There are already cities and countries full of people speaking/reading your l2/3/4/5 . They just broke the code before you did, and with lots of help from their environment.




【한국어】Koreanlab’s Readers

I found a great site for reading practice.

Basically, it is an online graded reader made for students, starting from elementary and continuing through high school, so you can start from the beginning of your studies.

It starts off with just learning how to pronounce the 한글, then it moves on to vocabulary and eventually sentences and short stories. It even starts including Hanja, the Chinese characters used in Korean.

You can check it out here.

If you can’t yet read Korean, click on where it says 초등학교 (elementary school). It should be the second item in the menu at the top of the page. You can just start there and move through the items at your own pace. Then you can move on to 중학교 (middle school)and 고등학교(high school).


This is a great resource for anyone using the “pure” tadoku approach.

The Tadoku Contest is Back!

Reading in a foreign language can be an intimidating task for any language learner, regardless of level.  There will always be harder material to read. Extensive reading is a staple of language learning for a lot of people, and it is gaining popularity through the web. And what better way to kick off the new year than with a month of extensive reading?


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