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Building Great Sentences

This is how geeky I am (as if you all needed another example).

For years, I’ve bemoaned the fact that I’ve been unable to find a good college-level grammar class to take. All of the college-level grammar classes around here are remedial. I don’t want a remedial grammar class. I want an advanced grammar class that really gets into the nuts and bolts of the stuff.

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of The Teaching Company. This company offers college-level courses via compact disc and DVD (and, now, audio download). They’re great. Robert Greenberg’s “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music” is marvelous, and I recommend it to anyone. Well worth the $95 download.

As much as I love these courses, I try not to look at the catalog when it comes. I’m a frugal fellow, remember, and I don’t need to go out of my way to find reasons to spend money. Hell, I already have several courses from The Teaching Company that I haven’t finished auditing yet:

Today when I received the monthly Teaching Company e-mail solicitation, I dragged it to the trash, just like always. But as I did, something caught my eye: a course called “Building great sentences: Exploring the writer’s craft”.


As you can probably guess, there were mere microseconds between me noticing that and actually downloading the lectures. That’s right — I am so geeky that I would, without hesitation, pay $35 to download a 12-hour series of lectures on how to write sentences.

Now I’ve got to find an excuse to listen to this course. Anyone up for a trip to Boise and back? I’ll provide the wheels. And the listening material.

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  1. This is my second entry about grammar in just ten days. Maybe I could start a grammar blog! Lisa and Amy Jo would read it…

  2. Maybe we could go visit my Aunt Joan and Uncle Bob in Twin Falls. Oops, that’s 10 hours one way, though. What would we do with the extra 8 hours? Construct sentences? 😉

  3. I move that you write a grammar blog.

    I was wondering, you mentioned that you received this lesson for 35 dollars. Do you just get the transcripts? Have you found that’s all you need?

  4. well, I was thinking about buying the course and you just tipped me over the edge. I agree, the Teaching Company is awesome. I also found that by searching in google there are at least 8 places you can illegally download this course too. 😉