©2008 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2008 Recorded Books
This set of lecturers discusses the progression of English grammar from an historical prospective. One can hear excerpts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Beowulf (for example) read in their original medieval form of prose along with discussions of their influence on modern English language. While some audiences may find this information interesting, it offers very little practical help for those wanting to improve grammar of the language spoken today. In short, the lectures are geared to people interested in academic discourse on the history of grammar.
There are a few of practical points, but not many. The lectures help current speakers to improve their speech in the same way a history of filaments or a biography of Thomas Edison would help someone needing to know how to change a halogen light bulb.
I’ve purchased at least 50 books from Audible so far, and this one by far has been the most painful to listen to. It’s dry and repetitive, and not because the subject is grammar. The problem is the lecturer and his presentation.
This sounds like such a boring subject, but it's absolutely fascinating! Michael Drout is extremely knowledgeable and obviously loves this subject, and he makes it fun. I wish I had him for a teacher in college!
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker
The books is a masterpiece. For a book about grammar to be that interesting to me , a non-native speaker, it has to be really really good.
However, don't expect it to magically transform your grammar or use of language. It is more of a history and explanation of what is grammar not of grammatical rules (although it has some of those as well of course)
Easy English Grammar
Prof. Drout made English grammar very easy to understand. I am enjoyed the way he simplified a sentence structure with noun phase and verb phase, which simplify English grammar structure.
If you have trouble with writing structure English, this book will help you.
G. L. Edwards
Great insights as to why, and how English evolved and continues to evolve into the way it is. Author has passion for this subject and that propels the reader/listener forward.
the content was terrific - when you actually got to the content. There were a few too many tangents and asides, especially in the opening lectures. Also, a lot of repetition, not of the course material, of the tangents.
Overall the lectures did teach me quite a bit about English grammar and how it has been built up from previous languages. I could have used a second lecture on punctuation and less on politics (and the inter-departmental squabbles re: grammar and linguistics). But, in the end, I came away knowing more than when I started.
Fabulous, imaginative & brilliant.
Grammar girl - put one to bed and please never listen to grammar girl while driving.. Might land you in a hospital.
You will love P. Drout in his refreshing way of presenting such a dry subject like grammar!
I love Modern Scholar
I wish he would talk less about himself and stop trying to be funny.
I drive a lot, so I listen to a lot of books. I am addicted to Audible!
Prof. Drout has presented the complicated structure of English in a way that is much simpler than a grammar textbook. However, he flies through things quite quickly, so it is important to pay VERY close attention!
I have grammar textbooks, but I am not sure if that is a fair comparison. This is presented in a way that is way more accessible.
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